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Volunteer Reading Week

For many Canadian university students, a volunteer reading week is an opportunity to use the short break from their studies to travel and do something worthwhile. By volunteering, students are able to skip the typical vacation experience that most opt for during reading week in favour of a more meaningful experience.

Projects Abroad volunteer looks after Costa Rican children during her volunteer reading week abroad.

Our Alternative Spring Break Trips take place over a period of one week. On these trips, volunteers work as a group on a service project arranged by local Projects Abroad staff. Most of these projects are located in nearby destinations and reading week volunteers receive the same benefits as longer-term volunteers, including food and accommodation.

Your volunteer reading week trip will open the door to new experiences. You will learn about a different culture first-hand, add new skills to your resume, and contribute to important ongoing projects and long-term goals.

Volunteer Reading Week: Customizing a trip

Projects Abroad Public Health volunteers help out at an outreach in Guadalajara, Mexico, during their volunteer reading week trip.

Although our Alternative Spring Break Trips are scheduled to coincide with major university breaks, it may happen that none of them fit your reading week dates. In this case, Projects Abroad offers you the chance to customize your own volunteer reading week by signing up for one of our standard 1-week trips. There are dozens of options: you can work with children in care facilities in Argentina or Nepal, or build houses in Ghana.

Whichever project you choose, you will still make a contribution to our long-term goals for the local community and gain meaningful experience during your week abroad.

Volunteering in Spring for High School Students

We also offer short-term volunteer programs for Canadian high school students looking to volunteer over their March spring vacation. Please see the spring dates for our High School Specials.

Volunteer ProfileRoeshawn Davidson Roeshawn Davidson
I ended up in Jamaica during the February Reading Week of my final year of university for two reasons: 1) I desperately wanted to volunteer abroad, and 2) I could not wait anymore. I did a lot of research, and eventually came across Projects Abroad. They had a lot of flexible travel opportunities that worked well with my schedule, and it was also very beneficial to talk to a representative from this organization who had come to my university during a volunteer fair. I filled out my form, paid my fees, bought my plane ticket, and was on my way!” Read more...

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