The Village Tree Experience

Interested in working with orphans and vulnerable children?

Apply to participate in The Village Tree Experience, a living learning community where students thoughtfully engage with the topic of orphans and vulnerable children.

What is The Village Tree?

A community of about 12 upperclassmen living together after spending a summer completing individual practicums with organizations focused on helping orphans and vulnerable children.

Students from all majors combine knowledge from their specific areas of study to better understand the issues surrounding orphans and vulnerable children, while reflecting on how their callings relate to these issues.

What the program involves:

  • A three-hour course, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, usually taken during the summer.
  • A summer practicum, domestic or international, focused on working with orphans and/or vulnerable children. This may overlap with a student’s major practicum. Check out current practicum partners for The Village Tree.
  • An academic year spent living with other Village Tree participants.
  • Activities throughout the year. These may include bringing in speakers and experts, participating in solidarity meals/fasts, hosting relevant documentary viewings for campus, and partnering with campus programs.
  • Research or a project relating to your major that goes deeper into a specific topic involving orphans and vulnerable children.

Read about the first Village Tree participants.


Interested students must fill out an application, provide letters of recommendation, and be interviewed. The Village Tree Experience is mainly for upperclassmen, but outstanding sophomores may be accepted.

OVC Practicum Partnerships