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Epic Alternative Spring Break Programs

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Choosing where to go for Spring Break can be a tough one... SO MANY CHOICES! Do you head away with your BFFs to a crowded beach, spend all of your money and come back with nothing but a tan... Or do something meaningful, give back to a community and come out the other side with a positive additive to your resume? Is the latter sounding pretty appealing? Then keep on reading, here we give you our top picks for Epic Alternative Spring Break Programs.

Volunteer in Costa Rica

Based in the capital, San Jose, volunteering in Costa Rica is an ideal option for your alternative Spring Break. The nearby tropical beaches, natural beauty and thrill-seeking adventures make Costa Rica a buzzing hub for Spring Breakers. Contribute to local communities by volunteering with IVHQ on your alternative spring break, projects include Teaching English, Special Needs Care, Childcare, Healthcare, Turtle Conservation, Eco-Agriculture Conservation and Construction/Renovation. Get your thrills on the weekends by spending the day white water rafting down the Pacuare River or zip-lining through Monteverde. Keen to take it easy? Chill out on one of the tropical beaches over the weekend and then on Sunday, spend some quality time with your host family with quality food and chat.

Spring Break Program Start Dates for Costa Rica:

  • Monday 7th March
  • Monday 14th March
  • Monday 21st March
  • Monday 28th March

"My time in Costa Rica was some of the best times of my life! I met so many amazing people and did so many amazing things. I loved watching the progress we made as we renovated a kindergarten classroom and English school. My host family was fantastic and I wouldn't change a thing about my experience, besides staying longer next time!" - Joshua Bennignton (IVHQer in Costa Rica)

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Volunteer in Mexico

Why not head to Mexico for an alternative Spring Break adventure? With IVHQ’s volunteer program located in Mérida on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, there is plenty to see, do and experience while you are there. Volunteering with IVHQ, you have the choice of many projects, there is literally something for everyone. Pick from Teaching English, Special Needs Care, Childcare, Animal Care/Animal Rights, Environmental Research and Maya Agriculture (which is located 2.5 hours by bus from Mérida). It’s easy to combine giving back while also seeing all that Mexico can offer while on your alternate Spring Break. On the weekends, embrace the culture and history by exploring Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan Ruin site in the Yucatan. Take the time to relax and unwind just 15 minutes from the volunteer accommodation at Dizibilchaltun, where you can swim in the Cenote Xlacah (sink hole) or live the dream by having a beautiful seafood lunch at the beach in Progreso.

Spring Break Program Start Dates for Mexico:

  • Monday 7th March
  • Monday 21st March

"I’m so happy I had the opportunity to volunteer in Mexico these past few weeks. It was quite an adventure. I got to volunteer at an animal shelter, a protection home for young teenage girls, and I even got to teach a little English! I also had the great opportunity to make new friends from all over the world. My fellow volunteers have inspired me so much; they are all so ambitious, caring and hard working. I loved hearing about their countries, past international trips and future plans to travel." - Lauren Stovall (IVHQer in Mexico)

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Volunteer in Guatemala

Guatemala is the ideal location to spend your alternative Spring Break, it has so much to offer at very affordable prices. Volunteer projects are located in the colonial city of Antigua, which is just 30 minutes from the capital, Guatemala City. Make a difference by volunteering with IVHQ in Guatemala during your Spring Break, where there is a project to suit anyone and everyone… Choose from Teaching English, Childcare, Medical, Animal Care/Animal Rights, Construction/Renovation, Eco-Agriculture Conservation, Lake Conservation, Special Needs Care and Elderly Care. Weekends are for adventures! Guatemala has no end of thrill-seeking adventures in and around Antigua - road trip to Lake Atitlan where you can get amongst horseback riding, kayaking, jet-skiing and heaps more. For the beach babes and boys, you can head to the epic coast of El Salvador, where the waves are perfect for all skill levels of surfing, the soak up the sun with a cold one and an amazing meal.

Spring Break Program Start Dates for Guatemala:

  • Monday 7th March
  • Monday 14th March
  • Monday 21st March
  • Monday 28th March

"I had a great experience! Everyone who worked at my placement was so welcoming and nice, they went above and beyond to help us in any way possible. My house was also very beautiful and very well maintained, I was very impressed. I definitely feel that this experience has made me grow and appreciate much more. My favorite part of this experience was the group of volunteers I lived with, we were able to go on trips together, explore the city, and become like family. I am very happy with my experience and am extremely happy I took the chance to volunteer."  - Chelsea Kinghorn (IVHQer in Guatemala)

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Volunteer in Italy

Europe for Spring Break sounds like a dream come true doesn’t it… Well it could be your reality. Take an alternative break and volunteer in Italy with IVHQ. Integrate your break with giving back to the community in Naples by participating on one of the projects available. Pick from Teaching English, After School Care, Environmental and NGO Support. Spend the weekends exploring the city of Naples, enjoying the amazing cuisine, history and culture. Set a full day aside to visit the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, just a 30 minute drive from Naples - it is definitely a must-see! Head a bit further from Naples to the capital, Rome, marvel in the history-soaked Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Sistine Chapel. For the wanderers among us, there is plenty of nature to explore, like the nearby Mt. Vesuvius or complete the “Walk of the Gods” along the Almalfi Coast.

