Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Leader and Participant Applications

Spring Break 2017 Domestic Trip Applications are now Closed.

Please view our Summer Trip Application for our next breaks taking place May 6-13, 2017.

View Summer Trip Descriptions here Summer Trip Descriptions 2017

Summer International Experiences:  Our May trips to Cape Town, South Africa and Senya, Ghana are full.  Our July/August trip to The Akumanyi Foundation in Senya, Ghana will accept applications through February 26, 2017.  To apply, complete two application steps: (1) Complete the SPRING Buck-I-SERV application at and (2) Complete the International Supplemental application at note, this international experience is on the SPRING 2017 application, not our SUMMER 2017 application. You will only find domestic locations on the SUMMER application.  

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

For a full list of Spring Break 2017 Trips, click here Spring 2017 Trip Descriptions


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

Important Summer Deadlines:

February 26th Summer  TRIP LEADER Applications Due

March 6th & 7th Trip Leader Interviews

March 19th Summer PARTICIPANT and ADVISOR Applications Due

March 26th Trip Leader Training #1

April 7th Pre-Departure Training

April 7th Summer Kick-Off Event

April 9th Trip Leader Training #2

Summer Trips May6-13th, 2017

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.