Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Leader and Participant Applications

Winter 2016 Trips:

(Staff/Faculty/Grad/Prof Advisor Applicants, please refer to the Advisor information and application link located here.) 


All Columbus campus students are eligible and encouraged to apply for Buck-I-SERV, Ohio State’s alternative breaks program. For consideration, students must apply online. 

This year's Buck-I-SERV trip dates are as follows:

Winter 2016 Trips- December 17-23, 2016

Spring 2017 Trips- March 11-18, 2017

Summer 2017 Trips- May 6-13, 2017

Application Deadlines:

Winter Trip Leaders due September 4

Winter Trip Participants due September 18

(we will consider late applications, but late applications will not be considered until on-time applications are exhausted)

Winter Advisors due September 18

Information Sessions:

To learn more about our Winter Trips, attend one of our Information Sessions! Dates and Times are below. 

Wednesday, September 7th 7:30-8:00 PM @ Raney Hall

Thursday, September 8th 7:30-8:00 PM @ Morrill Tower

Wednesday, September 14th 5:00-5:30 PM @ Smith-Steeb Hall

Wednesday, September 14th 8:30-9:00 PM @ Drackett Tower

Thursday, September 15th 5:30-6:00 PM @ Enarson 226

Application Tips:

We have a lot of trips and a lot of questions within the application, and it's possible the form could time out, meaning the loss of all your work. To avoid that frustration, type short answer/essay responses in a separate document to avoid losing your work due to loss of internet connectivity. This point is really important if you are completing leader or supplemental questions.  Once responses are drafted, log back into your application, paste essay answers into the form and then submit the application. See Trip Leader tab to preview short answer questions. 

If you submit your application and need to make a change, you can do so until the application due date.  Just log back into your application, and you should see your completed information.  Hit submit, and any changes will be saved to your submitted application.

You will receive a confirmation email after successful submission of the Buck-I-SERV application.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please resubmit application.


Domestic trip costs for participants range from $250-$450 depending on location distance and housing accommodations. Cost includes transportation, lodging, site fees, and a small donation to your service site on behalf of the group. Unless otherwise noted, food is NOT included in the cost of the trip. See Current Trips for pricing details. All payments for trips are non-refundable.

Mark Your Calendars!

All participants should plan to attend the Trip Kick Off on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6-8pm, in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Rooms (1st floor). You will hear more about the Buck-I-SERV experience; meet your trip leaders, advisor and other participants; and learn more about your responsibilities as a participant.  If you are still in the alternate pool at the time of the kick off, you're welcome to join us! We are often able to place people into open spots either than evening or soon after the event.