The World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (or WWOOF) offers a get-your-hands-dirty spring break.© chilcotin.wordpress.com
The organization Habitat for Humanity is challenging students to volunteer during spring break to help build homes for communities in need as part of the organization’s Collegiate Challenge program. The organization’s year-round alternative break program gives students the opportunity to build homes for a week throughout the U.S. The organization’s Construction and Environmental Resource Department strives to build each home with energy efficiency and healthy indoor air equality.
CONTACT: Habitat for Humanity
For years, the United Way has given students a chance to participate in an alternative spring break. This year, spring break students will have a chance to repair communities destroyed by flooding in Indiana and help rebuild Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coasts from the destruction caused by hurricanes Katrina and Ike. The program starts February 28th and ends March 21st. It costs $150, but the organization offers fundraising information to help with the costs of transportation and program fees.
CONTACT: United Way
Ready to get your hands dirty? The World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) organization offers volunteers a unique experience on organic farms around the world. Volunteers can choose a destination and host provided by the organization. Farms partner with WWOOF organizations around the world, from Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Turkey, Australia and Uganda. Volunteers will develop hands-on experience working with organic farmers while helping sustain the agricultural land and local economy. They help their hosts with daily tasks, and are provided with living arrangements in return. WWOOF requires a small fee to uphold networking costs.
CONTACT: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is providing a memorable alternative spring break opportunity for students. The organization offers a week-long environmental excursion to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Students will set up camp in the park and hike the canyons during the day participating in vegetation projects and removing graffiti along the trails. This trip offers students a unique experience in one of the most beautiful and majestic parks in the U.S.
CONTACT: Student Conservation Association
The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) group welcomes students to join The Mountain Justice Spring Break on March 7th-15th in Tennessee to continue the group’s fight to stop mountaintop removal mining. The group is joining with the United Mountain Defense, the Save our Cumberland Mountains group, Southern Energy Network and the Sierra Student Coalition to help the fight. The group will work with local Tennessee communities to rebuild land destroyed by mining practices. The SEAC is a combination of student and youth environmental groups striving to protect the environment.
CONTACT: Student Environmental Action Coalition
Amizade Global Service-Learning and Volunteer Program is offering students a chance to earn academic credits during their spring break while exploring Petersfield, Jamaica. Students will have a chance to participate in a week-long (March 7th-14th) community project focusing on the current sugar industry in Jamaica. They will interact with the local community while exploring the beautiful island nation. Program fees include living arrangements, local programming, staffing, university credits, transportation, international health insurance, contribution to the local community, and recreational activities. Fees range from $1,463 to $1,963 depending on application date.
BROOKE NEUMAN is an editorial intern at E.