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Program Feature

Field Work
Service Learning

Program Term

Spring Break

Program Type

OHIO Credit

For more information, contact:

Barbara Harrison 
Program Director 

Tiffany Arnold 
Program Director 

Cherita King  
Program Coordinator  


Young people participating in cleaning up the site


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. 

Living Arrangements 

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

Program Dates 

March 8 - 12, 2020

This program is offered annually.


Students will be able to earn a total of 2 credit hours. 

  • IHS 2900 (2 cr. hours) 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some group meals and transportation for all program related activities.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 2 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to all Ohio University students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 who are in good conduct standing. 

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.

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.