An alternative to the average Spring Break

Jake Rodgers, Carpe Diem staff
May 18, 2012
Filed under Lifestyle, Top Stories

Every spring break, high school and college students take an exodus to the beach. A beach trip isn’t the only thing to do on spring break, though. Another way to spend a week off is through the Alternative Spring Break program.

The program is integrated at colleges and universities around the country. Alternative Spring Break allows college students to travel to a city and volunteer for the week. The University of Georgia (UGA) took students to Miami and Philadelphia in 2010. The program – now known as IMPACT – at UGA started in 1994.

Each trip involves a different social issue at hand. For example, a trip students from Emory University took focused on disaster relief and recovery.

According to Caitlin Kelly, a student involved with IMPACT at UGA, Alternative Spring Break helps students achieve a new perspective on social issues.

Now, the program is for college students solely. After a couple of beach trips for spring break, maybe try the alternative and do something new.

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