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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all Spring International programs are cancelled the 2020-2021 year. 
Please refer to our 'Spring 2021' page for a Virtual International Service opportunity this semester!


iASE Programs occurring over Spring Break, March 7th-14th, allow you the opportunity to explore and serve alongside an international community. Programs vary in cost but provide the same components of service, learning, and exploration that you find on the other Alternative Service Experience programs.

  • All iASE Spring programs are 1 credit hour International Service-Learning courses
  • 4 pre-travel and 1 post-travel classes required, as well as in-country reflections and assignments

Botanic Gardens: Sustainable Agroforestry and Community Development

San Ignacio, Belize

Belize Botanic Garden_App State ASE 2019

Students will live on site and learn about the Belize Botanic Gardens and adjacent nature
reserve. Service projects will include plant propagation, regenerative soil building and composting, pruning, trail maintenance, planting, nursery management, and preparing goods for market. These activities will support local garden education programs, special collections and community projects. Students will be encourages to take what they have learned in Belize about native plans and ecosystems to apply principles of regenerative practices to their everyday lives and issues in their own community.

  • Program Fee: $2000
  • Peer Leaders: Ann Sekutowski & Abigail Jackson
  • Learning Partner: Stacey Garrett



Sustainable Service: Conservation, Organic Farming, and Ecotourism

Mastatal, Costa Rica

Costa Rica_App State ASE_TeamWork & stay on a sustainable farm, Villas Mastatal, located in the heart of the Costa Rican forest. Through farm work, volunteerism with locals, & ecotours, participants will learn about the importance of sustainable development and lifestyle and different aspects of Costa Rican culture. Includes a tour of a chocolate farm, La Iguana.

  • Program Fee: $2000
  • Peer Leaders: Ashley Thomasson & Ellie Bethea
  • Learning Partner: Don Presnell






Water for Life: Grassroots Community Development and Cross-Cultural Connections

El Cidral, Dominican Republic

Domincan Republic ASE Building Retaining WallTravel with us to the beautiful, green mountains of La Rosa, Dominican Republic, and participate in community-based grassroots development with Service for Peace. Through assisting with the construction of a water tank, experiencing rural Dominican life and culture, and building connections with the locals of La Rosa, students will be able to take part in helping improve access to clean & safe drinking water for members of the community, and experience firsthand the reality of community-driven, impactful, and sustainable development.

  • Program Fee: $2100
  • Peer Leaders: Ashley Bisby & Kylie Holloway
  • Learning Partner: Brent James






Engaging Education: Collaborating with Community to Enhance Educational Experience

Puerto Rico**

Puerto Rico ASE Hurricane Maria RecoveryCome join us for an adventure in the beautiful rain forests of Puerto Rico. Las Casas de la Selva Rain Forest Enrichment Project consists of 1000 acres of spectacular rainforest land in the central highlands of Puerto Rico. The project's mission is to research and demonstrate the economic use of rain forest land using methods that do not destroy the forest ecology. Come and learn about sustainable economic development that exists alongside the sustainable management of tropical forests.

  • Program Fee: $1500
  • Peer Leaders: Madison Armstrong & Macy Maddy
  • Learning Partner: Mike Waters


*Deposits and payments made for programs are non-refundable.

**This program does not receive course credit.

***Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs due to conditions beyond the University’s control.

****Credit hours earned through ASE will count in ASU's tuition surcharge calculation for attempted hours. All credit hours attempted at Appalachian during the fall/spring semesters do count towards the 140 limit for tuition surcharge.

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