Nonprofits offer alternative spring break excursions


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Looking for service-related spring break adventures? Here are a few options within the United States and abroad that offer new experiences and a chance to help others.

Student Conservation Association Alternative Spring Break 2010

Dates: March 14-20

Where: Grand Canyon National Park

What: The organization provides environmental service projects for college students, training them to be conservation leaders. This trip involves camping on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, daily hiking trips, vegetation projects and removing graffiti throughout the park.

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Global Volunteers: Renovate Homes or Tutor Youth in Appalachia

Dates: Year round, 0ne- to two-week-long trips

Where: West Virginia

What: Students will work to create safer housing for low-income families and will learn first-hand about day-to-day life in Appalachia. Outdoor trips are offered and some tutoring opportunities are available as well.

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Build Homes in Costa Rica

Dates: March 21-29

Where: San Ramon, Costa Rica

What: Students will work with the community to improve housing conditions in San Ramon. This trip involves a homestay, training and manual labor as well as immersion in the local community.

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