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Trip Descriptions

Trip Descriptions

“Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.”
~ Nkosi Johnson

2021-22 Alternative Breaks

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness

Location: Washington, D.C. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will be working with a number of organizations that strive to combat housing and food insecurity. Primarily, participants will be serving with organizations that seeks to end poverty by addressing its root causes through programs such as the provision of basic need items, workforce development, wraparound support, and neighborhood revitalization. Possible service activities may include stocking and sorting donations of clothes, personal items, and furniture, serving meals, gardening, or other outreach projects. Additional service and education on this trip may include preparing and serving meals to people experiencing homelessness, advocacy training, and discussions of structural barriers that prevent the upward mobility of community members.

Disaster Recovery

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico. Physical Intensity: High.
UK ASB participants will be working with an organization that provides relief to areas that have been ravished by natural disasters by rebuilding homes, supporting homeowners, and advocating for national recovery efforts that are equitable and efficient. Participants will be engaged in physical service, as they will be directly assisting with the rebuilding of damaged homes. Furthermore, participants will become knowledgeable about national disaster prevention and recovery strategies, and will discuss the long-term effects that natural disasters can impose upon communities.

Environmental Sustainability

Location: Washburn, TN. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will be working with an environmental conservation organization that seeks to mobilize their community to care for local greenspaces, parks, and waterways. Participants will be engaged in hands-on, outdoor service. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, ​planting trees, cleaning up waterways, removing litter from creeks and roadsides, and/or general greenspace maintenance. In addition to direct service, participants will receive daily educational development on topics such as the “leave no trace” philosophy, social justice through an environmental lens, and how to minimize waste.