Projects Abroad announces three new Alternative Spring Break Trips for 2017
University students can now lend a hand at new spring break programs opening in Mexico, Belize, and Ghana next year
TORONTO – November 9 2016 – International volunteer organization Projects Abroad is gearing up for an exciting spring season with the launch of three new Alternative Spring Break Trips. Next year in February and March, after a long winter, hundreds of university students across the country will be ready to leave their textbooks behind and make the most of the reading week break.
There is an increasing percentage of students choosing to use their time off to contribute to a worthwhile cause or develop their skills. Volunteering abroad is a popular option, as it usually involves the opportunity to do both, combined with the chance to travel. Along with the original range of Alternative Spring Break Trips, Projects Abroad is introducing International Development in Mexico, Public Health in Belize, and Child Care in Ghana in 2017.
“We are always looking to raise the bar with the programs that we offer for spring breakers and our 2017 line-up is doing just that,” says Khadija Benchlikha, a Program Advisor for Projects Abroad Canada. “Our goal is to ensure that short-term options for volunteer provide flexibility for a range of abilities and accommodate individual students’ goals and interests, while benefitting local communities and making an impact.”
Even though Alternative Spring Break Trips are only a week long, they allow students to contribute to the long-term goals of the project. This is a vital aspect of the spring break programs, explains Benchlikha. “Each of our spring breakers knows that the work they do during their short time abroad is part of a much bigger picture, whether they checking blood pressure at a medical outreach or helping a child learn some new vocabulary.”
For all reading week volunteers, the week abroad promises a wealth of opportunities. They learn new skills, meet new people, and in most cases, befriend students from across the United States and Canada. This was the case for Jillian, an aspiring medical student in Maine who volunteered for spring break on the Medicine in Argentina program.
“Every day was an adventure and an amazing learning experience,” she said, referring to her days of interning at a hospital, where she shadowed doctors, interacted with local medical students, observed surgeries, and practiced stitching techniques. “I would suggest to anyone, if they can make it happen, to participate with Project Abroad. It was worth it and I am hoping to be able to participate in another project soon. Being able to travel and gain the experience I did is something I would not trade for the world.”
In 2017, reading week volunteers can choose from more than a dozen different Alternative Spring Break Trips in seven countries, including the new programs. Projects Abroad has trips on select dates in February and March, and these dates coincide with most major university breaks. To find out more about volunteering on a Projects Abroad Alternative Spring Break Trip, please visit www.projects-abroad.ca/volunteer-projects/alternative-spring-break.
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 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.ca.