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Sharks and Service 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 Negril, 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.

2020-2021 Sharks and Service (SAS) Trips

  • Fall 2020
    • Dis(Abilities)
    • Healthcare
  • Winter 2021
    • Education
    • Global Climate Change
    • Hunger and Homelessness
    • Immigrant Youth

Application Process

  • Those that are interested in being apart of SAS can do so through the Sharks and Service SharkHub portal, located here. Each experience is first come, first served. 
  • 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 on the Sharks and Service SharkHub Page.

COVID-19 Response

Due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19, Sharks and Service has suspended all travel for the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure the health and safety of our participants and communities. As a result, pparticipants that choose to participate in this new experience will have the opportunity to come together as group virtually or in person. Participants will explore the specific social issue for this experience as well as partake in 2 service projects individually or in small groups, dependent on comfortability and participant location.

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.

Fall 2020 Opportunities

A Closer Look at COVID-19 and Healthcare will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to access of healthcare. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with our community partners that focus on this full time while your service projects, will have the ability to directly impact this population in the community through your service projects. 

The experience will be spilt up into 3 sessions. Students that would like to attend, MUST ATTEND ALL 3 SESSIONS that relate to that social issue. Participants that engage in all SAS Sessions and complete designated service projects will be eligible to receive 1 ExEL unit in Community Engagement. 

  • Sunday, November 1; 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 7; 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 15; 5:00-7:00 PM

Social Issue: Healthcare

ExEL Unit Eligible: Yes, 1 Unit in Community Engagement

RSVP Opens: October 5, 2020

A Further Look into Disabilities will focus on different aspects of disabilities, ranging from mental and physical disabilities. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with our community partners that focus on this full time while your service projects, such as Special Olympics South Florida and Rebuilding Macon. As a result of your participation, you will have the ability to directly impact this population in the community through your service projects. 

The experience will be spilt up into 3 sessions. Students that would like to attend, MUST ATTEND ALL 3 SESSIONS that relate to that social issue. Participants that engage in all SAS Sessions and complete designated service projects will be eligible to receive 1 ExEL unit in Community Engagement. 

  • Saturday, October 31; 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Saturday, November 7; 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Sunday, November 15; 10:00AM-12:00PM

Social Issue: Dis(abilities)

ExEL Unit Eligible: Yes, 1 Unit in Community Engagement

RSVP Opens: October 5, 2020

Previous Service Trip Opportunities

For more information about our past trips and where we served click on the links below:

The October Weekend SAS trip will be spent volunteering with Deliver the Dream in Orlando, FL. Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer at an overnight retreat working with LBGTQ Youth. This weekend will be structured as a retreat that provides structured, therapeutic, and family-centered activities that inspire hope, strengthen relationships, and change perspectives for families living with similar circumstances. 

Social Issue: LGBT+ Youth

ExEL Unit Eligible: No

Application Open: August 23, 2019

This traditional trip to New Orleans, LA focuses on hurricane relief post Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers will be serving with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans which serves to engage youth in the betterment of the New Orleans Community. Volunteers help reduce blight by rebuilding distressed and foreclosed homes. The finished homes are sold to teachers to stabilize neighborhoods and positively impact the education system.  

Social Issue: Hurricane Relief

ExEL Unit Eligible: Yes, 1 unit

Application Open: October 1, 2019

Participants will be traveling to Houston TX to assist with hurricane relief efforts post Hurricane Harvey 2017. Volunteers will be partnering with All Hands and Hearts to effectively address the immediate and long-term needs of the community impacted by a natural disaster. The success of this agency is rooted in the smart response equation: Response, Recover, Resilience, Renewal.

Social Issue: Hurricane Relief

ExEL Unit Eligible: Yes, 1 Unit

Application Open: October 1, 2019

Social Issue: Immigration

ExEL Unit Eligible: No

Application Open: November 1

Participants will be traveling to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to assist with sustainable community development efforts. Students will participate in specially designed for humanitarian projects to help poor community of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in a stove and chicken coop building project. Volunteers will be partnering with the organizations Cultural Connections Volunteers.

Social Issue: Sustainable Community Development

ExEL Unit Eligible: Yes, 1 unit

Application Open: November 1

Participants will be traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee to assist with trail construction and maintenance for the Cumberland Trails Conference. Volunteers will be partnering with the Cumber Trails Conference to continue development and maintenance of the Cumberland Trail to ultimately extend 300 miles. 

Social Issue: Environmental

ExEL Unit Eligible: Yes, 1 unit

Application Open: November 1

Trip Canceled for May 2020

Participants will have the opportunity to travel and serve in Asheville, North Carolina. The focus of this trip is Nutrition and Food Insecurity. Students will be working with the YMCA of Western North Carolina to provide access to affordable and nutritious food. Participants will assist in the community distributing from Healthy Living Mobile Markets, cooking demonstrations and valuable nutrition information. 

Social Issue: Nutrition & Food Insecurity 

ExEL Unit Eligible: Yes, 1 unit

Application Open: December 1

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