Is JVC a good match for you?



Learn more about JVC today by speaking with a recruiter. 

Jesuit Volunteer Corps is a 1-2 yearlong service program located in 48 different volunteer communities across 6 countries.  

We have been around for 40 years and we are dedicated to creating leaders committed to faith in action. Through our community-based programming and retreats, along with our local accompaniment of Jesuit Volunteers by alumni, staff and community members, JVC supports its volunteers as they serve marginalized communities at over 200 organizations across the world.  
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps encourages applications from candidates of all ages, races, classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, languages, and physical abilities.

For questions about recruitment for Fall 2018, please email Rob Roa at  

Program duration

All volunteers attend a mandatory Orientation: Late July/early August

Term of service dates 

1-year service commitment: August 2019 to July 2020
2-year service commitment in Belize and Micronesia: July 2019 to June 2021
2-year service commitment in Tanzania, Chile, Peru: December 2019 - November 202

Program structure 

Jesuit Volunteer Corps is an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself.  
Our four values of spirituality, community, simple lifestyle and social justice all help guide the way for volunteers who commit to our program.  

Each volunteer has a modest monthly stipend, the option to opt-in to our health insurance, a shared community grocery budget and at minimum 10 days off (not including JVC retreats). Upon completion of the program, volunteers enter a community of over 10,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers. Or whom we at JVC refer to as “FJVs,” or alumni of our program.  

FJVs utilize our graduate school partnerships to receive discounted tuition, join local online chapters, network with one another and share resources.   

Remember: you’re not alone. 
All Jesuit Volunteers live in an intentional community with fellow volunteers of the program.  In community, you’re expected to participate in weekly meetings to discuss things like the injustices you bear witness to as you provide vital service at your placement site.  
JVC offers both local and national support. 
In addition to having JV community members, there is a local support team on the ground to help facilitate tough conversations about the four values; and coordinators that are there to check-in about any ongoing struggles in community, or difficulties you may be facing at your placement site.  

There are many different types of service. 
Our volunteers are serving at legal clinics, homeless shelters, schools, healthcare centers and more. We consider the process of committing to JVC a process of discernment. By the time an applicant makes it to our matching process, we are paying close attention to what type of growth areas they might be looking for as a volunteer in our program. Additionally, the demographics they’re interested in serving as a Jesuit Volunteer.   


  • 21–35 years old 
  • Unmarried with no dependents 
  • Some but not all placements require our volunteers to be either graduates of college (undergraduate degree or higher) or have the equivalent work/life experience 
  • A permanent resident of the United States 
  • Available for the full term of service 

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Non-Discrimination Policy  

JVC does not discriminate in program admission based on race, color, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.  

JVC is founded and rooted in the tradition of the Society of Jesus. The program has a distinct Roman Catholic heritage, which all applicants will understand is the spiritual foundation of JVC. Yet, individuals of all faith perspectives are welcome and encouraged to apply.  

JVC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities as long as the accommodation does not impose undue hardship on JVC or the partner agencies. This policy governs all aspects of the program including selection, placement assignment, compensation and access to benefits and training.  

Discrimination on the part of fellow JVC members will not be tolerated. Anyone found to be engaging in any unlawful or harassing discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the program.  

JVC makes every effort to ensure that its placement agencies have similar non-discrimination policies. If the agency partner is found to be engaging in discriminatory activities, removal of current member(s) (and denial of future volunteers at that agency) can result.   

Any volunteer with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination should bring these issues to the attention of the JVC program leadership.