Immersion Programs

Im·mer·sion  /iˈmÉ™rZHÉ™n/ : Noun - Deep Mental Involvement


Our immersion programs feature the opportunity for students to spend their breaks (spring, summer, fall) volunteering, immersed in the community.  These experiences allow students to learn more about a community, immerse themselves in the culture and social issues that a community faces, and grow as a volunteer into an Active Citizen.

Costa Rica Immersion 2016

Join us for our newest International Immersion Trip to Costa Rica  (January 3 - January 9)!  This service adventure will focus on Eco-Agriculture in the Costa Rican Highlands of Monteverde.  We will be working alongside local coffee farmers to learn about the region, culture, an sustainable practices.  Not only will this trip allow us to experience the beauty of Costa Rica, it will also let us immerse ourselves in the culture and spirit of service.  This trip is first come, first serve, so apply early! Contact Alex Johnson at for more information.

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Learn more about the trip during these Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24th - 6:00p.m. in PSU 131
  • Monday, Sept. 28th - 8:00p.m. in PSU 131
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30th - 8:00p.m. in PSU 131
  • Thursday, Oct. 1st - 8:00p.m. in PSU 131

Click here for more details: Costa Rica 2016


Bear Breaks

Bear Breaks is the student organization that organizes our "Alternative Break" program. Promoting alternatives to your break.  These trips are typically low cost ($200-$400 for a spring break trip) that covers food, transportation, lodging, and any additional expenditures. See Payment Policy

Why participate?

  • Being immersed in the diverse environments enables you to experience and discuss social issues in a significant way.
  • The aim is to contribute volunteer hours to communities in need and help influence your own life.  You will be able to make positive steps after you return to improve your community and be a more active citizen.
  • Get to meet and spend time with other service minded individuals.  It is a great way to have fun, learn more about Springfield and get to know others.


For 2015-2016 Bear Breaks:  


Faculty/Staff Advisor Application

 Advisor Resources

 Students on Fall Breaks

Fall Break Trips

Fall Break allows students to spend 3 days at regional placements learning more about the communities around them.

 Students at Bryan's House

Spring Break Trips

Our 5 Spring Break Trips last throughout Spring Break taking students to immerse themselves into communities around the country.


Summer & Winter Trips

These special trips take place in the Summer or Winter term offering students a unique experience to explore new cultures and serve various communities