Alternative Service Break

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ASB Information and Interest Form

Please fill out this Interest Form and will be in contact about finalized locations and dates

ASB During COVID-19

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ASB During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread effects on university travel in 2021. As such, we are working hard to provide safe, engaging experiences for students as we enter this new academic year. With the continued challenge of new variants, we reserve the right to cancel, modify, and adjust experiences as necessary. We are grateful for the countless individuals and groups at NC State and around the world working to ensure we can stay in community with one another even if separated by difficult circumstances.

Any international ASB experience will be working in partnership with Study Abroad. Click here for Restricted Travel Policy information.

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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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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 Trip Application

Travel Award

ASBSeptember/OctoberApplication in fallFuture dates to be determined
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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 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. More information will be available regarding 2021-2022 travel credit process this summer when applications open.
  • College of Engineering Students
    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. More information will be available this summer and fall regarding this College of Engineering travel support.
  • 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 about the ASB program? Contact Adam Culley via email at