Listing & Pictures of Service Sites

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SPRING 2014 MISSION EXPERIENCES

Athens, Georgia: Oasis Católico San Rafaela

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work at The Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela in Athens, Georgia, which is operated by the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Handmaids live and work among a community of Latinos in a trailer park.  Volunteers will assist the sisters with their mission through tutoring in an after school program, providing support for vulnerable mothers, and repairing trailers.  Volunteers will live simply in an outreach center run by the sisters.

Website: http://www.oasistutors.org/

This experience is open to 10 people (5 females and 5 males due to housing) and costs $750.

 

Bethlehem Farm, West Virginia:

Located in central Appalachia, Bethlehem Farm is an intentional Catholic community that strives to transform lives through serving the local community and teaching sustainability. During the week at the Farm, volunteers work the surrounding community, pray together, learn about and from the people of Appalachia, and experience ways of practicing and living a sustainable life. Volunteers may find themselves doing a variety of work, from working alongside a family in repairing their home to practicing sustainability by working the farm and preparing the food it produces. This is a great domestic mission experience focused on the Farm’s four cornerstones of service, prayer, simplicity, and community.

Website: http://www.bethlehemfarm.net/main/

This experience is open to 12 people and costs $350.

 

Camden, New Jersey: Romero Center Ministries:

Volunteers will participate in the Urban Challenge Program. Geared toward high school and college-aged students, the Urban Challenge experience gives Catholics and other people of faith the opportunity to build bridges of understanding. Volunteers will confront issues which divide us – poverty, race, class – in a prayerful and constructive environment.  Volunteers will serve in Camden and Philadelphia with theological reflection, prayer, listening to local speakers, and other educational activities. During the day, volunteers may work at a variety of sites: schools and pre-schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks, housing rehabilitation, drop-in centers for persons infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, and other social service agencies in the area. In the evening, volunteers will have the opportunity to discuss urban poverty and social and economic justice, and reflect on our call, as disciples, to embrace a “preferential option for the poor.”

Romero Center website: http://www.romero-center.org/

This experience is open to 10 people and costs $475.

 

Chulucanas, Peru: Augustinian Volunteers and Mission: Nursing and Campus Ministry

Volunteers will work at an Augustinian Mission in a small village of northern Peru. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet the local people in their homes while working on projects necessary for the community (building, tutoring, and experiencing the Peruvian culture.) Your hosts, the Augustinian Volunteers, will guide you through various service projects, cultural experiences, and conversations with local Peruvians.  These experiences include attending Mass with the community on Sunday, working at a local orphanage with the program Victor’s Vision, visiting and elderly home and a trade school for women, and taking a trip to and purchase items from an authentic Chulucanas pottery workshop. This year’s experience will include a group of senior nursing students who are currently enrolled in a Community Health course.  The remaining spots will be filled with other students. Volunteers may have the opportunity to observe home care health with the nurses and participate in community health teaching as well.  

This experience costs $1400 and is open to 15 people in addition to the 11 nurses.

 

Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica Volunteers

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with many different service programs offered through the organization Jamaica Volunteers. Volunteers work at several Catholic social service sites.  Sites include a home for elderly and homeless people run by Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity and a school for at-risk children.  Volunteers may also work at Bustamante Children's Hospital teaching and spending time with children who are severely ill or handicapped and assisting in the classrooms of the Pre-Primary School at Riverton City.  Volunteers also have the opportunity to get to know people in the neighborhood where they’ll be staying. 

Website: www.jamaicavolunteers.com/

This experience is open to 15 people and costs $1250.

 

Managua, Nicaragua - Hand in Hand Ministries

The vibrant landscape of Nicaragua includes breathtaking lakes and active volcanoes. Behind the beautiful scenery, however, the six million people who make up Central America’s largest country are among the poorest in the western hemisphere. The recent history and current situation in Nicaragua make escape from poverty difficult, if not impossible. Hand in Hand is changing this through the Pathway to Change program, which works with families with school age children to provide education and resources.

Website: http://myhandinhand.org/our-work/our-work-nicaragua/

This experience is open to 14 participants and costs $1300.

