While I will be enjoying the beautiful weather this week in Cape Hatteras, NC, some of my fellow NC State students will be using their week off to aid underprivileged youth and promote education in outdoor recreation. Plenty of students will choose to relax at home or travel to nearby beaches during Spring Break, but others will embark on what is called Alternative Service Break (ASB). Past ASB trips have included Alaska, Ecuador, Belize, and New Orleans. Some are organization-exclusive, such as Trinidad and Tobago with the Goodnight Scholars, or a week with University Recreation in Charleston, SC. According to the organization’s website, ASB allows students to “engage in direct service to a community,” while also getting the opportunity to experience that community’s culture. Trips are led by a combination of student leaders and faculty advisers. Over 20 different locations were offered during this past school year, including Fall and Winter breaks. Each service trip allows students to engage with people from all over the world in various categories, such as Civil Rights, Hunger, Immigration, and Youth Education. For those who don’t have the time to study abroad for an entire semester, or those who simply would like to make an impact in a community other than their own, choosing to travel with ASB can be a truly rewarding option.
Find out more about ASB trips here: http://csleps.dasa.ncsu.edu/asb
Blog written by Will Appleyard