Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) is a full-time lay volunteer program that offers placement and support for a full year of service work in the continental U.S. and Guyana, South America. We invite women and men to compassionate service with people who are economically poor or marginalized in our society. MVC calls volunteers to service characterized by mutuality, respect, and compassion. Rather than “giving to, and doing for,” service with MVC is about the mutual empowerment of volunteers and clients, both giving and receiving, and advocating with instead of for the people they encounter daily in their service. Volunteers have the opportunity to embrace service, a simple lifestyle in community, and personal and communal spiritual growth. Mercy Volunteers receive housing, medical insurance, transportation, food and personal stipends, professional development, retreat opportunities, and are eligible for student loan deferment. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.mercyvolunteers.org Priority is given to all applications received by January 18. Our general U.S. deadline, and final international deadline, is March 1. We may continue accepting applicants for our U.S. program through the end of May if positions are still available. We encourage that applications be submitted as close to the priority deadline as possible. As we accept applications on a rolling basis, there are more options for placement the earlier you apply.