Service and Justice Experiences Fall 2015 and Winter 2016

If you have any questions, please contact:

Tim O'Connell                                            Kate Giancatarino
timothy.oconnell@villanova.edu                catharine.giancatarino@villanova.edu
610-519-4084                                           610-519-6285

Fall 2015 sites

October 10-17, 2015 (unless otherwise noted)

Applications due Tuesday September 1, 2015

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Participants will have a unique Texas/Mexico border experience working and staying with Annunciation House. This experience focuses on education and immersion and does not involve direct service.

Annunciation House is a Catholic organization that accompanies the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education.  Participants will learn about the issues facing the border such as immigration, economic development, human rights, and social justice.  Participants will be immersed in the border culture and realities of the many people and groups that live and work there. The food that you will eat and the conditions which you will live in are as much a part of the experience as the people and groups that you will meet.

http://annunciationhouse.org/baexperience/

Cost: $750       Participants: 13

 

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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.  Participants 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, English as a Second Language classes, 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.

http://staquinas.com/aquinascenter/

Cost: $300  Participants:12

*Note: This experience begins Sunday (October 11, 2015)

 

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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. In 2015, they celebrate 25 Years of working wiht partners familes to address substandard housing.  Participants are lodged at a local church and several meals are shared with people from the community.

http://habitatfs.org/                                                                                                                                                  Cost: $750  Participants:14

 

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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, participants work the surrounding community, pray together, learn about and from the people of Appalachia, and experience ways of practicing and living a sustainable life. Participants will do 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.

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

Cost: $350  Participants:13

 

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Blue Water Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Port Huron lies at the southern end of Lake Huron and just across the bridge from Ontario, Canada.

http://www.bwhabitat.org/index.php

Cost: $350  Participants: 16

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Blount County is situated at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. To date Blount County Habitat  has built over 95 homes, and provided safe, decent homes for hundreds of men, women & children. They offer warm southern hospitality to the groups that build with them.

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

Cost: $350  Participants: 16 

 

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This very active affiliate has built more than 750 houses.  These are homes that many of the families have dreamed of but never thought they would actually experience for themselves.  Patient construction managers work well with college with limited construction skills.

http://www.cohfh.org/

Cost: $750  Participants:14

 

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The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) is an environmental retreat center with an urban farm located in Camden, NJ that engages and educates people of all backgrounds to practice a more environmentally responsible way of living on the planet. During the week, the group will spend their days working on service projects at a variety of locations throughout the city.  Participants can expect to work on projects connected to urban gardens and partner organizations, whose activities focus on topics like education, homelessness, food access, and community development.  During the evenings, there will be a number of educational sessions which help participants contextualize their experience and better understand their connection to the environment. 

http://www.cfet.org/

Cost: $300       Participants: 10

*Note: This experience begins Sunday (October 11, 2015)

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Participants in this program will work with the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers (CVV).    Working alongside the CVV, the group will explore the effects of poverty on marginalized communities including; industry and the environment, employment, hunger and homelessness with an emphasis on the effects that these issues have on children. They will live and work in a communal setting that supports intentional living, service, spirituality, and social justice.

http://www.covivo.org/  

Cost: $750       Participants: 13

 

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Located close to Chincoteague, ESVA Habitat serves 2 of VA's poorest counties on Rural Delmarva Peninsula between Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Farming and commercial fishing are the main industries. They have a large low-income population, much substandard housing and few unskilled job options (Perdue plant). There is a growing Hispanic population working in agriculture and construction.  Many live in labor camps.  ESVA Habitat offers a friendly family atmosphere and great hospitality. Excellent HFH worksite staff teaches and encourages volunteers.

http://www.easternshorehabitat.org/

Cost: $350  Participants:15

 

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There are many substandard housing areas in Forsyth County and Habitat Forsyth has started rebuilding neighborhoods rather than just build new houses. Building or reparing over 300 homes has made an impact on the lives of over 1,000 people. Participants will stay in a new volunteer center.   Forsyth Habitat engages many community partners that provide lunch and dinner for the students on site, at Habitat or at a home or church. Local Villanova alumni host a wonderful welcome dinner.

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

Cost: $350  Participants:16

 

 

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Groups in Auxier work with Hand in Hand Ministries at the Auxier Center.  They primarily assist with home repairs and at a food pantry that is open twice a month for income-qualified members of the community. The center provides food for at least 100 families each month. The Auxier Center has a computer lab where participants may teach computer classes to local residents.

http://myhandinhand.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 14

*Note: This experience begins Sunday (October 11, 2015)

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Hand in Hand Ministries is a faith-based international service organization that shares life’s essentials with the poor, proving hope and dignity for tomorrow. 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

http://myhandinhand.org/

Cost: $1,400    Participants: 14

*Note: This experience begins Sunday (October 11, 2015)

 

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Hickory is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has been named an “All-America City” three times. 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 their community. They build approximately 10 houses a year with the help of many volunteers and donors.  This affiliate does not host other college groups so they devote lots of effort to welcoming groups from Villanova.

