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.