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UK Organization: Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (credit-bearing)
Jinotega, Nicaragua (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall-Embedded
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (EducationAbroad@uky.edu) to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Fees and Policies Fall-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 - Nicaragua (credit-bearing)

Course Dates: August 28 - December 12, 2014

Required Travel Dates: TBD January, 2015

Program Overview

UK Alternative Service Breaks (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 Orphanage360’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.

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.

Additionally, this course is intended to provide to deepen student learning through their ASB experience and encourage student action before, during, and after students’ ASB experience. This course is intended to complement students’ leadership experiences in the ASB program, thus, existing expectations of all ASB participants will be expectations of the course as well. In addition, ASB student participants who opt to enroll in EXP 396-002 as a part of their ASB experience will be required to participate in supplementary class meetings and campus activities, etc. This course will run from August 28, 2014, to December 12, 2014 for UK ASB site leaders and September 4, 2014, to December 5, 2014 for UK ASB participants traveling to Jinotega Nicaragua.

To apply for the non-credit program please visit Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (non-credit).

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.

This program is also offered as a non-credit program. Please visit Alternative Service Breaks - Nicaragua (non-credit) for more information.

Academic Credit

  • 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 396-002: Experiential Education: Active Citizenship Training for Students (3 credit hours). The course will meet regularly during the spring semester, January 16 - April 1, 2014, with a required travel component March 15 - 22, 2014.

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. 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 Alternative Spring Break programs for academic credit. The deadline application materials is November 30.

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

  • 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 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 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:
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This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (EducationAbroad@uky.edu) to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.