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Alternative Spring Break Trips Gaining Popularity Among Students

Projects Abroad Adds New Program in Jamaica

NEW YORK – October 24, 2012-Following an increased interest in volunteer opportunities for students over their spring break, international volunteer organization Projects Abroad, has added a new program in Jamaica to their schedule of Alternative Spring Break Trips available for spring 2013.

The new Care in Jamaica trip focuses on childcare. Volunteers work together supporting children in orphanages. As a group volunteers can make a difference in a just a week by providing education and entertainment for the children and assisting the local staff upkeep the home.

“Since we started running the Alternative Spring Break Trips a few years ago, we have seen a tremendous interest from students all over the country,” says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “Volunteering abroad is a growing trend among young students looking to give back and do something worthwhile over their short spring breaks. We are excited to offer additional programs to help allow more of these motivated and compassionate students to achieve this goal and serve local communities abroad.”

In addition to the Jamaica program working with children, Projects Abroad offers existing Alternative Spring Break Trips building houses in Jamaica, caring for children in Costa Rica, protecting sea turtles in Mexico, and volunteering on community-based projects in Morocco.

“My spring break with Projects Abroad was an overall outstanding success,” says Emily Hart, who participated in one of the Alternative Spring Break Trips last spring. “I wanted to push my personal boundaries to experience things I would never ordinarily get to do and I definitely accomplished that.”

Though they are scheduled around major university calendars, the Alternative Spring Break Trips are open to volunteers of all ages. Additionally, Projects Abroad also offers trips throughout the year for volunteers of all ages and skills, from high school and college students to professionals and retirees.

For information on all of Projects Abroad’s Alternative Spring Break Trips, visit

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at

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