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.

Immersion Trips

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)

Fall Immersion

Fall Immersion Trips are weekend service experiences (Fri-Sun) focused on issues faced by our region.

Participant Applications: Due Sept. 23

Winter Immersion

Stepping Into the Light of Humanity: Community Healthcare in Atlanta

Come along with us to Atlanta, Georgia where we will focus on people and their stories struggling with health and wellness. The public health industry relies heavily on the contributions of volunteers, and our service will contribute to health programs in Atlanta. The CDC estimates that 1 in 51 Georgians will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Our focus will be to engage with community programs to support people impacted by HIV, AIDS, and other health concerns. If you have a passion for service and an interest in community health, join us and other Missouri State students for a unforgettable time in Atlanta.

Participant Applications: Due Oct. 31

Weekend Immersion

These trips take place in the Fall and Spring in a closer proximity to Springfield and focus on regional issues. Most trips are 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: Due Nov. 1

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Important Dates

Spring Immersion

March 6 - March 12, 2016

Fall Immersion

Nov. 4-6 2016

Winter Immersion

Jan. 7 - Jan. 14, 2017

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

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