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UK Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (credit-bearing)
March 12-19, 2016
UK Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) volunteers traveling to Motne Crisit, 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 UK 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.
All students accepted to the UK ASB Program have the option to enroll in EXP 396-172, “Active Citizenship Training for Students.” The primary purpose of this course is to provide UK ASB student participants with the opportunity to explore concepts of service leadership and active citizenship. This course will also prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to reflect critically upon their UK ASB experience, which is embedded into the course.
Additionally, this course is intended to provide to deepen student learning through their UK ASB experience and encourage student action before, during, and after students’ UK ASB experience. This course is intended to complement students’ leadership experiences in the UK ASB program, thus, existing expectations of all UK ASB participants will be expectations of the course as well. In addition, UK ASB student participants who opt to enroll in EXP 396-172 as a part of their UK ASB experience will be required to participate in supplementary class meetings and campus activities, etc.
To apply for the non-credit program please visit UK Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (non-credit).
- Mission: UK ASB's mission is to provide quality and fulfilling alternative service breaks that mutually benefit community partners and student participants through direct service, issue education, group reflection, and cultural immersion, in communities beyond the borders of Lexington and Kentucky.
- Vision: UK ASB's vision is of a campus of socially aware student citizens seeking to make a positive impact in the local and global community.
- Philosophy: UK ASB's philosophy is that quality community service, particularly service immersion, must involve: 1) Strong, direct service to address unmet community needs, 2) Broad education and deep reflection about social issues facing communities, and 3) Exposure to the character and culture of the diverse communities in which we serve
- Approach: UK ASB's approach is deeply rooted in Break Away’s “Active Citizen Continuum” and “Eight Components of a Quality Break Program,” which include:
- Strong Direct Service
- Alcohol and Other Drug-Free
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines who are in good standing with the university. Please note, students are only eligible for this program if they have previously applied and been accepted to the UK ASB Program. For more information or if you have questions, contact Sarah Hermsmeier, UK ASB Advisor at email@example.com or visit the UK ASB Website.
This program is also offered as a non-credit program. Please visit UK Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (non-credit) for more information.
UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including required on-campus meetings.
- Undergraduate students choosing to earn credit will enroll in EXP 396-172: Experiential Education: Active Citizenship Training for Students. The course will meet regularly during the spring semester, with a required travel component March 12 - 19, 2016.
- This program is also offered as a non-credit program. Please visit UK Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (non-credit) for more information.
Housing & Meals
Participants will stay in local housing provided by Outreach360 and paid for by UK ASB through students’ program fees while in the Dominican Republic. Housing in the Dominican Republic will be open-area bunk beds, with shared bathrooms, and separated by genders.
Participants will partake of local food which will be prepared by local residents who serve on the Outreach360 staff and provided three times per day. All meals and supplemental snacks will be provided to volunteers paid for by UK ASB through students’ program fees. Students will be responsible for paying out of pocket for any meals they choose to purchase in the airport traveling to/from the Dominican Republic.
This program is run in collaboration with the UK Alternative Service Breaks Program and their community partner in the Dominican Republic, Outreach360. Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad per university policy because they are participating in a UK sponsored/coordinated program abroad. Again, students must have previously applied and been accepted to the UK ASB Program before completing an application with UK Education Abroad.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination.
Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
The New Horizons Scholarship - The Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $500 for spring embedded program participants and students participating in UK Alternative Spring Break programs for academic credit. The deadline application materials is November 1st.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully before applying for a program through UK Education Abroad. For more information about program costs and cancellation policies for this program, visit UK ASB’s website and click on “Program Payments” and/or “Program Policies.”
Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility accepts U.S. Passport applications. For more information about U.S. Passport applications please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
- U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa in advance of arrival for participation on this program. Participants will be required to purchase a tourist card upon arrival for approximately $10. NOTE: Tourist cards will be purchased for all participants of this program by UK ASB through participant program fees.
- Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at Embassy of the Dominican Republic.
Travel Medical Insurance
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.
For More Information
For additional information about this program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
The Center for Community Outreach, 343 S. MLK Blvd., 361 Blazer Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Hermsmeier, UK Alternative Service Breaks Program Advisor at the University of Kentucky, email@example.com.
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