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Alternative Service Break



Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a unique volunteer experience during which students forgo their traditional spring break activities and engage in direct service in a community outside of their own. Whether you are building houses, cleaning up after storms, or playing with kids/animals; you will learn about new cultures, social issues, and how to be an active citizen. Registration is only open for UNC Students who will remain students at the time of the program. 

Registration will open in the fall. 


The ASB 2020 team travelled to Panama City Beach in the Florida Gulf Coast! This service opportunity focused on disaster relief from the 2018 hurricane, Hurricane Michael. This team of students was able to take great strides in the local environment and helped repair a local community member's damaged home. 


"This trip was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was SO refreshing to spend time with genuine people and do things that benefit a community in need at the same time. It was truly an uplifting experience that I will always keep with me" (2020 Participant). 

"I am forever humbled by this experience because it gave me an opportunity to understand how I can serve communities other than my own but most importantly how to understand people for their stories and how they cope with difficult situations" (2020 Participant). 

"Alternative Spring Break allows you to become comfortable with being uncomfortable and opens your eyes to how your service directly impacts other people" (2020 Participant). 

"My experience with the Panama City Beach, FL ASB taught me how to be an active citizen by challenging me to step into a new community and, while engaging in service work, listen to the dominant narratives of its members to understand the unique needs and perspectives of the community" (2020 Participant).