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Sharks and Services Trips (SAS)

SAS Year in Review

SAS Year in Review

Overview

Are you interested in something more than a service day? Well, look no further! Sharks and Service Trips, SAS, are designed for Sharks who are looking for a meaningful service that is a weekend or week long experience. Each SAS trip gives students the opportunity to learn and serve with a different social issue and community. In past years, students have traveled to Key West, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Negirl, Jamaica. Take some time and look through the past service trip experiences SLCE has offered and think about applying to a trip!

These SAS trips are a great a really great way to get involved and give back to the local and global community, but don’t take our word for it. Check out what our SAS Trip Leaders had to say about their experiences on a SAS trip here!

Mission

Sharks and Service is an alternative break program that works to address social issues through collaborative community partnerships, meaningful service, transformative education, and reflective dialogue.

2018–2019 Sharks and Service (SAS) Trips

  • Weekend SAS Trip: October 19-21, 2018
  • Winter Break SAS Trip: December 8-15, 2018
  • MLK Weekend SAS Trip: January 12–14, 2019
  • Spring Break SAS Trip: March 3-9, 2019
  • International SAS Trip: May 5–11, 2019

Application Process

  • Those that are interested in applying for a SAS trip can do so through the Sharks and Service OrgSync portal, located here. Each SAS trip will require completion of an online application and payment submitted through Marketplace. Being that SAS trips require travel, food and lodging expenses, there are costs associated with these experiences. We encourage students to fundraise for weeklong trips to help limit the cost of involvement. If you have financial concerns that may limit your ability to be involved in a SAS trip, please contact us to see if we can further assist.
  • Interested in applying to be a SAS Site Leader? Applications to be a Site Leader open in April for the next academic year. Find the application then on the Sharks and Service OrgSync Page.

Core Values

For more information about our programs core values, please click the headers below:

SAS participants serve for a period of time in designated communities. Each trip focuses on a specific social issue. These issues may include anything from Hurricane Relief, Youth Development, Food Insecurity, Hunger and Homeless, Immigration, Education, and Special Needs and Disabilities, etc. By serving a specific social issue, participants are expected to become more aware of the issue and understand the impact they can make toward improving the community.

The core value of leadership relates to both the Site Leaders and the participants leadership journey. As Student Site Leaders, you are apart of the trip planning process from pre-trip decision making, facilitating group discussions during the trip, and reorientation back to the university community upon completion of the trip. Student Site Leaders will lead conversations that educate the participants on the specific social issue that you will be serving during your trip and help to making meaning of the service throughout the trip.

Student participants also gain valuable leadership skills throughout a SAS experience. Through the leadership of the Student Site Leaders, participants learn to effectively communicate with community affiliates and work collaboratively with other participants to complete tasks. These are useful skills that students will take with them well beyond the SAS experience.

Education is at the forefront of a SAS trip. Student participants, Student Site Leaders, and Advisors, are expected to learn from their experiences serving the community.  Through guided reflection activities, interactions with community members and their collaborative work with others, participants learn about the root causes of the social issue they are serving and how their service makes an impact in that community.

Community serves two major roles in SAS trips: building community among trip participants and serving a community.

SAS trips encourage community among the trip participants. While each participant brings different experiences and knowledge to the trip, serving along side each other for the duration of the trip allows them to identify a common bond they will always share. SAS trips help to bridge connections and build friendships, even after the completion of the trip.

Each SAS trip serves a different community. Participants entering this community learn about the cultural norms and the issues facing these communities. They learn to respect the community and realize that although they may just be visiting for a short period of time, they have the ability to make a larger impact on this community.

Previous Service Trips

For more information about previous locations we have served in, click on the links below:

Guyana

From May 6-13, NSU students took a trip without comparison. They travelled to Guyana to help put together a library for students in a village outside of Georgetown, Guyana's capital. Click here to read the blog from the Guyana trip.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jacksonville

From February 1-3, 2013, NSU students from main campus and the NSU Jacksonville campus, together worked with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jacksonville in lending hands to the community.

Jamaica Summer Experience

Jamaica Summer Experience, May 5-12, 2013Students traveled to Penlyne Castle, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica from May 5-12, 2013 to work with Blue Mountain Project in the mountains above Kingston. Participants worked with children at a local primary school providing arts and crafts activities, 1:1 instruction and homework help, and also learning about what it means to live in such a remote area.



May 4-11, 2014 Jamaica TripFrom May 4-11, 2014, NSU partnered Blue Mountain Project to work in the primary schools in the area as well as providing 1:1 interaction between NSU students and the local community for arts and crafts, athletic activities, and much more. For more information on Blue Mountain Project and the role they play in the region at www.bluemountainproject.org/.

