Alternative Service Breaks (ASB)

Alternative Service Break (ASB) trips provide a meaningful way for students and staff to engage in a group oriented, immersion community service experience and to learn about service issues such as affordable housing, early childhood education, disaster relief, hunger and homelessness, and sustainable development. Key tenants of an ASB trip include meaningful community service, intentional group reflection, and personal leadership development.

Trips are managed predominately by ASB, our student-run organization in partnership with Civic Engagement that seeks to provide affordable and meaningful service trips to Tech students during school breaks. Each break, we send groups of 12-18 students, with two student leaders, and two faculty/staff advisors to cities over the globe.

 

Winter Break 2019

San Antonio, Texas - in Partnership with the Univeristy of Texas at San Antonio Dreamers Resource Center 


Spring Break 2020

Domestic Trips: 

Carters Lake, Georgia: 
Spend a week with the Army Corps of Engineers at Carters Lake. Potential projects include building fish habitat, campsite renovations, erosion control, and nesting surveys. Participants will be camping with opportunities for hiking, swimming, and taking a boat out on the lake.

Charleston, South Carolina: 
In partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina, this trip will explore issues of racial disparity in access to resources that have impact on health-related issues.  Pieces from The 1619 Project will be used to supplement a traditional service experience with more educational focus discussions.  

Inland Empire, Riverside, California:
Visit GRID Alternative’s Inland Empire office to see their solar education program in action, and install solar for communities facing some of the highest poverty and worst air-quality challenges in the country. Our project last year in Denver, Colorado offset 116.73 tons of carbon emissions (which is equivalent to 2,715 trees planted) and will save the client $11,805 over the lifetime of their system.

Jacksonville, FL: 
Habitat for Humanity - Participants will work with Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville Beach, FL as a part of the Collegiate Challenge eleventh year working with this Habitat for Humanity affiliate! The team will work on Habitat build projects focused on new, low-cost homes as well as restoring older homes for communities in need. The site is located near a beach, so you will have a chance to relax in the ocean after a day of work. The team will be staying in a local church house where meals will be provided by ASB, and prepared as a group. Past trips have also had opportunities to visit nearby attractions like St. Augustine. More information: http://www.beacheshabitat.org.

International Trips:

Dominican Republic: 
Help provide students in underfunded schools new opportunities with a quality English education. Work with the experienced service team at Outreach360 to plan interactive English lessons. Volunteers will stay in a small, rural town, eat Dominican food, and explore the fishing town with an included trip to a sustainable organic banana farm.

Medina Bank, Belize: 
Building Sustainable Solutions to Healthcare Issues (7Elements) - Participants, leaders, and advisors will work with 7Elements alongside community members from the rural Mayan village of Medina Bank to construct and expand the local community health centre. The health centre will further connect community members with critical healthcare interventions, such as vaccinations, first-aid, prenatal support, re-hydration salts, and simple antibiotics. There may also be a free day on the trip to potentially explore Mayan history and ruins, and/or snorkel near the coastline. Visit this link to learn more about the location and organization: http://7elements.global/index.php/countries/belize

More information about ASB and service trip experiences can be found on the ASB Engage Page! 

Additional questions and inforamtion can be guided in the following directions:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/gatechasb/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/asb.gt/
Email:  alternativeservicebreaks.gt@gmail.com

 

Click on this link to see previous trips ASB has done!