From deep freezes to mild temperatures to late-night thunderstorms, February’s fickle weather had our heads spinning. But spring break has arrived, and that means several hundred students will set out across the country tomorrow to volunteer in the Community Service Center’s annual Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) program. Many School of Law students will also be heading off to places like Portland, Maine, New Orleans, La., Baltimore, Md., Detroit, Mich., and Harlingen, Tex., to conduct pro bono legal work with various organizations.
Other BU student groups and classes are planning to spend the week on service-oriented trips a bit farther afield. Timmy Global Health @ BU, a student group committed to expanding access to health care across the globe, will send 16 students on a service trip to Mao, Dominican Republic, where they will help support patients and conduct research on community-specific health needs.
Through Questrom’s new Global Management Experience—which offers a kind of master class in how business is conducted globally—16 undergrads will spend 10 days in Beijing and Hong Kong, visiting local business executives, government leaders, and entrepreneurs. The course is open to students from Questrom, the College of Engineering, and the College of Arts & Sciences.
Next week two groups of Questrom MBA students will embark on student-led treks, one to Guatemala and one to Israel. Members of the BU Global Ventures Consulting Club will provide volunteer consulting services to Guatemalan entrepreneurs, including handicrafts producers, bakers, and farmers. They’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Antigua Guatemala, as well as Quetzaltenango, the country’s second largest city, and picturesque Lake Aitlán.
The second trip brings 41 MBA students to spend a week in Israel, where they will visit the Google campus in Tel Aviv and TEVA Pharmaceuticals in Jerusalem, among others, hear from high-profile speakers in business, politics, and journalism, and tour sites across the country.
For many students, the week ahead is a chance to visit family and friends, travel to a warm, sunny beach, or stay local and explore Boston.
How are you spending spring break? We want to know. Send us a photo on Instagram or Twitter, using #BUspringbreak, by Friday, March 11, and it could appear in a photo gallery on Facebook. Be sure to include your name, graduation year, and the college you’re enrolled in, as well as a short caption to run with your photo.