Thursday, December 10, 2015

Caring Causes: Alternative Spring Break Trips with Projects Abroad

International volunteer organization Projects Abroad is thrilled to announce the launch of several new Alternative Spring Break Trips in 2016. From next spring, students will be able to skip the typical vacation experience in favor of volunteering abroad in Argentina, Belize, and Fiji. Each trip emphasizes having a worthwhile experience in a short period of time and are all scheduled to coincide with major university breaks.

In 2016, Projects Abroad will be offering four new Alternative Spring Break Trips:
Medicine in Argentina
Based at a hospital in Cordoba, the program features an itinerary designed to expose students to the medical profession in practice. This includes shadowing doctors on their rounds, visiting an anatomy museum, and attending workshops, an outreach, a dissection class, and a medical Spanish lesson. Argentina shares many similarities North America and the modern techniques used at the hospital will be relevant to students pursuing a career in the field, so pre-med students building a resume for medical school will find this program especially useful.
Care in Argentina
Working with children is a fun way to do something practical over spring break. In Argentina, students will be placed at a kindergarten, where they will help with everyday care, organize educational activities, and assist with renovation work. This is a great opportunity for Social Work, Child Development, Education, or Psychology majors, as well as anyone who is looking to improve their Spanish or begin learning the language.
Care in Belize
Although the tourism and eco-tourism industries are growing rapidly in Belize, the country still faces major development challenges in the form of poverty and inequality. On the Care program, students work with disadvantaged children in a care center or kindergarten. There are a number of ways to get involved, such as running activities and games, helping with homework, preparing for meals, and playing and socializing with the children. Additionally, students contribute to valuable renovation projects.
Care in Fiji
In Fiji, increasing numbers of people are moving from villages to cities. This means that class sizes at kindergartens are also larger. Larger classes make it difficult for local staff to give each child the individual attention they need to thrive, so volunteers are a welcome pair of helping hands. It is also the perfect opportunity for students put any skills and interests they have to use, such as arts & crafts, assisting with basic literacy and numeracy, or teaching games, songs, or sports.
The new Alternative Spring Break Trips have been added to a roster that already includes a variety of meaningful programs in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ghana, and Morocco. Projects Abroad provides projects in a number of different areas, from childcare to conservation, so students will be able to pursue a project that fits their interests and goals.
For more information about Alternative Spring Break Trips, please visit

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