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STEP Participant Information

STEP Participant Information

Updated 10/15/18

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

  • We provide winter, spring and summer application terms.  Our spring and summer 2019 applications will be available on our website in early December 2018. We will select international trip participants for both spring and summer trips in January 2019.  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 2019-2020 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:
    • 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.


STEP Participants who are placed on a Buck-I-SERV experience:

  • International 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 it from STEP. 
  • Domestic participants: We do not have a list of STEP participants who use Buck-I-SERV domestic trips as part of their proposals.  If you expect to receive STEP funds to pay for your participant fee, please contact to arrange your payment due date.
  • STEP will ask for a budget & receipts for expenses.  We will provide a budget document that you can use to update your proposal. Please contact if you need an updated expense sheet.