An Alternative to 'Alternative' Spring Break: Stay Home

  Robert Gordon has some advice for people who plan to volunteer in an exotic locale over spring break: Don't.

Instead, says the University of Vermont anthropology professor, "you can 'go abroad' in your hometown by just walking around and engaging local people and by having a sense of enchantment."

Sage advice, and ironic, too, coming from a man who has traveled off the beaten path for nearly half a century, circling the globe three times, and witnessing tribal and conventional wars in New Guinea and sub-Saharan Africa.

An Alternative to 'Alternative' Spring Break: Stay Home