What We Do

BuildOn is highly committed to our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations. In fulfilling this mission, we work to better the lives of America’s youth while building schools in some of the world’s poorest countries.

In the United States

The University of Delaware chapter of buildOn works largely in the Northern Delaware and Philadelphia region.Throughout the year we participate in a wide variety of service events in this area.

City Year

 City Year is an AmeriCorp organization that works to minimize the gap that stands between students and their potential. Throughout the year City Year Philadelphia hosts service events open to the community and local organizations. During this time, the buildOn chapter at UD assists in revitalization projects at older schools by painting murals and beautifying the academic spaces. Read about what we did this past semester with City Year Philadelphia here.

Girls Inc

girlsinclogoGirls Inc is an organization that seeks to empower girls and provide them with vital knowledge to help them succeed in their careers, and break past common challenges that
girls face in today’s society. They strive to impart their students with educational programs that promote math and science, while trying to steer them away from teen pregnancy and drug abuse. Girls Inc also emphasizes equipping girls with knowledge about economic and media literacy, and promoting involvement in sports.

Our BuildOn at UD members are working with Girls Inc to help promote economic literacy to girls from the Wilmington area. They work alongside program leaders within classrooms of about 15-25 girls for several hours each week. Members help keep the girls on track during group work, and assist the program leaders with activities relating back to Girls Inc’s goals.

To learn more about the Girls Inc mission, visit their website here


The buildOn mission does not only apply in the United States. The organization also works abroad in 7 underdeveloped countries: Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Burkina Faso. The UD chapter has funded one school in Nicaragua and is currently funding a second school in Burkina Faso. Each school costs $30,000.

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 1.48.03 PMWhat makes buildOn unique is the opportunity to go on Trek. After raising the full cost of the school, chapters have the chance to send a group of students to the country the new school will be built.

Worksite Shift: The work consists of digging the foundation, sifting sand, mixing concrete, making bricks, carrying water, and tying rebar. It is physically hard work. Everything is done by hand, and you will surely have blisters and sore muscles.

Cultural Education: You will participate in a cultural workshop in your community each day. The workshops are different in each village based on the resources of the

Reflection: In addition to working and learning together, participants will engage in deep reflection activities concerning their current experiences with culture, inequality, education, privilege and service.

Engage with Host Family: You may find yourself learning to cook on a wood fire, playing games with the children, doing laundry, carrying water, listening to the radio, singing or dancing, and teaching basic English. These moments with your host family are often considered the most valuable part of your experience!

Learn more about the countries we have traveled to:

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Whether or not you are passionate about a career in education, buildOn is home to a diverse group of people. Our current executive board has students majoring in Anthropology, Economics, Neuroscience, Psychology, Chemistry, International Relations and of course Education. The global education crisis is one that will take a collective effort to solve, regardless of one’s career choice. All students are welcome!