2014-2015 Service Trips

In the morning, participants will be working at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary where there will be a beautification plan in place for us to work on such as painting enclosures, landscaping, and construction on new cabins/enclosures to name a few. Later that evening we will be heading to the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens to volunteer with one of their biggest events of the year. They will be hosting a Volunteer Fair for families in the area. We will be helping the zoo staff with anything they possibly need.
We will be splitting our group of participants into two groups to work towards to different social issues. Half of us will be working with Habitat for Humanity and half with Feeding America. The participants who work with Habitat for Humanity will be assisting in building a home. The participants who work with Feeding America will be working with a food bank to help feed people in need.
On our trip to Orlando we will be working at the Farm Workers Association in Apopka, Fl. FWAF’s guiding vision is a social environment where farmworkers’ contribution, dignity, and worth is acknowledged, appreciated and respected through economic, social, and environmental justice. This vision includes farmworkers being treated as equals, and not exploited and discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, immigrant status, or socioeconomic status. Participants will spend the morning helping clean their fields and use the afternoon to learn about and tour the Lake Apopka Toxic Tour.
This will be our 7th year traveling to New Orleans for our Alternative Spring Break program. Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive hurricanes in the Atlantic. Last year, our participants did multiple projects such as restoring a warehouse into a community center and spent some time at a horse rescue farm.
We will be working at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. One of the projects we will be doing is taking kayaks out on the ocean to clean up trash. We will also be helping the facility with any project they have at that time.
This will be our third year we have gone internationally to work in Jamaica. We will be working with The Blue Mountain Project. During this alternative break trip participants will be working in classrooms with students from Pre-K to sixth grade. Participants will lead literacy groups, as well as assist in after-school programming, such as tutoring and arts and crafts.

Previous Service Trips

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


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

Students 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.

Jamaica Summer Experience, May 5-12, 2013

From 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

May 4-11, 2014 Jamaica Trip
From 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. March 29-31, 2013 at Key West, FL
From 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. Key West Trip, Oct. 14-16, 2011

From 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

March 28-30, 2014,  Key West Trip

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
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.
Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans - Victims of Hurricane Katrina, March 3-9, 2013
From March 4-10, 2012, NSU students travelled to New Orleans to help build a house for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans Service Trip

Camp 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

March 2-8, 2014 New Orleans Trip
November 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. November 2-4, 2012, Tampa Trip
From 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 March 14-16, 2014 Tampa Trip
From 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 October 25-27, 2013, Orlando Trip

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