Xavier University is 1 of 23 schools recognized by US News & World Report for our Service Learning Programs across the nation. Students log an average of 80,000+ hours of community service per year, helping more than 160 local, national and international organizations.
"The Guatemalan medical trip is a trip through the Office for Interfaith. Twelve students go down every year. It was my first time in another country, specifically in a developing country, and was a very unique growth experience for me. "
Sam MerrittBiology, '15
Volunteer in communities as close as our hometown of Cincinnati and as far away as San Salvador, El Salvador.
They studied a variety of different majors, but all have one thing in common—their love for community and the desire to help others.
In November, Xavier hosted an event with OneSight—an independent, nonprofit that partners with donors and volunteers to bring eye exams, glasses and permanent vision centers to those who cannot afford them. The week-long event in the Armory helped bring eye care to more than 600 children from the local area.
On her last day in Guatemala, pre-med student Zenab Saeed was assigned to work in the part of the clinic where they dispensed glasses. She never expected how emotionally impactful it would be for her when, after several tries, she was able to help an old man, partially blind since birth, find just the right pair.