While many people may view a full-time service program as “time off,” at JVC, we see it as “time on” for the following reasons:
Professional full-time work experience
Jesuit Volunteers are working professionals, not just volunteers, and are treated as full-time staff at their placement agencies. A placement with JVC provides valuable professional hands-on experience at nonprofit agencies, schools, medical clinics, and legal offices. Jesuit Volunteers are supervised by professionals in their field of work.
This full-time work experience provides JVs with opportunities to learn and grow, and develop. JVs learn the ins-and-outs of the workplace. They have to request vacation and sick time, abide by organizational policies, and attend staff meetings just like any other employee.
JVC has strong relationships with all of the placement sites. Being designated as an employee better allows for thorough training and orientation, honest feedback from supervisors, and continual professional development. It also creates opportunities for JVs to build connections with supervisors and colleagues for future references and networking.
Throughout the year, Jesuit Volunteers participate in retreats, gaining helpful knowledge and practical tools to use in their work and communities. This time is also for reflecting and growing spiritually, and relaxing, away from the rush of the world, with the larger community of JVs.
Opportunities to pray, talk, and learn within the JV community offers a tremendous platform for spiritual formation throughout the service term and beyond.
.JVC is one of the nation’s oldest and most established full-time service programs. The program model ensures that Jesuit Volunteers have ample sources of support for the whole person. Opportunities to seek support and guidance from a wide network are available both during a service term and for years after.
Peer support: JVs live in community with three to eight of their peers. The intentional community helps support and challenge each individual, teaching all how to live and grow together.
Local support: JVC provides a local support team for all communities. These are individuals (Former JVs, Jesuits, etc.) who live outside of the community that offer support and comfort as needed.
Staff support: A program coordinator is assigned to each community. this staff person is there to listen and advise, mediate challenges that arise in community or work, and guide you through your JVC experience. The PC visits the JV community and work sites, conducts telephone check-ins, and helps facilitate JV retreats.
Former Jesuit Volunteer support: The network of more than 13,000 FJVs provides informal support in communities across the country and around the world. FJVs visit JVs, share meals, present at retreats, help recruit at local universities, make financial contributions, and so much more. The FJV network crosses many professional, spiritual, and community networks.
One of the greatest benefits of becoming a JV is our expansive network of current and former JVs, supporters, and partner agencies. With Former Jesuit Volunteer chapters forming across the country, no matter where FJVs move, they’re never far away from others.
FJVs provide a strong professional network, sharing job openings, referring other FJVs for work, and opening the doors in a wide-range of industries.
FJVs also have access to special academic and scholarship opportunities.