Washington, DC; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Washburn, TN

Through the Office of Student Organizations and Activities and the national service organization Break Away, the University of Kentucky Alternative Service Breaks program (UK ASB) connects students with service opportunities across the nation and the world. We aim to promote active citizenship among UK students, faculty, and staff by providing service experiences that are educational, cultural, and reflective. See this year's service immersion trip descriptions below! Please note that trip slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis, so you may not get your first preference if the trip fills up. In order to go on a trip, you must fill out the application below!

APPLY HERE: https://uky.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/458068

Mar. 13 - 20

Disaster Recovery | San Juan, Puerto Rico with SBP


UK ASB participants will be working with an organization that provides relief to areas that have been ravished by natural disasters by rebuilding homes, supporting homeowners, and advocating for national recovery efforts that are equitable and efficient. Participants will be engaged in physical service, as they will be directly assisting with the rebuilding of damaged homes. Furthermore, participants will become knowledgeable about national disaster prevention and recovery strategies, and will discuss the long-term effects that natural disasters can impose upon communities.

Mar. 12 - 19

Environmental Sustainability | Washburn, TN with Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center


UK ASB participants will be working with Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, an organization dedicated to providing experiential learning of Earth Literacy based on the cornerstones of community, sustainability, and spirituality. Participants will be engaged in hands-on, outdoor service. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, organic gardening, trail work, creek cleanup, and natural building projects. In addition to direct service, participants will receive daily educational development on topics such as the “leave no trace” philosophy, social justice through an environmental lens, and how to minimize waste.

Mar. 12 - 19

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness | Washington, D.C. with a Wider Circle and other non-profit organizations


UK ASB participants will be working with a number of organizations that strive to combat housing and food insecurity. Primarily, participants will be serving with organizations that seeks to end poverty by addressing its root causes through programs such as the provision of basic need items, workforce development, wraparound support, and neighborhood revitalization. Possible service activities may include stocking and sorting donations of clothes, personal items, and furniture, serving meals, gardening, or other outreach projects. Additional service and education on this trip may include preparing and serving meals to people experiencing homelessness, advocacy training, and discussions of structural barriers that prevent the upward mobility of community members.


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