Affiliation:Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco), Roman Catholic
Goal of Program:VIDES+USA volunteer missioners and sponsors accompany especially marginalized and at-risk youth and women to provide for themselves. As they share life in Christ, they promote education, development, social justice, and solidarity. They learn the value of generosity in giving of themselves and incorporating spirituality into the rhythm of everyday living. VIDES Volunteer Missioners serve together with members of the Salesian Family (Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Cooperators, etc.) VIDES+USA, VIDES East USA (part of VIDES+USA) and 65 other country sites are members of VIDES International. Each country site deals specifically with members and volunteers who are citizens or residents of its own country. Volunteers of the different countries can serve either in their own nation or internationally.
Type of Placement:A variety of educational, development, and outreach services are offered benefiting especially children, young adults, and women. These services include religious education, teaching on all levels, youth ministry, social services, child care, migrant worker ministry, communications and public relations, health care services in some mission sites, secretarial and office work, fund-raising and grant writing, and other youth or women promotion related projects.
Service Area:International: Africa, North, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. National: California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.
Service Length:Two months to two years.
Requirements:Male or female; 21 to 35 years of age; single, married couples and families are accepted but only where living accommodations are available; Catholic and non-Catholics open to religious community living; conversational knowledge of the language spoken within the community; two to five week formation/service camp (usually in winter or summer); experience in the desired area of service is preferred; participation in a re-entry workshop. VIDES volunteers must have a great love for children and young adults; be open to living in a religious community, to cultural differences within the larger local community; be flexible in meeting daily challenges, generous in giving of themselves and have a cheerful outlook on life. VIDES+USA volunteers need to be U.S. citizens or residents. If volunteers are from another country, we will direct them to apply through one of our other international offices.
Financial Arrangement:VIDES provides the volunteer with basic health insurance, room and board. If needed, applicants may apply for a sponsorship to participate in the two-three week formation/service camp, otherwise a contribution is requested. Volunteers are responsible for transportation costs to and from the Formation/Service Camp and to the service site. All personal expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer. Student loan deferment or forbearance is usually possible.
Living Arrangements:In a religious community possibly with other volunteers.
Program Size:15 to 50 USA volunteers; Internationally over 2,000 volunteers in over 43 VIDES international sites.
Training:Two to five week Formation Service Camp (winter or summer) is required before national or international service. After completion of service, participation in a Re-Entry Workshop is needed to integrate the mission experience.
Application Deadline:Priority will be given to applications completed by October 1 to participate in the Winter Formation/Service Camp (FSC) or by March or April 1 to participate in the Summer FSC. Allow up to four months before initiation of service to accommodate completion of preliminary application, full application, interview, two to five week formation period and placement procedures.