 

Navajo Nation, NM: Via International

Northern New Mexico is one of the most unique and culturally distinct areas of the United States. It is the home of both ancient Native American communities and pueblos founded long before the inception of the United States.  Traditional Navajo refer to themselves as Dine'. The real name for Navajo Nation is Dinetah. Visiting Dinetah  offers a rare opportunity to connect with ourselves, each other, and the natural world through a unique blend of cultural immersion, environmental intimacy, and service opportunities that can be deeply inspiring and

transformational. Volunteers will enjoy the beauty of the natural world while exploring a sense of place and relation thanks to the deep traditions and cultures of the region. Volunteers will stay on a farm that uses both modern and traditional agricultural practices and visit with Navajo people. Work may include farming, construction, water conservation or land and cultural restoration efforts in local and native communities.

Website: http://www.viainternational.org/new-mexico.html

This experience is open to 14 people and costs $800.

 

Philadelphia, PA: Aquinas Center

Aquinas Center is located on the campus of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community in the heart of South Philadelphia. The former convent is being re-purposed as a space to foster mutual support and shared understanding.  Parishioners and guests come together to express hospitality, promote education, and engage in service.  Volunteers will have a true cross-cultural experience in this community that is home to immigrants from various parts of the world as well as long time residents of South Philly.  Work may include involvement in a Mural Arts Project, assisting with an after-school program, spending time with senior citizens, and neighborhood clean-up.  Through these experiences and talks by guest speakers volunteers will gain an understanding of the life of immigrants in the U.S. and the ways in which local parishes respond to their needs and others in the neighborhood.

Website: http://staquinas.com/aquinascenter/

This experience is open to 12 people and costs $300.

 

Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica: Environmental Service Experience:

During this week of immersion, students live on Rancho Mastatal, an environmentally sustainable ranch.  Students learn practices of sustainably by living at the ranch, and they have opportunities to learn first-hand from the tropical forests of Mastatal.  Students also have opportunities to learn about the economic and cultural make-up of the local Costa Rican communities, and each student participates in 2-3 home stays in the Mastatal community.  Throughout the week, students may work on rainforest restoration projects on the ranch, in parks and in gardens.  Furthermore, students may have an opportunity to visit local schools in order to better understand the Costa Rican educational system.  Students learn the positives and the challenges associated with Costa Rica's free public education.  Pura Vida!!

Website: http://www.ranchomastatal.com

This experience is open to 15 people and costs $1300.

 

San Diego, CA: Via International

Volunteers will explore the rich trans-border culture of the San Diego region while participating in volunteer service learning projects along the U.S. side of the international border with Mexico. San Diego is fast becoming the hub of an emerging trans-border culture, and the city is home to the largest refugee population in America. The demands of this development have created numerous opportunities for learning and service. Whether caring for the environment, serving immigrants, or experiencing a mélange of cultures, San Diego offers a range of activities including restoring damaged beach areas, working on local organic farms, visiting Chicano Park, meeting with migrant farm workers, and touring the border wall. Volunteers will work on local community development projects in San Diego, learn about the importance of sustainable agriculture, be introduced to Via's methods of community development, and come to a greater understanding of the human aspects of border issues and immigration. 

Website: http://www.viainternational.org/san-diego.html

This experience is open to 14 people and costs $800.

SPRING 2014 Habitat for Humanity Experiences

Beaumont, TX - Jefferson County HFH

Gators, zydeco, gumbo, and sunshine. That's southeast Texas! We're just west of the Louisiana border, 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, 80 miles from Houston, and right in the middle of gator country. Come build with us and you'll need to pack your sunscreen and shorts! We accommodate students at area churches, you'll help build a house, and if it rains, we'll go work in the ReStore. Monday is your day off for site-seeing. Visit Gator Country and hold a baby gator. Do some line dancing, take a trip to Galveston. It's all up to you! Come build with us in Beaumont, Texas!

Website:  http://www.beaumonthabitat.org/HFHJC.asp

This experience is open to 18 participants and costs $750.

