Alternative Breaks Create Positive Impacts
The snow has melted and the sun is finally out in full force in Kansas City. For many, that means a week-long vacation with the family to somewhere warmer. An outing to Walt Disney World to soak up the Florida sun? A trip to somewhere tropical to lounge on the beach and breathe the ocean air? Or, maybe this year will be a staycation with a few barbecues and catching up on sleep after the start of daylight savings time. While all of these vacations should rejuvenate you for the rest of the season (or at least make you wish you had a second week of spring break), there is a different kind of spring break you might want to consider.
Alternative Spring Breaks or Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) are a great way to spend your time off. Students across the country are packing up their bags, travelling to different states or countries and giving back to other communities on their breaks. ASB programs are most common on college campuses and cover a wide range of community issues. Not only do the communities in need benefit, but participants feel lasting effects. Providing a unique and impactful experience, these programs help start the conversation for college students on issues they feel passionate about. Returning to the classroom after break, participants are more likely to use the lessons they learned and make a difference in their community.
College students can visit their on-campus student affairs office to find out if there are alternative break programs at their schools. The cost is generally low and students usually travel in a group. If an alternate break doesn’t fit in your spring schedule, many of these programs offer other trips at different times of the year.
Does this seem like a great experience you would like to participate in? Next time a break from school comes around, consider turning in your swimsuit for a shovel and experience what an alternative service break can do for you and a community in need.
Authored by: Sidney Peterson, Communications & Events Specialist