Current Trip Locations
Arc of Baltimore (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Arc of Baltimore is dedicated to bringing advocacy and support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc provides services to over 6,000 men, women, and children. Programs are provided for both adults and children in areas such as employment, behavior, community integration, supportive family programs, high school transition programs, and resource awareness. Students will be learning about what advocacy looks like and assisting with their programs and other projects they need completed in order to reach more people. Located in Baltimore, Maryland. Housing: Hostel Cost:$260
Community Collaborations International (Trip Dates: December 14-21)
Community Collaborations International partners with local organizations in the communities it serves to place volunteers into meaningful, well planned projects that have a positive impact. The goal is to place volunteers where they are needed most in projects related to hunger and homelessness, disaster relief, early childhood education and Gulf Coast restoration.
With the great demand for winter break trips, we are happy to add this trip as a late addition to the winter trip list. A unique point about this trip's location: Because the mission of CCI is disaster relief, the location of this trip is subject to change. If a large scale hurricane/storm disaster occurs this fall, we may opt to divert this trip to that area of greatest immediate need. Buck-I-SERV will work with CCI to confirm that need, likely by late October. Participants should expect to be flexible with the destination location and trust that you will go to an area that will be best served by the group's service time and energy. Housing: On-site camp Cost: $215 Note: This is a 50 participant trip that will travel by motor coach bus.
Food and Friends (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area providing specialized, nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends' staff of professional chefs and community dietitians design meals that meet the special dietary needs of persons living with a broad range of illnesses. Our confidential services are free of charge to individuals and their families and caregivers living throughout Washington, DC, 7 counties of Maryland and 7 counties and 6 independent cities of Virginia. The service area encompasses approximately 5,300 square miles. In 2010, Food & Friends served more than 975,150 meals to more than 2,759 individuals. Students will be packing and delivering meals to clients around Washington, D.C. from 9am-12pm and then serving with various other organizations around D.C. Located in Washington, D.C. Housing: On-site Cost: $220
Greater Boston Food Bank (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Volunteers will inspect, sort and repack donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies. All volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Volunteers work together as a team on an assembly line, and may be working alongside other groups. Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, other volunteers inspect products, others sort products, and others check and label boxes. A few of these assignments require the ability to lift a box of about 30 pounds, but the majority of positions simply require that a volunteer can stand and inspect products for a few hours. Housing: Hostel Cost: $260
Greenville Humane Society (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
As the folks at Greenville Humane Society say, love is a four-legged word. Founded in 1937, the Humane Society is Greenville, South Carolina’s, largest no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. Every year, 25,000 animals are served thanks to Greenville Humane Society’s award-winning facilities, educational outreach, and widespread community of volunteers. This winter break, you could be a member of the first group of volunteers from Ohio State to work hands-on with the animals at the Humane Society through their programs such as Puppy Patrol and Pet Therapy. Located in Greenville, South Carolina. Housing: TBD Cost: $220
God’s Love We Deliver (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
The mission of God's Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. Volunteers prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. God’s Love also provides illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients, families, care providers and other service organizations. All of services are provided free of charge without regard to income. Located in New York, NY. Housing: Church Cost: $235
Guadalupe Center (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
This trip is designed for those who wish to immerse themselves into the culture of Immokalee. In a community where 40 percent of the people live below the poverty level, the Guadalupe Center is dedicated to serving the disadvantaged poor of Immokalee. Your group will be working with the children of migrant workers in the Early Childhood Programs at the Guadalupe Center. The center has been running for more than 25 years and it also includes a soup kitchen, clothing center, and a shower center for those in need. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is an organization that focuses their efforts on bettering the lives of migrant workers in the area. Your group will meet with the Coalition to learn more about the issues migrants face, as well as taking a tour of Immokalee and experiencing a day in the fields of migrant workers. This will better educate you on what families go through on a day to day basis and give you a better understanding of those you will be serving. Dinners will be provided at the shelter. Located in Immokalee, Florida. Housing: TBD Cost: $250
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Habitat for Humanity Birmingham was established in 1987 and serves Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker Counties in Central Alabama. The organization is dedicated to making quality, affordable housing solutions to low-income families through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes Habitat for Humanity Birmingham is ranked 4th among all Habitat affiliates in the United States and completes a minimum of 40-45 new houses each year; to date more than 350 homes have been completed to encourage family stability and promote self-sufficiency, educational achievement, and responsible citizenship. Located in Birmingham, AL. Housing: Volunteer Center. Cost: $155 Note: This is a 50 person trip and will travel by coach bus.
