Alternative Service Breaks

About ASB

Mission: Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) is a weeklong service and educational opportunity that empowers Boston University students across the globe to unite in social justice education, learning service, self-reflection and empathy. Through virtual and in-person experiences with our community partners, ASB strives to build a community among students that emphasizes intersectionality between social justice focus areas and service. 

Theme: The theme for ASB 2021 is Crossroads. We chose this theme to emphasize the importance of intersectionality in the work we do at the Community Service Center and Alternative Service Breaks. Our theme highlights the interconnectedness between the communities that we work with across the US. We hope to highlight how many different organizations share common goals and to illustrate how this is true even across geographic distance. 

ASB 2021 Volunteer Registration has now closed. If you’d still like to be involved, reach out to the program managers at the email address below.

If you’d like more information about volunteering with ASB, contact Program Managers Ciara Cullen and Carolina Becerril at

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ASB: Past to Present

In the past, volunteers and coordinators have traveled across the U.S. and worked with community partners in a variety of focus areas such as sustainability, public health, youth & education, human rights, and more. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alternative Service Breaks 2021 will have a virtual component with some additional in-person volunteer opportunities in the Greater Boston Area. ASB will still have a focus on social justice education and intentional service, and it will still be a space to build community on campus and beyond.