Alternative Service Breaks
The Alternative Service Break (ASB) program gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop leadership skills through service across the globe, grounded in social justice issues, including urban poverty, racism, domestic violence and more.
"I went into it knowing that I would learn from the experience, but my expectations were truly exceeded with how much I learned about the world around me and myself."
"My favorite part was serving with my team and really getting to know them. These are students that I probably would have never met had I not taken advantage of this opportunity."
Types of ASB Trips Offered
Serve internationally during one of our Winter ASB trips. Participants serve for two weeks after the Christmas holiday before returning to campus for spring semester. The cost for participants is typically $1,500, however scholarships are available. Learn more.
Spring ASB offers regional experiences to students during March spring break. Past trips have served in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming. The cost for participants is typically $150. Learn more.
Summer ASB sends students throughout the United States to serve communities in need. Participants typically serve the first or second week after spring commencement for ten days. Learn more.
Since 2001 the University of Idaho has sent hundreds of students to perform service during their breaks. It is because of generous donations that we have been able to offer scholarships to low-income students so that everyone can participate in this incredible opportunity. It is also because of the generosity of donors that the Center for Volunteerism & Social Action was able to establish the Weekend ASB program in 2017. If you would like to donate to help support the ASB program and its scholarships, please follow this link.