Alternative Spring Break

The middle of Africa is not the first place that is thought of for a spring break trip. Usually spring break locations are places such as Mexico, Miami, Florida, and South Padre, Texas. However, eight students from William Penn University will be spending their spring break in Rwanda and Tanzania on what is commonly referred to as an “alternative spring break.”

During a short period of a week and a half, our students will be traveling around the world – learning new customs and tasting new foods, getting an “African tan,” learning about the Rwandan genocide and how the country is rebuilding, and about African safari life with the possibility of seeing lions, elephants, hippopotami, giraffes, zebras, impalas, and so many more creatures.

The March 2012 trip to Rwanda and Tanzania is the first attempt to create permanent study abroad programs at William Penn University. Many other colleges are beginning to offer similar programs – ranging from building shelters in Honduras to touring Paris’ bakeries – all within in a week or two. By offering short-term programs, there is more flexibility for students of all degrees, majors and interests to be able to participate while still continue with their education to graduate on time.

William Penn University will continue to work towards offering information on all study abroad options that their students can participate on – ranging from summer long internships and an academic year abroad to a 10-day spring break option. If you have any questions regarding study abroad, please feel free to contact Graduate Assistant for International Programs Karolyn Wojtowicz at