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


This year, UK ASB is taking 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 meeting. All trip locations labeled “Undisclosed” apply to this category. 

Weekend Service Immersions

Childhood Disability & Illness Support – Fall.
Dates: Nov. 2 – 4. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Low.
Though most of ASB’s service immersions are one- or two-week programs, ASB also 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 camp experience, free of charge, to have fun, feel normal, and forget about their everyday struggles. Participants will escort children and families throughout the weekend schedule, participate in all camp activities, and interact with the courageous campers. The children attending camp this weekend will all have physical disabilities.

Lexington-Focused – Fall.
Dates: Nov. 2 – 4. 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. This year, ASB is taking a new approach to our service immersion trips by offering a trip centered around the social issues that our local campus and city experience. Participants will become acclimated to the local area and gain a perspective of the diverse service opportunities available “right in front of them” throughout a “progressive-dinner”-like service immersion weekend. Participants will stay overnight at The Plantory and serve with the organizations such as the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, the Hope Center, GleanKY, and Foodchain.

Childhood Disability & Illness Support – Spring.
Dates: TBD. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Low.
Though most of ASB’s service immersions are one- or two-week programs, ASB also 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 camp experience, free of charge, to have fun, feel normal, and forget about their everyday struggles. Participants will escort children and families throughout the weekend schedule, participate in all camp activities, and interact with the courageous campers. More information on the specific disability/illness focus of this weekend coming soon!

 

Winter Break Service Immersions

Global Youth Empowerment. 
Dates: Dec. 29 – Jan. 5. Location: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Physical Intensity: Low.
UK ASB volunteers traveling to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic this Winter 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 Outreach360′s Learning Center. Volunteers will also be expected to make daily lesson plans, read to students during free-time and facilitate recess activities.
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Sustainable Agriculture.
Dates: Dec. 27 – Jan. 6. Location: San Cristóbal, Galapagos, Ecuador. Physical Intensity: High.
UK ASB volunteers traveling to San Cristóbal, Ecuador, an island of the Galapagos, will work through UBelong. This organization is founded “to advance international development efforts and promote cross-cultural understanding.” In San Cristóbal, exotic and invasive species like blackberry bushes, fire ants, and wild pigs affect the indigenous biodiversity of the island. Participants will remove foreign species while supporting local agriculture to reduce the current need for fruit and vegetable imports.
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

LGBTQ+ Support.
Dates: Dec. 29 – Jan. 5. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
For the first time, UK ASB is offering a trip that serves and supports LGBTQ+ populations in need! The exact service partners have yet to be finalized, but the potential partners could include LGBTQ+ homeless shelters and youth programs, support groups, hotline services, and HIV/AIDS centers. More information regarding service details are coming soon!

 

Spring Break Service Immersions

Disaster Relief.
Dates: Mar. 9 – 17. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: High.
UK ASB participants will be working with organizations that provide relief to areas that have recently been ravished by natural disasters. The exact service partners have yet to be finalized, but more information is coming soon!

Global Youth Empowerment. 
Dates: Mar. 9 – 17. 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 Outreach360′s Learning Center. Volunteers will also be expected to make daily lesson plans, read to students during free-time and facilitate recess activities.
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Wildlife Habitat Conservation.
Dates: Mar. 9 – 17. 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 constructing new habitats to rehabilitating old ones. Because it takes weeks of training to properly feed and care for these animals, and for safety reasons, UK ASB volunteers will not work in direct contact with these animals. Instead, volunteers will assist with construction or other projects at the site.
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Immigration Activism.
Dates: Mar. 9 – 17. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will be working with organizations that support and offer humanitarian relief to refugee and immigrant populations. The exact service partners have yet to be finalized, but more information is coming soon!

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness.
Dates: Mar. 9 – 17. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will be working with organizations that combat food and housing insecurity. The exact service partners have yet to be finalized, but more information is coming soon!
Read about a past participant’s experience here‎.

Domestic Violence Awareness.
Dates: Mar. 9 – 17. 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.

Summer Break Service Immersions

Childhood Disability & Illness Support – Summer 1-Week.
Dates: TBD. Location: Undisclosed. Physical Intensity: Low.
In addition to the Childhood Disability & Illness Support Weekend Trips, UK ASB is also offering a week-long service immersion to the non-profit medical camping facility this summer! This camp provides the opportunity for children living with life-threatening illnesses and their families to enjoy a camp experience, free of charge, to have fun, feel normal, and forget about their everyday struggles. Participants will escort children and families throughout the weekend schedule, participate in all camp activities, and interact with the courageous campers. More information on the specific disability/illness focus of this weekend coming soon!

Global Youth Education – Summer 2-Week.
Dates: May 10 – 26. Location: Accra, Ghana. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
UK ASB participants will work with UBELONG, an organization founded “to advance international development efforts and promote cross-cultural understanding.” In Accra, Ghana, Ubelong places volunteers with the non-profit organization, Cheerful Hearts Foundation (CHF), which works to “educate and empower rural citizens through human rights, public health, and education initiatives so they can sustain an improved standard of living.” Accra is affected by many problems, which contribute to poor quality and access to education such as overcrowded classes, material shortages, and deficient infrastructure. UK ASB participants will work with teachers in elementary, middle, and/or high schools to help create more interactive and student-centered learning environments.

Global Youth Empowerment – Summer 2-Week.
Dates: May 10 – 26. Location: Merida, Mexico. Physical Intensity: Moderate.
For the very first time, UK ASB participants will be traveling to Merida, Mexico this summer to work with UBELONG, an organization founded “to advance international development efforts and promote cross-cultural understanding.” Participants will be working in a daycare or orphanage supporting disadvantaged youth who have been emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abused or who may have mothers who simply cannot afford childcare. Specifically, volunteers will be partaking in a range of daily activities, which include but are not limited to homework help, playing sports, making art, cleaning up the facility, cooking meals, and preparing activities.