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UK Organization: Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (winter)(non-credit)
Jinotega, Nicaragua (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Partner Website: Click to visit
Program Cost and Budget Fall-Embedded
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2017 11/01/2016 11/01/2016 12/31/2016 01/08/2017
Fact Sheet:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Susan Meredith
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: 

December 31st-January 8th, 2017

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



  • 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 Jessica Proskin, UK ASB Advisor at or visit the UK ASB Website.

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. 

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.

Diversity Abroad

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, or Jessica Proskin, UK Alternative Service Breaks Program Advisor at the University of Kentucky,

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