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Grand Canyon Offers Alternative Spring Break for College Students: Volunteering

With college spring break just weeks away, many college students are looking forward to drinking their faces off at an exotic, Mexican beach, but Grand Canyon National Park is offering college students a different way to kick back during their time off: volunteering.

For the third year in a row, the park has a program for spring breakers called Alternative Spring Break, and it sounds awesome -- if you're a granola-munching hippy, not a stressed out college kid looking to unwind.

Basically, rather than lounging poolside, staring at droves of bikini-clad sorority girls with a drink in your hand, you could spend your spring break working -- for free, no less.

Alternative spring-breakers will assist staff from Grand Canyon's Division of Science and Resource Management with "the planting of native vegetation in former constructions zones near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, salvage of plants prior to new construction, and removal of graffiti along the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails."

Diggin' holes and scrubbing graffiti -- if that doesn't scream "take me away to margarita-ville," we don't know what does.

We asked an Arizona State University student if the Alternative Spring Break is something she might be interested in and were basically told fat chance.

"I generally use my spring break to relax, not help others, since I do that throughout the rest of the year," Rheyanne Weaver, a junior at ASU, tells New Times. "I would rather go to Rocky Point instead -- the Grand Canyon can only be so much fun."

What, a week full of manual labor doesn't sound like fun?

For more information on the Grand Canyon's spring-break labor camps, click here.

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