Alternative Service Break

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 help 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.

Info Sessions




Tuesday, September 4 11:45am Talley 4101
Tuesday, September 11 2:00pm Talley 4101
Monday, September 17 – Cancelled, will reschedule another one 4:30pm Talley 4101
Wednesday, September 19 3:00pm Hunt Library IEI 4105
Monday, September 24 2:00pm Talley 4101
Tuesday, September 25 1:30pm Talley 3210




 Trip Application

Travel Award

Fall Break September 17th (8am) Application Application
Winter and Spring Break (Application Guide) September 26th (8am) Application Application


Concerned about Paying for an Experience?

There are costs associated with participating in an Alternative Service Break trip but there are fund-raising opportunities and be sure to fill out the Travel Award for consideration of financial support. We don’t want funding to be a reason you don’t consider applying.

Passport Help

We now have great people on campus to help take care of passports, but you need to schedule early! Passport Services at NC State.

For students considering international travel, it is vital that you have updated travel documents and any travel VISA’s to join your group. Please check your respective Embassy for accurate information.

Applications for Passport must be made by November 30th for Spring and Summer Trips



Questions about the ASB program? Contact Adam Culley (