This spring break, consider doing something a little different. Instead of hopping on the nationwide bandwagon and heading to some beach to work on your tan, think about about signing up for a volunteer trip where you can both get away from your everyday life and help those in need. Each year, millions of spring breakers flock to the beaches to party and spend the week being blissfully hedonistic. And while that's totally fine and in line with spring break culture, it's not ideal for everyone.
Some people want to travel and explore but don't want to spend the week drinking frozen daiquiris. For those very people who are too antsy to lay around on the beach, I recommend taking a volunteer trip. There are so many amazing companies that help to link capable volunteers up with incredible trips, particularly over spring break. Not only are many of these trips affordable, but they're also mostly all-inclusive, and come with itineraries intact. While volunteer trips aren't the best way to explore a new place, you can always extend your trip a few days so that you can get some sightseeing in after the hard work is done. These are some amazing trips that are currently still available through global volunteer organizations for spring break 2017:
This United Planet trip offers a one week volunteer program that links people up with all sorts of civil organizations. Check out the site for more information on what's available.
Another amazing trip from United Planet, this trip to Nepal has lots of opportunities for both civil and environmental causes. Check out the site for more information.
This trip is lead by Global Works and involves a lot of planned adventures and excursions. This is a great trip for someone who's looking for more exploration than confined work. Check out the site for more information.
Volunteering Solutions offers an impactful trip to India to work with children in orphanages. There are also other environmental opportunities as well, check out the site for more information.
Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization that sends volunteers to struggling communities to help build houses. This trip to New Mexico is part of their "Women's Build" trips and is available just in time for spring break. Check out the site for more information.
This trip hosted by Habitat for Humanity is perfectly timed for your spring break. Get your hands dirty and build some houses. Learn more about the trip on the site.
Help rebuild schools and homes in Jamaica with Projects Abroad. You'll be able to link up with other like-minded students while you're there. Learn more about the trip on the site.
Project Abroad has put together an amazing trip that sets volunteers up with children in school. Be a big help and change some lives while learning about a new culture. Learn more about the trip on the site.
Work as a second pair of hands for kindergarten teachers in Ghana through Project Abroad. Learn more about the trip on the site.
This Volunteering Solutions trip is geared towards helping out various different wildlife foundations. Pick the one you're most passionate about and learn more about the trip on their site.
Follow Projects Abroad to Fiji and get to know one of the most beautiful islands in the world, while helping grade school students study. Check out the site for more information on the trip.
Get a change to work with young children and their mothers through this amazing trip hosted by Volunteer Solutions. Learn more about the trip on their site.
Volunteer Solutions offers a once-in-a-lifetime trip to South Africa that's perfect for wildlife lovers. Check out the site for more information.
Another super diverse trip hosted by Volunteer Solutions, you can work with elephants, children in orphanages, or monks. Check out the site for more information.