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Labor Day Weekend BreakOut Trip

Appalachia Immersion


UDSAP House, Salyersville, KY

September 1-3, 2023

Cost: $20

This trip is now full. However, you can sign up to be put on a waiting list. Also, note that we will repeat this trip over Spring Break.

In this rural Appalachian experience, UD students will get a glimpse into the UD Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP) by visiting the local residents and learning of their rich culture, while building relationships. Participants will stay at the “UDSAP house” in Salyersville, visit families, visit the nursing home, spend time with the children and teens, hear from local experts on culture, and enjoy a simpler way of life. This small Appalachian community welcomes UD students each year and has a great willingness to share its culture. Kentucky BreakOut’ers will likely find some time to go hiking through the mountains too.

Important Details

This trip is now full, but you can fill out this form to be placed on a waiting list

The cost of the trip covers transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact Mary Niebler for scholarship requests). Full payment for BreakOut trip is due August 29. If payment is not received by then or we haven’t discussed a payment plan, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after August 29.

If you would like more information about this or any other BreakOut trips or Summer Immersions, contact Mary Niebler

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a COVID-19 vaccine be required?

We follow the vaccination requirements of the University. Currently, there are no requirements, but it is strongly recommended. For more information, please contact Mary Niebler.

How do we travel?

This BreakOut group will travel together to and from Salyersville, KY via Campus Ministry vehicle (12 passenger van, minivan, or car).

It is important that our groups travel together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students who are comfortable and able will help with the driving, after completing a safety course through the university. All university-certified drivers will be covered under UD’s insurance.

Who is in charge?

All of our Domestic BreakOut groups are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experienced and trained students, staff or faculty. The leader is trained in emergency protocols and is there to work through emotional, spiritual, and physical struggles with the students. They will also provide valuable reflection and processing of the experience with the group.

Our trips are also hosted by trusted organizations, who serve as transportation, guides, local experts and general hospitality. Over the years, we have built long-standing, trusted relationships with these organizations and individuals.

We do view all students over the age of 18 as adults. Therefore, they are responsible for signing release forms and waivers for these trips. We strongly encourage students to share all information they are learning with their families.

What if I can’t afford the whole cost of the trip?

It is our goal that these experiences are open to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We will work with you in a variety of ways to make this trip a possibility. We are happy to set up a payment plan or a reduced price to make it work.

What happens if there is an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, our group leaders will follow the proper protocol. Campus offices such as Public Safety, Campus Ministry, Environmental Health and Safety/ Risk Management, and the Counseling Center are on hand for our groups, even when off campus. Also, our local host organizations are equipped and willing to help in emergency situations.

Our leaders and campus offices have students’ emergency contact information and will notify those contacts if deemed necessary.

Who should my parents or I contact if we have a question?

You or your parents may contact Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-cultural Immersions in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concerns with any questions.


Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
CSC Website