Assumption Mission Associates

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/refugee 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

Varies on mission site - Worcester- teaching ESL, children mentoring program, community gardening, program for adolescent girls, knitting group. Chaparral, NM - immigrant/migrant/refugee outreach and advocacy, tutoring students in English at the local middle school, prison and home ministry, youth ministry programs, religious education. Newcastle, England - after-school youth program at Kid's Kabin and other service opportunities. Pendower Community Outreach Center programs for youth, adults and elderly. Philippines - variety of positions - teaching, work with the disabled contact Director for this year's volunteer positions. Something for everyone!

Service Area

Massachusetts, New Mexico, England, Philippines. Please visit our website for specific information on each location.

Service Length

One to two years, renewable.

Program Size

Typically 6 or fewer volunteers


Women and men. Application, references, personal interview, medical certificate, college degree, conversation with counselor, self-evaluation. $10 application fee.

Financial Arrangements

Housing, and $400.00 monthly stipend. End of service award of $2000.00! Health Insurance if needed and help with loan deferment. Travel to/from orientation and to/from mission site is the responsibility of volunteer. International volunteers also are responsible for visa fees. Free gym access in Worcester, MA.

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.


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. End of service debriefing.

Application Deadline

Rolling Application Process September through May. Priority deadline February 1st, Final Deadline May 1st. Preference given to those applications received first.

Start Date


Sandy Piwko


16 Vineyard St.
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: 508 767-1356


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