University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Alternative Spring Break to Rural Appalachia

This special opportunity will allow students to explore rural Appalachian culture through an alternative spring break trip to Southeastern Kentucky from Sunday, March 15 – Friday, March 20, 2015. The group will travel to Southeastern Kentucky to work with a non-profit organization (Christian Appalachian Project, www.christianapp.org) who is committed to serve Appalachian people in need by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services. Workfest is CAP's alternative spring break that attracts more than 400 students from over 40 different colleges and universities. Students serve in teams to repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families. Don't worry. No prior building experience is necessary.

Also, no religious affiliation is required or expected to participate. Instead, participants need an open mind and a willingness to serve. Participants will take part in pre-experience and post-experience discussions to prepare for this experience, learn about the area and culture of this part of the country, and reflect on the experience once it is complete. Students participating in WorkFest can use this opportunity to fulfill one honors experience. 

The total cost for participants is $350. However, all University Honors students completing the trip as an Honors Experience will receive an Honors Grant of $125 to offset costs. This will make the actual cost for participating University Honors students only $225. The group will stay in barracks style cabins with bunk beds. Costs include transportation to and from Kentucky, meals and snacks at the work site, and lodging. Costs do not include meals while driving to and from Southeastern Kentucky.

The application for WorkFest 2015 can be found here! Students who apply will receive feedback on their application status by November 7, 2014. Because this trip has become competitive in recent years, we urge students to also consider applying for other alternative spring breaks through Serve Beyond Cincinnati, various campus ministries, or others as they become available.

Questions or concerns? Contact Jason Autry.

jason.autry@uc.edu, 513-556-6255

New Pilot Opportunity: Workfest Experience Coordinator

Students who have attended Workfest previously may consider returning for another experience through the Workfest Experience Coordinator position. The position description is below. This is a potential self-design experience. Any student interested in this opportunity will submit the same application as participants, but please note interest in the position in the application and complete the final essay question.

If you have any questions, please email Jason Autry.


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WorkFest 2013 participants

The application for WorkFest 2015 can be found here!

The application deadline for WorkFest 2015 Is Friday, October 31, 2014. We will contact you by November 7, 2014 regarding the status of your application.


Watch the PowerPoint video montage below to see all of the great things participants accomplished during WorkFest 2013!

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WorkFest 2013 PowerPoint
WorkFest 2013 participants doing a little UC work!

WorkFest 2013 participants doing a little "UC" work!

2013 WorkFest participants putting up some walls

2013 WorkFest participants putting up some walls

Dee Elfer, WorkFest 2013 participant putting in new windows

Dee Elfer, WorkFest 2013 participant putting in new windows

 
2013 WorkFest participants relaxing at Cumberland Falls on their free night

2013 WorkFest participants at Cumberland Falls on their free night

Past participants with CAP founder, Father Beiting

Participants with CAP founder, Father Beiting

Grant Cothrel, WorkFest 2013 participant preparing cuts for a project

Grant Cothrel, WorkFest 2013 participant preparing cuts for a project