Service-Study ASB

Service-Study ASBs places teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their summer, fall, winter or spring breaks.

Students participate in ASB service-study experiences for community organizations and learn about issues such as disaster relief and mitigation, immigration, civil rights, literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment.

Service-Study ASB experiences allow college students to engage in community-based service-learning. While in different communities, students learn about the needs about which they may otherwise have had little or no direct knowledge and understanding. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. The intensity of the experience increases the likelihood that participants will transfer the lessons learned on-site back to their own communities even after the Service-Study ASB ends.



Civil Rights Story of the Great Plains
Fall Break 2016



Destination: Black Hills
Date: October 15-18, 2016

The Fall Service-Study ASB's focus is on immigration within Nebraska, specifically, Latino and German Russian immigrant experience in the Nebraska Panhandle. Students will be traveling to Lexington, Scottsbluff and Morrill County to serve in local non-profits and see historic landmarks.

Civil Rights: Past, Present & Future January 2017

International Group

Destination: Alabama
Date: Jan. 1-8 2017

The Winter Service-Study ASB will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. Learning experiences include visiting the Southern Poverty Law Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Selma and many other places. 

Important Dates

November 11, 2016: Applications Due
December 2, 2016: First Team Meeting in 222 Nebraska Union at 5pm

Civil Rights Story of the Great Plains
Spring Break 2017

Spring Group

Destination: Heart Mountain, Cody, Wyoming
Date: March 18-23, 2017

This particular ASB is part of our “Civil Rights Story of the Great Plains” series, and will focus on the experience of Japanese Americans on the plains. Students will travel to Wyoming and spend time doing service at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. Heart Mountain, an internment camp for Japanese people during World War II, will provide students with firsthand experience of this important part of American history. Students will also learn about other impacts Japanese people have had on the culture and people of the plains.

Cost: $225 per person

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Important Dates

 February 24, 2017: Applications Due

March 10, 2017: First Team Meeting in 222 Nebraska Union at 5pm

Empowerment Spring Break 2017

Spring Group

Destination: Denver, Colorado 
Date: March 18-23, 2017

Students will have a variety of service experiences focusing on systainability, women's rights, refugee resettlement and food insecurity.
While in the foothills of the Rockies, students will also have time to explore the natural wonders.

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Important Dates

 February 24, 2017: Applications Due

March 10, 2017: First Team Meeting in 222 Nebraska Union at 5pm



Affordable Housing: What Makes a House a Home? May 2017
International Group

Destination: Antigua, Guatemala 
Date: May 7-14, 2017

Have a heart for international service? Come on the Guatemala Service-Study ASB! We will be working with Constru Casa to build basic housing for families living in extreme poverty. Constru Casa works with local social organizations to identify families in need. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside a family and engage in a homestay experience. This ASB experience will include a number of excursions to historic sites in Guatemala. Overall, this ASB opportunity will allow students to experience the Guatemalan culture along with serving and learning. The dates will be May 8th-15th.The cost is estimated at $1,700-1,900, which includes transportation, lodging, and food.

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Important Dates

January 27, 2017: Applications and deposit DUE
March 31, 2017: Forms and remaining fees DUE
Febuary 10, 2017: First Team Meeting in 222 Nebraska Union at 5pm

Past Service-Study ASBs

Fields of Prosperity: Immigration, Citizenship and Migrant Workers WINTER Break 2016

Destination: Fresno, California Date: January 1-10, 2016

UNL students, faculty, and staff traveled by charter bus to California's Central Valley. Participants studied immigration, citizenship and the lifestyle of migrant workers and their families. Students had the opportunity to experience some of the wonders of Western US geography such as Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, the High Desert, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, National Archway Park, and Grand Canyon. They learned from leading national experts on immigration, worker’s rights, and education. While in the Central Valley, students engaged in service work installing solar panels on first-time homeowner homes with GRID Alternatives and river cleanup with San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. 

Civil Rights Story of the Great Plains
Fall Break 2015
Destination: Black Hills
Date: October 16-20, 2015

The Fall Break ASB will take students throughout Western Nebraska and the Black Hills in South Dakota. Students traveled to Niobrara, Nebraska to meet with the Santee and learn more about the experience of Native Americans on the Great Plains. Next, student went to the Black Hills and helped with work on the Crazy Horse Memorial. Students also had a chance to see the Pine Ridge Reservation, Whiteclay, Nebraska, and Fort Robinson, where Crazy Horse was murdered.