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Program Description

International Alternative Service Experiences – March 2–9, 2019

March 2-9, 2019

iASE Programs occurring over Spring Break 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. 

Interested students should plan to attend one of two info sessions to learn more about each individual program and meet the student peer leaders – Tuesday, October 30th or Wednesday, October 31st. Both sessions are from 5:00 – 6:00 pm and will take place in Beacon Heights, PSU room 417.
Students will sign up for their specific program at the iASE sign up Lottery on Monday, November 5 at 8:00 pm in the Parkway Ballroom Room (420 PSU). Be sure to check out the for more instructions. 
Estimated cost - between $1,750 - $1,900 (includes airfare, housing, food, and in-country transportation)
All students participating in iASE must read the Appalachian Overseas Education Program Handbook (pdf)
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

2019 Programs:

Belize Botanic Gardens: Sustainable Agroforestry and Community Development
San Ignacio, Belize

Students will live on site and learn about the Belize Botanic Gardens and adjacent nature reserve as they serve alongside the community to help them work towards their tasks and goals. 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 encouraged to take what they’ve learned in Belize about native plants and ecosystems to apply principles of regenerative practices to their everyday lives and issues in their own community.

Program Fee - $1750
Peer Leaders: Mackenzie Morgan & LuAnna Nesbitt
Learning Partner: Dr. Stacey Garret, professor in the Department of Leadership & Educational Studies

Sustainable Service: Conservation, Organic Farming, and Ecotourism
Mastatal, Costa Rica

Work & 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.
Students will spend the week in Mastatal, Costa Rica volunteering with Villas Mastatal working on an organic farm, learning sustainable farming techniques, working at a local school and learning about Costa Rican culture. In the past, projects have included harvesting bamboo to build shade shelter and working in the garden at the local school, and helping with trail maintenance. Students have the opportunity to learn about Costa Rican basket weaving and herbal remedies from a local medicine man, and visit a chocolate farm. Though working on the service site, eating meals with the host family, and participating in ecotours, students will have abundant opportunities to engage in conversations and experience cross-cultural connections. Students will also learn about sustainability efforts in Costa Rica and Costa Rican culture in their pre-departure classes, and will then be able to make personal connections to the issues through both individual and group reflection during the week.

Program Fee - $1750
Peer Leaders: Karoly Majtenyi & Ilya Wang
Learning Partner: Catherine Fountain, professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Constructing Connections: Cross-Cultural Connections and Community Development
El Cidral, Dominican Republic

Students will spend the week in El Cidral, Dominican Republic volunteering with Service for Peace. While working on the service site, eating meals with community members, and exploring the town of El Cidral, students will have abundant opportunities to engage in conversations and experience cross-cultural connections. While in El Cidral, the group will be working in a local elementary school where students will work alongside the community to further the development of the town. Students will leave Dominican Republic with a firsthand experience of the cycle of poverty and how it affects communities. 

Program Fee - $1900
Peer Leaders: Vicky Anderson & Ashley Baugh
Learning Partner: Kendra Souza, professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Engaging Education: Collaborating with Community to Enhance Educational Experiences
Antigua and Guatemala City, Guatemala

Participants will spend the week in Antigua, Guatemala working alongside Safe Passage to serve the community. Safe Passage has educational programs for children ages 3-18 as well as a program for the parents of students. This organization also has a sub-program that works specifically with women in the community to support their education and career goals rather than working in the landfill. Participants will have the opportunity to simultaneously teach and learn from the community that they are immersed in through these various programs. Participants will also spend an entire day serving as a classroom assistant for students grades first through seventh. This iASE to Guatemala will offer a week of language opportunities and cross-cultural connections for participants. Learning English is a goal for many of Safe Passage students because of the opportunities the language opens up for individuals. Students will also be participating and helping facilitate English classes with students of varying ages and levels

Program Fee: $1900
Peer Leaders: Megan Aschelman & Mackenzie Briggs
Learning Partner: Dr. Greg McClure, professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction


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

**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. 


Courses vary by program. 

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Billable Program Cost: $ see above

Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 90.00
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: personal expenses ($50), and some meals ($40).

* Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering the host country.
** Tuition and fees for Fall and Spring semester programs are included in your normal semester charges.  Exact tuition charges are determined by a student’s status by semester and credits to date for their major.  Please go to this link to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $500 Due at Lottery (check or money order only) 11/5/18
1st Payment varies by program 11/19/2018
Final Payment varies by program 12/14/2018

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.


Spring Break 2019 (March 2–9, 2019)



How to Apply

  1. CONTACT THE ACT OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION. Further instructions will be provided at the lottery for the completion of the application and payment of the $500 deposit for each program.  Contact: Summer Wisdom, 828-262-2545, 

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.