Life as a Jesuit Volunteer

Learn more about the Jesuit Volunteer Lifestyle

By becoming a Jesuit Volunteer (JV), you are committing to live and serve those in need through vital service. Jesuit Volunteers live in one of 48 intentional volunteer communities across six countries with anywhere from three to eight other Jesuit Volunteers in our program. You will have the opportunity to develop and grow your strengths personally, professionally, or spiritually through your participation in our formation program.

JVC deepens your capacity to face new and uncomfortable challenges. It transforms the way you approach building relationships and enacting change in your communities. And gives you the inspiration and the knowledge to then go out and lead lives of purpose for every year that follows. After the corps, you will join over 10,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers (FJVs) in creating a more just and hopeful world.

Read more below about the program duration, our four values and the cities and agencies we place our volunteers.

Program structure 

Program Duration

Orientation and retreats
All volunteers attend a mandatory Orientation in late July/early August, as well as additional retreats throughout their term of service.

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 2021

Four Values

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.  

Remember: you’re not alone. 
All Jesuit Volunteers live in an intentional community with fellow volunteers. In community, volunteers share the joys and challenges of their service experiences, learn from and encourage growth in each other, and discuss the injustices they encounter throughout their terms of service.

There are many different types of service. 
Volunteers serve at legal clinics, homeless shelters, schools, healthcare centers and more. 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.

For more information about the different types of service, view the section on this page titled “Types of Service You Can Do” below.


Stipend, Healthcare, Housing
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).

Menstrual products
In an effort to promote greater equity within the organization, Jesuit Volunteer Corps is thrilled to offer free menstrual products to all Jesuit Volunteers 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.

After the Corps
Upon completion of the program, volunteers enter a community of over 10,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers, w FJVs utilize our graduate school partnerships to receive discounted tuition, join local online chapters, network with one another and share resources.   

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Volunteer Support

JVC offers both local and national support.
In addition to their community members, volunteers can rely on local support teams on the ground to help facilitate tough conversations, as well as staff coordinators that can provide quick solutions to issues as they arise.

Apostolate Group Spaces
Jesuit Volunteers perform vital service in 16 core fields, accompanying poor and marginalized communities as they seek critical services, pastoral ministry, and quality education. JVC has created ongoing spaces for volunteers in each of these fields to support and learn from each other throughout their terms of service. Through collaboration and open discussion over the challenges and blessings of working in their fields, JVs are better positioned to provide high quality and responsive support to the communities who rely on them.

Affinity Group Spaces
JVC recognizes that volunteers with marginalized and underrepresented identities may need an intentional space to further process and hold conversations related to social justice, race, gender, and sexuality. All volunteers who identify as people of color and/or LGBTQ+ individuals are invited to join staff-facilitated affinity groups during orientation and future retreats. JVC continues to offer this intentional space to volunteers via a virtual platform on a monthly basis throughout the JV experience.

Where We Serve

Types of Service

Addiction Recovery

St Mary’s Center in Berkley/Oakland

Open Door Mission in Houston

Back On My Feet LA in Los Angeles

Back On My Feet NYC in New York City

Bethesda Project in Philadelphia

The Opportunity Alliance in Portland

Friendship House Association of American Indians in San Francisco

Recovery Cafe San Jose in San Jose

St. Patrick Center in St. Louis

Children and Youth Services

Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin

Native American Health Center, Inc. in Berkley/Oakland

Hopeworks ‘N Camden in Camden

Covenant House in Chicago

Girls in the Game in Chicago

Arrupe at Saint Ignatius School in Cleveland

Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland

Racquet Up Detroit in Detroit

Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles

My Friend’s Place in Los Angeles

Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville

Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans

NJ LEEP in Newark

Providence Center in Philadelphia

Mustard Seed School, Sacramento Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento