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

Cost: $350  Participants: 16

 

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Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama relies on volunteer support to help make the dream of home-ownership possible for families in Mobile County! Several churches who offer excellent accommodations as well as a friendly face.

http://www.habitatswalabama.org/

Cost: $750  Participants: 14

 

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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 arranges for meals shared with local community members. 

http://www.marionschabitatforhumanity.org/

Cost: $350  Participants:16

 

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Maine has the oldest housing stock in the country and much of it is substandard.  Midcoast Habitat serves Knox County addressing the need for affordable housing. The affiliate is based in Rockport, where they have an office and ReStore. 

www.midcoasthabitat.org/

Cost: $350  Participants: 16   

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Mon County Habitat for Humanity started in 1990 and work with community partners and colleges to build simple, decent, affordbale housing. Great construction managers guide inexperienced volunteers with patience.  Groups are housed in comfortable but simple accommodations.  

http://moncountyhfh.org/

Cost: $350  Participants:15

 

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The vision of Outreach 360 is to bring about a transformed world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or to be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, allowing them to live a life of choice.  The group will learn about the history and culture of the area as they are serving (teaching English and Spanish literacy) so they gain an understanding of the challenges and limitations of poverty in the developing world.   

www.outreach360.org

Cost: $1,250    Participants: 15

 

 

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Presbyterian Hope in Action is an outreach ministry of Presbyterian congregations in New York City.  They actively work to help New York City residents affected by Hurricane Sandy restore their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually working alongside our partners locally and from across the nation. The group will work with the organization in their rehabilitation and support efforts.

http://www.phianyc.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 14

 

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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.

http://www.rostrodecristo.org/

Cost: $1,400    Participants: 12

 

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  The group headed to this location will place a an emphasis on learning something about the natural and man-made disasters associated with the storm.

Habitat St. Tammany West is located approximately 45 minutes north of New Orleans in Mandeville, LA. Many residents have lived in the area for generations and are seeking to break the cycle of poverty by partnering with Habitat. 

http://www.habitatstw.org

Cost: $750      Participants: 15

 

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Tropical Adventures is a volunteer service organization based in Costa Rica. The focus of this program is turtle conservation on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.  The group will spend four nights at the ranger station at Punta Mala National Wildlife Reserve and three nights at Hotel La Isla at Playa Palo Seco.  October is the peak turtle season for the beaches in this area, and the participants will be participating in nightly turtle patrols - collecting eggs, collecting biodata, tagging turtles, etc..  During the day, they will be working on maintenance around the facility, including the nursery where the eggs are stored until they hatch.  The group will also work with local residents in restoration of the mangroves around Playa Palo Seco. 

http://tropicaladventures.com/

Cost: $1,450    Participants: 15

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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. Participants will stay on a farm that uses both modern and traditional agricultural practices and visit with Navajo people. Much of this experience will be about being a witness to the beauty of the Native American culture.

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

Cost: $850    Participants: 14

Winter 2016 sites

January 2-9, 2016

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Amizade works with the DORCAS Womens’ Group. Amizade partners closely with the women’s group to identify the needs of the community, and how our volunteers can best be utilized.  This includes working with eco-tourism, revitalizing local hiking trails, maintaining access roads and coastlines; helping the community to construct recreational facilities for the community, expanding a local park, and establishing agricultural processing facilities.  Matelot is one of the most remote settlements in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the last village on the North Eastern Coast of Trinidad, on the Paria Main Road. The population of Matelot is approximately 1000 and has remained fairly constant due to a continued exodus of young and productive persons who seek employment in urban areas. As the major sources of income for the remaining residents of Matelot are from fishing, hunting and agriculture, this provides a unique setting for students to experientially learn the complexities of agriculture and sustainable development.

https://amizade.org

Cost: $1,400    Participants: 14

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BuildinGUATE is committed to helping the poorest of the poor by providing the necessities and foundation of a healthy life. They seek to encourage faith, hope, love, and dignity by empowering individuals to work together for the good of the community. There are three main possibilities for service work, depending on the need at the time.  The first is with the people living at the garbage dump.  The group may assist with the soup kitchen distribution of goods, or with other needed services.  The second possibility is working with the school.

The third project maybe working with La Colina.  It is the most remote village of San Martin, Jilotepeque. Not only the most remote, but also the poorest. Their houses are made of adobe which only last for about two years. Their remote location excludes them from much of the help being offered in Guatemala. BuildinGuate has committed to building these families sturdy homes, and jumping into their tight-knit community.

http://www.buildinguate.com/

Cost: $1,400    Participants: 14