Do you know what type of spring break experience might best fit you? If you are wondering how to spend your spring semester recess, be advised that the University of Arizona offers many programs over spring break – whether you are interested in learning more about a career path, or travel, or service opportunities. Consider the conversations below to determine the best fit.
1: “I want to spend my week traveling.”
Answer: Explore short-term study abroad programs
From quick getaways to yearlong programs, the UA Study Abroad office coordinates travel and international study opportunities – including spring break trips – for students of all levels and interests. Spring semester recess trips allow students to explore the world while receiving credit in a safe, structured program.
Study Abroad spring break programs are typically led by a UA faculty whose expertise is in the history or culture of the country they’ll be visiting.
This year, the Study Abroad office sponsors trips to France, Italy, and Vietnam – but trips are added often, so be sure to check back on the Study Abroad website! Most deadlines for these spring break trips are in the fall, but students are welcome to contact Study Abroad anytime to determine their options.
2: “I want to spend my week thinking about my future.”
Answer: Enroll in UA’s job shadow program
UA’s one-of-a-kind spring break job shadow program allows students to shadow a professional in a field of their choice. Their day might include sitting in on meetings, facility tours, observing daily work, informational interviews, or hands-on experience.
Students can review the job shadow opportunities on Handshake, the University’s online hub for applying to jobs and internships, connecting with recruiters, and learning about different career fields. Applications are accepted on the Handshake website. Once the application window closes, the Student Engagement & Career Development Office will begin matching students with job shadow opportunities.
3: “I want to spend my week doing something good.”
Answer: Inquire about campus service opportunities
Opportunities for service and humanitarian work abound. For a structured spring break service trip, check with your academic advisor who might be aware of department or college service trips.
For example, the Honors College is hosting a few different humanitarian trips during spring break. Students can work with an Apache community on issues of education, sustainability and farming in the white mountains of Arizona; or gain a better understanding of homelessness, immigration, and gang rehabilitation in Los Angeles, California.
Or, students can join the Global Experiential Learning office on a trip to Hawaii where participants can help sea turtles find respite from predators in the fishpond estuaries. Perhaps you can check out The Eller College of Management’s service learning trip to Antigua, Guatemala.
The opportunities are out there and your academic advisor can help locate these programs and determine deadlines.
4: “I want to spend my week being active.”
Answer: Check out Outdoor Recreation adventure trips
Explore the wonders of the southwest with UA’s Outdoor Recreation office, which hosts high adventure trips all around Arizona and surrounding states. This year, Outdoor Recreation has an assortment of events for all skill levels and interests, including a whitewater expedition in southern California, backpacking through Big Bend National Park, or sea kayaking on Lake Powell.
Each trip includes transportation to and from Tucson, food while in the field, technical instruction, and all equipment. Trips are led by seasoned staff members who are outdoor experts. Register directly with Outdoor Recreation on their website.
Whatever their interests, students can choose from many options that are sure to make their spring break a memorable one! For customized guidance in creating a spring break plan, contact your academic advisor.