Habitat for Humanity - Punta Gorda, FL (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
The Habitat for Humanity Mission: Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.
Location: Punta Gorda, FL. Housing: On site Cost: $155 Note: This is a 50 person trip and will travel by coach bus.
Habitat for Humanity Gulfport, MS (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has completed more than 400 homes or under construction in many communities, including Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gautier, Gulfport, Long Beach, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, Saucier and St. Martin. They welcome all volunteers with different skill levels. Volunteers do not need to know any construction knowledge. Volunteers will work on the rehab of homes in Harrison and Jackson & Stone counties. Housing: Volunteer Center. Cost: $265
Habitat for Humanity Pensacola, FL (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Habitat for Humanity Pensacola was established in 1981 and is dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing. Habit for Humanity Pensacola provides home ownership opportunities to low income families in Pensacola, Milton and Gulf Breeze by builiding simple decent homes with family partners. Have fun engaging in service while also enjoying the many attractions of the Pensacola Bay Area, including the beach! Located in Pensacola, Florida. Housing: On-site Cost: $260
Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County, FL (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County serves the whole of Pinellas County, Florida from main offices in St. Petersburg to the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, and Ozona. Putting faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County promotes family stability by providing innovative and affordable housing solutions to qualified individuals and families with the ultimate goal of eliminating substandard housing throughout the county.
Housing: Volunteer Center Cost: $275
Habitat for Humanity Cleveland County, OK (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Cleveland County Habitat For Humanity’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing in Cleveland County and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action. The group is working toward the goal of eliminating substandard housing in Cleveland County, including Norman, Moore, Lexington, Slaughterville, and Noble.
Housing: Volunteer Center Cost: $275
Habitat for Humanity South Carolina (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Habitat for Humanity in South Carolina is dedicated to making quality, affordable housing solutions to low-income families through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. Enjoy the warm weather of South Carolina this winter break while also helping others! Trip note: The Habitat for Humanity service location for this trip to South Carolina will be confirmed soon, but the exact location was not yet available at the time of application posting. Any location details will be added as soon as they are available. Housing: Volunteer Center Cost: $265
Medici Project- Atlanta (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Medici Project serves to educate and expose individuals to the terrible realities of poverty for Atlanta’s inner city youth and what is being done to fight against that poverty. While in Atlanta, your primary job is to build relationships with at-risk urban youth through personal interaction. You will do hands-on service with the Medici Project and other organizations who are seeking to make an impact in the lives of at-risk children and youth, but much of what we do is relational. A staff member expert will accompany your group and provide education and guidance as you work with the at-risk urban youth of Atlanta. This particular trip will focus on the sexual exploitation of youth in the area.. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Housing: On-site. Cost: $225 Note: This is a 20 person trip and will travel by two 12-passenger vans.
Medici Project - New York, NY (Trip Dates: December 14-21)
Medici Project serves to educate and expose individuals to the realities of poverty for New York’s inner city youth and what is being done to fight against that poverty. While in New York, your primary job is to build relationships with at-risk urban youth through personal interaction. You will do hands-on service with the Medici Project and other organizations who are seeking to make an impact in the lives of at-risk children and youth, but much of what we do is relational. A staff member expert will accompany your group and provide education and guidance as you work with the at-risk urban youth of the area. Located in New York, NY. Housing: On-site Cost: $245 Note: This is a 20 person trip and will travel by two 12-passenger vans.
