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See the Alternative Spring Break trip to Rogue River!

Last month, students from the University of Oregon were selected as the winners in CengageBrain’s Alternative Spring Break competition. With the cash prize of $2,500, they were able to take a group of students from a local middle school on a backpacking trip through the Rogue River Wilderness Area in southern Oregon. Here the group traveled by foot to restore the area by clearing trails, removing visitor impact and improving habitat. One of the leaders of the group from the University of Oregon, Grace Rogan, has graciously offered to share the group’s experience through the Rogue River:

Alternative Spring Break Project along the Rogue River

Our group of college and middle school students were able to spend our week-long spring break along the banks of the beautiful Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Read more

Congratulations 2014 Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners!

Back in February we began a search for a group of students, who were willing to spend their spring break serving those in need. Students who were looking to utilize their leadership skills to make an impact in the community for our annual CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Happily, our search has ended successfully! We at CengageBrain.com are very excited to announce that Grace Rogan and her team of five from The University of Oregon have been awarded the 2014 CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award and $2,500 towards funding their alternative spring break project.

CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners

We couldn’t be happier they won! And based on the smiling faces above… They’re pretty stoked as well! Keep reading to see why… Read more

Alternative spring break: Benefits of volunteering or planning a staycation

Volunteering while in college can be beneficial in a number of ways. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

Volunteering while in college can be beneficial in a number of ways. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

So you’re looking ahead to spring break, but your budget does not support one of the awesome trips some of your peers are planning. You may not wind up on sandy beaches for your spring break, but you can look into the alternative spring break (ASB) opportunities offered on campus. There are many benefits to volunteering, and an ASB could be just what you’re looking for to gain positive experience. Because many ASBs still take place abroad, and do require fundraising to participate, they may still be beyond the limits of your wallet. No worries—you can find ways to volunteer close to home, or plan staycation activities to make sure your spring break is anything but ordinary. Read more

Service break opportunity: “Your Cause, Your Break! The CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest!”

Do you have a passion for helping people?

Do you have the leadership skills to bring on real, impactful change? Tell us about it and you could win up to $2,500 to fund your very own Alternative Spring Break project!

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How to plan a service break and make a difference helping an underserved population

Alternative Spring Break Volunteers

Alternative Spring Break Volunteers (Photo credit: vastateparksstaff)

Spring break is coming up fast, and if you’re looking for a way to have fun, give back to the world and beef up your resume, it’s time to start planning. If you want to meet new people and do something productive, maybe a service break or alternative spring break (ASB) could be just the break from routine you are looking for. A service break, or ASB, involves serving in one of a number of locations either in the US or abroad to help an underserved population. The time you spend helping others can be a transformational experience and education for both you and the people you are serving. Follow these tips on how to plan a service break and make a difference in the world. Read more

Why study abroad: Save money on international programs and graduate on time

Study abroad

Study abroad info (© Al Goldis/AP Images)

According to a recent report published by the Institute of International Education, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, however, overall numbers show that only 14 percent of college students as a whole participate in a study abroad program. In addition, findings show that the majority of students who choose to study abroad head to a European country, and male students are much less likely to take the study abroad leap. The study abroad sphere is widening though, and for those who are looking to take part, there is no time like the present to cash in on some good deals. Read more

Think outside the box: Volunteer for an alternative summer break this year

Alternative summer breakAlthough spring break has passed by already, it’s not too early to plan ahead for how you’ll spend next year. Or better yet, plan to spend a portion of your summer break volunteering with an alternative break organization. Alternative spring break plans are gaining in popularity and some organizations have to limit the amount of applications accepted, so you’ll want to beat the pack. Read more