There are many reasons to dedicate one or two years of your life to volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, but the most important is to learn to give of your whole self to others.
- As a JV, you are considered a full-time volunteer of the organization for which you work. Working full-time for one to two years provides professional experience that will certainly be applicable to any future path.
- After your term of service is over, you will be welcomed into a network of more than 12,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers across the world. Turn to this network as a support system or a resource when you move to a new community, need advice for grad-school essays, or want to plan a family retreat.
- Many institutions of higher learning are familiar with and respect the Jesuit Volunteer Corps experience. There are scholarships available for FJVs who seek to further their education.
Personal and Spiritual Benefits
- You receive more than you could ever give.
- Your outlook on the world will change after working and living with people from all walks of life.
- You explore your own spirituality and learn to connect with God and others in ways you never knew.
- You live in a community of supportive, like-minded people, learning what inspires and motivates you, as well as what challenges you in that context.
- By living a simplified lifestyle, you learn to recognize needs over wants, use material possessions in moderation, and focus on caring for the earth through your everyday choices. You develop skills to take with you for the rest of your life.
- You become a better version of yourself!