Once Upon A Time in Appalachia (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Volunteers work to assist both the Cherokee people and the environment while challenging themselves in a mentally and physically manner. This amazing trip will give volunteers an inside perspective on Native American Cherokee culture in the area. The trip will take place between the idyllic Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee. Come join Ed and Arlene and see what it feels like to be a part of their family; this is a trip you will not forget! Located in Maryville, Tennessee. Housing: On-site Cost: $310
One Heartland (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
One Heartland creates community, offers respite, and builds lifelong skills by providing an accepting environment for youth and their families facing social isolation so that they may lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. These include children who are identify as LGBTQ, those who are affected by HIV/AIDS, those who have diabetes, and those who live in transitional housing. Past groups have carved signs, painted, and done projects to improve the grounds for the children before the summer. This trip has consistently received incredible feedback about the staff whom volunteers work with and the knowledge gained in regards to the communities served. Many participants go back to the camp during the summer as counselors because their experience is so impactful. There are no children present while volunteering. Located in Willow Creek, Minnesota. Housing: On-site. Cost: $220
Operation Breakthrough (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Operation Breakthrough is a community center located in the heart of Kansas City, serving children from 8 months to 18 years as well as their parents. Daycare, a food pantry, “dress for success,” and music therapy are just a few of the wonderful programs that are put on in a relentless effort to improve the lives of impoverished local families. The volunteers spend most of their time with the children and teachers in the morning and then help maintain the center in the afternoon while students are napping. Please be prepared that as part of this trip you are required to have a tetanus shot and a doctor signature confirming your health. Be prepared for your heart to “breakthrough” with love for the people at the center! Housing: Church Cost: $260
Pinellas County Sea Grant (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Students will learn in the classroom and in the outdoors about coastal and marine ecosystems of Florida, responsible environmental stewardship, and hands on Fishing Skills. In turn, students will help with environmental restoration projects and community outreach. This year we are adding a brand new component- OSU students will help to teach a fishing clinic to local underprivileged children! No experience is necessary. All training will be provided. Much of the work will be outdoors in Florida. December in Florida can vary a great deal. Temperatures can range from 50s to upper 70s during the day. Students will use hand tools to remove exotic plants, canoes to perform a coastal cleanup. If the weather cooperates, we will take a boat to one of our island preserves to work on exotic plant removal and trash pickup. There is also an option to camp overnight on the island, weather depending. You will definitely get dirty, you will absolutely work hard, there is no doubt that you will have tons of fun and feel immense rewards from the work that you accomplish! Housing: Cabins Cost: $240
Project Lazarus (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
Project Lazarus was founded out of compassion and service to all people. Project Lazarus provides services to people with AIDS who can no longer live independently, or whose family can no longer take care of them. The primary purpose of Project Lazarus is to provide continuity of care in a homelike environment and to enhance the quality of life of those it serves. Volunteers will be working closely with the residents of Project Lazarus to create a fun filled week of activities. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Housing: On-site Cost: $230
Rafiki AIDS Ministry (Trip Dates: December 11 - 22)
Marafiki Global AIDS Ministry’s Mission is to provide food, shelter, medical care, education, a safe Christian living environment and loving support to children worldwide who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Local ties to this organization began in Central Ohio in 1995 as a faith-based volunteer workforce trained by medical and pastoral care professionals to provide HIV/AIDS families with spiritual support and life-care assistance. Volunteers will assist with a variety of initiatives, therefore, those applicants with expertise/academic interest in the areas of agriculture, education, finance, and medical fields are preferred. Interviews will be conducted for trip leaders and participants. Located in Nairobi, Kenya. Cost: $2,525 Note: This international trip requires a valid passport at the time of application (with a minimum of 2 blank pages). Additional expenses related to travel visas and immunizations are to be paid by participants separately.
Women's Rights Trip (Trip Dates: December 14 - 21)
This trip site has been confirmed with Partners For Care. PFC initiatives are Kenyan-led and designed to serve the people of East Africa in sustainable ways. The mission of PFC is to decrease the number of children dying from preventable diseases – malaria, HIV/AIDS, waterborne illnesses, and malnutrition – by supporting Kenyan nationals to do the work. Our students will participate in service projects with PFC and potentially other partners in the Atlanta area. And free time will allow the group to explore the Atlanta area, too. Location: Atlanta, GA Housing: Private home Cost: $225.