Get Involved in ASB
If you like making a difference, road trips, making new friends, and using power tools, the Alternative Service Break (ASB) program might be right for you! An alternative break is an immersive service trip in which students engage in direct service with a community partner organization. Learn more about our process and our destinations this year.
Our Mission and Vision
UMW Alternative Service Breaks will engage students in quality experiential learning opportunities so that they learn skills to become active and engaged members of society. Our vision is to create a community of active and educated individuals dedicated to the pursuit of positive social change.
The Center for Community Engagement offers Alternative Service Break (ASB) trips to students as a community engagement opportunity. ASB encourages community involvement and inspires personal growth through reflection. Students learn about the community where they work, issues related to homeownership, and help build and repair homes in partnership with local Habitat for Humanity chapters. Students are challenged to apply academic concepts to real-world experiences, and to think beyond themselves to gain a new perspective and grow their appreciation for the impact of service.
We believe in Active Citizenship – prioritizing community in values and life choices, working in groups to achieve shared goals, and continuing advocacy, service, and philanthropy after alternative breaks end to further promote community goals and address social issues.