Appalachian State University's Alternative Service Experience (ASE) Program immerses students in a service experience in local domestic and international communities during school breaks. Created and led by trained student peer leaders, ASE involves direct service to a community, purposeful reflection and relationship building with others.
For Spring Break 2013, seven international programs still have openings. Costs range from $1,400-$2,150, which includes airfare, housing, food and in-country transportation. Scheduled for March 9-16, these drug- and alcohol-free adventures provide students with an "alternative," giving them an opportunity to volunteer, as well as learn more about the world and themselves.
All international ASE programs are 1-credit hour international service-learning courses and require four pre-travel and one post-travel class, as well as in-country reflections and assignments.
According to a student survey, ASE experiences lead to enhanced:
The 2013 international Spring ASE programs are:
"Programs like this help bring awareness of how you as one person can cause an impact. It may be very small, but can affect change."
- Mandy Driver '12
"This was a great experience for me. Probably one of the best experiences I've had in my life. It was really liberating and rewarding to help a non-profit organization. I was also inspired to find something that really moves me enough to be passionate about it for the majority of my life. Oh and I got to drive a bulldozer. Where else would I be able to do that?"
- an ASE survey respondent