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Use your reading week for service in 2017 with Projects Abroad

Volunteer organization offers reading week volunteer programs for university students that fit a range of interests and goals

Projects Abroad volunteer examines a patient at a Public Health outreach in Mexico.

Projects Abroad volunteer examines a patient at a Public Health outreach in Mexico.

TORONTO – January 18 2017 – With less than a month to go until reading week, this is the ideal time for university students to book any last-minute trips. For those who want to make the most of the break and do something that goes beyond the norm, Projects Abroad has more than a dozen programs available. Each Alternative Spring Break Trip offers a distinctive combination of travel, adventure, and opportunities for personal and professional growth – all taking place within a single week.

Kaisa Partanen, a Program Advisor at Projects Abroad Canada, believes that the Alternative Spring Break Trips have something to offer every type of student. “Our reading week/spring break programs fit a wide range of interests, whether you want to gain new skills, enhance your practical knowledge, experience working in a different cultural setting, or just have fun participating in something different. Every year, we have spring breakers pursuing all kinds of goals as volunteers abroad, and we look forward to seeing the impact and experiences our 2017 volunteers have!”

Projects Abroad offers reading week and spring break programs with set dates in the following areas:

  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Care (predominantly working with children in care facilities like kindergartens)
  • Building
  • Conservation
  • International Development

Medicine and Public Health are popular with pre-med and students studying numerous health fields. Social Work, Child Development, Education, or Psychology majors and other students interested in working with children find Care to be a valuable experience. Building and Conservation are perfect for students who want to spend their break out in the sun. “Whatever your academic or personal goal is for spring break, we have a trip for you,” says Partanen.

All Alternative Spring Break Trips are scheduled to coincide with major North American university breaks and most are located in nearby countries to help avoid jetlag. If none of the Alternative Spring Break Trip options fit your schedule, you can also create your own by signing up for a standard one-week trip. By choosing this option, students have flexibility with dates and can choose to start when their school’s break does.

Projects Abroad also accepts late applications for those who decide to travel abroad last minute or if plans have fallen through and an alternative is needed. Please contact the Toronto office directly to see how quickly staff can arrange the trip. For more about Alternative Spring Break Trips, please 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 more than 30 developing 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

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