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 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.

Did you miss the Original Application Deadline?

Round 2 Applications are now open – Priority Deadline for consideration is Thursday, October 27

Application for Travel Award Support


ASB Term

Trip Information


Travel Award Support 

Round 2 Application  View Trips Application  Application

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


Questions about the ASB program? Contact Adam Culley (


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