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 the U.S. by serving the poor directly and by working for structural change. JVs also accompany people of great need in six other countries, assisting in human development primarily through education. 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, creation care, legal aid, farm worker outreach, refugee resettlement, elderly outreach, addiction recovery services, nursing, hospice ministry, AIDS services and community organizing. International ministries include: teachers (math, science, English, etc.), youth ministers, parish outreach personnel, counselors, and social workers.
Service Area:Throughout the U.S., as well as Belize, Chile, Micronesia, Nicaragua, Peru, Tanzania.
Service Length:Domestic placements require a commitment of one year, renewable, starting mid-August. International placements require a commitment of two years.
Requirements:Men and women. Single. No dependents. Ages 21 to 35. Christian motivation. College degree or equivalent work experience. Persons of color encouraged to apply. Many opportunities for those with competency in Spanish. Some opportunities for disabled persons. International volunteers must be willing to commit to remaining overseas for the full two-year commitment.
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 50 in international service.
Training:Domestic Program: Five-day group orientation in August, as well as on-site orientation. Additional retreats offered during the year. International Program: two-week orientation in July, as well as on-site orientation upon arrival in country. Additional retreats throughout time of service.
Application Deadline:Domestic Program: screening and placing of applicants begins in late-January and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through the spring. International Program: One deadline in late-January. Please visit the JVC website, jesuitvolunteers.org/howtoapply, for the most up-to-date information and details about the process.