Civic Engagement & Service

Bulls Service Break

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.

Domestic Trips: Spring Break 2019, March 10-16

Women's Empowerment
Minority & Refugee Rights
Youth and Education
Human Trafficking
Disability Services
Public Health: Inner City Youth Outreach
Public Health: Community Disease Prevention
Hunger & Homelessness
Fraternity and Sorority Life Initiative (must be active member of Greek Life)

Global Initiatives: Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip

In spring 2018, the CLCE and Campus Recreation partnered to create the Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip pilot program. The initiative was a collaboration of the Outdoor Adventure and Bulls Service Breaks programs, designed for students who have a passion for nature and outdoor education who wanted a way to serve Puerto Rico. In May, a team of students and staff spent a week in Puerto Rico to help the island rebuild from the devastation caused by hurricane Maria. We worked in El Yunque, the only tropical National Rain Forest in the National Forest Service system, and Hacienda Tres Angeles, a family owned organic coffee farm, where we rebuilt trails and replanted crops that were devastated from the storms. We met with the Foundation for Puerto Rico and learned about their important work to regenerate the tourist economy and met with students from local universities to learn about their experiences and how we can support recovery efforts. Throughout the trip experience, we learned how tourism contributes to the local economy and enjoyed many beautiful amenities of the island. We strengthened existing relationships with community partners and built new partnerships that will provide sustainable opportunities for the USF community to continue to assist Puerto Rico with long term recovery.

View the Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip photo album here

Coming soon: Puerto Rico December 2018 and Panama May 2019

How Do I Get Involved in BSB?

Applications to participate in a domestic spring break 2019 trip will go live on September 1, 2018. Join the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement portal in BullSync to receive news about applications and interest sessions for all of our programs.

Interested in leadership positions with Bulls Service Breaks? Apply to be a Spring Break 2019 Trip Leader on BullSync!

We currently have an opening for Trip Educator for the Fraternity and Sorority Life initiative. Trip Educators are responsible for coordinating the educational components for their spring break service trip, including helping students develop an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets involved in each trip's social issue, facilitating reflections, and engaging in pre and post service. The Trip Educator application can be found here.

The Trip Leader application is a rolling application, which means applicants will be contacted, interviewed, and selected until all spots are full. 


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