From Redditor u/OtherWorldStar:
I am going on a uni sponsored Spring Break trip. The trip focuses on volunteerism and service for the environment which I was more than happy to sign up for. My uni made this trip very competitive for selection. You had to fill out applications, submit resumes, do interviews etc. They made it seem like a grand scholarship. I was selected in November, and the only thing I had to do was pay my nonrefundable deposit. I wasn’t too happy paying for a deposit when I didn’t know our trip location, housing, itinerary, etc, but considering it was a school sponsored trip and we are a big profitable school I assumed everything would probably be acceptable.
2 weeks before the trip starts, we finally get info on our trip. We’re going to FL to do some conservation efforts; awesome. Then I find out about our lodging situation. I find out we’ll be sleeping on a gym floor in a church, and our daily meals will be things like pb and j sandwiches. Im appalled, I wasn’t expecting luxury hotels or anything, but I expected a basic hotel room and a basic restaurant that we’d pay for out of pocket. I never want to seem “bougie” or too good for something, but I expected more from something that was SO competitive. My parents ask me to pull out, for my safety and comfort, but I already paid my deposit, and I decided to try to be open to things.
Here’s the AITA part. Trying to make my trip as comfortable as possible, I asked for a LOT of extensive details regarding everything. For example, I asked if we’re allowed to bring our own food to cook (we are provided a kitchen) or if I can Uber eats every night, and she said sure somewhat unwillingly. When our trip advisor asked us about things we wanted to as a group, I recommended things that were about $15-$30 per person per day and everyone looked at me like I was crazy and said I was unreasonable. So as expected, despite being in beautiful FL we will be doing for little in fun because no one wants to spend anything. We aren’t allowed to uber or go anywhere by ourselves either. It’s either all the group or nothing. I know we’re college students, but I feel like we should put out a lil. I’ve feel like a lot of the trip advisors are sorta treating me for being a problem child for trying to make this trip accommodating to myself, but considering that the trip felt like a bait and switch Im just trying to make the most of it. I am open to new things and experiences, which is why i signed up for the trip but wasn’t expecting this.
I guess the question is, AITA for wishing people would spend more on the trip and wanting to personally accommodate myself?
Edit: A lil edit since I see common themes in the comments. I am very well aware this is service based trip, that’s why I signed up!, but I didn’t know a service trip meant odd lodging. We consider that mission work where Im from. I did ask for extensive details before I paid my deposit, but my school’s website was slightly vague and the advisors wanted to keep everything “a secret/surprise.” We are encouraged to go out and have fun after our service for the day, but the discrepancy is how much everyone is willing to pay for fun and the fact that we have to always be and agree as a group. I could not go, but lose my deposit which wasn’t cheap.