Join a Trip

Every person who goes on a Bear Breaks Immersion Trip is a Missouri State student, faculty, or staff member. The typical trip looks like this: 10 participants with 2 student Trip Leaders, and 2  Faculty/Staff Advisors. All participants and Trip Leaders apply at various times during the year due to high demand.

Spring Break Immersion

The Spring Immersion Trips are week long experiences where students are immersed into a new culture, group of people, and experience.  Trips include direct service with local agencies, learning about a specific social issue, social time in the destination city, and time to hang out with other students.  Trip Leader Applications: Open in Spring (April) | Participant Applications: Open in Fall (November)

Weekend Immersion

These trips take place in the Fall and Spring in a closer proximity to Springfield and focus on regional issues.  Some trips will leave Friday and return Sunday, while others will be an 8-5 all-day service experience. Participant Applications: Open in Fall (First week of classes)

International Immersion

Our newest International Immersion Trip to Costa Rica has been a great success!  This service adventure focuses on Eco-Agriculture in the Costa Rican Highlands of Monteverde.  Our group of #CitizenBears works alongside local coffee farmers to learn about the region, culture, an sustainable practices.  Not only does this trip allow students to experience the beauty of Costa Rica, it also lets us immerse ourselves in the culture and spirit of service.  Alumni of Costa Rica Immersion are bringing that learning back to the Springfield community, collaborating with change agents here to strengthen our community.  Participant Applications: Open in June.

Important Dates

Spring Immersion

March 6 - March 12, 2016

Fall Immersion

Nov. 4-6 2016

Weekend Immersion


International Immersion

Jan. 7 - Jan 14, 2017

Trip Payment

Participants who applied and were accepted to a trip will use the link below to pay for a trip by the due date.  This covers the cost of food, transportation, and educational experiences.

Pay for a Trip

Payment Policies