San Diego Youth Services in San Diego

St. Francis Mission in St. Francis

Lift For Life Academy in St. Louis

Pio Decimo Center in Tucson

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Twin Cities

Don Bosco Cristo Rey in Washington DC

Playworks New England in Boston

Westside Children’s Center in Los Angeles

Oasis Center in Nashville

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County in Syracuse

Community Development

ACE Leadership High School in Albuquerque

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly in Chicago

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives in Detroit

The Center at Blessed Sacrament in Los Angeles

Proyecto Pastoral in Los Angeles

BronxWorks in New York City

TLCS, INC in Sacramento

Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose

Hand in Hand Ministries in Belize City

Hogar de Cristo in Santiago

Tenants & Neighbors in New York City

Fair Share Northgate II in Camden

Developmental/Physical Disabilities

UCP of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland

Youth Challenge in Cleveland

L’Arche Mobile in Mobile

STRIVE in Portland

Respite Care of San Antonio in San Antonio

St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton

L’Arche Syracuse in Syracuse


Catholic Charities Atlanta in Atlanta

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School in Atlanta

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore

Loyola Early Learning Center in Baltimore

Civicorps in Berkley/Oakland

Casserly House in Boston

St. Stephen’s Youth Programs in Boston

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School in Camden

Margret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center in Camden

Detroit Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Detroit

Gesu Catholic School in Detroit

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston in Houston

Donnelly College in Kansas City

Dolores Mission School in Los Angeles

Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles

Verbum Dei Jesuit High School in Los Angeles

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee in Milwaukee

Room In The Inn in Nashville

Advocates for Children of New York in New York City

Brooklyn Jesuit Prep in New York City

Link Community Charter School in Newark

NJ LEEP in Newark

Saint Matthew School in Phoenix

Mustard Seed School, Sacramento Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento

St. HOPE Public Schools in Sacramento

Waking the Village in Sacramento

St. Mary Magdalen School in San Antonio

Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego

St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco

Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School in San Jose

Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose

St. Francis Mission in St. Francis

City Garden Montessori Charter School in St. Louis

De La Salle, Inc. in St. Louis

Belize Central Prison in Belize City

Akoyikoyi School in Chuuk

Xavier High School in Chuuk

Our Lady of Mercy in Pohnpei

Pohnpei Catholic School in Pohnpei

Loyola High School in Dar Es Salaam

Gonzaga Primary School in Dar Es Salaam

St. Peter Claver High School in Dodoma

Fe y Alegria – San Ignacio de Loyola in Andahuaylillas

Parroquia San Pedro Apostol in Andahuaylillas

Fe y Alegria in Tacna

Colegio Cristo Rey in Tacna

Instituto Educacional Miguel Pro in Tacna

St. Procopius School in Chicago

Mercy Education Project in Detroit

St. Ignatius School in New York City

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Tucson


St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore in Baltimore

Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee in Milwaukee

MAIC-The Neighbor Center in Mobile

Project Return in Nashville

St. Joseph the Worker in Phoenix

Small Sums in Twin Cities

Covenant House NJ in Newark

Center for Community Alternatives in Syracuse

Environmental Stewardship

Greater Newark Conservancy in Newark

Health Care and Services

Casa de Salud in Albuquerque

Native American Health Center, Inc. in Berkley/Oakland

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in Boston

Home Base in Boston

Neighborhood Family Practice in Cleveland

KC Care Clinic in Kansas City

Aurora Walkers Point Community Clinic in Milwaukee

Bread of Healing Clinic in Milwaukee

Native American Health Center, Inc. in San Francisco

United Neighborhood Centers in Scranton

Joseph’s House in Washington DC

St. Martin’s Hope Works in Albuquerque

Trinity Health Mercy Primary Care Center (MPCC) in Detroit

Franklin Primary Health Center in Mobile

St. Vincent de Paul Medical & Dental Clinic in Phoenix

Respite Care of San Antonio in San Antonio

Housing and Social Services

Community & Home Supports in Detroit

Pathways to Housing DC in Washington DC

The Father McKenna Center in Washington DC

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly in Chicago

West Side Catholic Center in Cleveland

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Houston

On Lok Day Services 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco

Catholic Community Services Kolbe Society in Tucson

Housing Development

Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin

Interfaith Housing Development Corporation in Chicago

Breaking Ground in New York City

Make the Road New York in New York City

New Jersey Community Capital in Newark

South Bay Community Services in San Diego

Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco

Community Home Repair Arizona in Tucson

Hunger Relief

Part of the Solution in New York City

Preble Street in Portland

Catholic Parish Outreach (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh) in Raleigh