 

Birmingham, AL – HFH Birmingham

Habitat Birmingham is ranked 5th out of 1500 affiliates in the US, building 45+ new homes and rehab/repair 50+ annually. The local population is 1 million with a median income of $56K. Think summer camp when envisioning volunteer center - bunk beds, common spaces, big kitchen to prepare meals. Birmingham is located in the Appalachian foothills, and is referred to as the "Magic City."  Birmingham played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement and is home to the Civil Rights Institute. 

Website: http://www.habitatbirmingham.org/

This experience is open to 18 participants and costs $750.

 

El Paso, TX - HFH of El Paso  

Two countries and three states come together at the pass to the north - Four historic missions capture the history of Mexico and the US border. The beauty of the desert is tempered by the economic poverty of the region and the tragic violence of our sister city, Juarez. A growing affiliate that embraces our Collegiate Challenge volunteers with warm El Paso hospitality, great Mexican food, lots of sunshine, boots and country western dancing, White Sands and the largest urban park in the US, Franklin Mountain State Park. HFH El Paso invites people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. 

Website:  http://www.habitatelpaso.org/

This experience is open to 18 participants and costs $750.

 

Goldsboro, NC – HFH of Goldsboro-Wayne

Our affiliate was founded in 2001. To date, we have completed 50 homes in Goldsboro & the surrounding county. We build new homes for families and run a recycled building materials store known as the Habitat ReStore in downtown Goldsboro.  Wayne County has a high need for housing as 1 in 4 residents lives in substandard housing.  We join with community volunteers to provide affordable housing. It costs us around $75,000 to construct a typical 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home.  We depend on student groups and other volunteers to make the dream of a decent home possible for those in need.  Come join our efforts!

Website: http://www.habitatgoldsboro.org/#

This experience is open to 18 participants and costs $350.

 

Hickory, NC - Catawba Valley HFH (Freshmen Only)

Hickory is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has been named an “All-America City” three times.  Like many cities we have too many people living in poverty and substandard housing. Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is a non-profit, Christian-based community organization dedicated to building simple, decent, and affordable housing for hard-working, low-income families in our community. We build approximately 10 houses a year with the help of many volunteers and donors.  We’d love to have you come and work alongside us.

Website: http://www.hickoryhabitat.org/index.html

This experience is open to 18 participants and costs $350.

 

Marion, SC – Marion County HFH (Freshmen Only)

Marion County is located approximately 45 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC.  We are also located approximately 115 miles from the rich history of Charleston, SC. We afford students Wednesday afternoon off of work in order to enjoy their brief stay in Marion County and visit some of the attractions our state has to offer. Poverty housing is rampant in Marion County and our affiliate is striving to eliminate that by building one quality, affordable home at a time.   This site usually arranges for some meals to be shared with local community members.

Website:  http://www.marionschabitatforhumanity.org/

This experience is open to 18 participants and costs $350.

 

Maryville, TN - Blount County HFH

Blount County is situated at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012 and to date it has built over 95 homes, and provided safe, decent homes for hundreds of men, women & children. Our southern hospitality makes for a wonderful experience! 

Website: http://www.blounthabitat.org/T2-home

This experience is open to 18 participants and costs $350.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Tutwiler, MS – West Tallahatchie HFH

Past participants have said that Tutwiler demonstrates extreme poverty in America with some residents living in clapboard shacks.  The Habitat office and accommodations for volunteers are located in a Habitat neighborhood and across from a community clinic.  There are lots of opportunities to spend time with and learn from people living in the community.

Website: http://wthabitat.org/

This experience is open to 17 participants and costs $750.

 

Winston Salem, NC - HFH of Forsyth County  

*** Special Event***  Habitat for Humanity International is celebrating 25 years of Collegiate Challenge, the program that offers these experiences.  Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County located in Winston-Salem, NC will be the site of a special celebration event.  100 participants from different colleges will build and celebrate together with the people of the local community.  The celebration was scheduled during Villanova’s spring break to make sure a group from here could attend!  This has become one of our favorite sites and this spring it will be even more exciting. 

Website:  http://www.habitatforsyth.org/home0.aspx

This experience is open to 10 participants and costs $350