Villanova Engineering Service Learning (VESL)

Service Learning Trips

Service learning is a cornerstone of the engineering curriculum, and in many cases students participate by applying the engineering skills they learn in the classroom to help benefit communities around the world. The College has established strong relationships and ongoing projects in the following regions:


The Caramanico School, Cambodia

Projects at the Caramanico School focus on the design and implementation of a model school for demonstrating best-practices in education and sustainability. Read more.


Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, Cambodia

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is working with the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation to develop a low-cost humanitarian robot to visualize, pick up, and relocate unexploded ordnances (UXO) throughout Southeast Asia.   Read more.


Ghana, Wells for Relief

In 2014, Villanova Service Learning teamed up with Wells for Relief, a Philadelphia-area organization with a mission of providing safe drinking water throughout the world.

For its part, Villanova engineers are working on sustainable hand pumps and GIS mapping of existing Wells for Relief projects.  Read more.


Amigos de Jesus, Honduras

Since 2000, engineering students have worked on various projects for Amigos de Jesus, a Catholic orphanage. What began with a 30 foot cross on the top of a hill, now includes the construction of a church, school buildings, dormitories and other educational facilities, as well as water treatment and distribution systems. Read more. 


Profugo, India

Villanova students traveled to Wayanad, India for the first time over winter break 2013-2014. During that initial visit, working with the non-profit organization Profugo, the team identified several long-term sustainable projects, including a bio-gas digester, rainwater harvesting, and alternative energy. Relationships were also formed with the Indian Government College of Engineering, as well as the villagers in the remote community of Prashanthagiri.  Read more.


Madagascar, Catholic Relief Services

This partnership is focused on the sustainable development of the country’s water supply.  Read more.


Nova Mobile Health, Nicaragua

By providing local community health leaders with cellular access to a nurse with the Ministry of Health, patients can be diagnosed and receive treatment recommendations without traveling for hours to reach the nearest hospital. Read more.


UNICEF, Nicaragua

Villanova is partnering with UNICEF in the Bluefields region, and working closely with teachers and students at Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU). Current efforts have focused on entrepreneurship and helping to establish a business community in the region. Read more.


Water for Waslala, Nicaragua

This service learning opportunity leads engineering students to the central mountains of Nicaragua to evaluate and develop water resources, renewable energy and communication systems.  Read more.


Cheypo Bayano Mission, Panama

Work with missionary priest Father Wally involves the development of a water resources master plan, flood control and prevention, and the use of solar array to provide for the community’s energy needs. Read more.

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For more information or to help support international service projects, contact Director Jordan Ermilio at or 610-519-6859.