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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 are dedicated to creating leaders committed to faith in action. Through community-based programming and retreats, along with 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 races, classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, languages, and physical abilities.
Our application timeline and some ways to prepare are listed below, otherwise, check out the following pages for additional information:
Connect with a JVC recruiter
JVC looks forward to learning more about you and how you might thrive as a Jesuit Volunteer. To see when we’ll be on your campus or when you can connect with us online, please visit our contact a recruiter page.
Reflect on the decision to serve
As you reflect and consider your future as a Jesuit Volunteer, you’re engaging in a process the Jesuits call “discernment.” Learn more about discernment here:
Submit your online application
For your application, you will need to submit unofficial transcripts, a resume, several short answer essays, and references from a supervisor and someone who can speak to your commitment to JVC values. Create your account through our application portal starting on October 15, 2018. Check back then!
Priority deadline is January 25, 2019
This is the ONLY deadline for our 2-year placement sites abroad or in South Dakota, as well as for those seeking RJV Hurley Fund awards. Applicants for 1-year placement sites are encouraged to apply by this date to be eligible for the full set of placement options.
Rolling applications (limited; US only) until May 10, 2019
Remaining applications for 1-year domestic placements ONLY will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until May 10, 2019.
Screening Interviews: January 26 – February 8, 2019
All applicants will participate in an initial screening interview by a former Jesuit Volunteer.
Group Conversations: February 7-13, 2019
Those who advance past the screening round will be invited to participate in group conversations to meet other applicants and further explore the mission and values of JVC.
Applicants who successfully complete the screening and discernment process will receive a conditional acceptance to JVC, pending a successful match with a placement site.
Surveys and Matching: February 14-26:
Applicants to 1-year placements submit information about skills, interests, and preferences for their year of service. JVC will use that information to provide each applicant with a list of potential placements, from which each applicant will select 2-3 placements for interviews.
Applicants to 2-year placements attend a second group conversation on cross-cultural service prior to filling out surveys about skills, interests, and preferences for service.
Placement Interviews: Early March
Applicants to 1-year placements will interview with their 2-3 selected agencies. Agencies and applicants will provide feedback to JVC.
Applicants to 2-year placements will interview with JVC staff to determine fit among international and South Dakota placements.
Placement Offers: Late March
JVC will make placement offers and RJV Hurley Fund award notifications to successful priority round applicants on March 22 (for 1-year applicants) and by April 5 (for 2-year applicants). Successful 1-year applicants will commit to JVC by March 26and 2-year applicants in early April.
Incoming volunteers from the priority round will complete a series of onboarding tasks during April and May. In early June, they will be introduced to their new community members and meet their JVC staff. By orientation in August, JVs will have everything they need to begin their term of service.
All Jesuit Volunteers are responsible for travel to Orientation. JVC will cover all costs of travel and lodging from Orientation to each volunteer’s city of service. After arriving in their cities of service, volunteers receive a local orientation from JVC staff and former volunteers. The first day of full-time service will begin shortly afterward in mid-August.
Established through the generous support of Drs. John and Mary Ann Hurley in honor of their children’s life-changing JVC experience, the RJV Hurley Fund provides financial support to incoming volunteers for whom financial realities would otherwise prohibit a year or two of service.
Once applicants are conditionally accepted to JVC, they will have the opportunity to apply for the RJV Hurley Fund through the online application portal. Applicants who receive an award will be notified when they are offered a placement with an agency partner.
Each Hurley Fund recipient receives up to $3,000 to mitigate barriers to joining or continuing on as a Jesuit Volunteer. For more information on the selection criteria and uses of the Fund, please head to the Hurley Fund page here:
After completing your application, JVC will review your materials and may invite you to an interview with a former Jesuit Volunteer or a member of the JVC Admissions team. In order to prepare for this initial interview with JVC, it’s important to come prepared to discuss your motivation for wanting to commit to JVC, as well as aspects of your application. As with other interviews and processes of discernment, you can also prepare by doing the following:
1. Practice talking about JVC with someone you’re close to
Grab coffee with a friend who might not know about JVC. Try explaining to them why you would like to do vital service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. When they ask questions about the program, it may reveal some questions you still have about your level of interest, and the types of questions you should bring to your interview.
2. Talk to a recruiter
Discussing some of your more general questions about the program with a recruiter before entering into your interview with admissions could be useful to you in your discernment process. It could also help relieve any of the jitters or more general concerns you might have about JVC and its program structure.
