Journey Grants offer endless opportunities for education-enriching experiences. Here are a few opportunities for students with any majors who are interested in the Village Partners Project. Consult with your faculty advisor for more suggestions. Visit the Jewell Journey Grants page to complete an online application.
By building reciprocal relationships, the Jewell Village Partners accomplish their mission of communities engaging for the purpose of healthy change through learning, practicing and partnering. You can “live what you learn” in a variety of ways as we use a community development model to build relationships with partners around the corner and around the globe.
1. Village Partners Project: Honduras (January & May)
This project enables students to be a part of creating healthy, sustainable change in a small village in northern Honduras. This project is interdisciplinary in nature and its aim is to partner with villagers in a holistic manner. Some of the projects include solar panels on the homes, health care education, identification of micro-enterprise opportunities, capping wells and using ecological composting latrines to translate waste into agricultural gain. You will stay in a village for a week to learn the life of this community and to get to know the people of the village. Joining Jewell students will be students from UNAH-CURLA, a Honduran University, that are partnering with us on these projects. Student, faculty and alumni travel to Honduras during Cardinal-term and after graduation in May after participating in a 7-week preparatory course. Estimated cost: $1600
2. Village Partners Project: Kansas City Urban Core (Year round)
This project enables students to be a part of creating healthy, sustainable change in Kansas City’s urban core. Westside Housing is a new partner that serves families in Hispanic neighborhoods. The Historic East Neighborhoods Coalition and the Palestine Center have been partners in several projects over the last few years, including the Matthew 25 Project, where teams from all over Kansas City gather to paint homes for elderly residents. Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church has been a major force in bringing long term sustainable change to their part of the city. Contact the Campus Minister for specific details and costs about ongoing projects.
3. Village Partners Project: Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota (Fall or Spring Break)
This project enables students to be a part of creating healthy, sustainable change in the wild west, a part of the west where the challenges and opportunities for service and learning abound. Over the past years we have built relationships with members of the Lakota tribe that live in these communities and we have engaged in a variety of projects, including work on local homes and a local church. SIFE club members raised funds and installed a power-generating windmill. One future project involves restoring a pow-wow grounds facility that was damaged during a particularly harsh winter. Other projects will be determined by our local partners as specific assets are identified. Trips can be scheduled for either Fall or Spring Break. Estimated cost: $450
4. Village Partners Project: Eagle Pass Texas, Kickapoo Reservation & Mexican Border (Spring Break)
This project enables students to be a part of creating healthy, sustainable change in a Mexican border community, learning about all the complexities related to today’s immigration issues. We visit with a seasoned Border Patrol officer and a local counselor and volunteer at local churches and agencies to lend a hand. At the invitation of the Administrative Director, we also serve alongside the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas on their small reservation south of Eagle Pass over Spring Break. Estimated cost: $550
5. Village Partners: Nairobi, Kenya Daystar University, Cultural Immersion Experience
This project enables students to be a part of creating healthy, sustainable change in Kenya as they experience African culture firsthand. We serve and learn with university students from Kenya. Ongoing construction work will be done on the school’s ministry center. Also while we are there we will learn about a variety of other ministries including an Aids clinic, an orphanage, a ministry in one of Nairobi’s largest slum areas, and other opportunities as they arise. Students will spend at least one night in the home of a host student from the university. In 2009, 10 students traveled to Daystar to dig the water collection tank for this facility, and our goal is to help them complete this ministry center in the coming years. The trip is scheduled for two weeks during the summer Sometime between June 1st and August 1st. (Dates are determined by participants and airfares.) Estimated cost: $3,400.
6. Village Partners: Vijaywada, India (December-January)
This project enables students to be a part of creating healthy, sustainable change in through a partnership with Jewell Alumnus, Rev. Connie Stinson of Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Silver Springs, Maryland. Students have the opportunity to learn about and experience life in rural India. Projects include tutoring at a small computer school for children, assist with teaching at a local private school, health care aid at a local compound for lepers, TB patients, and elderly patients. There are also opportunities for sports camps, Bible Studies and medical clinics, depending on the skill set of the assembled teams. This two week adventure concludes with a visit to the Taj Mahal and is an international experience designed to immerse the participant in the reality of life in today’s India.
Dates for the next scheduled trip: Dec. 28, 2014 - Jan. 13, 2015. Estimated cost: $3400