Life on Campus

Beacon Voyages for Service


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:

  • Participant
  • Trip Leader
  • Coordinator

Requirements for all positions to participate include:

  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking full time student
  • Must be in good judicial, financial, and academic standing with the university
  • Complete application along with short answer questions
  • All applicants must participate in a group interview
  • All participants, trip leaders and coordinators are responsible for the cost of his or her trip. To confirm your spot on any trip you must pay a deposit. All deposits are non-refundable.

Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement

Campus Center
2nd Floor
Telephone: (617) 287-7949
Fax: (617) 287-7925