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It’s Not Too Late for an Alternative Spring Break with Projects Abroad

International Volunteer Organization Accepting Last-Minute Applications for Spring Break

NEW YORK – MARCH 1, 2012 - For students without plans for spring break this March, Projects Abroad is still taking last-minute signups for their Alternative Spring Break Trips. Volunteering abroad is a great alternative for students looking to get the most out of their week off and avoid the usual rowdy spring break hotspots.

“Projects Abroad provides worthwhile volunteer projects rooted in the needs of the local communities in which we work,” says Thomas Pastorius, Jr., Vice President of Projects Abroad. “Even with just a week, volunteers can impact these communities and mature themselves in the process.”

For the Alternative Spring Break Trips, Projects Abroad arranges meals, accommodation, and insurance, and full-time in-country staff organize airport pick-ups, work placements, and social activities for the week. Spring break volunteers join a community of Projects Abroad’s other longer-term volunteers participating in various service projects in the local community. Though the trips are designed to fit college schedules, volunteers of all ages and families are welcome to join.

Available programs are:

    Community Building in Jamaica

  • March 11th-17th
  • March 18th-24th

Students help with unskilled tasks rebuilding and repairing homes in Jamaica that have been damaged my natural disasters. Projects Abroad partners with a local development agency that organizes community based building projects for low-income Jamaicans. Students live in the old colonial town of Mandeville and are provided transportation to the building sites.

    Conservation in Mexico

  • March 11th-17th
  • March 18th-24th

Projects Abroad maintains its own conservation site of the pacific coast of southern Mexico along a beautiful black sand beach. The beach is a natal beach where endangered sea turtles come to lay their eggs. Volunteers work in teams monitoring the beach to collect eggs and bring them back to a secure enclosure where they can incubate safely.

    Care in Costa Rica

  • March 18th-24th

Volunteers on the Care project in Costa Rica work with day cares, kindergartens, and special needs centers for disadvantaged children in the town of Liberia. The group assists local staff with educational and social activities and provides positive support to aid the development of the children.

    Culture and Community in Morocco

  • March 11th-17th

This unique trip focuses on leaning about the language, history, and culture of Morocco while participating in various service activities in the capital city of Rabat. Time is split between Arabic lessons, cultural visits, community service projects, and care work with children.

For more information on Projects Abroad’s Alternative Spring Break Trips and to sign up, visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/alternative-spring-break/.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 27 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, China, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s website at www.projects-abroad.org.

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