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.

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Become a Team Leader

Being an ASB team leader is an exciting opportunity to lead a service-learning opportunity during fall, winter, or spring break. Applications are open until April 13 at 8 a.m. EDT.

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  • Positive attitude
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Passion for serving others
  • Leadership skills including consensus building
  • Strong problem solving skills

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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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Video: Spring 2020 Parent Partners Program Webinar

This video covers the topics of participating in Alternative Service Break programs and safety tips from University Police over spring break.

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General Timeline



AugustPotential participants learn about the various experiences offered in the coming academic year.
Mid SeptemberASB applications for academic year are due.
Late September/Early OctoberTeam leaders for each ASB experience undergo the review process of all applicants to determine all participants across the experiences offered through the program.
Mid OctoberReveal Night takes place, during which participants learn which team they’re apart of.
Fall BreakFall break ASB experiences take place.
Early NovemberIf necessary, an application extension will go live to open up more spots for ASB experiences that have not been filled.
Mid NovemberAll ASB documentation and the $100.00 security deposit are due.
Winter BreakWinter break ASB experience takes place.
Early JanuarySpring experiences are in final planning stages.
Spring BreakSpring break experiences take place.
SummerUpdated ASB information is published for the following academic year.
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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.

Applications open again for Alternative Service Break trips in fall 2020



 Trip Application

Travel Award

Fall BreakFall 2020Applications open in fall 2020Applications open in fall 2020
Winter and Spring Break (Application Guide)Fall 2020Applications open in fall 2020Applications open in fall 2020
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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 the academic year 2019-2020, our office awarded over $33,000 in travel awards to students participating in the ASB programs. Participants apply for awards during the application period. Click here to navigate to the travel awards application.
  • 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