3. Read over your application…again
Look over and review your application materials. Think through your primary motivations for wanting to do JVC, about your commitment to justice, and your readiness to live in an intentional community. Have any of your responses to the application questions shifted in the last few days or weeks?
4.Read about us
Look around the website, read some blog posts about the program and follow us on social media to gain a better understanding of what the values and mission of JVC look like in action.
After your initial interview, you will receive an invitation to attend a discernment conversation with a group of prospective volunteers and JVC Staff. Discernment conversations are a space for deep reflection about your motives for joining the corps, considering ways in which your day-to-day lifestyle might shift by choosing a year or two of service, and the realities of being a JV.
As you reflect on whether or not JVC is a match for you, here are some things to consider:
1. Your commitment to vital service
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. Volunteers serve full-time at one of 200 partner agencies across the world.
What are some of the reasons why you feel called to serve?
2. Your commitment to exploring your faith and spirituality
Jesuit Volunteers commit to weekly spirituality nights with their community where they think critically about their beliefs, the beliefs of those they serve and the intersections of faith and justice.
What does your faith background look like? What are some of the questions you have about faith that you hope to explore more fully while in community? How open are you to talking about your faith and spirituality?
3. Your commitment to living modestly and focusing on building relationships over materialism
Jesuit Volunteers commit to leading a simple lifestyle. This includes spending time with others in an intentional way that invites in both authenticity and vulnerability with the hope of deepening connection to self and others. Additionally, this includes volunteers spending within their monthly stipend monies in a gesture of solidarity with those they serve, and minimizing use of technology in an effort to remain present to those in your JV community.
What do you notice coming up for you in thinking about living within a stipend? Do you have any concerns about detachment from technology? How might life in an intentional community be challenging for you?
During the Discernment Conversation, you will enter into small groups to share your reflections, consider other perspectives, ask some new questions about realities of being a JV, and what it means to live in an intentional community and program expectations.
What questions do you have that you might bring to this space? How can your questions generate conversation around committing to the program for both yourself and others?
Take a moment to sit in silence. To invite God into this very moment. To sit with all you have heard, experienced, and felt throughout your discernment.
Pay attention to your body, what is happening inside you in this moment? Is it question, doubt, or hesitation? Is it excitement, energy, or fulfillment? Is it a combination?
Part of discernment is asking questions:
What questions am I sitting with?
What questions am I scared to ask myself?
What questions am I hesitant to ask JVC staff?
What questions do I need to have answered to make an informed decision?
What questions am I comfortable with remaining unanswered?
… and why?
Imagine that you are a JV:
What aspects (of the JVC experience) am I excited to say ‘yes’ to?
What aspects (of the JVC experience) bring me hesitation?
What does this mean for my discernment?
How can you continue to engage in my discernment process after having completed the application process (written application, interviews, surveys, discernment conversations)?
As with any job interview, during a JVC agency interview it is appropriate to ask questions about the agency and the position where you may serve. You should make sure that any concerns you have about serving at this agency are addressed now rather than two months into the job. The questions below are meant as thought starters and you should change and/or supplement them in a way that will allow you to feel comfortable accepting a position. Each JV position has a full job description and it can provide valuable insight into the day-to-day work.
Understanding the Agency
1. How long has your agency had a Jesuit Volunteer? What has worked well and/or been a challenge in the partnership between your agency and JVC? If this is the agency’s first year, what made you decide to request a volunteer?
2. How long has your agency been in your current location? Can you tell me more about the city/neighborhood of the agency? What is it like to live in? What are key strengths and justice issues of the city?
3. Describe the clients/guests you serve. How do the demographics of your clients represent the city/community in which you are located? How are they selected/chosen?
4. How many employees/volunteers does your agency have? How many locations make up the organization?
5. What is the most enjoyable thing about working for this organization?
6. What is the biggest challenge facing this organization? What is being done to address the challenge? What role, if any, would I be asked to play in assisting with the challenge?
Understanding the Job
1. Could you walk me through what a typical day might look like for someone in this position?
2. How do you approach supervision (hands-off, lots of direction, mentorship, etc.)? Will you be my day-to-day supervisor? What happens when you are out of the office?
3. What kind of training do you provide for this position?
4. Describe how you will evaluate my performance, including the measures/standards used in the evaluation process. Who will be doing the evaluation? How often will I receive feedback?
5. Could you describe the type of person who has been successful in this position? And the type of person who has not been as successful or fulfilled in this position?
6. Would there be others at the agency in a similar position to mine? What happens formally and informally to encourage co-workers to support each other?
