When most people think of spring break, their minds flash to exotic sunsets, colorful drinks, and dancing. Without booking a reservation at a hot resort, college students can get all that while making a difference in people’s lives. A week isn’t too short to help make dreams come true. Through programs like Alternative Spring Break, students can travel, participate in service projects, and enjoy the company of friends.
One of my girlfriends said that a spring break service trip to Guatemala was one of her best college memories. Her group was assigned to help build a house for an impoverished family. They were so elated that they treated her like a visiting celebrity and showered her with hugs.
After a long day of hard work, she and her college friends would return home and party on their rooftop. Since they didn’t have electricity – or any modern conveniences – they created their own music a cappella-style, and danced.
My friend described this as the ideal spring break vacay at night, and an incredible experience of helping people by day.