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Why Volunteer Over Spring Break?


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Why Volunteer Over Spring Break?For some, spring break depicts a picture of white sand beaches, out of town vacations, joy rides and travelling around the world. But if you are a typical student who wants to engage with something purposeful during spring breaks, then you may find volunteering to be the perfect alternative way to spend your week. So why volunteer over spring break? What benefits can it bring you aside from having memorable experiences?

Reasons to Choose an Alternative Spring Break

Challenge yourself

You can only appreciate how useful it is to volunteer for a good cause if you are aware of what changes it can bring about for yourself and for the people around you. One of the biggest benefits of doing voluntary services comes from challenging yourself. Putting the greater good ahead of having a fun time is a choice that requires dedication. But if you’re like most students, you’ll come out of the experience not only knowing that you helped others, but you’ll also walk away with lessons that you’ll draw on for the rest of your life. You’ll see for yourself that one individual can, in fact, make a difference in the world.

Learn new skills

Another benefit is that you can learn new things. Learning does not only take place within the walls of a classroom; it can happen anywhere, anytime. ‘Experience is the best teacher’ — that’s what you always hear from your teachers, and they say it for a reason. Taking an alternative spring break gives you the perfect opportunity to learn while doing, which will help you develop new skills and acquire more knowledge and awareness of the world through the new experiences you’ll go through.

Make new friends

Alternative spring break trips bring together a group of like-minded students, so it’s a great way to get to meet new friends. You may also be so fortunate as to have the opportunity to build good relationships with people in the community that you serve. By sharing a challenging experience and working together towards a common goal, you’ll get to know each other quickly, learn how to trust each other, and even learn about what life is like for them. It will help you understand different people and their culture, and despite your differences you may even walk away with some life-long friends.

Explore your passions

Another reason for choosing to take an alternative spring break is that you get to explore your passions and interests. When you commit to volunteering, you’ll get to experience what it’s really like to do the type of work that you chose. You’ll get to assess your own skills in some areas, too: for example, if you spend your week teaching students you’ll get to see not only whether you like the work, but whether you do it well and achieve your goals. Spending a week trying out a new job is one of the best ways to figure out whether to make a career out of it. From there, you can get the courage to go out and explore it in the real world.

Building your resume

Many colleges and employers prefer applicants who have strong community involvement. By choosing to spend your time volunteering to help others, you demonstrate your caring and commitment to a better world as well as your willingness to forego immediate pleasure for yourself in exchange for making a greater impact on the world.

Your alternative spring break location will give them information about you, too. By choosing a location that you’re unfamiliar with or that is far from home, you show that you’re curious, brave and willing to stand on your own and take some risks.

Above all, helping other people is the most precious reward you can ever get. Never underestimate your abilities as an individual, thinking that you are only just a drop of water in the sea. That sea would still be less because of a missing drop. Moreover, what seems to be a small thing to you can mean so much to others. So if you’re inspired to make a difference, there’s no reason to stay at home for your spring break. Go out and explore the world and use your skills to make it a better place.

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