Service Study Alternative Service Break (ASB)

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A service break places teams of college school students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their summer, fall, winter or spring breaks. A service break places teams of college school students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their summer, fall, winter or spring breaks. Students perform short-term academically based community service for community organizations and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment.

The objectives of a service break are to engage college students in community-based service projects and to give students opportunities to learn about the social issues faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact. 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 break ends.

Faculty can integrate service break learning outcomes into their ABCS course allowing for service experiences locally and regionally, nationally or internationally.

Examples are:
  • TEAC 330
  • Learning Communities
  • ACE 9 Education Abroad