Service and Justice Experience Site Listings

Applications for Spring 2016 are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kate Giancatarino
catharine.giancatarino@villanova.edu
610-519-6285                                                                                                                                                                 

Tim O'Connell
timothy.oconnell@villanova.edu
610-519-4084

 

The cost listed for each experience below includes transportation, food, and lodging. Cost does not include vaccinations, passport fees, and personal spending money. Some financial assistance will be available but not guaranteed. You will also have 1 ½ months to raise funds with your group. Please speak to Kate or Tim if finances are a concern.

Spring 2016 sites | February 27-March 5

(unless otherwise noted)

(BEGINS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28)

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Aquinas Center is located on the campus of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community in the heart of South Philadelphia. Parishioners and guests come together to express hospitality, promote education, and engage in service.  The group 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.  This immersion experience will involve meaningful service that balances interaction with people (tutoring, recreation, literacy, etc.) and demonstrated impact (community gardening, packing food, painting, etc.) as well as neighborhood tours, educational presentations, and guided reflections around faith and justice topics.

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

Cost: $300       Participants: 10

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Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Buncombe County is estimated to have approximately 2,000 substandard housing units within a total population of 238,300. It is this critical need for decent, affordable housing that is addressed by Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s mission, work and purpose.

Website: http://www.ashevillehabitat.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 12

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(Begins Sunday, February 28)

Beans and Rice, Inc. is a community economic development corporation servicing Virginia’s New River Valley, located on the eastern edge of Central Appalachia.  The group will work with at risk children in an afterschool academic enrichment environment.  Additionally, participants may assist with food distribution, gardening projects, and with other community groups on restoration, blight reduction, and housing service projects.  Participants will also do special service projects that are needed to be completed and participate in a serious of workshops on approaches to working with people living in poverty and the toll that community economic development can play.  This site is organized by SERCAP (the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project).

Websites: http://www.beansandrice.org; http://www.sercap.org/programs/volunteers.htm

Cost: $350       Participants: 14

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Wilmington is a city in coastal southeastern North Carolina, nestled alongside the Cape Fear River. Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, is a medium-sized affiliate that builds 12-15 homes per year. They are dedicated to providing affordable housing for those in need. Participants can expect to work Monday - Friday on new construction projects in the area.

Website: http://www.capefearhabitat.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 18

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Habitat Durham builds and rehabilitates homes in urban neighborhoods around Downtown Durham, alongside other professionally built and sold homes. The Habitat houses are designed to honor the look and feel of their neighborhoods. They vary in design and size depending on the community and the family's needs.

Website: http://www.durhamhabitat.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 18

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Selma has a rich history, especially in the Civil Rights movement.  The group will work directly with the Edmonite sisters and their ministry in Alabama.  The journey will be an immersion experience of education, commemoration, and action.  In addition to working with the mission, the group will spend time exploring the sites significant to the Civil Rights Movement.

Cost: $750     Participants: 14

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Habitat in Georgetown County is located on the historic SC coast, on Winyah Bay.  Participants will stay in a volunteer house.  The group will work on building new homes and be painting and repairing furniture for our Restore. 

Website: http://www.habitatgeorgetown.com/

Cost: $350       Participants: 18

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Beaumont, TX is just west of the Louisiana border, 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and right in the middle of gator country. Participants will work in building or repairing houses and can move inside to the ReStore in case of inclement weather.   The group will be housed at a local church.

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

Costs: $750     Participants: 14

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REUNION EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                        

This SJE is open to anyone, but we hope to fill at least half the spots with students who have been to Marion before.  The Macedonia United Methodist Church, where our groups usually stay, has requested this reunion trip to reconnect with Villanovans they’ve met over the last few years.

 

Marion County has the highest unemployment rate in the state and poverty housing is rampant. The affiliate is striving to eliminate that by building one quality, affordable home at a time.  Participants will have plenty of work to do and will be welcomed by the Marion community, which prepares most meals for college groups.

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

Cost: $350  Participants: 18               

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Mon County Habitat for Humanity has been addressing the problem of substandard housing since 1990.  Patient and knowledgeable construction managers guide volunteers throughout the week.  Groups are housed in comfortable but simple accommodations.

Website: http://moncountyhfh.org/

Cost: $350       Participants:16

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(Begins Sunday, February 28)

Participants will engage in the Urban Challenge Program where they will have the opportunity to build bridges of understanding. The group will confront issues which divide us – poverty, race, class – in a prayerful and constructive environment.  During the day, the group may work at a variety of sites in Camden and Philadelphia: 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, they 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.”

Website: http://www.romero-center.org/

Cost: $300       Participants: 13

Flying

During this week of immersion, students live on Rancho Mastatal, an environmentally sustainable ranch.  Participants learn practices of sustainability 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, especially during two days of home stays.  Throughout the week, students may work on rainforest restoration projects on the ranch, in parks and in gardens. 

