Domestic Experiences

Domestic Alternative Service Experiences will take place during Spring Break, March 5-12, 2022. Sign ups will happen at the Spring ASE Sign Up Lottery January 31st at 8:00pm in PSU Price Lake Room 201A. Programs cost $200, which covers your travel, lodging, and food for the entire week. Please bring a credit/debit card to the sign up lottery to pay this fee. For more information on how the sign up lottery event works click here

The Elephant Sanctuary

Join us as we volunteer at the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge for retired elephants. We will be working to help paint walls, gather food, and other exciting hands-on service. You will get first-hand experience learning about captive and wild elephants!

Peer Leaders: Skyler Amsden (She/Her/Hers) & Elizabeth Vaughan (She/Her/Hers)

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Growing-Up Green

Passionate about sustainable farming and providing accessible food to urban areas? Come join us at Jones Valley Teaching Farm where you will learn and engage in sustainable farming techniques that help the surrounding communities!

Peer Leaders: Mailyn Greig-Ratz (She/Her/Hers) & Lorena Calvillo (She/Her/Hers)

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Seaside Sustainability

Spend your spring break giving back to the earth by volunteering with the Nature Conservancy. The preserve where we will be working is a globally rare maritime forest ecosystem and treasured community resource. You will be immersed in team-oriented stewardship activities such as trail maintenance, infrastructure improvements, habitat restoration, and other preserve management responsibilities.

Peer Leaders: Miranda Lowery (She/Her/Hers) & Mackenzie Hall

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Restoration & Exploration at the Coast

Come join us as we care for and explore a 66,306-acre wildlife refuge. This coastal park is part of the National Fish and Wildlife Service and encompasses a few of our crucial barrier islands. Our program allows students to be part of the work that goes into preserving wildlife refuges, which play a key role in our environment.

Peer Leaders: Catelyn Sweeney (She/Her/Hers) & Meredith Ingram (She/Her/Hers)

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Youth Outreach

Work alongside Murphy-Harpst, an independent not-for-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected young people through residential treatment, placements in specialized foster care, and community programs that serve at-risk youth and their families. They're committed to servicing all children regardless of sex, race, color, or creed, and whose needs can be addressed and treated within the scope of program services.

Peer Leaders: David French & Elizabeth Jeffries

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Outdoor Opportunities

Learn and serve at Camp Evergreen, a non-profit, family camp that provides deserving children with a wilderness camp experience in the great outdoors. Actively participate in indirect service in hopes to create a better environment for children, teens, and camp staff. If you like summer camp, this program is for you!

Peer Leaders: Meredith Maiken (She/Her/Hers) & Meagan Plowman (She/Her/Hers)



Protecting Our Peaks

Spend a week volunteering and learning in the coal mining region of the Appalachian mountains.  Our program will explore what happens to the rural Appalachian communities as America transitions away from coal and towards a clean energy future? We will see mountaintop removal firsthand and meet local community members. Our week will focus on learning about the history of coal mining and mountaintop removal and our service projects will help the community move towards a brighter future based on the beauty of the mountains.  

Peer Leaders: Kaitlyn Sorenson & Jana Bowman (She/Her/Hers)

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Contact Us

Rm. 134, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608
Fax: (828) 262-8078

Summer Wisdom
Assistant Director

Zack Beasley
Graduate Assistant