Service and Justice Experiences

Site Listings

Site Listings

Apply to LEAD a spring SJE here!  Applications are due November 15th at 11:59pm

 

If you have questions, please contact Kate Giancatarino:
catharine.giancatarino@villanova.edu  |  [610] 519–6285                                                                                                              

Winter 2017 | January 7-13, 2017

 

Serving Montgomery County since 1989 and Delaware County since 1990, together, we have built 82 homes from Darby to Upper Dublin, housing 312 people including 198 children. In addition to paying their mortgages, our Habitat families pay property and school taxes that contribute more than $2 million in communities including Bridgeport, Chester, Hatfield, Lower Pottsgrove, Norristown, Pottstown and Upper Dublin. 

Website: http://www.habitatmontco.org

Cost: $300    Participants: 10  

Apply by October 25th!    

 

Hurricane Harvey flooded a large percentage of this area.  This group will help a long standing partner repair damaged homes and new construction.  Beaumont is an exciting and cultural place in need of you to spend a week that you'll never forget and help Beaumont get back on its feet after Harvey!

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

Cost: $750      Participants: 14 

Apply by October 25th!

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Spring 2018  | March 3-8, 2018

(unless otherwise noted)

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 if finances are a concern.

Arkansas Valley

Flying 

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.

Website: http://annunciationhouse.org/baexperience/

Cost: $750       Participants: 14          

Aquinas Center S16

(BEGINS SUNDAY, March 4)

Driving  

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: 12

CFET F16

(Begins Sunday, March 4) 

Driving

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

Navajo Nation F16

Driving 

The Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Corps) offers men and women the opportunity to work in direct service with the poor while living a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers. The spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi is central to this experience of community and service.  Participants in this week experience will work alongside the year-long volunteers at a variety of their ministries while spending the evenings learning about the intricacies of life in Cleveland.

Website: http://www.capcorpseast.com

Cost: $350                   Participants: 14

Exmore F16

Driving 

ESVA Habitat serves two of VA's poorest counties on Rural Delmarva Peninsula between Atlantic Ocean & 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.  They have many small towns with a friendly family atmosphere and great hospitality. 

Website: http://www.easternshorehabitat.org/

Cost: $350 Participants: 10

(Begins Sunday, March 4) 

Flying

GRID Alternatives helps low-income families save money while bringing clean solar energy onto the grid, and providing volunteers and job seekers with hands-on experience in solar.  Since 2011, the North Valley office has been helping families go solar throughout northern California, from Sacramento to Siskiyou county.

Website: https://www.gridalternatives.org/northvalley

Cost: $800         Participants: 12

Advisor is VU Sustainability Manager, Liesel Schwarz

Hickory S17

(First Year Students ONLY) 

Driving

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. At this first-year only site, participants will not only build with their hands but they will learn and grow alongside community members.

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

Cost: $350       Participants: 16          

Driving

Habitat Charlotte strives for a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.  Participantes will work along side Charlotte Habitat and have an opportunity to connect with VU alumni during the week.

Website: http://www.habitatcharlotte.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 16

Marion S17

Flying

Beaumont, TX is just west of the Louisiana border, 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and right in the middle of gator country. Hurricane Harvey flooded a large percentage of this area.  This group will help a long-standing partner repair damaged homes and new construction.  Beaumont is an exciting and cultural place in need of you to spend a week that you'll never forget and help Beaumont get back on its feet after Harvey!

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

Costs: $750     Participants: 14

 

Maine F15

First-Year students ONLY 

Driving

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 their groups. 

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

Cost: $350 Participants: 18                

Kingston F13

Begins Sunday, March 4 

Driving

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 social service and education sites in Camden and Philadelphia. 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: 10                                              

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

Apply by October 25th!

 

VIA group Spring 2016

Flying 

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

Cost: $800       Participants: 12