International Service

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Madagascar International Service Project

Villanova University’s partnership with Catholic Relief Services – Madagascar is an initiative that began in the classroom and is continuing with multi-disciplinary student teams and faculty members working in the field. Challenges in Madagascar abound in the areas of food security, water access, mother and infant health, access to markets, etc. This internship will contribute to the long-term commitment of CRS and VU to improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable populations in poverty. The goal of this internship is to provide students service learning opportunities where they can apply their academic skills in a practical setting by (1) providing technical assistance to CRS-Madagascar, (2) collecting data for engineering, nursing, French or business projects, and (3) assuming a leadership role for future collaborative initiatives and student classes/projects.

Campus Ministry SJE (Service & Justice Experience)

Service & Justice Experiences provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to serve locally, around the United States, and abroad during university breaks. Participants in the program: Serve with people and partner organizations who work every day to improve the lives of impoverished and marginalized people in their own communities. Build community within their groups and begin to develop relationships with the people with whom Villanova partners. Complement class work with first hand experiences of life at the margins of society and exposure to the knowledge and insights of people they encounter. Explore their spirituality and develop a deeper relationship with God while living out the Gospel value. Examine issues of injustice and develop a life-long commitment to working for the Common Good.

CGL Cruse International Fellowship

The Cruse International Fellowship, a university-wide program administered by the Center for Global Leadership, annually awards up to two $5,000 fellowships for undergraduate student involvement in non-traditional global study and experience. These fellowship awards are intended to support compelling, unique, and potentially transformative experiences outside of the United States, preferably involving business or other organizations. There is a strong preference for destinations in the developing and emerging regions of the world.

CGL International Service “Pay it Forward” Scholarship

The Center for Global Leadership awards scholarships to VSB students who will participate in an international service trip during semester break. Students agree to “pay it forward” and pledge to provide a contribution to the CGL International Service Scholarship within three years after graduation in the amount of their award. (Students will be asked to sign a promissory note but may defer the gift in cases of financial hardship.)