Alternative Service Breaks

Mini Alternative Service Break: Forging Friendships at Camp Royall

Camp Royall, Pittsboro
Sept. 20 - 22, 2019

Apply to Durham Tech’s first mini-Alternative Service Break program! This immersive weekend service trip will take place at the Autism Society of NC’s Camp Royall in Pittsboro, NC. A team of 15 Durham Tech students will be selected to be trained by Camp Royall staff, learn about autism, and lead the children in camp activities throughout the weekend.

The trip includes:

  • Lodging/Meals at Camp Royall
  • Transportation
  • Educational workshop on autism and camp training
  • An opportunity to make friends and lasting memories

Applications will open on August 12 and close on August 30.


If selected, participants will pay a $30 participation fee. In cases of financial difficulty, please email Jes Dormady.

Fall Alternative Service Break: Serve Seaside

Charleston, S.C.
Oct. 8 - 11, 2019

Do you care about environmental conservation efforts? Apply for a four-day environmental volunteer experience in Charleston, South Carolina.

Service projects include oyster reef restoration and outdoor clean-up efforts at marshes, beaches, and parks. Participants will learn about environmental issues affecting the greater coastal Charleston area, such as off-shore oil drilling and plastic pollution.

Applications open Aug. 12 and are due by Friday, Sept. 6.


For more information email If selected for this experience, participants will be expected to pay a $40 participation fee. In cases of financial difficulty, please email Jes Dormady.

Past Alternative Service Break Experiences

student holding a chicken in her armsSpring 2019: Serve the Herd

Twelve students participated in a four-day experience to volunteer at Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge and Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary. This experience took place over Durham Tech’s spring inclement weather break. Participants learned about the adverse effects of factory farming and about two prominent non-profit organizations leading the way in animal rescue efforts.

“I think it’s a great way to spend the spring break because you get to meet other students. Because sometimes during schooltimes you just go to school and after that, you go home, and you don’t have time to interact with other students,” said Cedric Ngbichi.

Fall 2018 Charleston ASB: Serve Seaside

group of students jumping into the air on waterfront

“It was great seeing students from different backgrounds coming together and getting along all with the same purpose of saving the planet! I plan to keep volunteering and hope that we all stay friends!” – Serve Seaside ASB participant

In the fall 2018, 11 Durham Tech students participated in a three-day environmental service experience in Charleston. Students volunteered with Charleston Waterkeeper, Keep Charleston Beautiful, South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program, Compost Rangers, and Charleston Surfrider. Service projects included composting at a local elementary school, making oyster bags, and clean-ups at a local beach, marsh, and park. Participants learned about environmental preservation efforts in Charleston, visited the SC Aquarium and Sea Turtle Hospital, and experienced Charleston’s culture.

Fall 2017 AB: Serve on the Wild Side

group photo of students outside at piedmont refuge“The organizations we worked with were so knowledgeable and professional. I learned a lot about animal rescue efforts in North Carolina.” – Serve on the Wild Side ASB participant

“I was very fortunate to connect with people on this trip. I feel more comfortable around my fellow students and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.” – Serve on the Wild Side ASB participant

In the fall of 2017, 15 Durham Tech students were selected to participate in a three-day Animal Rescue service experience in Pittsboro, NC. After some team bonding by doing goat yoga, the students set out to volunteer at local animal rescue organizations. The participants volunteered at Carolina Tiger Rescue, Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, and the Goathouse Refuge. The students learned about North Carolina’s laws regarding owning exotic animals and the need for animal rescue organizations. Visit the Center for College and Community Service’s Facebook page to see more photos from past Alternative Service Break experience.