Alternative Service Break

Explore Our ASB Experiences

ASB Application

Priority Application Deadline | October 12, 11:59pm

It may be helpful for you to review all application questions in advance and prepare responses in a google doc that you can then copy and paste into the application. 

Please take time to reflect on your responses as the student team leaders will use them in the selection process.

ASB Information Meetings

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ASB Information Meetings


Date and Time:
Zoom Link:
Tuesday, August 30 – 7:00pmJoin Meeting
Wednesday, September 7 – 1:00pmJoin Meeting
Monday, September 19 – 10:30amJoin Meeting
Wednesday, October 5 – 7:00pmJoin Meeting
Wednesday, October 12 – 11:00amJoin Meeting
ASB Interest Form
Are you interested in joining ASB in the future? Click here to complete our ASB interest form and stay connected when opportunities become available.
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Overview

The Alternative Service Break (ASB) program is a unique learning experience in which students engage in direct service to a community while being immersed in the culture. Teams are led by student team-leaders and accompanied by faculty or staff advisors. Each team spends extensive time prior to travel doing team-building, planning for their experience, and studying the scope of their impact in the communities they will engage with. Throughout their travels, team members participate in a variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and reflective activities to enhance their service experience. During fall/spring break, our student groups serve in North Carolina, across the United States, and around the world. Teams sponsored by Student Leadership and Engagement and other campus partners focus on water quality and sanitation, affordable housing, youth education and empowerment, medical clinics, LGBTQ+ and civil rights, and environmental issues.

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Goals of ASB

  • To develop and enhance a value for public service, civic engagement, and service-learning within the participants.
  • To develop diverse service teams committed to exploring and advocating for social justice issues.
  • To help participants reflect on their privileges and begin to use these to break down the systems that afford unearned privilege in our society.
  • To provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their roles in a global community.
  • To provide opportunities for cultural and language immersion through service projects with diverse individuals and communities.
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Application

Program

Application Deadline

 Trip Application

Travel Award

ASB – Spring 2023October 12 – 11:59pmApplicationApplication
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Concerned about Paying for an Experience?

Our office desires to make every effort to remove barriers to students being able to participate in ASB, and there are a number of avenues through which financials barriers can be managed appropriately:

  • Travel Credits
    Student Leadership and Engagement has offered limited travel credits in the past to students via an application process. These credits are designed to offset the overall cost of an Alternative Service Break experience.
  • College of Engineering Students
    COE Enhancement Fee paying students whose majors are part of the College of Engineering may have the opportunity to receive some financial support for the travel portion of your ASB experience depending on funding availability.
  • Still concerned about how to pay?
    Please contact assistant director Adam Culley directly if you are still concerned or have questions about paying for Alternative Service Break experiences. Click here to contact Adam.
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Passport and International Services

NC State University has its own Passport Services office right on campus! If you’re in need of applying for, updating, or have questions regarding your Passport for international travel, set up an appointment with Passport Services today in preparation for your ASB experience.

For international students considering an ASB experience, please be sure to consult with the Office of International Services and/or your respective embassy to ensure all documentation and permissions are in order prior to your commitment. All international students are responsible to being aware of the implications of traveling outside the United States while on their visa status.

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Payments, Testimonials, and FAQs

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Participant Resources

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Questions

Questions about the ASB program? Contact Adam Culley via email at alculley@ncsu.edu