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Alternative Spring Break Trips – Spring 2018

Projects Abroad offers Alternative Spring Break Trips to students interested in gaining experience and giving back abroad.

Our special spring break volunteer trips are perfect for University students looking for an alternative way to spend reading week this year. Instead of doing the usual reading week routine, you can get off the beaten track and make your break matter by joining one of these specially-designed volunteer projects for students.

The Alternative Spring Break Trips are 1-week long, scheduled to coincide with the major university breaks. Volunteers work together in a group on a service project arranged by our expert local staff. The projects are located at our closest destinations, so you won’t spend your whole time recovering from jet lag. Spring break volunteers receive the same benefits as our longer-term volunteers, including food and accommodation.

Just because you only have a week does not mean you cannot still make a difference. Projects Abroad’s Alternative Spring Break Trips offer you the chance to experience a new culture and impact the local community where you are volunteering. Come by yourself or sign up with a group of your friends.

If none of the Alternative Spring Break Trip options fit your schedule, you can also create your own trip by signing up for one of our standard 1-week trips.

For high school students wishing to volunteer over spring break, please see the spring dates for our High School Specials programs.

The following projects are available for spring 2018:

Jamaica A Building volunteer plasters the wall of a house in Jamaica.
Building
Volunteer abroad during your Spring Break to help build toilet facilities for school children and rebuild and renovate the homes of the poor or those affected by disasters in Jamaica. No construction experience is required.
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
Belize A child completes an activity with the assistance of a volunteer in Belize during her Alternative Spring Break.
Care
Help provide care and educational support to underprivileged children in care centres and kindergartens in Belize. These placements have limited resources and local staff welcome an extra pair of helping hands.
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 – Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
  • Sunday March 3rd 2019 – Saturday March 9th 2019
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
  • Sunday March 24th 2019 – Saturday March 30th 2019
Costa Rica A volunteer plays with a young child at a Care placement in Costa Rica.
Care
Work as a volunteer in Costa Rica at a local care centre for children in the town of Heredia, near San Jose. You will have plenty of opportunity to plan activities for the kids, so creativity is encouraged. This project is great if you want to learn Spanish or improve the skills you have.
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 – Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
  • Sunday March 3rd 2019 – Saturday March 9th 2019
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
  • Sunday March 24th 2019 – Saturday March 30th 2019
Mexico Volunteers on the Mexico Conservation Alternative Spring Break Trip look for wildlife.
Conservation
Live at a camp on the Pacific coast of Mexico for your Spring Break. As a conservation volunteer, you will be based in a town called Cuyutlan in the state of Colima, where you will protect endangered Olive Ridley turtles and their nests from predators, development and poachers.
  • Sunday February 18th 2018 – Saturday February 24th 2018
  • Sunday February 25th 2018 – Saturday March 3rd 2018
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 – Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
  • Sunday February 17th 2019 – Saturday February 23rd 2019
  • Sunday February 24th 2019 – Saturday March 2nd 2019
  • Sunday March 3rd 2019 – Saturday March 9th 2019
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
  • Sunday March 24th 2019 – Saturday March 30th 2019
Peru A Conservation volunteer travels across a treetop walkway during his Spring Break in the Amazon, Peru.
Conservation
Join our team at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, Peru, to make the most of your Spring Break by helping with efforts to protect endangered plant and animal species.
  • Sunday February 18th 2018 – Saturday February 24th 2018
  • Sunday February 25th 2018 – Saturday March 3rd 2018
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 – Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
Mexico An International Development intern has a discussion with a local colleague in Mexico during his volunteer project.
International Development
Volunteer in Mexico during your Spring Break to gain meaningful International Development experience working as an intern alongside an NGO in Guadalajara. There are various NGOs that you can choose to work with, such as Amnesty International.
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 – Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
  • Sunday March 3rd 2019 – Saturday March 9th 2019
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
  • Sunday March 24th 2019 – Saturday March 30th 2019
Argentina A group of medical interns spend time observing local doctors in Argentina.
Medicine
Gain valuable medical experience by interning at a hospital in Cordoba, where you will shadow local doctors and participate in workshops and outreaches.
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 – Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
  • Sunday March 3rd 2019 – Saturday March 9th 2019
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
  • Sunday March 24th 2019 – Saturday March 30th 2019
Belize A Public Health volunteer collects data during an outreach in Belize on her Alternative Spring Break.
Public Health
Use your spring break to gain meaningful experience in Belize and give back to communities through health campaigns and outreach work.
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 – Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
  • Sunday March 3rd 2019 – Saturday March 9th 2019
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
  • Sunday March 24th 2019 – Saturday March 30th 2019
Ghana Volunteers treat the wound of a local man on a public health medical outreach in Ghana during their Alternative Spring Break trip.
Public Health
Volunteer during your Spring Break in Dodowa, Ghana, helping with public health campaigns including community health checks, giving educational talks about health concerns, and dressing wounds at schools, orphanages, and community centres.
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 – Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 – Saturday March 24th 2018
  • Sunday March 3rd 2019 – Saturday March 9th 2019
  • Sunday March 10th 2019 – Saturday March 16th 2019
  • Sunday March 17th 2019 – Saturday March 23rd 2019
  • Sunday March 24th 2019 – Saturday March 30th 2019

For more information on our Alternative Spring Break Trips, please tune in to one of our upcoming Alternative Spring Break webinars, interactive online presentations by US and Canadian staff.

You can also view a previously recorded Alternative Spring Break webinar:

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