New Student Spring Alternative Service Break

Drone group picture of students on the Alternative Service Break trip

Join New Student Programs and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement for an Alternative Service Break (ASB) trip to the North Carolina mountains over spring break! What impact does building a 469-mile road have on a park and the surrounding community?

As a member of this ASB team, you will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in service around the intersection between the environment and food security in Asheville, NC.

Working with a variety of local organizations, our team will focus on the environmental and wellness, and economic impacts of the Blue Ridge Parkway on surrounding North Carolina communities. This ASB trip will challenge you to examine how community issues intersect, critically reflect upon your role and responsibility within your community, as well as consider how you can make a difference in your new home at NC State. Check out more about the organizations we will be working with, trip details, and apply below!

A Place at the Table Logo

Start off the A Place at the Table, a pay-what-you-can nonprofit cafe right here in Raleigh that provides an opportunity for all people to come and experience conversation and community while enjoying a healthy meal.

Bounty & Soul Logo

Partner with Bounty and Soul to learn about how they connect local farmers with the community and participate in a variety of projects with them including food sourcing, sorting, community nutrition, as well as hosting their community market.


Learn from Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway to better understand the Asheville landscape & volunteer on the Parkway.


Visit the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s city market to learn about locally sourced nutrition.

Trip Details

  • Break dates: Saturday, March 7 – Thursday, March 12, 2020 (Residence Halls remain open throughout break for when you return)
  • Pre-Break Meetings: Monday, February 10th, 17th, and 24th and March 2nd from 6:00pm-7:00pm. These meetings are required of all participants, apart from a conflict with a scheduled class or other conflict pre-approved by New Student Programs.
  • Cost: $250 inclusive of all transportation, housing, and meals.  Payment can be made at once, or in installments before the trip. Limited travel support is available for students with financial need. The travel support request is included in the trip application below.
  • Who can attend? There are 18 spots open to spring and fall entry first-year and transfer students at NC State.