Admissions Tip # 2: Be sure to identify your strengths

One of our tips is to consider what your strengths are and think of some solid experiences you’ve had where that strength can flourish.
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Admissions Tip # 2: Be sure to identify your strengths

Are you thinking about applying, but not quite there yet? Our second tip is to consider what your strengths are, and then hone in on how they apply to our mission and our values here at JVC! Bonus points if you can think of some solid experiences you’ve had (or would like to have) where those strength of yours can or would flourish. Thinking about this in advance is helpful for us during the admissions process, because it allows us to envision you in a particular placement site that plays toward those strengths.

In a countercultural lifestyle like JVC, here are some things we look for in our applicants that you can start to think about!  

Strength #1: Flexible

At times, you may find yourself at your work placement doing something unexpected or new. As a JV, you may need to go with the flow to help your placement site achieve its mission. We at JVC see this as an opportunity to learn new things about yourself!

Strength #2: Team player

As a Jesuit Volunteer, you will live with other volunteers in the program, share a community house, and live on a communal budget. You will need to interact respectfully and in an inclusive way with your community mates. This may mean you won’t always get to eat crunchy peanut butter if you’re entire house prefers to purchase smooth peanut butter at the grocery store.  

Strength #3: Communicative

You’ll find that JVC consists of an entire network of people that you’ll speak to often. This might include community members, clients at work and a local formation team who reside locally and are there to support you through your transformative experience. This could also include other folks, like the local Jesuit province, former volunteers or JVC staff who like to learn more about how you’re doing. The ability to engage in thoughtful and intentional conversation with the JVC community is both an opportunity to make meaningful connections and a necessary part of the program. 

These are just three things we look for in applicants who apply for our program. If you’re interested in learning more about these traits or situations where they might play out please schedule a call with us or send us an email at admissions@jesuitvolunteers.org so we can help you in your discernment process!


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In a culture that values what people have over what they give, JVC is an opportunity to commit to the dignity and well being of others and let faith ignite in action.

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