Ospreys in Action
The Center for Community-Based Learning has facilitated a group of alternative break trips at UNF through the Ospreys in Action program. This program offers opportunities for students
to engage in diverse communities through education and service during their
spring break, providing a quality community-based transformational learning
With questions or for more information about the Ospreys in Action program, please contact Justin Sipes via email or at (904) 620-3548.
To learn more about the past 2015 trips click here.
To learn more about the past 2014 trips click here.
Each year, students will forego a
traditional spring break in favor of volunteering around the country and world.
This program is a part of a global movement of students that share a vision for
creating a society of active citizens by taking time to learn and serve during
their academic breaks.
OIA aligns with UNF’s efforts to
educate men and women with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the
Jacksonville community and beyond. The guiding principles for OIA are:
All students and faculty/staff on each
trip will participate in community service, educational opportunities, reflection
and leadership development, a curriculum that promotes self-awareness, global
citizenship and leadership through civic engagement. Each trip team will engage
in pre-trip education, preparation, fundraising and post-trip reflection.
Each OIA team consists of up to 8 student participants, 2 student Site Leaders, and 2 faculty/staff partners.
Site Leaders are students who were identified and paired together in early
Fall 2015. Their roles are primarily to mentor and facilitate conversations
amongst trip participants. These students demonstrate leadership in the UNF
community through prior experience and go through six months of training to
prepare for the Site Leader role.
Participants are students expected to partake in all pre-trip education,
service, and fundraising and fully engage in the entire immersion trip itself.
These students must show a curiosity for doing service and making a positive
impact, but no previous service or leadership experience is necessary.
Faculty/Staff Partners will accompany each trip as mentors to Site Leaders and
Participants while also handling logistical and emergency tasks. They will
participate in all service, educational, and reflection experiences during the
trip alongside students.
Yes, there are
need-based scholarships available to a limited number of students who are
eligible to be OIA participants. These scholarships will cover up to 50% of a
student’s trip cost. Students designate their interest in being considered for a need-based scholarship on their Participant application.
The application window for the 2017-2018 is currently unavailable. Please check back in the Fall 2017 for more information.
For more information about the Ospreys in Action program, please contact Justin Sipes via email or at (904) 620-3548. Please join our OIA Facebook Group or Like our Center for Community-Based Learning Facebook Page for continuous updates and announcements.
Information on the 2017-2018 is coming soon.
Click above or here to fill out an info survey.
- Ospreys in Action Fb Group
- Center for Community-Based Learning Fb Page
An example application is Here
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