Assumption Mission Associates
Affiliation:Religious of the Assumption, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program:Provide an opportunity for men and women to live in the spirit of community, faith, solidarity, and service through a one to two-year commitment to the poor and marginalized. St. Marie Eugenie, foundress of the Religious of the Assumption, invites us to experience this work for the common good: "Love never remains idle: it makes us creative and impels us to heed all the appeals of the world and to find new ways of answering them." With that in mind, our ministry sites focus on the needs of the immigrant community and our ecological efforts to be protectors of the environment. The mission of AMA today, as it began over 50 years ago, remains the same and continues to enrich the lives of volunteers, religious, and those served.
Type of Placement:Teaching, ministry to and advocacy for migrants, urban/community gardening, community development, Hispanic ministry and parish ministry, religious education, youth ministry, youth programs, literacy and ESL programs, mentoring, homeless, refugee work, advocacy.
Service Area:Massachusetts, New Mexico, England, Philippines. Please visit our website for specific information on each location.
Service Length:One to two years, renewable.
Requirements:Women and men. Application, references, personal interview, medical certificate, college degree, conversation with counselor, self-evaluation. $10 application fee.
Financial Arrangement:Housing, transportation to/from ministry site and monthly stipend. Health Insurance. Loan deferment. Travel to/from orientation and to/from mission site is the responsibility of volunteer. International volunteers also are responsible for visa fees.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in community with other volunteers in Worcester, MA, Chaparral, NM and England. In the Philippines, AMA volunteers can live in a community of sisters or volunteers, depending on placement. Communities of the Religious of the Assumption are within close proximity (sometimes next door, sometimes across town) to where volunteers live in all placements.
Program Size:Typically between 5-10 volunteers per cycle.
Training:Orientation program. On-going formation. On-site training. Local support of Assumption Sisters and lay friends. Monthly check-ins with director while at mission site. Debriefing.
Application Deadline:Rolling Application Process September through May. Priority deadline February 1st, Final Deadline May 1st. Preference given to those applications received first.
Current Urgent Opportunities
Who Are The AMA's? AMA's are young people from all over the country who find the beliefs of Saint Marie Eugenie, foundress of the Religious of the Assumption appealing. She believed that "this Earth is a place of glory for God" and that each of us has a responsibility to reflect that glory. AMA's come from Florida and Rhode Island; from San Diego and Philadelphia; from St. Louis and Sweet Home, Oregon. They are graduates of Gonzaga University and Stanford; Assumption College and Tulane University. What unites them is a common zeal for service, for building the Kingdom of God here on Earth. They choose to make a commitment to spend a year or two in service to others, living in communities marked by sharing, direct service to the neediest in society, and prayer. And growing a bit themselves along the way. AMA offers both domestic sites and abroad to England and the Philippines. AMA is now accepting applications for 2018-2019. Visit our webpage http://www.assumptionvolunteers.org/ to see if AMA may be a good fit for you!