New Student Fall Alternative Service Break

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 fall 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 social justice, sustainability, and healthy communities 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!


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

Serve with Riverlink to reclaim a park and explore land and river conservation

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

Partner with Bounty and Soul to learn about how they connect local farmers with the community and  participate in their Produce to the People project


  • Break dates: Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
  • Pre-Break Meetings: Tuesday, September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and October 1st,  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: $160 inclusive of all transportation, housing, and meals.  Travel support is available on a sliding scale for students with financial need. The travel support request is included in the trip application below.
  • Who can attend? There are 17 spots open to new first-year and transfer students at NC State.

Apply to attend here!

Application deadline: Monday, August 26, 2019

Participants will be notified of selection by Friday, August 30, 2019.
For any additional questions, please contact Genna Martella at