Want to make the most of your vacation in 2019? Sign up for an alternative spring break volunteer trip!
It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself into another culture, gain valuable career development experience and go on a once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning adventure.
Whether you’re a college student or still in high school, you can make a long-term impact in one week.
Why you should join an alternative spring break volunteer trip
If you’re all about standing out from the crowd and using your time to make a difference, an alternative spring break trip will help you do all that and more.
During your week off, you can travel to Mexico or Costa Rica and work towards achieving long-term sustainability goals set by the United Nations (UN).
No matter what project you end up choosing, you’ll gain valuable skills and experience that will advance your professional and personal journey. Universities, and your future boss, will love to see that you used your vacation to help positively impact the world.
You’ll also have the chance to engage with local communities in an authentic way. Far away from the usual tourist-trodden path, you’ll get further insight into how people live, the challenges they face and what makes their culture unique and different to yours.
Alternative spring break ideas
Volunteer in Costa Rica
Travel to Costa Rica for your alternative spring break and discover the “Pura Vida” lifestyle for yourself.
Not only is the country known for its excellent surfing conditions and lush rainforests, but it also boasts incredible adventure activities such as kayaking, white river rafting, and zip lining tours.
Community development programs
Do you have a passion for working with people? Use your spring break to volunteer on vital community development projects in Costa Rica.
You’ll stay in the beautiful town of Quepos, based at the entrance of the incredible Manuel Antonia National Park. Your week will involve helping local partners develop infrastructure and educational centers for the community.
A typical day could involve teaching English to students, painting classrooms or refurbishing furniture. Our projects are always tailored to the needs of the community at the time, ensuring that all your efforts are going towards a project that is meaningful and will have long-term effects.
On your downtime, you’re free to explore the surrounding region. Go trekking through Manuel Antonio National Park and keep an eye out for the four different types of monkey that call the forest home.
If you’re craving something more thrilling, you can sign up for adventure tours, learn to surf or take things easy at one of the beachfront cafes and bars.
Under 18 spring break volunteering in Costa Rica
Under 18 and want to make a difference? GVI also offers tailored alternative spring break packages for high school students.
Your project will focus on community development as well, but the structured itinerary is tailored to suit the wants and needs of younger volunteers, and includes adventurous side activities, and cultural excursions.
Volunteer in Mexico
Escape your college dorm room and swap it for picture perfect views of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
You’ll stay nearby to beautiful beaches and be a day trip away from some of the most famous Mayan ruins. There are also 7,000 cenotes to explore, and the region is known for its excellent scuba diving.
Marine conservation programs
Does your idea of a perfect spring break involve lots of diving? Why not use all that time underwater to protect the reef and make a difference!
You can volunteer on critical marine conservation projects inside the second largest reef in the world – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. The area is home to abundant marine diversity including endangered sea turtles, manta rays and over 60 different types of hard coral species.
During your week-long alternative spring break volunteer project, you’ll work closely with a local team around conservation topics and conducting valuable research in the field.
If you don’t have a diving qualification yet, you can use your time in Mexico to earn your PADI Open Water certification. In the evenings, you can learn more about the local culture by attending cooking classes, trying your hand at salsa lessons and swimming in some of the region’s most spectacular cenotes.
Under 18 spring break volunteering in Mexico
For under 18 volunteers, you can sign up for a similar marine conservation project in Mexico. While your trip will follow a tailored itinerary for your age group, you’ll still get to make a genuine difference.
You can either sign up as a solo volunteer or with a group of your friends from your high school. GVI is a parent-run organization, so you can be assured that health and safety is taken seriously on all our trips.
Book your alternative spring break volunteer trip
Take control of your future and make a difference at the same time. Who knows, your spring break volunteer project might spark a career interest or help you land that dream internship.