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buildOn 2018: Apply Today!

The University of Delaware chapter of buildOn, sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), is organizing another to Senegal in January 2018 to help launch construction of a new school that will serve a community, which currently lacks access to basic primary education.

The service-learning trip, sponsored by SPPA, has around 10 available spots and applications from any student at UD will be accepted.

Those who are interested in applying for the trip are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in Graham Hall Room 185 and Monday March 13 at 6 p.m. in Kirkbride 005.A nonprofit organization, buildOn is working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. It offers after school programs in the United States for students in inner-city schools to participate in a service-learning curriculum, and 95 percent of students enrolled in buildOn after-school programs graduate high school and go on to college.buildOn has also built over 1,000 schools in seven developing countries — Mali, Malawi, Senegal, Nepal, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Burkina Faso. These schools will be staffed by teachers of the individual nation’s ministries of education.For these schools, both buildOn staff and community residents sign a covenant of support outlining their responsibilities to the project and pledging to send girls to the school in equal numbers to boys, . Many of the community members sign with a thumbprint because they cannot sign their own name.
Anyone who is interested in more information, but not able to attend either meeting can contact Eric Albers ( 
Applications are open and can be found on buildOn at UD’s Facebook page and are due on Friday, March 17th at 11:59 p.m.See the video of our last trek to Mborane Sereer, Senegal:
For more information about buildOn, visit their website at
For more information about the University of Delaware chapter, visit their website at
Preview YouTube video 2017 buildOn at UD Trek to Mborane Sereer, Senegal