Mar 13, 2016 10:14 AM

Some UNH students take spring break to help others

DURHAM - About 150 University of New Hampshire students are forgoing the stereotypical beach-side spring break in favor of making the world a better place.

The UNH Alternative Spring Break Challenge is conducting 10 different trips during the school break, which runs from March 14-19 this year. Of those, five involve Habitat for Humanity trips heading south and west to locations where students will help build homes for needy families, according to Fosters Daily Democrat.

Another trip will take students to work with inner-city youth in an after-school program in East St. Louis, Illinois. And for the outdoor minded, other trips take students to maintain trails at parks in Georgia and Virginia.

In addition, a Christian fellowship has about 50 students involved in a special mission trip to Tampa, Fla. over spring break. Students will split up into different groups, with some working with the elderly in an assisted-living facility while others help renovate and build additions on homes.

Campus minister Tim Hafner said many students return each spring year after year. Students keep coming on the trip, he said, because "it matters, and they're making lifelong friends."

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