Alternative Service Experience

See the world with new eyes. Serve the world with your hands. 

Are you taking your education beyond the classroom? Consider an Alternative Service Experience and explore a variety of social issues while working with communities across the globe. Whether a domestic program on the gulf coast or an international program south of the equator, use your time during fall, winter and spring break to create deeper connections between your classroom work and the communities of the world. 

Each program's leadership team is comprised of two Peer Leaders (undergraduate students) and one Learning Partner (faculty/staff member).  Peer Leaders complete extensive training and work with the Learning Partners to organize meaningful out-of-the-classroom learning experiences for their participants. While program costs and sign-up processes vary (see the Lottery Page for more information), each provides the opportunitiy for a life-changing and one-of-a-kind learning and service experience. 

As of 2011 all of the Alternative Service Experience programs have started to work towards CARBON NEUTRALALITY! 

"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

-Mahatma Gandhi

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ASU is a proud member of Break Away, the Alternative Break Connection, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports the development of quality alternative break programs.

*Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the University’s control.
*All students participating in iASE must read the Appalachian Overseas Education Program Handbook (pdf)

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