Spring Break Program Start Date for Italy:

  • Monday 7th March

"In May 2015 I had the privilege of spending three weeks in Naples doing the Teaching English program. I can honestly say it was the greatest three weeks of my life and I learnt so much during my time in Italy, not only about the different culture but also about myself. The kids were absolutely amazing - always eager to learn and always with a huge smile on their faces. I woke up every day with excitement knowing I was going to have a blast. The staff at the school were so excited to see international volunteers and always made their best effort to communicate in English and ask us about our home countries. The INN team were absolutely incredible and were always there when we needed anything. On top of this, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by the best group of volunteers to share my experiences with and travel around. I came home a better person and will forever be thankful for my time in Italy. I miss it dearly but I know I will be back very soon." - Emma Carter (IVHQer in Italy)

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Volunteer in Cambodia

Take a leap and travel to Cambodia for Spring Break in 2016! IVHQ has volunteering project opportunities that will suit all travelers, choose from Teaching English, Working with NGOs, Childcare, Special Needs Care and Computer Support. Take the weekends to explore the temples of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or enjoy the riverside promenade, bustling with restaurants and bars - it is always a volunteer favorite. Just 5 hours from Phnom Penh, you will be in the beautiful Sihanoukville, relax on the beach, enjoy local seafood and get in some scuba diving, or escape further to one of the surrounding isolated islands. The possibilities for fun and adventure are endless in Cambodia.

Spring Break Program Start Dates for Cambodia:

  • Monday 7th March
  • Monday 21st March

"I am so in love with where I was placed - I ended up working in an amazing organization. I couldn't be happier. My host family was great - they cooked amazing food and I enjoyed my stay. Everything is different than back home, but that's why we travel! To explore and experience a different way of life. I have zero complaints with my host family and the food. I was well looked after and the family genuinely cared about me. I don't know how they cooked for so many people all the time; they are an amazing family! From my host family to my Tuk Tuk driver, to local neighbors - everyone welcomed me with a smile! Thank you for giving me this opportunity." - Jennifer Macpherson (IVHQer in Cambodia)

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Volunteer in Peru

Grab your best alpaca sweatshirt, jump on a plane and cruise to Cusco, Peru for your alternative Spring Break! Full to the brim with history and natural wonders, Cusco has so much to offer while immersing you in the Peruvian culture. Combine Spring Break into a transformative experience by combining it with a volunteering project. IVHQ has plenty of volunteer options in Cusco to offer, get involved in Teaching English, Special Needs Care, Childcare, Medical, Jungle Conservation, Animal Care, Construction/Renovation or Andean Immersion. Peru is amazing for ticking things off your bucket list - take a train or brave the 4-day hike to Machu Picchu, a site of huge cutural and religious significance - and let's not forget the breathtaking scenery. Ensure you have your phone and selfie-stick at the ready. For a relaxing weekend, hang out in Cusco, a city overflowing with heritage, brilliant views and chocolate! A foodie's heaven, you can't visit Cusco without a visit to Choco-Museo for some fondue or a hot chocolate.

Spring Break Program Start Dates for Cusco, Peru:

  • Monday 7th March
  • Monday 14th March
  • Monday 21st March
  • Monday 28th March

"I spent 3 weeks in the wonderful city of Cusco, volunteering in a small medical center. Without any doubt, it was the best experience I have had in my life. Since the beginning of my adventure, the IVHQ staff have been awesome. They have been here for us for everything we needed and made me feel comfortable since the first minute. My family placement was more than great. In general, Peruvians are very nice people. I would encourage everyone who can to go to Cusco. If I can give some advice: don't raise your expectations, don't think too much and just go, you will be amazed. Love and light." - Zaïneb Benslimane (IVHQer in Peru - Cusco)

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Volunteer in Bali

Beaches, trekking, fresh food and sunshine, what more could you want from an alternative Spring Break?! Nothing? Then Bali is for you! Ubud, Bali's cultural center is the home of IVHQ's volunteer program, where you can integrate epic travels while making a positive contribution to the community. Pick from Teaching, Construction/Renovation, Turtle Conservation, Environmental Education, Healthcare Education and Kindergarten. Weekends are for catching some sun rays at the beaches of Sanur or Kuta and exploring the island environments, like a sunrise tour of Mount Batur! Keen to head further from the mainland? Easy. A short 2-hour speed boat ride will have you lazing the days at Lombok, the Gili Islands offer phenomonal white sandy beaches and dream-like snorkelling amongst the turtles and tropical fishes. Become at one with yourself by partaking in a yoga class on Gili Air, enjoy vegan eateries and fresh coconut water.

Spring Break Bali Program Start Dates for Bali:

  • Monday 7th March
  • Monday 21st March

"Volunteering in Bali was amazing! Not only was the land and nature itself breath-taking but the people of Bali are beautiful as well. I loved being able to teach English in the kindergarten classes in the mornings, talk with the locals and travel around on weekends. Plus, living in the family compound in Penestanan Kaja village (where the Green Lion Volunteer Organization office is located) really allowed us to integrate into the culture which was my favourite part of the entire trip. I loved becoming apart of the community, learning about Balinese culture, walking to my placement everyday, waving to the families who I had come to know, and contributing to the community! Overall, it was a beautiful experience and I would recommend it to anyone." - Jasmine Montagnese (IVHQer in Bali)

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