Website: http://tropicaladventures.com/

Cost: $1,450    Participants: 15

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The Fort Smith area is rugged, mountainous and steeped in rich American history. Arkansas Valley Habitat has constructed 91 homes since 1989 in Crawford and Sebastian Counties. Participants are lodged at a local church and several meals are shared with people from the community.

Website: http://habitatfs.org/                                                     

Cost: $750       Participants: 14

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Bayou Area Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds to serve the people of southeast Louisiana.  There is a great need for affordable housing in this area, which is an hour west of New Orleans.  Hard working volunteers are needed to make a difference in the lives of many local families.

Website: http://www.bayouhabitat.org/

Cost: $750       Participants: 14

(BEGINS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28)

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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, the group works with the surrounding community, prays together, learns about and from the people of Appalachia, and experiences ways of practicing and living a sustainable life. The group may find themselves doing a variety of projects, from working alongside a family in repairing their home to practicing sustainability by working the farm and preparing the food it produces.

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

Cost: $350       Participants: 15          

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The Church of the Pilgrims has a long history of social justice actions, including hosting adult and student groups through their “Pilgrimage” program.  During a stay, a Pilgrimage group will participate in service learning and activism through organizations serving the working poor, and people who are homeless and hungry in Washington, D.C. The group will also integrate those experiences through workshops and reflections. This brand new SJE is focused on interfaith dialogue and action, with the chance to see how people of different religions are inspired to respond to justice issues in our nation’s capital.  Participants can expect to visit a variety of places of worship, engaging with those who practice diverse faiths, and learning skills for open dialogue and mutual learning.

Website: http://www.churchofthepilgrims.org/; http://www.thepilgrimage.org/

Cost: $350        Participants: 12 

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Mt. Pleasant is located on the South Carolina coast 30 minutes northeast of Charleston.  Too many families in the area live in substandard housing.  Participants may work in a variety of projects from framing to brick work and landscaping.  Volunteers will be trained and coached in a relaxed and fun environment.

Website: http://eastcooperhabitat.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 15

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There is significant need for both new houses and neighborhood revitalization projects in Winston-Salem where 5% of the housing does not meet the minimum housing code and 2.5% live in over-crowded conditions.  Forsyth County HFH has built 375 homes and served more than 1,400 families in our 30 years. Participants will stay in dormitory style housing and will meet with Villanova alumni from the area.

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

Cost: $350       Participants: 16

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(Begins Sunday, February 28)

Hand in Hand Ministries is a faith-based international service organization that shares life’s essentials with those who are experiencing poverty. Groups will have the opportunity to work alongside the “Building for Change” partners while building a modest 16x16 foot home from start to finish. Groups may also have the opportunity to learn from a variety of speakers who work in various capacities with Hand in Hand Ministries

Website: http://myhandinhand.org/

Cost: $1,400    Participants: 14

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(Begins Sunday, February 28)

Laredo is a city along the US/Mexico border with a population who is 96% Hispanic. There is a large amount of substandard housing in the area.  Laredo Habitat builds new homes and does repairs to existing homes to address the need.  Participants stay at a local church.

Website: http://www.habitatlaredo.org/#home1

Cost: $750       Participants: 14

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(Begins Sunday, February 28)

The vision of Mission Year is to see, inspire, and join with a movement of people committed to loving God and loving neighborhoods of people throughout the country.  Mission Year emphasizes a philosophy of mutuality in missions. Their mission is to not only serve others, but allow ourselves to learn, grow, and be transformed through their encounters with God and others in the city. Participants will spend time during the week in prayer and reflection, engaged in direct service, and will spend time learning and reflecting on the social and economic issues surrounding the city of Chicago.

Website: http://missionyear.org/

Cost: $750       Participants: 14

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Guided by the aspirations of the Oglala Lakota Indian communities they serve, Re-Member seeks to improve the quality of reservation life through relationships, shared resources and volunteer services. Through site visits and cultural immersion, participants will join and a growing circle of advocates standing in solidarity with the Indian people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Website: http://www.re-member.org

Cost: $750       Participants: 12

Flying

Rostro de Cristo (Face of Christ) is a lay Catholic volunteer program located in Durán and Mt. Sinai, Guayaquil, Ecuador. The goal of Rostro de Cristo (RdC) is a simple one: to BE with the people. The group will spend most of their time in the local community visiting with neighbors, partner foundations, or after-school programs. Cultural traditions invite the group to spend their days much like their neighbors, which means that your group will participate in daily trips to the market, cooking, and cleaning. Though direct service may be incorporated into your experience, it is not the focus of RDC’s mission.

Website: http://www.rostrodecristo.org/

Cost: $1,400    Participants: 12

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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. Participants 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.  Much of this week will be spent learning Via's methods of community development, and coming to a greater understanding of the human aspects of border issues and immigration.

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

Costs: $800     Participants: 13