2016 Winter BreakDate: January 2-9, 2016 Location: Jinotega, Nicaragua Theme: Global Youth Empowerment Cost: $1,850/Student (All-Inclusive)
UK ASB volunteers traveling to Jinotega, Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua.” 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 stay in local housing provided by Outreach360 while in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua, including issues affecting youth and education, and volunteers will spend one free day as a group exploring the local area. This may include vising a local art co-operative, visiting a working coffee farm, walking trails through a cloud forest, and/or dining at an eco-resort. Group flights to Nicaragua will be booked by UK ASB, and students will depart as a group to/from Lexington. For more information about Outreach360, visit: www.outreach360.org.Date: January 2-9, 2016 Location: Amazon, Ecuador Theme: Environmentalism Cost: $1,850/Student (All-Inclusive) UK ASB volunteers traveling to the Amazon Rainforest will work with the non-profit organization Ubelong, a social venture based in Washington, D.C. founded “to advance international development efforts and promote cross-cultural understanding.” Recognized nationally for its work with U.S. volunteers, Ubelong uses a bottom-up approach to identify local development challenges and help mobilize the necessary resources – connecting volunteers and local partners around the world. Specifically, volunteers in the Amazon Rainforest will participate in various forest conservation projects, which include trail maintenance, reforestation, and medicinal garden and tree nursery upkeep. Volunteers will stay in rustic cabin housing provided by Ubelong while in Ecuador and partake of local food which will be prepared and served by Ubelong staff. Alongside all of the strong volunteering, volunteers will also have free time throughout the day and week that can be used to hang out in the hammocks, hike local trails, wade in the river, or visit nearby towns. There will also be a culture day in Ecuador’s second largest city, Quito, that may consist of visiting art markets, touring historic and cultural museums, or visiting the local Basilica. Group flights to Nicaragua will be booked by UK ASB, and students will depart as a group to/from Lexington. For more information about Ubelong, visit: www.ubelong.org.