VIDES+USA

Goal of Program

VIDES+USA volunteer missioners accompany especially marginalized and at-risk youth and women to become productive members of society. 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 is part of VIDES International, the lay volunteer program sponsored by the Salesian Sisters in 42 countries throughout the world.

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, Oregon and Texas.

Service Length

Two months to two years.

Program Size

15 to 50 USA volunteers; Internationally over 2,000 volunteers in over 42 VIDES international sites.

Requirements

21-50 years of age; conversational knowledge of the language spoken in the country; love for youth and young adults; open to living in a religious community; U.S. citizen or resident

Financial Arrangements

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.

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 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.

Start Date

Ongoing

Contact:

Sr. Sydney Moss

Address

6019 Buena Vista Street
San Antonio, TX 78237
Phone: 323 603-9792

Email:

[email protected]

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Additional Contacts

Sr. Denise Sickinger, FSM
655 Belmont Ave.
Haledon, NJ 07508
Phone: 973 851-7422
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Affiliation

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco), Roman Catholic

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