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US: Appalachia Rising

Students cleaning up Burr Oak State Park



Join us for the Appalachia Rising Service Immersion Trip – this 5 day small group service experience will introduce participants to SE Ohio and Appalachian History. Through daily service projects & reflections, students will gain insight into many of the issues facing the region.

This course is designed to promote engagement in the immediate region for students who may not have had many experiences outside of campus. The purpose is to increase understanding of the area outside of Ohio University and an appreciation for Appalachian culture.


Highlights and excursions 

Students will participate in a variety of service projects partnered with local community based organizations. Possible projects include gardening in community spaces, helping to facilitate the free meals through local initiatives, and Zero Waste initiatives. There is the potential to have one or two projects per day of the trip. Projects will vary on the needs of the communities this program will be serving. 

Good to know 

Students will participate in one pre-trip orientation meeting for approximately 2 hours. During the trip students will spend four 8-hour days working on sites and learning about the region.

This program may include: extensive walking or standing, heavy lifting and limited/no Wi-Fi or cell service.

Program dates 

March 8-12th, 2020

Application deadline  

October 1, 2019

Courses and credits 

IHS 2900- Special Topics (2)


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet, Spring Break 2020



Non-resident surcharge waived for this program. 

Click Here to find more information on financial aid and scholarships.  


Transportation to the site and activites will be provided.  

Living arrangements 

Students will stay in cabins in Burr Oak Lodge with bunk beds.

Eligibility and selection process 

All OHIO Undergraduate students in good academic standing may participate in this program.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.   Click here to read the entire conduct policy.  

Non-OHIO students may not apply. 

Requesting accessibility accommodation 

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the   Office of Student Accessibility Services    to schedule an appointment to complete an   Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form  . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow enough time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program. 

For more information, contact:  

Barbara Harrison
Program Director


Tiffany Arnold
Program Director


Cherita King  
Senior Program Coordinator

Office of Global Opportunities  








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