Oak City Cares- Catholic Charities of Raleigh in Raleigh

Sacramento Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of S.A., Inc in San Antonio

Friends of the Poor in Scranton

AIDS Community Resources, Inc. dba ACR Health in Syracuse

Samaritan Center in Syracuse

Georgetown University in Washington DC

Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington DC

Top Box Foods in Chicago

Coalition for the Homeless in New York City

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Tucson

Midtown Assistance Center in Atlanta

Immigration/Refugee Services

New Mexico Immigration Law Center in Albuquerque

Santa Fe Dreamers Project in Albuquerque

Catholic Charities Atlanta in Atlanta

Taller de Jose in Chicago

Global Cleveland in Cleveland

YMCA International Services in Houston

Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund in Kansas City

Catholic Charities of Tennessee in Nashville

Catholic Migration Services in New York City

Nationalities Services Center in Philadelphia

Catholic Charities in Phoenix

Promise Arizona in Phoenix

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland

Legal Aid of North Carolina – Battered Immigrant Project in Raleigh

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona – Casa Alitas in Tucson

The Advocates for Human Rights in Twin Cities

International Rescue Committee Atlanta in Atlanta

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Refugee and Immigration Services in Nashville

Legal Services

Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta

Workers Defense Project in Austin

Public Justice Center in Baltimore

United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Houston

Legal Aid of Western Missouri in Kansas City

Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice in Los Angeles

Legal Services Alabama in Mobile

South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program in Mobile

Southern Migrant Legal Services, A project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. in Nashville

Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville

Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans

Philadephia Legal Assistance, Pennsylvania Farmworker Project in Philadelphia

Legal Aid of North Carolina – Farmworker Unit in Raleigh

Catholic Charities Archdiociese of San Antonio – Guardianship Program in San Antonio

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in San Antonio

Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley – Mental Health Advocacy Project in San Jose

East Bay Community Law Center in Berkley/Oakland

Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Legal Services for Immigrants in Milwaukee


St. Vincent De Paul Church in Baltimore

Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland

University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in New York City

Seton Home in San Antonio

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Twin Cities

St. Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda

Fe y Alegria – Colegio Lecaros in Santiago

Colegio San Alberto in Santiago

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in San Antonio

Our Lady of Guadalupe School in San Diego

Shelter and Transitional Housing

St. Martin’s Hope Works in Albuquerque

Casa Marianella in Austin

Saint Louise House in Austin

Covenant House in Camden

Star of Hope Mission in Houston

Journey To New Life in Kansas City

Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles

St Joseph Center in Los Angeles

Project Lazarus in New Orleans

The Harry Tompson Center in New Orleans

UNITY of Greater New Orleans in New Orleans

Covenant House in New York City

Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia

Oxford Street Shelter in Portland

Sacramento Cottage Housing Inc. in Sacramento

South Bay Community Services in San Diego

Raphael House of San Francisco in San Francisco

Covenant House in St. Louis

Catholic Charities in Syracuse

Our Family Services, Inc. in Tucson

Open Access Connections in Twin Cities

Hotel Hope in New Orleans

Women’s Issues

Family Violence Law Center in Berkley/Oakland

The Northwest Center in Washington DC

Women’s Resource Center in Scranton

Be a part of it.

In a culture that values what people have over what they give,
JVC is an opportunity to commit to the dignity and wellbeing of others
and let faith ignite in action.