CheapTickets and United Way have partnered to encourage students to take an alternative spring break vacation — where they can combine travel with volunteer work. And to help students make their travel plans, CheapTickets is offering $75 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more.
United Way’s top five volunteer spring break destinations:
- New Orleans — With space for 302 volunteers, New Orleans’ Habitat for Humanity invites students to rebuild homes in this vibrant city. Accommodations for Spring Breakers are available at the appropriately named Camp Hope.
- Southwest Louisiana — In Lake Charles, Louisiana, United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program will continue reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Rita. Up to 350 volunteers may join the effort from March 1-29, 2008.
- Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast — Many communities along the Gulf Coast were affected by Hurricane Katrina, including Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Mobile, Alabama. A United Way Alternative Spring Break program will focus on these areas, with space for up to 250 volunteers from March 8 – 22, 2008.
- New York City — Appalachian State University in North Carolina has coordinated with the YMCA to have Spring Breakers travel to New York City for a week to mentor inner-city youths. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in the New York area can get more information online.
- Washington, D.C. — Students of Ohio State University will travel to D.C. this spring break, with plans to prepare and deliver meals for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-changing illnesses. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in Washington, D.C. can get more information online.