Alternative Service Experience

students standing with elephant sculpture made from recycled tiresThe Alternative Service Experience (ASE) programs offer students the opportunity to learn, explore, and serve alongside communities across the nation.

The Alternative Service Experience focuses on exploring social issues in close collaboration with community partners through unique experiential learning opportunities.

Participants will learn about the mission, guiding values, and client base of community partners including the historical, cultural, and social contexts the community and organization reside in. ASEs offer the opportunity for meaningful dialogue, service together, intentional engagement, and critical reflection of our experiences and the world around us. 

Participants should be prepared to engage in self reflection, team building, group dialogue, and service work. Participants should expect to be challenged on various levels including (but not limited to): meeting new people, trying new things, and considering new perspectives.


For more info on ASE, how to be an ASE Peer Leader, or other Key Center programs, contact us at or visit the Key Center (211 Highsmith Union)!

Fast facts about Fall Break ASE:

  • Transportation, meals, and lodging included
  • Each program has 2 trained student Peer Leaders and 1 staff/faculty Learning Partner on program
  • Student Peer Leaders plan and coordinate the entire experience