Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

STEP Participant Information

 

2019-20 STEP Sophomores

**Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Ohio State has canceled a number of university-sponsored summer trips, including all Summer 2020 Buck-I-SERV domestic trips. 

  • If you were awarded a STEP fellowship for a Buck-I-SERV program or were planning to propose this program as your STEP signature project, please contact the STEP administration at step@osu.edu to explore your alternative options.

STEP Budget - Lifelong 2020
STEP Budget - Puerto Rico 2020
STEP Budget - Ghana 2020 Summer
STEP Budget - Guatemala 2020 Summer
STEP Budget - South Africa 2020
STEP Budget - General Domestic Trip 2020


Want to use Buck-I-SERV for your STEP Signature Project? Start with the Buck-I-SERV STEP Guide 2019-20. The guide includes all the specific information you need in order to write a successful proposal and follow-though with a Buck-I-SERV application for each trip application period. You can save the guide to your iPad for future reference. A print version of this guide will also be available at each STEP Expo.

Your anticipated STEP funding period begins no earlier than May 2020. Your funds are not available for Buck-I-SERV experiences that occur prior to May 2020. You can apply for any Buck-I-SERV experiences in December 2019 and March 2020, but you cannot access your STEP funds toward payment for those experiences.

 

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Upcoming application deadlines and 2019-20 trip dates:

August 11, 2019 - Winter Applications Opens
September 15, 2019 - Applications Due for the following:

  • Winter Domestic Trip Leaders
  • Winter International Trip Participants
  • Spring Bangladesh Trip Participants 

September 17 - 19, 2019 - Spring and Summer Domestic Trip Leader Interviews (Leader Applicants Only)
September 24 - 25, 2019 - Winter International Trip Participant Interviews (International Applicants Only)
September 29, 2019 - Winter Domestic Participant & Advisor Applications Due 

December 13 - 23, 2019 - Uruguay and Ghana trips Travel
December 14 - 21 - Winter Domestic and Guatemala trips travel

Spring and Summer 2020 applications will be available in early December 2019. The full application timeline will be posted at that time. 
Spring 2020 domestic trips travel March 7-14, 2020. Summer domestic trips travel May 2-9, 2020. International trip dates vary; Those dates will be posted when the full application is available in early December 2019. 


STEP Participants who want to write a signature project that includes Buck-I-SERV 

  • Buck-I-SERV STEP Guide 2019-20 <<<Start here if you are a 2019-20 sophomore STEP participant! This document is for 2019-20 sophomores. Updated guides for each subsequent year will be added around November each year.
  • We provide winter, spring and summer application terms.  Our spring and summer applications will be available on our website at the end of autumn semester (usually early December). We will select international trip participants for both spring and summer trips in January of that year.  Please watch our website for more specific deadlines for domestic and international trips once the spring and summer applications are released. 
  • We are not able to confirm any future academic year trip details (budget, dates, locations, etc.) at this time.  Please refer to the current trips and reference those opportunities in your project. You can then work with your STEP mentor and access your STEP dashboard to update your proposal once your exact trip location details are available.  
    • Your best resource is the current trip list for this year: https://buckiserv.osu.edu/trips
    • For budget information, you can refer to current trip prices. Those prices generally include transportation, lodging, registration/site fees. International trip fees include most food.  Domestic trip fees usually do not include food.  Fees also do not include personal expenses like passport/visa fees, vaccinations and personal spending. Check each trip description for more specific details for each trip's expenses.
  • Participants are randomly assigned to domestic trip rosters. You may or may not be added to a roster as space is available.  
  • Applicants for international trips participate in an interview selection process. Spots are not guaranteed for STEP applicants.  The exception is our Constru Casa trip to Antigua, Guatemala; That trip is available winter, spring and summer, and we will fill the roster first with STEP participants as long as space is available.  
    • Watch for off-cycle application deadlines!  Our summer international applications are often due at the beginning of the spring semester. International applications are generally due much earlier than domestic trip applications.
  • Payment Details
    • International trip participants:  Please update your STEP dashboard right away and obtain an updated approval of your proposal. We will also submit our roster to STEP staff to review the list for approved proposals.  As long as you are in progress of having your proposal updated/approved, you do not need to submit your payment prior to receiving your funds from STEP. Please reference the STEP Payment Terms information on the trip application for specific payment details for your trip experience.
    • Domestic trip participants: Please update your STEP dashboard right away and obtain an updated approval of your proposal. We will also submit our roster to STEP staff to review the list for approved proposals.  As long as you are in progress of having your proposal updated/approved, you do not need to submit your payment prior to receiving your funds from STEP. Please reference the STEP Payment Terms information on the trip application for specific payment details for your trip experience.
    • STEP will ask for a pre-trip budget & post-trip receipts for expenses.  We will provide a budget document that you can use to update your proposal after you are placed on a roster. Please contact buck-i-serv@osu.edu if you need an updated expense sheet.

2019-20 STEP Budget Sheets

Budget sheets for upcoming trips will be placed here when available.


Regional Campus STEP Participants

Buck-I-SERV alternative breaks are substance free programs centered on community service and civic engagement and are held during the university breaks including winter(December/January), spring (March) and summer (May/July). Buck-I-SERV is a program planned through the Office of Student Life and Student Activities and supported in part by the Columbus Student Activity Fee.

A regional campus STEP participant can utilize a Buck-I-SERV experience for a STEP Signature Project.  Because Buck-I-SERV is funding in part by the Columbus campus Student Activity Fee, it’s helpful to know where the student will be enrolled at the time of application to the Buck-I-SERV trip.

  • If enrolled on the Columbus campus during the semester of application to a Buck-I-SERV trip, the student is eligible to apply to any available Buck-I-SERV opportunity that semester. 
  • If enrolled on a regional campus during the semester of application to a Buck-I-SERV trip, the student is eligible to apply to the following Buck-I-SERV opportunities:
    • Constru Casa – Antigua, Guatemala: This international experience is priority filled with STEP participants, including regional campus STEP participants.
    • Specific domestic trips that are priority filled with STEP participants, including regional campus STEP participants.  Those opportunities vary and are designated on the Buck-I-SERV application each semester, and the timeline for these applications is maintained on the Buck-I-SERV website at http://go.osu.edu/buckiserv. Generally, winter applications become available in early August and spring/summer applications become available in early December each year.

Buck-I-SERV experiences include interview processes (international trips and domestic trip leader positions), kick-off events, pre-trip meetings and some other pre-trip events that are scheduled on the Columbus campus. Group leaders will help participants utilize technology to reduce trips to Columbus throughout the semester, but some in-person meetings will be necessary. All travel departs and returns from Columbus campus or John Glenn International Airport.