Forget Jell-O Shots. How About a Volunteer Vacation?

There's more to spring break than a week in Florida. Instead, students can travel abroad, study languagesand advance social justice

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Nora Kramer had been an investment bank intern for two summers when she decided to volunteer at a U.S.-based nonprofit organization called Farm Sanctuary. "I continued to languish away in my cubicle, desperate for a change that would allow me to accomplish something meaningful," she wrote in the Farm Sanctuary newsletter. "Donating money didn't feel like enough." Farm Sanctuary offered her the opportunity to work alongside other students for the summer on a farm in upstate New York while advocating against animal cruelty and living as a vegan.

For many students, volunteer vacations are an opportunity to travel somewhere new and learn about that place—and themselves—while giving something to a community. Whether it's an April week in Alabama or a summer in South America, trips oriented toward students tend to rely heavily on the educational aspects of the experience and the social aspects of living together and working as a group to address a social issue.

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