Civic Engagement & Service
Bulls Service Break
Bulls Service Breaks
The mission of the University of South Florida's Bulls Service Breaks program is to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through education, service, and cultural exchange on the local, national and international level. The vision of the Bulls Service Breaks program is to provide educational service opportunities that create catalysts for positive social change.
March 11-17, 2018 Spring Break Trip Social Issues:
Youth and Education: Food Insecurity
Youth and Education: Homelessness
Youth & Education: Child Development and Disability Services
Youth and Education: General
Public Health: Senior Independence and Food Security
Public Health: Community Education & Disease Prevention
Women's Empowerment: Mental Health and Drug Dependency
Minority & Refugee Empowerment & Refugee Rights
Environmental Issues: Trail-building and Wildlife Preservation
Environmental Issues: Gulf Coast Wetlands Restoration
Fraternity and Sorority Life: Environmental Conservation
Each trip is composed of experiential learning opportunities that are life changing and challenge students to be effective, ethical leaders who serve as engaged citizens for the global community. BSB is part of a national movement of active citizenship, striving to create sustainable change and fight social injustice in all communities. Each trip is rooted in Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break and intentionally developed to provide strong direct service, orientation, education, training, reflection, reorientation, and diversity, while remaining alcohol and other drug free.
What to know about Participating in a Spring Break Trip:
Each trip is composed of 9 participants, 2 trip leaders, and one professional advisor. Trip Participants are selected after an interview process and matched to a trip based on their interest in the social issue of their choice. The main role of each trip participant is to learn about the social issue through the eyes of the community you will serve in and become a catalyst for positive change. Trip Coordinators are expected to be active citizens, good team members who support each other, and are required to attend all mandatory BSB events, including BSB trainings, trip meetings, pre-service, post-service, and the post-trip Catalyst Showcase Banquet.
Trip Cost: $385 per person. This covers transportation, housing, food, and mandatory activities throughout the duration of the week. Students can pay for their trip in payments and all payments are non-refundable. Once you are selected to be a Trip Participant, a mandatory trip deposit of $50 is due by November 13, 2017 and the final payment deadline is Sunday, February 11, 2018. Students are encouraged to seek sponsorship from individual organizations they are members of and are supported to engage in individual and team fundraising. BSB will sponsor organization-wide fundraisers to award financial support to qualified individuals.
Participants apply for BSB online and select their top 3 social issues preferences (i.e. hunger/homelessness,Youth& Education, public health, etc) and NOT by requesting a destination. The best participant experiences are those where the team members are passionate about the cause! *ONLY select trips you would accept and if you are only willing to go on one social issue you can select it three times. Please note this may limit your chance of being interviewed if that social issue is highly sought after.
Apply to be a 2017-2018 participant on BullSync! Applications open on September 25th, 2017 and close on October 29th, 2017. This is a rolling application, which means applicants will be contacted, interviewed, and selected throughout the application period. Search "2017-2018 BSB Participant Application" on BullSync or follow this link.
Mandatory Participant Dates:
BSB Training #1: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6-8pm
BSB Training #2: Thursday, February 22, 2018 6-8pm
Spring Break dates: Sunday, March 11, 2018, - Saturday, March 17, 2018
Post-Trip Catalyst Showcase Banquet: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Pre and post service and trip meetings TBD by your Trip Leaders.
** In order to be able to participate in Bulls Service Breaks you MUST have health insurance at the time of the trip. If you do not currently have health insurance you can obtain USF health insurance by contacting the Student Health Services on Campus. If you do not have an insurance card you will not be able to complete the application.**
How Do I Get Involved in leadership positions with Bulls Service Breaks?
Interested in applying to serve as a BSB Trip Educator/Coordinator or Executive Board Member? Applications for leaderships roles are available in March and September. Contact us for more information or to set up an individual appointment with a member of our team.
For more information about our Bulls Service Breaks program, please email us.