Texas Travel

Spring Break Volunteer Opportunities

By Jennifer Norris 2.17.15

Getting the whole family Disney World MagicBands. Hitting the slopes with your snowboarding friends. Lazing the days away on the beaches of Mexico. Spring break trips are fun, and they provide memories and stories for a lifetime. But the crowds and costs can make good intentions turn into a trip you’d rather skip. So whether it’s a pack of elementary school kids, high schoolers, or college students that you’re planning a trip for, there’s a great alternative to hitting overcrowded hotspots during spring break this year.

Spring Service
Taking a week to get away from the hustle and bustle of school life will help rejuvenate your mind. Using that week to volunteer your time and talents to help others will help rejuvenate your soul. Most universities organize volunteer trips with groups of 10 to 20 students to descend on a project with energy. Teenagers can look for groups to travel with at their high school or church. Want your family to get involved this spring break? Visit Habitat for Humanity.

Hometown Hero
There are tons of activities to do in your hometown, but chances are, you haven’t had time to do many of them. Here’s your chance to devote a week to discovering fun treasures throughout your city. Still feel like getting away? Book a hotel room in an attraction-filled part of town and then make your must-visit list. Contact your local CVB to learn about events and popular attractions. Be sure to ask them for coupons and discounts that you can use as you rediscover your community.

Hit the Trails
Want to spend your break enjoying the great outdoors? Alternative Break is a volunteer opportunity that allows campers to work on projects in American parks, while camping out and enjoying nature. Up to 15 volunteers join an experienced supervisor as they enjoy day hiking, trail work, exploration, and some wonderful views of clear night skies. Accommodations vary depending on excursion.

Road Trip Adventure
There’s nothing more happy-go-lucky and memorable than the American road trip. Whether you’re stuffing your loved ones into the family car or renting an RV for the week, an adventure awaits. Pick a theme, choose a route, and research before hitting the road. You can plan on staying in motels, hotels, RV parks, or camping in the thousands of national parks that pepper the country.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Texas Farm Bureau member benefits discounts to amusement parks like SeaWorld, Six Flags (Arlington and San Antonio), Hurricane Harbor, Schlitterbahn, and Splashtown, as well as hotel stays at Choice Hotels International, LaQuinta Inns & Suites, Wyndham Group, and Drury Hotels!