Instead of relaxing on a sunny beach or watching hours of Netflix in the comfort of my home, last spring break I found myself in an unfamiliar city in New Jersey with 10 other people I had only just met. We spent the week living together in a community center, we traveled throughout the city in a crowded van reminiscent of Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine, and with the help of Pinterest recipes and a little experimentation, we took turns cooking meals for one another every night. Though this may sound incredibly odd, it very well describes my experience with an alternative breaks program.
Insulation plays a leading role in keeping a house cool during hot seasons and warm during cold seasons. This protection from radiant heat and cold drafts helps you to save energy and money in the long run.
Many colleges and universities have alternative breaks programs that offer students opportunities to participate in volunteer and service trips throughout the country during winter, spring or summer break. The goal of my trip to New Jersey this past spring was to serve communities that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. My team and I got involved in many reconstruction projects and through it all we learned some valuable home improvement skills.
My favorite project of the week was insulating the walls of a house. Though it was outrageously itchy and rather uncomfortable, for whatever reason I found it to be irresistibly fun. It was also rewarding to know we had helped a family install an extremely important element to their home.
If you are interested in insulating your house, here are some useful tips from The Family Handyman that will help make your DIY project a success:
In addition, here are a few tips that I learned from personal experience that will hopefully maximize the fun and minimize the itchiness of the insulation process:
Having proper insulation in your home is essential for maintaining comfortable temperatures and keeping heating and cooling costs low.
Ryker is a multimedia storyteller with interests in writing, video, photography and design. He is on a quest to visit all of the U.S. national parks, and is almost always planning his next camping trip. Combining passions for travel and creative communication, he draws from his experiences to share stories of safety and adventure.