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


UK ASB takes an exciting approach to service: For nearly all domestic trips, we are providing participants with knowledge about the social issue, however, the location of service will be kept secret until the third Pre-Connect (pre-trip meeting). All trip locations labeled “Undisclosed” apply to this category. This is done to encourage students to apply for service trips based on the social issue of focus, rather than a particular destination.

Weekend Service Immersions

Childhood Disability & Illness Support – Fall
Dates: Nov. 8 – 10. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Low.
In addition to weeklong programs, ASB offers students the opportunity to engage in weekend service trips to a non-profit medical camping facility. At this camp, children living with life-threatening illnesses and their families can enjoy a fully-accessible camp experience, free of charge, where physical, medical, and social accommodations are the norm. Participants will escort children and families throughout the weekend schedule, participate in all camp activities, and interact with the campers. The primary focus for this weekend is working with children who have diabetes.

Lexington-Focused – Spring
Dates: Apr. 3rd – 5th. Location: Lexington, KY. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
“Sometimes when you’re looking for an answer, you search everywhere else before you look at what’s right in front of you.” – Dean Hughes. ASB is proud to continue our commitment to the local community by sending our second-ever Lexington-Focused service immersion experience. Participants will become acclimated to the local area and gain a perspective of the diverse service opportunities available “right in front of them” through an immersive weekend offering a medley of local service and learning opportunities. More information on the specific nature of service and education for this trip is coming soon!

Childhood Disability & Illness Support – Spring
Dates: Feb. 21st – 23rd. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Low.
In addition to weeklong programs, ASB offers students the opportunity to engage in weekend service trips to a non-profit medical camping facility. At this camp, children living with life-threatening illnesses and their families can enjoy a fully-accessible camp experience, free of charge, where physical, medical, and social accommodations are the norm. Participants will escort children and families throughout the weekend schedule, participate in all camp activities, and interact with the campers. The primary focus for this weekend will be shared once a date has been finalized.

Winter Break Service Immersions

LGBTQ+ Support
Dates: Jan. 4 – Jan. 11. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will be working with the LGBTQ+ population on an experience that incorporates an intersectional approach to community service. This immersion will offer participants the chance to engage in service activities that improve access to HIV/AIDS preventative measures, offer support for disenfranchised LGBTQ+ youth, and promote advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights. Furthermore, participants on this trip will discuss how general issues such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, and discrimination affect the LGBTQ+ population, specifically.

Spring Break Service Immersions

Disaster Recovery
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Undisclosed. 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.

Global Youth Empowerment
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Physical Intensity: Low.
UK ASB volunteers traveling to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic this spring will work with the non-profit organization Outreach360 to further their mission of “releasing the hero within – involving people to provide opportunities to orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in the Dominican Republic.” Specifically, volunteers will participate in Outreach360’s Teach Corps-English Education program, helping to teach children basic English language skills in local elementary schools and in Outreach360′s After-School Learning Center. Volunteers will also be expected to make daily lesson plans, develop English reading skills with students during free-time, and facilitate recess activities.
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Wildlife Habitat Conservation
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: High.
UK ASB participants will work with a non-profit wildlife sanctuary that cares for non-releasable wild animals rescued from lives of abuse or neglect, including big cats, bears, wolves, primates, bats, and more. Participants will work on various projects around the site ranging from the construction of new habitats to the rehabilitation of old ones. Because extensive training is required to properly feed and care for these animals, and because of safety reasons, UK ASB volunteers will not work in direct contact with these animals. Instead, volunteers will assist with construction, general maintenance, and other projects at the site.
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Refugee Resettlement
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will be working with an organization that supports individuals seeking refuge or asylum in the United States by offering English education, case management, and orientation to life in the United States. This organization seeks to empower refugees to rebuild their lives in the United States through their core principles of dignity, hope, and opportunity. Specific volunteer tasks have yet to be assigned but will be communicated with all volunteers prior to trip departure.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Undisclosed. 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 an organization 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. At this site, volunteers will be asked to stock and sort donations of clothes, personal items, and furniture, and to assist clients as they shop for items free-of-charge. 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. More information is coming soon!
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Domestic Violence Awareness
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will be working at an emergency domestic violence shelter and advocacy center dedicated to eliminating domestic violence through prevention, education, and intervention. Volunteers will not be involved in direct service with domestic violence survivors. Instead, volunteers will be doing indirect service throughout the shelter such as painting, yard work, and cleaning. At the shelter, volunteers will also be provided daily educational seminars from the program staff.
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Environmental Sustainability
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Undisclosed. 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.

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Reconciliation
Dates: Mar. 14 – 21. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Moderate High.
**Interested volunteers should note that this trip will be flying to its location.
UK ASB is excited to offer a brand-new service immersion working with indigenous populations this spring break! Primarily, volunteers will be working with Habitat for Humanity to assist with the construction of a new home, likely for a member of an indigenous tribe, while learning about the history and culture of indigenous peoples in the United States. Specific tasks could include hanging drywall, painting, and general assistance on other construction-related projects. This direct service will be supplemented with culturally-focused activities and education tailored to offer trip participants a more complete understanding of indigenous culture. Through education and reflection, participants will explore the experience of indigenous communities over the course of the United States’ history and will discuss the importance of a variety of indigenous cultures from across the United States.

Summer Break Service Immersions

UK ASB will not be offering any service trips during Summer Break this year.