What is Alternative Service Experience (ASE)?
ASE is a program that brings together a community of people who dedicate their university breaks to enact positive social change in the world, participate in experiential education and explore new communities. Through pre and post travel classes, direct service and reflection students, staff and faculty engage in transformative experiential education. Groups work with a variety of community partners on a host of initiatives that address hunger, poverty, environmental preservation, women's empowerment, and many, many more. In short, ASE participants find fulfillment in selfless acts and are challenged to live alternatively.
ASE Program Structure
Each program consists of 8 student participants. There are no class or major restrictions for any ASE program. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis. Please see below for more sign-up information.
Each ASE program is planned and lead by two student leaders, known as Peer Leaders. Peer leaders are responsible for planning all aspects of the program including recruitment, logistics, budget preparation and implementation, reflection, pre-travel preparation and post-travel re-orientation. Peer Leaders must complete the application and interview process. Applications for ASE: Spring Break 2015 and ASE: Fall Break 2015 are due on Wednesday, April 16th by noon. Download the Peer Leader Application, return it to the Key Center and sign-up for an interview time today!
Each program includes one staff/faculty who serves as a mentor and support person for the Peer Leaders. These individuals are referred to as Learning Partners and work to support Peer Leaders in the pre-travel preparation, on-program support and post-travel re-orientation. Read more about the role and expectations of Learning Partners.
Sign-Ups for these programs is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are given a number when they arrive which determines their sign-up order. All are encouraged to rank the programs being offered according to their preference so that they can quickly make a decision if their first choice program fills before their number is called. All programs offer exciting and engaging opportunities. We encourage everyone to remain open minded and positive as everyone will have an enjoyable ASE!
- ASE: Spring Break 2014 - Sign-Up - Monday, February 10th at 9:15 PM. Highsmith 221.
- ASE: Fall Break 2014 - Sign-Up - Wednesday, September 10rd at 9:15 PM. Highsmith 221.
Items Required for Sign-Up
Please bring the following items to the sign-up event. You will NOT BE ALLOWED TO SIGN-UP without ALL of these items.
- $100 non-refundable deposit - ASE:Spring / TBA non-refundable deposit - ASE: Fall
*Deposit will be applied to total program cost.
- Student ID Card
- Copy of insurance card or proof of UNCA insurance
Want to learn more about ASE:Spring Break?
ASE: Spring Break Pre-Party on the Quad!
Nothing gets you through a cold day like day-dreaming about how you will spend your spring break! Music, games, food and hot drinks - need we say more? Come by and chat with Peer Leaders and learn more about where we are going and our projects this year!
- Dates TBA
Come and learn more about the programs, what you can expect, the sign-up process and much more at one of our information sessions.
- Wednesday, April 16 (7:00-7:30 PM, Highsmith 221)
*All ASE programs are drug and alcohol free.
*UNC Asheville reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the University's control.