Appalachian Immersion | Mount St. Joseph University
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Students will experience the richness of mountain life through Appalachian educators, artisans and leaders.

The Appalachia six-day immersion trip affords students the opportunity to experience mountain culture and spirituality in the hills of Eastern Kentucky through interaction with an Appalachian family.

Host Site

The Christian Appalachian Projects Spring Break Workfest organizes a week of home repair in Eastern Kentucky. This region of „Appalachia is comprised of some of the poorest counties in the U.S. The greatest identified need in these counties is improved and sustainable housing.


Students will be transported to the host site in Mount St. Joseph University vans. All drivers have completed van safety training with campus police. The host site location is approximately a three-hour drive from the University. In addition, students will travel approximately one and a half to two hours each day to the work site on mountain roads.


Students will live in dormitory-style accommodations, in a camp or community center near the county they work in. Participants will share lodging with students from other colleges from around the country. Students will assist with food preparation on a rotating basis.


Students will interact with Appalachian Mountain families each day, and participate in cultural, musical, artistic, historical and spiritual presentations each evening. Daytime activity will be on-site home repair work with the Appalachian family. Prior home repair skills are not required.

Health Care Facilities

First aid treatment is available on site. Medical care and emergency treatment is available in the closest major city, generally a one-hour drive.


Weather conditions in early March in Kentucky vary. Students should pack for winter and spring weather conditions as well as outdoor activity.

Contact Information

For more information, contact John Trokan at (513) 244-4272, or email him.

Additional Information

The course number is IDS 390/RPS 590. The Trip will take place over the University's spring break.