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 – Wednesday, October 23 or Thursday, October 24. Both sessions are from 5:00–6:00 pm and will take place in the Plemmons Student Union, room 155 (Tater Hill).
Students will sign up for their specific program at the iASE sign up Lottery on Monday, October 28 in the Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union, room 402. Be sure to check out the for more instructions.
Estimated cost - between $2,000 - $2,100 (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
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 - $2,000
Peer Leaders: Ann Sekutowski & Abigail Jackson
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 - $2,000
Peer Leaders: Ashley Thomasson & Ellie Bethea
Learning Partner: Don Presnell, Associate Director of Academic Advising in University College, and Director of the Common Reading Program
Water for Life: Grassroots Community Development and Cross-Cultural Connections
La Rosa, Dominican Republic
Travel with us to the beautiful, green mountains of La Rosa, Dominican Republic, and participate in community-based grassroots development with Service for Peace. Through assisting with the construction of a water tank, experiencing rural Dominican life and culture, and building connections with the locals of La Rosa, students will be able to take part in helping improve access to clean & safe drinking water for members of the community, and experience firsthand the reality of community-driven, impactful, and sustainable development.
Program Fee - $2,100
Peer Leaders: Ashley Bisby & Kylie Holloway
Learning Partner: Brent James, professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Engaging Education: Collaborating with Community to Enhance Educational Experiences
Los Chillos Valley, Ecuador
Spend the week in Sangolquí, Ecuador in the Los Chillos Valley outside the capital, Quito. Here we will be working alongside the Manna Project International to serve the community. The Manna Project offers many opportunities for participants to engage in cultural immersion, community development, and hands-on service. During our program, participants will serve at the community center assisting with English classes for all ages, classes on nutrition and exercise, reading opportunities for children, homework help, and fun activities planned by our team alongside the Manna Project staff. Join us for a life-changing experience that will allow you to both serve and learn during your spring break!
Program Fee: $
Peer Leaders: Seth Negus & Emma Richards
Learning Partner: Dr. Shanan Fitts, 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.
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.
Paid to Appalachian State
1Tuition 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.
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2Program Cost includes airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
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2Immunization and medication costs will vary by student. Please visit a travel health professional for more information.
3Some non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa prior to entering the host country.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet
to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates
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.
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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:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. 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.
- 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.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships