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 students, with two student leaders, and up to two faculty/staff advisors to cities over the globe.
Fall 2021 Trip Options:
This year, we will be sending two trips out to serve communities in the Southeastern United States. The areas of service for these trips, as well as their associated partner organizations include:
Cherokee, NC: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Parks Service)
Trip participants will travel to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and volunteer with the Trails Forever Program. This trip is environmentally-focused, and service involves working with professional trail crew staff to perform much needed and lasting trail reconstruction projects throughout the park. Participants will camp at the national park and have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Appalachian Trail! Meals and transporation will be provided for the service break.
Anticipated departure: Friday, October 8, afternoon/early evening
Anticipated return: Tuesday, October 12, early afternoon
Meals: Trip participants will prepare meals at the campsite each day. Budget for food is provided by ASB.
Transportation to and from the service site is managed by ASB. Participants will hike to and from the work sites each day, so should dress accordingly. Hikes occur on prepared paths, and are on easy to moderate terrain.
Atlanta, GA: Sustainability
Trip participants will stay close to home, with an experience focused here in Atlanta, Georgia! While we are not going far, this trip experience is fully immersive and retains the core values of ASB that we share in our trips for the Georgia Tech community. The schedule will feature a variety of service experiences as well as social issue education from community and industry leaders in the area of sustainability. Participants will need to commit to the full Fall Break trip schedule. Meals and transporation will be provided for the service break.
Anticipated program start: Friday, October 8, evening
Anticipated program finish: Tuesday, October 12, early afternoon
Meals: Trip participants will prepare meals together each day in a centralized location during the trip. Budget for food is provided by ASB.
Transportation to and from service sites will be managed by ASB. The ATL Sustainability trip will offer a combination of in-person, distanced service experiences and virtual community partner conversations about sustainability connected issues.
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: