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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

How college students can avoid spring break travel scams

If you plan to travel out of the country, having an updated passport is essential. (Credit: Full Issue)

If you plan to travel out of the country, having an updated passport is essential. (Credit: Full Issue)

There may still be snow where you are, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring break travel. Unfortunately, some of those great deals you find online or through a little-known travel company may result in travel scams or outright fraud. You can protect yourself from some of the most common scams by reading the fine print in any agreement you sign, or using your credit card to make purchases (since credit cards are insured against fraud). You can also help protect your parents against spring break phone scams. To get tips on how to avoid scams during your spring break, keep reading! Read more

Service project opportunity: The CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest!

Are you passionate about helping people?

cb_blog_alternative_spring_break_240x255_v01_jjAre you looking to utilize your leadership skills by making an impact in a particular community? If so, let us know about it and you could win up to $2,500 to fund your very own Alternative Spring Break project!

Get sponsored!

We at CengageBrain.com are giving away the CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award to one student, or group of students, who will spend their spring break serving those in need. Along with receiving The CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award, you and up to [4] of your friends or classmates will be rewarded with $500 each to be used for airfare, food, lodging and other related expenses while participating in the service project of your choice! Read more

Spring break travel tips for college students—how to stay safe

By making spring break plans in advanced, you will reduce unnecessary stress.

By making spring break plans in advanced, you will reduce unnecessary stress.

Hitting the road with your best friends is a time-honored ritual, and spring break has quickly become the epitome of bonding for college students. But as important as the fun you plan to have is how to stay safe while you are relaxing and taking a break from classes. Read on for some spring break travel tips that will ensure your spring break is memorable for all the right reasons. And if you’re thinking “I know these already,” we get it. But it never hurts to be over-prepared!

Prep in advance

You don’t want to start out on your spring break journey stressed out because you aren’t prepared. A little advance thinking can save you from a major problem down the road. Read more

How to get in shape for spring break 2013…or at least before summer!

Student fitnessOkay everybody, listen up. Depending on when your spring break 2013 falls, you only have a few weeks left to get your body swimsuit ready — and this year you can do it without the fad diets. No eating cabbage soup or starving yourself with the three-day diet. Instead, check out some of these tips and find out how to get in shape before you hit the beach this spring.

Exercise is important

It can cost a lot of money to get in shape, and most college students are on a strict budget. Read more

Spring break 2013: 10 ways to ruin your cross-country road trip

Road tripAhhh…the open road. There is nothing quite like jumping in the car with your best buds—and spring break 2013 might be the perfect time to do it. However, before you take off, there are a few road trip tips to consider. First, keep in mind that you are all traveling together…for a number of days…in the same vehicle…with no way to leave. Second, be sure that you have everything (and everyone) you need for the trip before you depart. And third, avoid the following road trip mistakes at all cost. Trust me! Drum roll, please! Here are the ten ways to guarantee that your cross-country road trip will be an utter disaster: Read more

Where will you spend your college spring break 2013?

Panama City Beach, Florida, during spring break

Panama City Beach, Florida, during spring break

Sand, surf, and stunningly beautiful people in bathing suits. Yes, these three S’s could only mean one thing: it’s college spring break 2013! So, how do you plan to spend your time away from classes and all night cram sessions? Travel can be expensive, especially when your budget is scarce. But that doesn’t mean that you have to totally forgo vacation, sit in your dorm and only eat at the dining hall for the next week. In fact, there are a number of excellent options for spring breakers. From the best beach getaways to the off-the-beaten path locales, here is a list of places where you can enjoy your time off — regardless of your budget! 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!

Get sponsored!

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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

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