jesuit Volunteers listen to presentations at August 2018 Orientation
jesuit Volunteers listen to presentations at August 2018 Orientation

BECOME A JV

Jesuit Volunteers take on some of the world’s most difficult challenges in 46 communities across 6 countries. They live and work with those in need, permanently transforming themselves and the communities they serve. JVs give us an intense year or two, and we give them a sense of purpose to guide every year that follows. We cannot wait to meet you and begin your journey to JVC. Let’s get started!

 

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps encourages applications from candidates of all races, classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, languages, and physical abilities.

Initial Orientation 2018 icebreakers

APPLICATION PROCESS OVERVIEW

Priority Deadline 1: January 25
 

Priority Deadline 2: March 8
 

Final Deadline: May 10


Orientation Start Date: August 1

Step 1: Create an account

Log into our online application system. Apply by March 8 for priority consideration among our domestic placements. To be considered for the 2019-20 program year, you must submit your application (including transcripts and recommendation forms) by May 10.

Step 2: Initial Interviews

Within a week of your submitted application, you’ll interview with a former Jesuit Volunteer. This is when you’ll first tell us about your preferences (if any) for field and region of service.

If you advance beyond that interview, you’ll participate in a group conversation to meet other applicants and further explore the mission and values of JVC. Those who advance beyond the group conversation will be conditionally accepted to JVC and continue on to the agency matching process.

Step 3: Volunteer Positions Survey

Here’s where you let us know more in depth about your interest and eligibility for volunteer positions and locations. Using this information, we will offer you at least six placement sites - you’ll select your top three and interview with them.

Step 4: Placement Offer

Upon successful matching with an agency partner, you will receive a final placement offer from JVC. If you accept your offer, we’ll begin the onboarding process to prepare you for summer orientation August 1-6 in Philadelphia, PA and your time as a Jesuit Volunteer.

Orientation ice breakers between incoming Jesuit Volunteers. (2018)

APPLICATION COMPONENTS

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps application is an opportunity to showcase your commitment to our aspirational mission and our four core values.

Core Components

You'll be asked to submit (1) unofficial transcripts (for those who have attended college); (2) a resume detailing your work-life experience, competencies and skills, and (3) a personal statement that details your interest in full-time service. Please note that these components of the application are made available to potential agency placements later in our process.

Short Answer Essays

The short answer essays give you the opportunity to explain your commitment and understanding of our four core values and our mission, as well as your interest in participating in a formation program. This portion of the application is the foundation for the first-round interviews.

References

You’ll select two individuals to submit references for you: (1) someone who has supervised you in an academic, professional, or organized extracurricular setting and (2) someone who can speak to your commitment to JVC’s broader mission and values. Referrers will fill out a form that asks them to assess your behavior and interpersonal skills, how you've grown during the time they've known you, and how you respond when receiving feedback or during stressful situations.

Los Angeles JV from ita ford working on administrative tasks at their placement site. (2016)

WHERE WILL I SERVE?

With 16 types of service spread across 46 communities in 6 countries, JVC has opportunities available for every interest.  
 

We understand how important it is for our volunteers to serve in a location and type of service that matches their interests and priorities. Nearly all of our admitted applicants receive offers within their top region and preferred type of service.

 

Interested in a certain city or type of role? Let us know and we’ll try our best to accommodate your request.

 

Here's how you'll tell us your preferences:

Application materials: Your short essay answers and cover letter let us know more about who you are and what’s important to you. Here’s where you can first tell us about a field or type of service in which you’re passionate or interested.  

First round interview: During your initial interview, a former Jesuit Volunteer will ask you more about your background and interests to help narrow down potential types of service should you be conditionally accepted into JVC. If you’re interested in serving in a potential region or city, you can also let them know here. 

Community and placement survey: After participating in a first-round interview and a follow-up discernment conversation, you will complete a community and placement survey to formally tell us where and how you’d like to serve. We’ll use this survey, as well as information provided in previous conversations, to match you with up to 6-8 potential placements that reflect your preferences for geography and type of service.  

Placement interviews: From our list of 6-8 roles, you’ll choose your top three options with which to interview. If you and an agency both agree that it’s a fit, we’ll formally offer you a position with them.  

Jesuit Volunteer community photograph at retreat

AFTER ACCEPTANCE

Now the fun begins! As soon as you accept your JVC placement offer, you’ll work with our admissions and programs teams to prepare for orientation and your term of service.

