College Alternative Break Trips

Spend your time outside of the classroom giving back– ASP alternative break trips combine education, service, immersion, and social justice programming through home repair projects.

Types of Projects

ASP projects cover a wide range of construction skill sets, so we can find something for your group regardless of experience. We'll pair your crew with a project that fits your needs and comfort level.

  • Roofing – Replacing and repairing roofs can lead to significant improvements, mitigating damage caused by leaks.
  • Drywall – Drywall projects can be ceiling repair, wall repair, or part of a room addition.
  • Siding – Repairing existing siding or installing new siding weatherizes a home from the elements, making it more efficient and reducing utility costs for homeowners.
  • Floors and Foundations – Ensuring floors are sturdy makes homes safer, giving families the ability to make better use of their space.
  • Porches and Ramps – Building and restoring porches and ramps make homes accessible for residents for both daily and emergency use.

Trip Locations

In the non-summer months, ASP operates out of our permanent facilities to bring critical home repair to the region. Specific alternative break programming is run during fall and spring breaks.

  • Southwest Virginia – Lee County
  • Northeast Tennessee – Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington Counties

You will chose your exact location and trip dates during registration.

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Participant Requirements

  • Minimum group size is one work crew (5-7 individuals)
  • Each work crew needs at least 2 adults 19+
  • All adults must have a completed background check
  • Groups must provide their own transportation. Each work crew needs their own vehicle.
  • ASP believes that each person is a child of God, imbued with dignity and worth. All are welcome to respectfully and peacefully participate with ASP, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Mission Trip Dates

ASP offers volunteer opportunities for all ages, all year long. Our Year-Round Program specifically runs from September through early May and allows a variety of trip options:

  • Week-long Trips – Arrive Sunday afternoon, serve Monday-Friday, depart Saturday morning (note, this is the only available option for Spring Break Trips).
  • Weekend Trips – Arrive Thursday evening, serve Friday-Saturday depart Sunday.
  • Custom Length Trips – As availability permits, we would love to accommodate your group, please reach out to our team directly about this option.

Participant Cost

$70/volunteer/workday

Mission fees include:

  • Lodging
  • Hot breakfast & dinner
  • Supplies to pack lunches for worksites
  • Building materials
  • Staff oversight and guidance
  • Regional education
  • Social justice, service, and faith programming
  • Life-transforming experience!

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Transformation

Who is ASP?

Warmer. Safer. Drier.®

ASP volunteers provide high quality home repair for Appalachian families

Relationship Ministry

ASP volunteers and families develop life-long relationships

Transformation

Everyone who comes into contact with this ministry is transformed

I have felt extraordinarily blessed to have been part of such a wonderful experience not only for the people I serve, but also for how it has allowed me to have amazing self-growth and understanding my place in the world and how it relates to my relationship with God. My trip has lead me to have the desire to pursue a degree in music.

Jordan SiselCollege Volunteer

They are all great people and done so much for us I will miss them all so much we wish them the best.

Ross BartonHomeowner

Your week with ASP will forever change the way you look at the world. You'll see the worst of what people are dealt in life, but you'll see a resilience and gratitude that will touch your heart forever.

Beth UrpanilVolunteer

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