Alternative Service Break

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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 students and accompanied by faculty advisors. Throughout the trip, 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 volunteer in NC, across the country, and around the world. Teams sponsored by Leadership and Civic Engagement and other campus partners focus on water quality and sanitation; affordable housing; youth education and empowerment; medical clinics; GLBT and civil rights; and environmental issues. Several other service trips give students an opportunity to minister to others in locations around the globe.

Goals of the Program

  • 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 and Selection Timeline



Late September/Early OctoberTeam leaders for each ASB experience undergo the review process of all applicants to determine all participants across the 23 experiences offered through the program.
October 15ASB Reveal Night where spring/winter participants discover their teams
November 4Deadline to apply for the extended application ASB experiences
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Instructions: All ASB experiences are application-based. Select the program(s) you wish you participate in within the application in preferred order. Winter/Spring break experiences use the Study Abroad portal for the application. If you wish to seek a travel award for your experience, be sure to complete the Travel Award application as well.

You do not need recommendation letters! There have been questions about that.



 Trip Application

Travel Award

Fall BreakSeptember 18 at 8 a.m.Applications now closedApplications now closed
Winter and Spring Break (Application Guide)September 25 at 8 a.m.Applications now closedApplications now closed
Spring Break Extended ApplicationNovember 4 at 8 a.m.ApplicationApplications now closed
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Concerned about Paying for an Experience?

The Alternative Service Break program is the only cost-associative program operated by Leadership and Civic Engagement. We desire 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:

  • Payment Plans
    Our office offers payment plans to individuals in need of scheduled financing in order to participate in ASB. Please contact Adam Culley via email at to set up an assessment meeting and create a plan that fits your needs.
  • Travel Awards
    In 2018-2019, our office awarded over $30,000 in travel awards to students participating in the ASB programs. Participants apply for awards during the application period.
  • College of Engineering Students
    Students in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to receive funding to cover their travel expenses while taking part in the ASB programs. For more information, be sure to attend one of the information sessions in September, or contact Adam Culley via email at
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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

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