Ospreys in Action
Ospreys In Action
(OIA) are immersion-based service opportunities for students. These experiences take the form of weekends
or more traditional week-long excursions during university breaks. OIA offers opportunities for students to
engage in diverse communities through education and service on their breaks or
weekends, providing a quality community-based transformational learning
Students spend their
weekend or university break in favor of volunteering. This program is 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.
OIA aligns with UNF’s
efforts to educate students with the knowledge and skills to make a difference
in the Jacksonville community and beyond.
The guiding principles for OIA are:
action and reflection
knowledge and experience
my commitment to an OIA trip entail?
All participants on
each trip will partake 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.
are required to apply and OIA trips have costs associated, which vary based on
the duration and location of the excursion.
A portion of the cost may be non-refundable, depending on the
circumstances of situation.
Who can go
on an OIA trip?
Each OIA team
consists of student participants, student site leaders, and faculty/staff
partners. The number of each of these
varies depending on the trip.
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.
students who applied and were selected to have a leadership role with the
trip. Their roles are primarily to
mentor and facilitate conversations among trip participants. These students demonstrate leadership in the
UNF community through prior experience and go through training to prepare for
the role. Preferred qualification for
this role is a student who previously participated in an immersion trip either
through UNF or another entity.
each trip as mentors to the Site Leaders and Participants while also handling
logistical and emergency tasks. They
participate in all service, educational, and reflection experiences during the
trip alongside students. Faculty/Staff
Partners also apply, are selected, and undertake training for their roles.
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 trip cost. Students designate their interest in being
considered for a need-based scholarship on their Participant application.
How do I
Applications are open
when trips are offered. If you are
interested and would like to be contacted when trips are available, please fill
out our contact form.
A representative from the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) will
contact you when opportunities are available.
How can I
For more information
about OIA, please contact Justin Sipes, fill out our contact form, and follow CCBL on