Civic Engagement & Service
Bulls Service Break
Bulls Service Breaks
The mission of the University of South Florida's Bulls Service Breaks (BSB) 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.
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, diversity and social justice, and full engagement.
Apply to be a Spring Break 2018 participant on BullSync! This is a rolling application, which means applicants will be contacted, interviewed, and selected until all spots are full. Search "2017-2018 BSB Participant Application" on BullSync or follow this link.
Spring Break 2018 Domestic Trips: March 11-17, 2018
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
Fraternity and Sorority Life: Environmental Conservation (Must be a currently active member of a Fraternity or Sorority)
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 Participants 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.
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.
Trip Cost: $385 per person. This covers transportation, housing, food, and mandatory activities throughout the duration of the week. All payments are non-refundable and payment plans are available. Once you are selected to be a Trip Participant, a mandatory trip deposit of $50 is due within a week of your acceptance 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.
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.
How Do I Get Involved in leadership positions with Bulls Service Breaks?
Interested in applying to serve as a BSB Trip Developer or Executive Board Member? Applications for leaderships roles are currently available. Apply on BullSync here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.