There is one week in a college student’s spring semester that is far more cherished than all the others- spring break.

It is that sweet, sweet time when all of the dorms close down and students pack themselves into cars, driving across the country and searching for that perfect adventure or some much needed relaxation (especially after mid-terms).

There is nothing better than spending a week with your friends, but did you know that you can do that while making a positive impact on the community around you?

There are so many opportunities to do some good, while also enjoying your spring break with your friends, so you should definitely take advantage of them if you can.

Volunteering allows you to travel to some really cool places, meet new people, and it actually looks really great on a resume.

Here are a few ways to have fun and serve others during your week off:

1. Volunteer Abroad

This is a super fun way to see the world while also achieving positive change while you’re there.

In spring break programs that work abroad there is such a variety of available projects that you can definitely find something you’re interested in doing- and it might even complement your major!

On the trips, students can work on projects such as construction and renovation, teaching English and supporting children in school, and even assisting and shadowing physicians.

The International Volunteer Headquarters has some great volunteer opportunities abroad and you can find those here.

2. Go on a Mission Trip

Chances are, the religious organizations in your area are definitely planning some mission trips for students to take part in during spring break.

These are wonderful because they can be as close as volunteering in your local community, working three hours away, helping out in another state, or even going to an entirely different country.

You can enjoy time with your friends, make a difference in the community around you, and help to spread your religious beliefs.

Ask around in your area and I’m sure you can find a great mission trip to take part in!

3. Rebuild U.S. Homes and Communities Hit by Disaster

With the St. Bernard Project you can volunteer in cities across America, helping them to rebuild after being hit by a natural disaster.

The St. Bernard Project works to rebuild communities, prepare them for potential future disasters, and advocates for faster and improved recovery strategies.

This is a really unique chance to have a tangible impact on a family’s life! If you’re interested this spring break opportunity then you can look here for more information.

4. Volunteer in a National Park

Are you outdoorsy?

If so, then you should consider volunteering in a State Park for the week!

The American Hiking Society hosts a program that allows you to work with 8-15 students building and maintaining hiking trails in some of our nation’s most beautiful state parks.

I also feel like s’mores will probably be involved so that’s definitely a plus! You can find more information on these trips here.

5. Add Good Deeds to Your Spring Break Bucket List

If you’re a college student and you go somewhere fun for spring break, chances are you have a bucket list.

I’m sure it’s filled with so many exciting and crazy activities that you’re already wondering how you plan to accomplish them all, so what could adding one more item really hurt?

Consider making a goal of doing ten good deeds while you’re on your break.

They can be simple and inexpensive and even easy, but a little kindness can go a long way!

I hope these suggestions have inspired you to use your time off to make a difference.

Regardless of what you decide to do for your spring break, don’t forget your sunscreen, take a lot of pictures, and enjoy this little week of freedom!

Now, in the words of Minor Myers Jr., “Go out into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

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