2015 Spring Break

March 15-22, 2015


Location: David, Kentucky
Theme: Poverty in Appalachia
Cost: Estimated $400/Student (All-Inclusive)

The region of the U.S. known as Appalachia is at Lexington’s back door, yet the reality many Appalachian families face remain unknown to many Kentuckians. The David School located in David, Kentucky works works to improve the quality of life for Appalachians in Kentucky, specifically youth. The mission of The David School is “to provide a comprehensive educational program for Appalachian youth and adults who have limited financial resources and the potential to succeed in a non-traditional setting.” UK ASB plans for volunteers to work with The David School, serving in a tutoring and mentoring capacity alongside children enrolled at the school, and assisting with general upkeep of the school grounds. Service activities will be supplemented by daily educational activities focused on the the history of Appalachia including social issues prevalent in this area. Dorm-style housing and meals will be provided by the David School.


Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Theme: Refugee Resettlement
Cost: Estimated $400/Student (All-Inclusive)

Just imagine – losing everything you own, including your home and family, and being thrust into a new environment with a different language, culture, food, norms, etc. Every day, refugees entering the U.S. face this experience, including feelings of fear and uncertainty that accompany such a life transition, in hopes of finding safe haven or a new life for themselves and their families. As one of the largest refugee resettlement areas in the U.S., Atlanta, Georgia plays host to several non-profit organizations that work to assist displaced refugees, victims of human trafficking, and others along their journey to resettle and regain self-sufficiency. UK ASB volunteers traveling to Atlanta, Georgia will serve these non-profit organizations through International Rescue Committee. Volunteers will assist these organizations as they work to provide refugees with social services, youth programs, health services, educational programs, etc. Daily, volunteers will also engage in facilitated reflections and education sessions focused on the complex issues associated with refugee resettlement.Volunteers will also spend one free day as a group exploring the city of Atlanta.


Location: Washington, D.C.
Theme: Hunger and Homelessness
Cost: Estimated $575/Student (All-Inclusive)

Washington, D.C. is a major hub for social advocacy and change in the United States, involving politicians, activists, and young people eager to make positive change in our world. Volunteers traveling to Washington, D.C. will work with the non-profit organization Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP), which is “committed to helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems.” YSOP was founded in 1983 to show young people how even their smallest actions can make a difference in the lives of others; last year over 4,800 young people volunteered more than 427,600 hours of direct service to hungry and homeless people through YSOP. UK ASB volunteers will prepare and serve meals at soup kitchens, provide recreational activities and companionship to young, formerly homeless children, distribute food and supplies at food pantries, and socialize and bring snacks to people in drop-in homeless shelters. In addition, volunteers will spend one free day exploring Washington, D.C., specifically visiting sites that commemorate social movements in U.S. history. Dorm-style housing will be provided by a local hostel and the group will prepare its own meals.


Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Theme: Rebuilding After Katrina
Cost: Estimated $400/Student (All-Inclusive)

In 2005, Hurricane Katina devastated the Atlantic coast of the United States, causing an estimated $81 billion in property damage. Eight years later, areas of the Gulf Coast are still in a state of recovery and rebuilding. UK ASB volunteers who travel to New Orleans, Louisiana will work with the non-profit organization St. Bernard Project whose motto is “Rebuilding the Homes and Lives of Katrina Survivors.” St. Bernard Project is a non-profit organization devoted to the rebuilding and recovery of the Gulf Coast area after Hurricane Katrina. Throughout the week, volunteers will assist with housing recovery, local beautification projects, and community development programs. Dorm-style housing and meals in New Orleans will be provided. Volunteers will also spend one free day as a group exploring the city of New Orleans, including visiting historic sites in the city and exploring areas of the city still rebuilding.


Location: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
Theme: Global Youth Empowerment
Cost: Estimated $2,000/Student (All-Inclusive)

UK ASB volunteers traveling Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic will work with the non-profit organization Outreach360 (formerly Orphanage Outreach), whose primary mission is to “Release the Hero Within – to involve 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 one of Outreach360’s Learning Centers or Camps. Volunteers will stay in local housing provided by Outreach360 while in the Dominican Republic and partake of local food which will be prepared and served by Outreach360 staff. Staff will provide opportunities for volunteers to learn more about the history and culture of the Dominican Republic, including issues affecting youth and education, and volunteers will spend one free day exploring the local area. This may include visiting historic landmarks, shopping at a local market, hiking “El Morro,” and/or visiting the beach. Group flights to the Dominican Republic will be booked by Alternative Service Breaks. Group flights to the Dominican Republic will be booked by UK ASB, and students will depart as a group to/from Lexington.


Location: Santo Domingo, Ecuador
Theme: Global Health and Wellness
Cost: Estimated $2,000/Student (All-Inclusive)

Join UK ASB as we partner with Shoulder-to-Shoulder Global (STSG), an organization created at the University of Kentucky “to improve the health and well-being of impoverished and under-served communities globally.” STSG routinely sends medical brigades to Ecuador in order to fulfill its mission, and this year STSG and UK ASB will again team up to send a Spring Break brigade. The initial focus of STSG has been in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, where it operates a year-round health clinic. While providing primary health care for this community, STSG also works with surrounding communities to improve education, public health, access to safe water, and to improve economic opportunities. UK ASB volunteers will engage in service projects as identified by the health clinic and STSG staff, possibly to include assisting in the health clinic and providing community health education. Through this experience, volunteers will learn more about health-related issues facing Ecuadorians, understand the importance of outreach work in addressing these issues, and gain basic knowledge about the history and culture of Ecuador. Volunteers will spend free time as a group experiencing Ecuadorian culture through food, music, and activities such as a visiting the equator line in Mindo, zip-lining through the Andes mountains, and/or visiting museums, churches, and shops in Quito. Group flights to Ecuador will be booked by UK ASB, and students will depart as a group to/from Lexington.