Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Affiliation:Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Goal of Program:The Jesuit Volunteer Corps engages brave young believers in vital service in marginalized communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) work throughout 48 communities in seven countries by serving the poor directly and by working for structural change. Volunteers live a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers and seek to develop spiritually in the Ignatian tradition.
Type of Placement:JVC offers a very wide range of ministries including teaching, youth ministry and mentoring, homeless advocacy, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, environmental stewardship, legal aid, farm worker outreach, refugee resettlement, elderly outreach, addiction recovery services, nursing, hospice ministry, AIDS services and community organizing.
Service Area:Throughout the U.S., as well as Belize, Chile, Micronesia, Nicaragua, Peru, Tanzania.
Service Length:Most domestic placements require a commitment of one year, renewable, starting mid-August. South Dakota and international placements require a commitment of two years.
Requirements:The Jesuit Volunteer Corps encourages applications from candidates of all races, classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, languages, and physical abilities. The organization requires its volunteers to be unmarried without dependents, between the ages of 21 and 35, and possess a college degree or equivalent work experience.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board, medical insurance, stipend. Transportation home provided at the end of term of service. All international travel is provided. Loan deferment or forbearance (if eligible) in all regions.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in community with other Jesuit Volunteers.
Program Size:Approximately 250 volunteers in domestic program and 40 in international service.
Training:Central, group orientation in August, as well as on-site orientation. Additional retreats offered during the year.
Application Deadline:First deadline at the end of January, with final placement offers extended at the end of March. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.