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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 to help others—volunteering during the holidays

Don't limit yourself to volunteering only over the holidays, but also year round.

Don’t limit yourself to volunteering only over the holidays, but also year round.

Tis the season to give … and that means more than gift cards and wrapped packages. Volunteering during the holidays is a great way to get more involved with your local community and give back to those who are less fortunate. Learn how to help others this holiday season and what you can get back from the experience.

Give and get

Sure you know that volunteering during the holidays, or any time of year for that matter, is a great thing for your local community. But did you know that you can also snag some pretty big benefits yourself when you step up to help others? The Big Future blog on the College Board site shares some ways that you can not only help others by volunteering, but also get a little something in return in “Volunteering: How Helping Others Helps You:” Read more

Volunteers get class credit and competitive student advantage

English: New Orleans, LA, 3-13-06 -- Volunteer...

New Orleans, LA, 3-13-06 — Volunteers  look for salvageable items in this home that was destroyed from Hurricane Katrina. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

Hey, working for no money is lame. But what about the time tested barter system: you work, but in exchange you get college credit for it. That works for me! Just match your major or school subjects with appropriate work in your community or abroad to gain valuable experience that you can’t get in a classroom. When you volunteer for class credit — also called service learning or experiential learning — you can teach kids, contribute to a science project with real scientists, work with nonprofit organizations, bring safe drinking water to communities around the world and a host of other cool things. And remember, internships and volunteer programs offer a student advantage by giving your resume a boost.

Benefits of community volunteering for college credits

Service learning is valuable for a number of disciplines, including education, biology, agriculture, English, geography and business. Read more

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