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You can have an awesome spring break without spending a ton of cash. Here's how.


You can have an awesome spring break without spending a ton of cash. Here's how.

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Work, play, and save money on spring break

Being a college student is never easy, and sometimes being on a budget means that you can’t take that expensive trip to Cabo San Lucas with your friends. The bright side is that there are many other ways to have fun -- and even give back -- without breaking the bank.

Volunteering globally 

Spring break doesn’t always have to be about partying. Many students travel around the world to help others. Some of these programs are funded by colleges or universities while others are privately funded, and they usually last for about one week. Programs can range from helping to promote positive development in children to building houses.  

The trips funded by colleges or universities tend to be more expensive, but many of the privately funded service trips cost about the same as one night in a hotel on an extravagant trip. 

The United Way's Alternative Spring Break program has a price range of $275 to $395, including three meals per day, housing, transportation, excursions and other activities. And there are countless other service programs that will allow you to travel and see new places while helping people at the same time.

Volunteering locally

Even though service trips are nowhere near as expensive as traditional trips, you can wipe out your travel costs almost entirely through local volunteering opportunities. College and universities tend to promote local volunteer opportunities in addition to their global offerings. The possibilities are endless, and range from helping out at a soup kitchen to tutoring children. 

Local service opportunities are year-round, so your service doesn’t have to end when classes resume. If you find yourself enjoying the time you spend doing service, continue helping out! Local charities and all other volunteer programs are always looking for more volunteers.

Forming friendships

One great aspect of volunteer work is that you can form new friendships or even make your current relationships stronger. People often volunteer with friends or family, but if you don’t, traveling and spending time with new people is a fast way to make friends. Although the service trips often last only one week, people tend to keep in touch.

(The article was provided by Circa Campus in partnership with GenFKD who has fellows on college campuses around the nation. Circa Campus contributor, Allana Palomino contributed to this article.)

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