Civic Engagement & Service

Bulls Service Break

If approved to travel, all 2020-2021 BSB experiences will take place in and around greater Tampa Bay. Education and direct service are key to the BSB experience, however our primary concern is to preserve the health and wellness of USF students, faculty, and staff, and the communities in which BSB engages. All trips will be developed within the confines of USF travel limitations due to COVID19.

Bulls Service Breaks (BSB) is the USF Tampa campus alternative service breaks program housed under the Immersive Experiences Committee on the newly designed Civic Engagement Board in the CLCE. The mission of the Civic Engagement Board is to advance civic engagement training, education, and development at USF. The purpose of the Immersive Experiences Committee is to develop and implement immersive, reflective programs and services focused on moving students from Volunteers to Conscientious Citizens on the Active Citizen Continuum. BSB is a part of a national movement of Active Citizenship whose purpose is to raise awareness of root causes of social issues and injustices through education, direct service, and immersive cultural exchange. Each BSB trip is rooted in the Break Away Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break, which are: strong direct service, orientation, education, training, reflection, reorientation, diversity and social justice, and full engagement. The social issues explored on each BSB Trip align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

The BSB experience consists of three critical parts:

  • Pre-Trip Transformation: Prepare participants for on-site, immersive experience and provide initial education, orientation and training about site-specific social issues
  • On-Trip Immersion: Participants work alongside communities to look critically at the root causes of social issues and evaluate the role they have in the community.
  • Post-Trip Re-Orientation: Participants commit to find avenues for continued community involvement and take action locally

BSB Structure

The Immersive Experiences Committee that houses BSB is led by a Vice-Chair, who serves as a CLCE Board Member, and consists of two Content Developers, two Global Educators, and 16 BSB Trip Leaders. Each BSB trip is student-led by a team of two Trip Leaders (one Trip Developer and one Trip Educator) is staff-supported by a professional Trip Advisor, and has 9 student participants to total 12 travelers. 

BSB Trip Advisors 

A professional USF advisor is a required component for each BSB trip. The role of the BSB Trip Advisor is to advise and supervise the two student Trip Leaders who lead nine participants on the service trip experience. While the Trip Leaders are responsible for coordinating all logistics and educational components of the trip, the Advisor supports these functions while serving as the financial and risk manager for the safety and protection of both the students and university resources. Successful applicants are passionate about working with students in high energy environments, committed to social justice, effective at motivating and organizing teams, are very organized, and have positive, fun attitudes. Trip Advisors must have contractual employment at USF and the ability to assume responsibility for a rental vehicle. Advisors can be faculty, administrative staff, or Graduate/Teaching Assistants. The Advisor application opens in July each year. 

BSB Trip Leaders

The BSB Trip Developer is primarily responsible for developing participants as Conscientious Citizens through the development and implementation of logistics for their specific BSB trip. The BSB Trip Educator is primarily responsible for developing participants as Conscientious Citizens through the development and implementation of educational components for their specific BSB trip. BSB Trip Leaders are typically selected in late March/early April to lead trips for the following year. 

BSB Trip Participants

BSB Trip Participants are selected after an application and interview process.  The main role of each trip participant is engage in the experience as a Contentious Citizen, concerned with discovering root causes of social issues and committed to becoming Active Citizens who create positive change. Successful applicants have prior volunteer experience, a servant-leader attitude, and commit to full engagement in BSB beginning form the application process through re-orientation. 

BSB Trip Destinations and Cost

The CLCE annually offers a varierty of domestic trips during spring break. Locations and trip issues (UN Sustainable Development Goals) will be announced during the  application process. Trips costs are all inclusive (lodging, meals, transportation, experiences) and average $400-500. 

Occasionally, the  CLCE offers a varierty of internatrional trips. Depending on the detination these have occured during winter break, spring break, and summer break. Trips costs are location dependent (lodging, meals, transportation, experiences), plus flight.

All costs must be paid in full prior to trip departure and each student is responsible for their own payments. Individual fundraising is encouraged and supported.

BSB Participant Timeline

The 2020-2021 Timeline is subject to change based on our ability to travel. 


  • Interest sessions
  • Applications open
  • Applicant interviews
  • Participants and alternates selected and notified
  • First pre-trip meeting


  • Commitment deposit due 
  • Pending availability, transfer and spring new student applications open 
  • Pre-trip transformation (meetings, pre-service, fundraising, etc.)

SPRING BREAK: On-trip Immersion


  • Post-trip re-orientation projects 
  • BSB banquet celebration

Key momentS in BSB HISTORY

The First Puerto Rico Service & Adventure Trip

A collaboration between Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure Trips and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement Bulls Service Breaks program, the Puerto Rico Service Trips was designed for students who have a passion for nature and outdoor education and volunteer service. The trip focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goal: Life on Land. Participants 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 they rebuilt trails and replanted crops. 

View the photo album for the first Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip here. You can also read more about the initiative in this news article.



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