Meeting your Community

In early June, you’ll be introduced to their new community members and meet the JVC staff. By orientation in August, you will have everything you need to begin your term of service.

Orientation

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 your city of service, you'll receive a local orientation from JVC staff and former volunteers. The first day of full-time service will begin shortly afterward in mid-August.

Placement Site Training

Each placement site varies in the level of training required for the Jesuit Volunteer to perform their day-to-day responsibilities. In instances where training is mandatory due to the laws in that state, there may be additional certifications, online courses or proficiency exams that you would complete prior to or upon arrival to your city of service.

International Jesuit Volunteer Program 2016 visit

THE JV EXPERIENCE

JVC provides Jesuit Volunteers with the tools and resources they need to perform vital service. All Jesuit Volunteers receive housing, food, a modest monthly personal stipend, health insurance (if unavailable elsewhere), transportation, menstrual products, and a relocation stipend at the end of their term of service.

 

To learn more about the Jesuit Volunteer experience browse the links below:

INTERVIEW PREPARATION

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps interview and placement process is one of mutual discernment and reflection.

Throughout the interview process applicants will be asked to consider their commitment to the JVC program, as well as its mission and values. Prior to an interview, all potential Jesuit Volunteers are asked to familiarize themselves with JVC’s four values and review the materials listed below.  

Jesuit Volunteer at Homeboy Industries performing vital service with a client. (2010)

admissions

How to Prepare for Your JVC Interview

Katie Gosen (Hartford 2009) serving food at JV placement site.

admissions

How to Prepare for Your JVC Discernment Conversation

Chelsea Mulvey and her ballet students from Colegio Miguel Pro performed with the school's orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jesuits' arrival in Tacna.  (2009)

admissions

How to Prepare for Agency Interviews

JVC Commissioning Mass blessing by JVC Staff during Orientation in California. (2017)

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How to Discern Your Placement Offer

Jesuit Volunteer serving in Los Angeles (2015-16) in their role as a classroom teacher.

ADDITIONAL YEAR JESUIT VOLUNTEERS

The (AY) Formation Program gives current Jesuit Volunteers and JVC Northwest Volunteers the opportunity to continue living in community while working for peace and justice. By serving another one or two years as a JV, AY participants delve deeper into the four values and further discern how to pursue justice in their future careers and communities. Applicants are welcome to apply to either domestic or international placement options.

Applying for an additional term

Application Contents: You will need to submit an AY-specific application. This will include submitting short essays, as well as five new references: agency administrator or supervisor, two community members, a support person/local formation team member, and your PC or ICC.

Creating a new application: Create a new application at https://jvc.smapply.io. From there, you will be directed to an eligibility quiz. Please answer the following questions accordingly:

“Have you previously applied to JVC?” Please select “Yes,” and input your status as “Accepted, Current Jesuit Volunteer”

“Have you completed, or are you in the process of completing, another faith-based service year program?” Please select “Yes,” and select “Jesuit Volunteer Corps” or “Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest”

Based on these answers, you will be directed to the application for Additional Year volunteers. Please continue with the remainder of the application.

Deadline: Volunteers applying for international placements or a second year at their current placements must submit their applications by Friday, February 1, 2019. Those seeking a different, domestic placement can apply on a rolling basis through May 10, 2019. However, you are encouraged to apply by the AY priority deadline (February 1, 2019) to be eligible for the full set of placement options.

Status of your application: All applicants who submit by the February 1st deadline will know their acceptance status and placement site by the end of March/early April. Others will be notified on a rolling basis.

Your Coordinator’s Role in the Process

As the JVC staff member who has had the most interaction with you, your Program Coordinator or In-City Coordinator plays an important role.

You are required to have a discernment conversation with your PC/ICC before applying for your additional year. This is an opportunity for you to reflect and to share your motivations for an Additional Year, as well as to identify areas of growth. You will also be required to have your PC/ICC complete a reference form. Your PC/ICC’s input is significant, but not the only factor in determining your status as an AY.

Jesuit Volunteer Community

It may be possible to remain in your community but switch placement sites. We ask AY applicants to practice apostolic availability and to consider the needs of our agency partners during the selection and placement process.

As a Jesuit Volunteer, you are expected to complete your year of service according to the dates in the program agreement. JVs who commit to an additional year will work with their agency supervisor and Coordinator to determine the appropriate transition to the next program term and ensure you are both prepared and present for Orientation.