Alternative Service Experience: Winter

December 14-21, 2019

Winter ASE Programs allow you to use the long holiday to explore and serve a different community. Programs vary in dates and cost but provide the same components of service, learning and exploration that you find on the other Alternative Service Experience programs. For an idea of past programs, below is a description of what we did last year. Programs for 2019 are underway!

Our 2018 Programs:

Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park**

Join us as we work alongside the US Virgin Islands National Park to preserve historic sites and landscapes and learn about West Indian culture and history. As we work in St. John's National Park and camp on the shores of Cinnamon Bay, we will discuss the environmental issues surrounding tourism and conservation. We will also learn about the lasting effects of colonialism on marginalized identities in the Caribbean. Through our hands on work and meaningful discussion, we hope to instill a new appreciation and understanding of this region beyond its face value as a vacation destination.

  • Program Fee: $1000
  • Peer Leaders: Kelly Hoeltzel & Zakaria Miller
  • Learning Partner:  Anna Cremaldi

**US Virgin Islands program will take place December 16-23, 2018


Exploring Community through Race, Gender, & Public Health

This flying domestic program will work hands on with various organizations that serve individuals living with HIV/AIDS by providing a sustainable source of food and shelter. Service will likely be done with GLIDE, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Project Open Hand. This program will focus heavily on education relating to the LGBT community and history, mental health and public health topics and how each facet interacts with the other. 

  • Program Fee: $1000
  • Peer Leaders: Amelia Bass & Clay Fleming
  • Learning Partner: Julia Callander

La Unión del Pueblo Entero

Join us as we engage with and learn about immigration and community engagement at the Texas-Mexico border alongside La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), founded by Cesar Chavez. This program will include educational and hands-on components as we encounter and reflect on such topics such as immigration reform and immigrant rights organizing, border communities, economic justice, and more! Participants will gain a better understanding of these pertinent topics and how they might be (mis)represented in the media.

  • Program Fee: $1000
  • Peer Leaders: Anna Rawls & Sam Reis
  • Learning Partner: Shanan Fitts


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

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

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RaShaun Robinson
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