A Service-Study ASB places teams of Nebraska students in communities to engage in community service-learning during their summer, fall, winter or spring breaks and weekends. While in communities, students learn about community unmet needs which they may otherwise have had little or no direct knowledge, experience and understanding. Being completely immersed in diverse environments enable 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 concludes.
2019-2020 Calendar of Experiences
Nebraska Disaster Recovery and Mitigation October 19-22, 2019 and March 21-26, 2020
Students will serve Nebraska communities impacted by spring flooding. While there, students will learn the importance of respecting communities needs during natural disasters and strategies for implementing effective disaster recovery.
Voting Rights: Past, Present & Future
The Deep South (Mississippi & Alabama)January 3-12, 2020
Want to learn more about the voting rights from 1955 thru 1968 and how it affects today and future movements? Attend this Service-Study ASB to the Deep South after heading home for the holidays, January 3-12, 2020. Students will serve with voter registration sites, Birmingham Habitat for Humanity, Tuskegee National Historic Site, and the Delta State National Historical Trail. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Southern Poverty Law Center Museum, Selma, Montgomery, and many other historical sites.
What Makes a House a Home: Guatemala May 10-17, 2020
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 cost is estimated at $2,105, which includes transportation, lodging, and food. This does not include the cost of tuition.
Past Service-Study ASB Experiences
Empowerment Spring Break 2018Denver, Colorado | March 17-22, 2018
Students will have a variety of service experiences focusing on sustainability, women's rights, refugee resettlement, and food security.
While in the foothills of the Rockies, students will also have time to explore the natural wonders.
Civil Rights Story of the Great Plains: Who has Access to Free and Public Education Topeka, Kansas | October 13-16, 2017
The Fall Service-Study ASB's will look at who has access to free and public education, the legislation that informs current educational systems as well as serves in non-traditional educational non-profits. Participants will learn more about the historic landmark court case of Brown vs Board of Education, which took place in Topeka, Kansas. Participants will serve with Operation Breakthrough a pre-K non-profit providing services for homeless children ages six months to six years of age in Kansas City, Missouri.
Fields of Prosperity: Immigration, Citizenship, and Migrant Workers - Winter Break 2018 Fresno, California | December 30-January 7, 2018
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.
Affordable Housing: What Makes a House a Home? Antigua, Guatemala | May 6-13, 2018
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.
Civil Rights: Past, Present & FutureAlabama | Jan. 1-8, 2017
The Winter Service-Study ASB gives 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.
Civil Rights Story of the Great PlainsHeart Mountain, Cody, Wyoming | 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.
Civil Rights Story of the Great Plains Scottsbluff, NE | 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 Story of the Great Plains Black Hills, South Dakota | 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, students 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.