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 BSB 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.

 

Applications to participate in a domestic spring break 2019 trip are now open! Apply here.

 

Faculty/Staff/GA/TAs: Applications to serve as a volunteer advisor for a domestic spring break 2019 trip are available here. A full position description along with FAQs are included in the application document. We are currently recruiting advisors to serve on the Human Trafficking trip to Miami, FL and the Women's Empowerment trip to Nashville, TN. The application deadline has been extended to September 23, 2018.

Domestic Trips: Spring Break 2019, March 10-16

Women's Empowerment
Minority & Refugee Rights
Youth and Education
Equality
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 a Fraternity or Sorority)

Global Initiatives

Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip: December 9-15, 2018

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and Campus Recreation are excited to announce we will return to Puerto Rico this December for another Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip! The initiative is 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. This trip will take place December 9-15, 2018 and will cost $600 per student, plus flight. Students must submit this application and attend an Info Session by 10/11/2018 to be considered for the Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip. A full list of Info Sessions can be found at the application link. Participants will be selected and notified the week of October 15. 

Background Information: 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 May 2018 photo album here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Pennell, Bulls Service Breaks Global Liaison, at bsbusfliaison@gmail.com. 

USF Health Panama Bulls Service Break 

This program is a leadership and service experience in Panama City, Panama. Through a partnership among USF's Leadership Studies Program, the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE): Bulls Service Breaks (BSB), and USF Health Panama, students will enroll in LDR 4230 - Global Leadership for the Spring 2019 semester and then travel to Panama for two weeks in May 2019.

The Global Leadership course, one of four required course for the Leadership Studies Minor, and a Global Citizens Project certified course (pending spring 2019), focuses on historical and contemporary issues concerning the role, responsibilities, and processes for leaders in the global environment by examining social, cultural, ethical, political, economical, and environmental issues. Combined with the CLCE's BSB focus on raising social awareness through education, service, and cultural exchange, the course will provide the framework to develop students as catalysts for positive social change.

During the travel experience, through connections developed by USF Health Panama, students will work alongside community members to determine issues that affect the families in need and identify sustainable solutions that enhance the resident's leadership skills and promote organization, participation, and shared responsibility. Throughout their experience serving with various organizations and the local community, students will explore educational systems and leadership programs within the country of Panama. Additionally, students will learn about the diverse cultures and history that has shaped Panama and participate in activities such as tours of the Panama Canal, and nature trips where they will have options to canoe, hike, and explore waterfalls.

Learn more information about this spring opportunity and how to register here on the Education Abroad website. 

Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us at bsb.usf@gmail.com