This year, a growing number of Penn Staters passed up the traditional warm weather spring break destinations of college students nationwide in favor of volunteering for one of several diverse service and learning opportunities offered by various campus organizations. The following represents a small sampling of the many alternative spring break excursions that Penn State students at all campus locations experienced. All of them demonstrate the many different ways that Penn State students continue to serve the community - both in their own backyards and around the world.

Class To Explore Media Systems
In Post-Apartheid South Africa During Spring Break

February 25, 2002
University Park, Pa. – When studying coursework that involves international scope, it’
s often difficult for students to relate to, and even fathom such materials actually are reality. This spring break, however, a group of students studying world media systems will see first-hand how the media function in post-apartheid South Africa.

Crabapple Gang To Work With Seattle Youth
During Spring Break; Environmental Preservation Planned

February 26, 2002
University Park, Pa. – Salmon, rainforests, and underprivileged youth seemingly have little in common - that is, without a group of Penn State students out to make life better for each of them.

Trip To New Zealand Spotlights Preparedness For Natural Hazards

February 27, 2002
University Park, Pa.—The same New Zealand landscape that forms a spectacular backdrop to the dangers faced by the fictional hobbits and warriors in the blockbuster movie series, “The Lord of the Rings,” has its share of real-life natural hazards that will be studied first hand by Penn State students during spring break and beyond.

Mission Mexico Sends Spring Breakers To An Orphanage South Of The Border

February 28, 2002
University Park, Pa. – A group of Penn State students will be heading south of the border this spring break, but not to relax at a lavish resort. These students, in fact, will hang their hats in a Tijuana orphanage for the duration of spring break, a trip they are calling Mission Mexico.

Guatemalan Children To Meet Friendly Faces This Spring Break

March 1, 2002
University Park, Pa. – In one respect, Kathryn Van Nimwegen’s spring break plans aren’t that different from a lot of other students. She plans to use the week as a chance to get a much-needed break from the books and spend some quality time catching up with her parents.