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 opportunity.
What is OIA?
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:
- Diversity and openness
- Integrity and self-awareness
- Community action and reflection
- Socially responsible leadership
- Connecting knowledge and experience
What does 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.
Interested students 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.
Site Leaders are 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.
Faculty/Staff Partners accompany 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.
Are there scholarships available?
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 apply?
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 learn more?
For more information about OIA, please contact Justin Sipes, fill out our contact form, and follow CCBL on Facebook.