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  • Locations: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Spring-Embedded
  • Partner Website: Click to visit
  • Program Cost and Budget: Spring-Embedded
  • This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Service Learning
UK Alternative Service Breaks - Dominican Republic (non-credit)
Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Program Overview

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: www.ukasb.org/apply. 

March 9-16, 2019

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 UK ASB, and students will depart as a group to/from Lexington. For more information about Outreach360, visit www.outreach360.org

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 ASB experience, which is embedded into the course. 

Highlights
  • 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 includes:
    • 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 Info:
Make an appointment with an EA adviser
Contact 
ukasb@ukcco.org or visit the UK ASB Website.


 

Academic Credit

This application is for participants not pursuing 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.

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.
 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please check the Program Cost and Budget information page for each semester. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.

 


Required Applications:
2 | UK Education Abroad & ASB
For the ASB application, click the "Partner Website" link at the top of this page.



This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.