Initial Orientation 2018 icebreakers
Initial Orientation 2018 icebreakers

Orientation Preparation

As a Jesuit Volunteer, you can expect a series of onboarding tasks that are meant to set you up for success as you kick-off this next program year with us at JVC. Below you'll find general information about preparing for Orientation and glean some insights about what is ahead.


Orientation is an annual gathering for incoming Jesuit Volunteers and members of the JVC community to come together in celebration and exploration of our four core values.

Starting in 2018, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps announced that it would host an integrated orientation for all Domestic Program and International Program Jesuit Volunteers.

In 2020, with the prospects of travel during COVID-19, JVC has decided to host its first-ever mixed model of virtual Orientation, while JVs arrive in their city of service and bond with their JV community house.


When you arrive to your city of service on August 12 for Orientation, you'll have the opportunity to meet incoming JVs, play some ice breakers, pray together and rejoice about this new experience.  Here's what you need to know prior to Orientation:

Booking Transportation to Your City of Service for Orientation

All Jesuit Volunteers are responsible for their travel expenses to Orientation. JVC will have designated greeters to let you into your JV house. We will send out an email with more information as Orientation gets closer. If you are an RJV Hurley Fund recipient or Additional Year volunteer, you will receive separate communication about your travel logistics.

What to Expect Prior to Your Arrival

Send Me To Serve Call
All Jesuit Volunteers are expected to create a Send Me To Serve (SMTS) account in our system upon signing their program agreement. At JVC, Send Me To Serve is considered a commitment to the mission that is made by volunteers and those who support them. This community-driven campaign has two primary functions: (1) To help JVs and their friends and families to connect more deeply with the mission of JVC and help spread it far and wide. (2) To raise funds in support of JVC, which will help us continue to partner with over 200 non-profit agencies and provide vital service to tens of thousands of people every year.

During your SMTS call you will receive more information about the purpose of this campaign; ways to approach a skill like nonprofit fundraising; ways to spread awareness about the service Jesuit Volunteers (like you) provide for communities on the margins.

Meeting Your Area Manager or In-City Coordinator
Jesuit Volunteers will begin to meet their coordinator who will accompany them during their term of service in mid-June. This is the best person to ask questions about what to expect about your JV house and service in your city. When you are formally introduced to your coordinator you will receive more information about where your JV House is located, some of our history of serving in that city, and who is on your local support team. Before Orientation, you will have at least one call with your coordinator and possibly the 2nd call with your JVC community mates.  

Arriving at Before the First Day of Your Orientation?
Use this thread on our incoming cohort Facebook page to find others interested in sharing hotel/Airbnb space and costs prior to having access to your JV community house! JVC is unable to provide early accommodations, but we encourage you to start practicing simple living and community building by connecting with others to find a place to stay if you are arriving early.


Please refer to this list when preparing for travel to Orientation. Once you arrive in your service city, you can have friends or family ship additional items to you if deem this necessary.

**DO NOT ship additional items before you arrive in your city of service.**

Our Guide to Packing Intentionally 

In a culture that values what we have over how we give, JVC allows volunteers to reflect on simple living. JVC creates valuable opportunities for Jesuit Volunteers to live a simple, practical life. Living in solidarity with poor and marginalized communities, volunteers learn to separate needs from wants and gain freedom from the material.

For access to our guide to packing intentionally, please click here to access.

Serving in the USA with JVC

Please be mindful of the climate in the city you are serving during your term of service. If you are heading somewhere warmer or colder than you are accustomed, prepare accordingly.

For our general packing list for our Jesuit Volunteers serving in the US, please click here to access. 

Orientation Details

When you arrive at your city of service for Orientation, you'll have the opportunity to meet incoming JVs, play some ice breakers, pray together and rejoice about this new experience.

Orientation Dates
Orientation for all 1-year volunteers serving in the USA will be held August 12-16, 2020.

Questions, Urgent Needs and Emergencies
JVC Staff can be contacted during Orientation should any concerns or urgent needs arise. After hours, there will be a staff member on call for any emergency concerns.

Arrival and Welcome

Orientation will take place virtually when you arrive at your city of service. All Jesuit Volunteers are expected to remain onsite for the duration of Orientation and actively participate in all sessions and components of Orientation to ensure that they are well prepared for their term of service. 

JVC staff or your local support people will be waiting to welcome and greet Jesuit Volunteers. Our official kick-off time is scheduled for the evening of August 12; however, we will have a series of icebreakers and activities as folks arrive. Upon arrival, Jesuit Volunteers will receive an Orientation schedule, information about our presenters.

If for whatever reason you have a flight delay or cancellation, please immediately reach out to your Area Manager or In-City Coordinator We will work with you to ensure your transition into Orientation is as smooth as possible. 

After Orientation

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.

Your Journey to Orientation

Get in touch with a staff member should you have additional questions or concerns about Orientation.

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