7. How much opportunity for decision-making will I have in my first week/month on the job?
8. Can you describe your ideal candidate?
9. I am really interested in (type of work/ministry, population, setting, justice issue), but have not yet had as much opportunity for practical experience in it. How will the position you are offering help me in getting experience?
10. I’ve done weekly/monthly/a week immersion trip in this type of service – what do you think I might encounter that is similar and different in doing it as full-time service?
11. How much contact will I be having with people outside of the organization (e.g. students, parents, vendors, clients, etc.)? What kind of support do you provide a new employee during this type of outreach in terms of contacts and communications skills?
Starting as a new hire
1. If I were to be selected, what are some things I could do in advance of starting work to prepare for this position?
2. I am really interested in (type of work/ministry, population, setting, justice issue), but have not yet had as much opportunity for practical experience in it; what would you suggest I read/do/explore between now and August to be better prepared?
3. Are there opportunities on the job training? Additional education about justice issues?
4. Describe for me what my first day would be like. When would I start? Who would I meet? What would I need to bring?
5. (Only after asking a number of work-related questions feel free to ask): Can you tell me a bit about dress code, holidays/shutdowns, office environment, typical work hours, etc.?
Read the JVC Placement Offer and answer the following questions. Consider making marks/notes/comments/images directly on the Placement Offer. This is a document to own and reflect on throughout your time with JVC. This will not be seen by anyone other than you and/or whomever you wish to share it with. Questions to ask yourself include:
1. What were my initial reactions to the JVC Placement Offer when I first read it? What is my reaction to it after reading through several times and/or sitting with it for a bit? Has anything changed?
2. What aspect(s) of the JVC Placement Offer is/are particularly exciting?
3. What aspect(s) of the JVC Placement Offer is/are particularly challenging?
4. How do I hope a commitment to the Placement Offer will help me grow?
5. What values in the JVC Placement Offer do I feel I understand the most? The least?
6. What expectations do I have regarding how the values will be lived out?
7. What questions do I have about the JVC Placement Offer? What questions do I need answers to for my discernment? What would I like to ask JVC staff? a former Jesuit Volunteer? What questions don’t actually need answers (right now)?
We encourage you to spend time in your discernment of next steps considering:
-Am I able to commit to the JVC Placement Offer as it is stated?
-To what aspects of the opportunity am I most attracted? Am I willing to engage openly with the other aspects?
-What are my reasons for being ’here’ today? Do these reasons match with a call to commit enthusiastically to this Placement Offer?
What should I bring to JVC?
JV houses are fully furnished homes and will already contain things like books, games, cookware, etc. Please be mindful of the climate in the city you are serving during your term of service. If you are heading somewhere warm, prepare accordingly. And vice versa, if this is your first winter somewhere that gets inches of snow each year, please bring a winter-appropriate coat.
Upon acceptance into the program, all volunteers serving internationally will receive a more country-specific list of items to pack prior to travel.
Once you arrive in your service city, you can have friends or family ship additional items to you if deem this absolutely necessary. DO NOT ship additional items before you arrive in your city of service.
Below is a general list of items to bring with you for your term of service with JVC:
-T-Shirt from your alma mater, we’ll be taking photos at Orientation!
-Work clothes (enough for two weeks): It would be helpful to check in with your supervisor over the summer about appropriate work attire so you know what to pack.
-Casual clothing (enough for two weeks) and footwear suitable for different types of weather, e.g. rain jacket and sweatshirts
-Toiletries (one month’s supply): Note that the bathrooms at Orientation and future retreats will likely be common/shared bathrooms.
-In an effort to promote greater equity within the organization, Jesuit Volunteer Corps is thrilled to offer free menstrual products (we currently offer: pads, tampons non-applicator, tampons with applicator) to all its JVs and staff through a partnership with Aunt Flow, thus reducing the need for our menstruating volunteers to spend 20% or more of their monthly stipends on these essential products. Please leave room to pack these items in your Orientation bags.
-Backpack/small duffle bag for weekend/retreat travel. Once you arrive in your service city, you can have friends or family ship additional items to you if necessary. Do not ship additional items before you arrive in your city, as they may end up sitting in front of an empty house.
Some Other Items You’ll Likely Need During JVC
-Travel mug and/or water bottle (to limit our use of paper products)
-Cloth napkin to use for future retreats
-Watch and alarm clock
-Journal (if you don’t have one, JVC is a great time to start!).
-Musical instrument, if you play.
-One nice/formal outfit to wear during Orientation and for various events you will attend throughout the year.