Office of Student Life

Leadership & Community Engagement


Ohio State's alternative breaks program, Buck-I-SERV, provides students an opportunity to participate in week-long, substance-free service trips across the country and internationally. On trips, students learn about social issues, build friendships and enjoy life-changing experiences.

Buck-I-SERV trips are held during spring, summer and winter breaks and are planned by the students of the Buck-I-SERV Board. The mission of Buck-I-SERV is to provide students with a challenging and fun opportunity to learn through direct service experiences.

Get Involved with Buck-I-SERV

Trip Participant: Students interested in taking a life-changing service trip during their spring, summer or winter break should fill out the Buck-I-SERV participant application. All Columbus campus students are eligible to apply.

Trip Leader: Students interested in leading a Buck-I-SERV trip should fill out the trip leader applicationTrip leaders are responsible for educating trip participants, planning trip details and schedules and team building.

Buck-I-SERV Board: Students interested in planning, designing and promoting Buck-I-SERV trips can apply for the Buck-I-SERV Board. Buck-I-SERV Board applications open each year in December and close at the end of January.

Trip Advisor: Staff, faculty or graduate students interested in serving as university representatives on Buck-I-SERV trips can fill out the trip advisor application. Advisors are responsible for being knowledgeable about all aspects of the trip, assisting student trip leaders and encouraging participants to connect their service to the academic topics related to their trip.

Learn more about this life-changing opportunity to travel, learn and serve at

For questions regarding Buck-I-SERV, contact Buck-I-SERV at