You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to enjoy Spring Break
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Being a college student is never easy, and sometimes being on a budget means that you can’t take that expensive trip to Cabo San Lucas with your friends during Spring Break. The good thing is that there are many other places to have fun and even give back without breaking the bank.

Volunteering globally

Spring Break doesn’t always have to be about partying with your friends. Many students actually travel across the country or even around the world to help others. Some of these programs are funded by colleges or universities while others are privately funded, and they usually last for about one week. Programs can range from helping promote positive development in children to building houses.

The trips funded by colleges or universities tend to be more expensive than Spring Break itself, but many of the privately funded service trips are around the price you would pay for a night in a hotel during Spring Break. The Alternative Spring Break program with United Way has a price range of $275 to $395 for three meals per day, housing, transportation, excursions and other activities.

There are countless other Spring Break service programs that venture even farther around the world and are around the same price of the Alternative Spring Break program, if not less. The best part is that you get to travel and see new places while helping people at the same time.

Volunteering locally

Even though Spring Break service trips are nowhere near as expensive as traditional trips, some people can do without the travel expenses altogether. That makes local volunteer opportunities a great way to spend your time.

Although the global service opportunities funded by college or universities can easily break the bank, they tend to promote local volunteer opportunities as well. The possibilities are endless, and range from helping out at a soup kitchen to tutoring children.

Also, local service opportunities tend to go year-round, so your service doesn’t have to end when classes resume. If you find yourself enjoying the time you spend doing service, don’t be afraid to continue helping out! Local charities and all other volunteer programs are always looking for more people to help.

Forming friendships

The great thing about either form of volunteer work is that you can form new friendships or even make your current relationships stronger. People often do volunteer work with groups of friends or family, but if you don’t, traveling and spending time with new people is easily the fastest way to make friends. Although the Spring Break service trips often last only one week, people tend to keep in touch.

Takeaway

Spring Break trips are not always an option for everyone because of how expensive they can be. Service trips during Spring Break are a great alternative because they allow students to see new places and meet new people while giving back.

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Posted 03.21.2017 - 10:05 pm EDT