Catholic Franciscan Volunteer Service Experience for Post-Graduate Young Adults| Costa Rica & New York


We’re tougher than you think Mom and Dad!

Why a year of service?

The reasons for doing a year of service as are diverse as the volunteers themselves. However, the biggest reason is YOU. You have helped shape your son or daughter into a person who cares. You have given them a faith and values that are not just in their head, but also a desire to put their faith into action. You’ve done a good job!

Is it responsible to take a year off after graduation?

A year of service is hardly a year “off”.  It’s hard work and pretty intense. In some ways in may not appear in directly in line with your daughter or son’s long term plan (imagining they have one!) but it may just be what she or he needs to focus their direction.

A year of service can fine-tune a person’s career interest, focus their academic inquiry, it can give one needed maturity and it certainly builds character, virtues and personal strength.

Many employers and graduate schools look favorably on a person who has given back to the community in a year of service.

What will happen to the school loans?

Volunteers can apply for a deferment of their student loans. This does not eliminate the loan, but rather postpones the payment.  Depending on the provider of your son or daughter’s loan they can be deferred for doing volunteer work or even more simply for reason of economic hardship.

What will it cost?

Our volunteers in Syracuse are responsible for any personal travel for holidays or special sight-seeing trips that the volunteers may decide to take. The day-to-day living expenses, including a small personal stipend are provided by FrancisCorps. Retreats and training are also paid for by FrancisCorps.

Volunteers for Costa Rica share in the extra costs of the program by fundraising $1,800 prior to orientation to help cover the costs of transportation and medical insurance. FrancisCorps in Syracuse raises the funds for the living expenses and the friars in Costa Rica graciously pay for the rent of the house.

Is it safe?

The FrancisCorps house in Syracuse is owned and maintained by FrancisCorps.  The house is on Court Street and is close to several convents of Sisters’ of St. Francis.  Syracuse is a poor city, but the neighborhood of the volunteers is quite safe. There are several excellent hospitals in the area including St. Joseph Hospital owned and operated by these same sisters.

Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America. The FrancisCorps house is on the grounds of the friary and retreat center. The entire property is gated and the facility has security guards that keep on eye on our volunteers as well.  Costa Ricans are very friendly towards North Americans and are always ready to assist. Costa Rica has safe tap water and the hospital system is excellent.


If you have any other questions or concerns please contact A.J. at 315.426.0481 or

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