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UK Organization: Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (winter)(non-credit)
Jinotega, Nicaragua (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall-Embedded,
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Fees and Policies Fall-Embedded
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1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
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Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Susan McVey
Program Director:
Sarah Hermsmeier
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Purchase required (via EA at UK)
Program Description:

Service Learning
UK Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (non-credit)

NOTE: Students must first apply and be accepted to the UK Alternative Service Breaks program before applying through UK Education Abroad. UK Education Abroad applications will not be considered until accepted by UK ASB’s Program Coordinators. To apply to a UK ASB program, visit: 

January 2 - 9, 2016

Program Overview

UK Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) volunteers traveling to Jinotega, Nicaragua will work through Outreach 360 (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 Outreach 360, visit

All students accepted to the UK ASB program, specifically those traveling to Nicaragua, have the option to enroll in EXP 396-172 (1 credit hour). All Experiential Education course credits require the completion of a Learning Contract before students may enroll in the course credit. Unlike a traditional seated course, students enrolled in EXP 396-172 earn 1 credit hour per 48 work hours (inclusive of time spent volunteering abroad). Students earn credit primarily based upon their completion of a community-based experience (in this case an alternative service break program), inclusive of a reflective culminating assignment. For more information about this course, or to begin the process of completing a Learning Contract, please contact Sarah Hermsmeier, UK ASB Advisor and Course Instructor at To apply for the credit-bearing program, please visit UK Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (credit-bearing).


  • 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
    • Diversity
    • Orientation
    • Education
    • Training
    • Reflection
    • Reorientation


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 or visit the UK ASB Website.

Academic Credit

This application is for participants not pursing academic credit for participation in this UK 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 register for EXP 396-172. For more information about this course, please contact Sarah Hermsmeier, UK ASB Advisor and Course Instructor, at Please visit UK Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (credit-bearing) if you are participating on this program for academic credit.

Housing & Meals

  • Participants will stay in local housing provided by Outreach 360 and paid for by UK ASB through students’ program fees while in Nicaragua.

  • Participants will partake of local food which will be prepared by local residents who serve on the Outreach 360 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 Nicaragua.

Required Applications

This program is run in collaboration with the UK Alternative Service Breaks Program and their community partner in Nicaragua, Outreach 360. 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 - Nicaragua (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 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

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for entry into Nicaragua. 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 the Embassy of Nicaragua website.

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.

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, or Sarah Hermsmeier, UK Alternative Service Breaks Program Advisor at the University of Kentucky,

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall-Embedded 2014 11/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2015 01/09/2015
NOTE: The credit-bearing portion of the program occurs during the fall; international travel occurs in January.
Winter 2016 11/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2016 01/09/2016
Fall-Embedded 2015 11/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2016 01/09/2016

** 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.