Service and Justice Experiences

Site Listings

Site Listings

Apply to lead a winter SJE or a spring International SJE here!  Applications are due Monday, September 18th at 11pm!

 

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

 Spring 2018 International Experience | March 3-8, 2018

 

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      

 

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      

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 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Fall 2017 sites | October 7-14

(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.

Aquinas Center S16

(BEGINS SUNDAY, October 8th)

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

Arkansas Valley

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The Fort Smith area is rugged, mountainous and steeped in rich American history. Arkansas Valley Habitat has constructed over 100 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

CFET F16

(Begins Sunday, October 8th) 

Driving

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) is an environmental retreat center with an urban farm located in Camden, NJ. 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 that expose the social injustices that are in Camden.  These 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 city of Camden.  

Website: http://www.cfet.org/

Cost: $300       Participants: 10

 

Navajo Nation F16

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. 

Website: www.communitylearningnetwork.org

Cost: $800       Participants: 14

Exmore F16


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: 16

Costa Rica F15

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://ecoteach.com/

Cost: $1,400    Participants: 12

 

Forsyth County S13

Driving

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 over 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: 18

Hickory S17

Driving

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and 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. 

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

Cost: $350       Participants: 16

HIH

Driving

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. Other opportunities to work the community may arise.

Website: http://myhandinhand.org/

Cost: $350       Participants: 14

 

Marion S17

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 college groups.

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

Cost: $350  Participants: 18               

Maine F15

Driving

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. They are currently building in Rockland and anticipate the next build in Thomaston. There is plenty to do in the Midcoast area especially outdoor activities.

Website: www.midcoasthabitat.org/

Cost: $350        Participants: 16

 

Kingston F13

Flying

Kingston, Jamaica is the Starting place of Mustard Seed Communities (MSC). MSC is an international nonprofit focused on caring for vulnerable populations in the developing world. Since 1978 until today, MSC has provided loving and lifelong care to over 600 children and adults with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and young mothers. This mission Service and Justice Experience is focused on working and playing with children as well as working on a project such as construction, painting, farming, or landscaping.

Website: http://www.mustardseed.com/home

Cost: $1400 Participants: 12