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UK Organization: Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (non-credit)
Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring-Embedded
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
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Fees and Policies Spring-Embedded
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Service Abroad
Eligibility:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Advisor:
Jason Hope
Program Director:
Sarah Hermsmeier
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Purchase required (via EA at UK)
Program Description:

Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (non-credit)

March 15 - 22, 2014

Program Overview

UK Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) volunteers traveling to 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.

Beginning in Spring 2014, all students accepted to the UK ASB Program have the option to enroll  in EXP 396-002, “Active Citizenship Training for Students.” The primary purpose of this course is to provide 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 ASB experience, which is embedded into the course. To apply for the credit-bearing program, please visit Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (credit-bearing).

Highlights

  • Mission: 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: A campus of socially aware student citizens seeking to make a positive impact in the local and global community.
  • Philosophy: Our 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: Our 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
    • Diversity
    • Orientation
    • Education
    • Training
    • Reflection
    • Reorientation

Eligibility

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 shermsmeier@uky.edu or visit the UK ASB Website.

Academic Credit

This application is for participants not pursing academic credit for participation in this Alternative Service Breaks program. Non-credit participants have limited access to use financial aid or apply for scholarships.

This program is also offered as a credit-bearing program. Students must have registered for EXP 396 academic credit by January 2014. Please visit Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (credit-bearing) if you are participating on this program for academic credit.

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.

Required Applications

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. Unfortunately, there are few opportunities for financial support for non-academic credit bearing experiences. This program is also offered as a credit-bearing program. Please visit Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (credit-bearing) for more information.

For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

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, in the UK Student Center, 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 HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee paid to UK ASB. For more information about precautions related to traveling abroad, please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety resource page for more information.

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, 106 Student Center, alternativebreaks@ukcco.org or Ms. Sarah Hermsmeier, coordinator of Alternative Service Breaks at the University of Kentucky, shermsmeier@uky.edu.

  • Mr. Jason Hope, UK Education Abroad - ASB liaison, jasonhope@uky.edu

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring-Embedded 2015 11/01/2014 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.