Bearkat Service Break

Break Away from the norm and join SHSU BSB for an unforgettable Spring Break!

About the Program

SHSU's Bearkat Service Break program (BSB) places teams of students in communities to engage in service and experiential learning during spring break. The teams are exposed to complex social and cultural issues that aim to heighten social awareness, encourage life-long active citizenship, and promote the advocacy of social change within communities. A few examples of issues addressed by BSB trips include literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, and the environment. Teams are led by student Site Leaders who guide group development before, during, and after the experience.

BSB Interest Meetings

Come learn more about SHSU Bearkat Service Break! These brief meetings will provide students with trip details, including cost, and requirements for applicants. Students and staff will share their BSB experiences from the past and what future participants can expect for BSB 2017!

Monday, January 23

Thursday, January 24

11am-Noon, LSC 315

11am-Noon, LSC 315

Wednesday, January 25

Tuesday, January 26

11am-Noon, LSC 315

11am-Noon, LSC 315


Spring 2017 BSB Trips:

Llama tell ewe about Heifer Ranch! - March 11-17

Come along with us to Perryville, Arkansas over Spring Break as we serve with Heifer International! During our trip, our goal is to learn steps to take towards a better earth and end world hunger by learning how to provide sustainable agriculture to ourselves and our community. Along with some hard work, we will also be spending a day in Hot Springs, Arkansas to have fun and see some sights!

Paws for Spring Break - March 12-18

Join us during Spring Break as we travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to spend the week with dogs and cats! The team selected for this trip will partner with New Orleans Animal Rescue to help care for abandoned and rescued animals. Participants will be asked to clean kennels, walk dogs and socializing the cats. One day of the trip will be spent having fun in New Orleans!

Application Information

Apply now online!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Site Leader?

A Site Leader is a student responsible for the overall coordination of the BSB trip. Site Leaders are responsible for ensuring the accomplishment of the planned objectives of specific trips with everyone involved (participants, community organization representatives, faculty/staff participants).

2. What is included in the trip cost?

The trip cost includes transportation, lodging, and most meals. Out of pocket expenses can include any leisure activities or meals outside of lodging facility.

3. How are applicants selected?

Applicants are required to respond to 4 questions that are part of the application process. Selections will be made based upon the written responses.

4. Is BSB a Religious/Spiritual "Mission" trip?

No, BSB focuses on community service and service-learning.

5. Will I earn "service-hours" for my college, student organization, or class by participating in BSB?

Yes! We will award up to 25 service hours!

6. How many students will be selected for an BSB Trip?

A maximum of 8 students for each trip. We send teams of 11 in a 15 passenger van. 8 student participants, 1 faculty/staff participant, and 2 Site Leaders. This leaves the back seat of the van available for luggage.

7. If I have friends or family near my service site, will I be allowed to meet up with them on my own during the break?

The BSB team must stay together the entire time during the service week. Participants will not be allowed to break from the team to visit friends and family; however, visitors are able to meet up with the entire group in public places or at the housing site for a visit at a time determined appropriate by the Site Leaders.

Need More Information?

(936) 294-3000

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