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Should Community Service Trip to Costa Rica Go on College Applications?

Question: My son will be going on a community service trip to Costa Rica this summer. Clearly the trip is a vacation, not just service, but I encouraged him to select a trip that had enough hours of service to make it a more meaningful experience. I understand that this type of volunteerism is less impressive than local community service but should it still be listed on the extracurricular list as volunteer service or will it be looked at negatively?

Even though your son may not get any college admissions "brownie points" from his Costa Rica junket, it won't be a negative either, and he shouldn’t have any qualms about including it on applications.

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