Life on Campus

Beacon Voyages for Service

Students helping on a roof.


  • Check out the Beacon Voyages for Service takeover of the UMass Boston Snapchat account during Spring Break (March 12-16, 2018). Trips include Economic Inequalities (Detroit, MI), Environmental Preservation (Port St. Joe, FL), and Public Health (West Grove, PA)  

Beacon Voyages for Service (BVS) is an “Alternative Break” program that is part of a national movement to engage students in service. BVS involves students in a social justice movement by participating in week-long trips both domestically and internationally and through on-campus commitments throughout the year. BVS hopes to address social issues such as: Native American; HIV/AIDS; Border, Refugee & Immigration; Environment; Rural Poverty; Urban Poverty; Youth & Education; Domestic Violence; Disaster Relief and Health & Aging, etc.

The program at UMass Boston is a student leadership model. Student leaders are trained to coordinate the trip including developing community partnerships, fundraising, and travel. As students are selected to participate, they become active participants in the entire trip planning process.

There are three ways to participate in the BVS Experience:

Requirements for all positions to participate include:

Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement

Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Suite 2300
Telephone: 617.287.7949
Fax: 617.287.7925