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 the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service 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.

Application for ASB Program

  • No references needed, just the application questionnaire to apply
  • Review the application guide

Application for Travel Award Support

Be Sure to Attend an Information Meeting!

ASB Term

Trip Information


Travel Award Support 

Fall Break – 10/6 – 10/9  View Trips  Fall Break Application  Application
Winter Break – 12/31-1/7  View Trips  Winter Break Application  Application
Spring Break – 3/4 – 3/11  View Trips  Spring Break Application  Application
Summer Break (May Term – Park Scholars only)  View Trips  Summer Break Application
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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

Information on ZIKA

We are continuing to monitor information and encourage you to visit the most current information on the CDC Website

Country Specific Information and Travel Information

Visit the US Department of State Website about country specific information

Important Dates:

  • Fall Break Applications Due – September 14
  • Spring/Winter Break Applications Due – September 28
  • ASB Reveal Night – October 13 – 7:00pm (Talley Ballroom)
  • All Community Meeting I – November 9 – 7:00pm (Talley Ballroom)
  • All Community Meeting II -TBA
  • ASB Celebration – TBA

ASB Information Meetings

*You must attend 1 information meeting in order to apply for an ASB experience.

August 31st – Talley 3222 (3:00 – 4:00pm)

September 6th – Talley 4280 (11:45 – 12:45pm)

September 8th – Wolf Ridge (3:00 – 4:00pm)

September 16th – Witherspoon 126 (2:00 – 3:00pm)

September 19th – Witherspoon 201 (4:30 – 5:30pm)

September 22nd – Hunt Library, Duke Energy Hall (3:00 – 4:00pm)

September 26th – Talley 3222 (11:45 – 12:45pm)

September 26th – Wolf Ridge (2:00 – 3:00pm)

September 27th – Talley 3222 (7:00 – 8:00pm)


Questions about the ASB program? Contact Adam Culley (

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