Mercy Volunteer Corps
Affiliation:Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Goal of Program:Mercy Volunteer Corps, committed to a more merciful and just world, invites women and men to a year of full-time service with people who are economically poor or marginalized. Volunteers commit to compassionate service, a simple lifestyle in community and spiritual growth.
Type of Placement:Positions available in homeless and community outreach, peace and justice advocacy, immigration and refugee services, legal work, AIDS ministry, elderly outreach, domestic violence shelters, counseling, teaching (elementary, secondary, special education), tutoring (GED, adult literacy), after school programs, healthcare, therapy (physical, occupational, speech), and volunteer coordination.
Service Area:Continental United States, and Guyana, South America.
Service Length:One year commitment that begins at the end of July every year. Mercy Volunteers are welcome to apply for additional years of service.
Requirements:Volunteers must be 21 and older. Men and women. Single, married with no dependents. All faith traditions. High school diploma; work experience or college education for some positions. Certification and license if appropriate. Application, physical examination, and personal interview. Gifted with compassion, open-mindedness, a desire to grow and be challenged, and a sense of humor! It is preferred that applicants for international placement have some significant experience either in a cross-cultural setting or with those who are poor and marginalized.
Financial Arrangement:Housing, transportation, medical insurance, food & personal stipends, and school loan deferment. Volunteer must provide his/her own transportation to orientation in late July/ early August. Additionally, international volunteers are also asked to fulfill a fundraising commitment, provide their own transportation to an interview weekend, and cover the costs of any required immunizations.
Living Arrangements:Mercy Volunteers live together in community.
Program Size:35-50 volunteers per year.
Training:One week of orientation is provided in August to familiarize volunteers with Mercy Volunteer Corps. On-site orientation is also provided to familiarize volunteers with the local culture, geographical area and site(s) of service. Mid-year and transitional retreats are offered as well as opportunities for support, and spiritual and personal growth. International volunteers complete a collaborative cross-cultural preparation prior to the MVC orientation.
Application Deadline:January 18 is the Priority deadline for the US and International Program. March 1 is the Final deadline for the International Program. For the US Program, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis through our final US deadline on May 24.
Current Urgent Opportunities
Mercy Volunteers serve in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, South America. Volunteers serve for one year in an International placement with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Mercy Volunteer Corps has four service sites in Guyana. International volunteers can choose to serve at one or two of the sites. It is helpful for the applicants to have an openness to serving where the need is greatest. Placement at a particular site is based on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the site. Volunteers begin with a collaborative cross-cultural orientation in late July prior to the Mercy Volunteer Corps Orientation in August. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The priority deadline for applications is January 18th and the final deadline is March 1st. After screening, applicants for international placement will be phone interviewed and then travel for a personal interview as part of a discernment weekend. The weekend provides a prayerful retreat setting where candidates can share together in discerning their call to international service. Discernment Weekend will be held March 22-24, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. Get more info here: https://www.mercyvolunteers.org/volunteer/international-program/