Jesuit Volunteer Corps


The Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work for justice and peace. It sends Jesuit Volunteers for a year or more to live with and serve the poor and marginalized in the U. S. and developing countries. JVs live simply, in community, immersed in Ignatian Spirituality. The experience opens the JVs to be conscious of the poor, attuned to the causes of social injustice, and dedicated to service informed by faith. JVC helps former Jesuit Volunteers nurture this orientation throughout their lives.


The Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace in the US and around the world.

Based in four core values — social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality — the Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace.

Living simply in intentional communities of fellow Jesuit Volunteers, they work in education, advocacy, direct service, and community service in 39 US cities and in six other countries. They reside in the same environments as those they serve: people who are low-wage earners, homeless, unemployed, refugees, diagnosed with AIDS, elderly, street youth, former gang members, abused, mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and others who strive to find justice in their lives. Almost 300 schools, nonprofit agencies, and grassroots organizations across the world count on JVs to provide essential services.

For decades, JVC has worked in collaboration with Jesuits, whose spirituality the JVs incorporate in their work, community, and prayer life. The JVC experience opens the minds and hearts of JVs and those who support them. After JVs complete their full-time volunteer obligations, they live ever conscious of the struggles faced by those they've met. They are committed to the Church's mission of promoting justice in the service of faith.

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How to Apply

Discerning the next steps of your life takes time, energy, and prayer. As you work through each stage of the application process, listen to your heart, talk to your friends and family, and pray. Review the details below to better understand the application process. Contact JVC at any time to discuss questions, concerns, or share your inspiration for applying. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you wish to talk with a recruiter or need additional support while working through the application process, we are here to help you. Please call 410-244-1733 between 9am and 4pm Eastern Time or email . Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Additional resources:

  • Application Timeline
  • Application Checklist

Application Steps Before the Deadline:

  • Before the deadline, create a username and password on JVC's website.
  • Request your transcripts from your college or university. They should be mailed directly to JVC.
  • Talk to your four references. Provide them with details about the reference forms.
  • Complete the main application form online.
  • Contact your four references to be sure they received an email with the links to their reference form.
  • Make an appointment with a healthcare provider who can complete your medical clearance form.
  • Write and upload your resume online.
  • Make sure everything is uploaded or postmarked on or before the deadline.
  • International applicants: Check your calendar for availability for one of the March discernment weekends (see above) and review the International JV Handbook.



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801 Saint Paul St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Ph: 410-244-1733
Fax: 410-244-1766

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