March 29-31, 2013 at Key West, FLFrom March 29-31, 2013, NSU students worked with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to clean-up beaches along the Florida Keys as well as kayak out into the adjacent waters and remove trash from the water. On this trip, they had a chance to explore the famed Duval Street in the central area of Key West.



Key West Trip, Oct. 14-16, 2011From Oct. 14-16, 2011, NSU students traveled to Key West to work with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Boca Chica Key, just outside of the Naval Air Station Key West.



March 28-30, 2014, Key West TripFrom March 28-30, 2014, NSU students worked with Bahia Honda State Park (located near Marathon.) This small island chain south of the Florida Peninsula is home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife but faces an ever increasing amount of danger. For information on the park itself, please visit http://bahiahondapark.com/.

From March 3-5, 2012, NSU students served their local South Florida community at a childcare center, performing outdoor maintenance to improve the play area.

Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans - Victims of Hurricane Katrina, March 3-9, 2013Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans - Victims of Hurricane Katrina
From March 3-9, 2013, NSU students traveled to New Orleans to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for victims of Hurricane Katrina. This has become one of our signature trips as students to help rebuilding the community eight years after the storm. They had the opportunity to experience the culture, the spirit, and the life, that is NOLA.



New Orleans Service TripFrom March 4-10, 2012, NSU students travelled to New Orleans to help build a house for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.



March 2-8, 2014 New Orleans TripCamp Restore
From March 2-8, 2014, NSU students partnered with Camp Restore which sponsors a variety of projects around the New Orleans area and paints a picture for us of a region in need. For more information on the camp and the role that it plays in New Orleans, please visit http://camprestore.org

November 2-4, 2012, Tampa TripNovember 2-4, 2012, NSU Students from main campus and from the Tampa campus partnered with Feeding America Tampa Bay to sort over 12,000 pounds of donated food and supplies which produced over 10,000 meals for people and families in need throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.



March 14-16, 2014 Tampa TripFrom March 14-16, 2014, NSU students worked with the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC) and their program, Paint the Town which works to revitalize in need areas around the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County. The area they work in is plagued by high crime, poverty, and a lack of basic resources for decades and UACDC seeks to change that. For more information on the University Area Community Development Corporation, please visit www.uacdc.org/index.php/about

October 25-27, 2013, Orlando TripFrom October 25-27, 2013, NSU students worked with Give Kids the World, located near the theme parks in Kissimmee, FL. Give Kids the World provides children with life-threatening illnesses and their families an unforgettable week-long, cost-free vacation. For more information on the work our students performed, please visit www.gktw.org/

From January 17-19, 2014, NSU students focused on ecological awareness relating to Everglades restoration and removal of invasive species. They learned about how fragile the Everglades are and how vital it is to South Florida. For more information on Everglades National Park, please visit  www.nps.gov/ever/.

Refund Policy

It is our hope that you will be able to fulfill your commitment to attend a SAS trip after applying, but in case you are no longer able to attend, please review our refund policy so you know how it may affect you financially.

Students who can no longer attend one of our trips and would like to request a refund must adhere to the following policy. The refund policy is included in all SAS applications; participants agree to it when they submit their application.

All students requesting a refund must submit a letter in writing to the program coordinator explaining why a refund should be given.

If approved, refunds will be given in the following manner dependent on the type of SAS trip.

Extenuating circumstances that prevent you from fully participating will be considered, but are not guaranteed.

For your participation for weekend long SAS trips, your payment is due at the time of your application. The specific amount of each trip will be identified in the OrgSync application at the time you apply. You will also be asked to submit payment via MarketPlace at the time of application. Participants that fail to attend the trip or drop out of the trip less than 7 days before the trip departure will result in no funds returned to the student.

  • 7+ days before trip full refund
  • <7 days before trip no refund

For your participation in a week long SAS trip that is driving based, a deposit will be due at the time of your application. Each weeklong trip will have specific payment dates in which additional funds will need to be paid toward the overall trip cost. The specific amount of each trip will be identified in the OrgSync application at the time you apply. Participants that fail to attend or drop out of the trip less than 21 days before the trip departure will result in no funds returned to the student. Partial funds will be eligible for refund dependent on the schedule below.

Total cost of trip must be received no later than 14 days trip departure.

  • 21+ days before the trip full refund
  • 14 – 20 days before trip refund of deposit
  • <14 days no refund

For your participation in a weeklong flight bound SAS trip, a deposit will be due at the time of your application. Each weeklong trip will have specific payment dates in which additional funds will need to be paid toward the overall trip cost. The specific amount of each trip will be identified in the OrgSync application at the time of application. Participants that fail to attend or drop out of the trip less than 50 days before the trip departure will result in no funds returned to the student. Partial funds will be eligible for refund dependent on the schedule below.

Total cost of trip must be received no later than 14 days trip departure.

  • 61+ days before the trip full refund
  • 51-60 days before the trip refund of deposit
  • <50 days no refund
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