VILLANOVA, Pa. - Hundreds of Villanovans are spending their spring break week serving communities near and far. Nearly 400 Villanova students, faculty, staff and alumni are participating in 23 service break experiences this week at 10 Habitat for Humanity sites and 13 Mission sites. Of the 23 service sites, there are 14 domestic locations (including Bronx, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; El Paso, Texas; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Lake Charles, La.) and nine international locations (including Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua).
The Habitat for Humanity experiences work with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build homes for people in need of adequate housing. Mission experiences work with site affiliates that meet the needs of the community they serve. The work may include tutoring, visiting the elderly, teaching English, working at AIDS hospices, repairing homes and interacting with the community.
Through service and reflections, volunteers are transformed by identifying their connection with the global community as they experience another culture, spirituality, and socio-economic situation. Participants are challenged to become global citizens, as they use their education to change the lives of the poor.
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About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.