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.
Types of ASB Trips Offered
Join ASB as we connect with students in Togo, Africa to share culture, food, and more! In this seminar style Alternative Service Break, your team will create videos to be virtual pen pals with a Togolese youth leadership group. Learn about Idaho and Togo- based non-profit, Institute for Community Partnerships and Sustainable Development (ICPSD). ICPSD values collaborative and innovative change making, and desires to support people as leaders and stewards of their own growth and development. Meet with your team once a week for four weeks to learn more about Togo and the students there and finish your experience by meeting them on a live video call. Sign up now!
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.