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

Instructions

Begin the Application Form

Deadlines:

Apply Early, Get a Decision Early! Applications received before January 31 are reviewed as they arrive. We begin reviewing applications in September and you can get a decision in as little as a few weeks after you apply!

General Deadline April 1: Applications received after January 31 will be reviewed at this time. 

After April 1: At this time, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis based on availability. We usually receive some late applications and may accept volunteers into the summer. It’s always worth asking if we are still accepting new volunteers!

How do I apply?

Step one:

The Application Form: You fill this out online. It involves basic information about yourself and some simple questions and should only take about 5 to 10 minutes to fill out.  After you submit your application, you will receive an e-mail with the directions and links to complete step two.

Step two:

The Personal Reference Form: You send a link to this form to 3 people who know you well and they complete it online. Personal References are people who know you well and they can be friends, teachers, counselors, etc. It’s best to have a variety of people.

The Spiritual Reference Form: You send a link to this form to one person who knows about your spiritual faith journey. Ideally it would be a member of the clergy, chaplain, or chaplaincy team member. Remember we’re not looking for perfect saints… at least not yet!  Although most of our volunteers are Catholic at various points on their journey, we are looking especially for people who are real and open to grow. Please give your reference the freedom to answer the questions as honestly as possible.

Pre-Interview Questions: In preparation for your interview we will ask you to complete a few short answer questions to help both you as well as us prepare for your interview.

Step three:

The Interview: After we’ve received and reviewed your application, references, and pre-interview questions, we will reach out to you and schedule an interview (usually over Skype).  After the interview is complete we will get you a decision shortly thereafter, usually in a few days!

Hang in there!

Hang in there!

I’ve been accepted, now what?

If accepted, we will work with you to see how much time you will need to return an answer to us.  If you accept our offer, the final step is to gather the remaining required information and documents to finalize your acceptance.  Only when we have received and reviewed this additional documentation will your acceptance be finalized. These additional documents include:

  • A current high quality digital photo of yourself
  • Copy/Scan of your Birth Certificate
  • Copy/Scan of your Passport Photo Page
  • Copy/Scan of your Driver’s License
  • Password to social media accounts (Ha, Ha, just kidding! Way too creepy!)
  • Official Transcript
  • Health Assessment Form
  • Drug Screening/Background Check (we will help you through this process)

Once these last few elements have arrived and are confirmed, you’re in!  Welcome to FrancisCorps!

But where will I serve?

The selection of where your service experience will take place is one of mutual decision making and we do not simply place you at a site. Instead we ask you where and in what environment you feel God is calling you to serve. Your preferences in terms of placement site (we have many different ones to choose from!) is considered as well as what we heard from you in the interview and the interests of the other volunteers you will be serving with.  Consideration and conversation regarding your service site placement begins with the application and we arrive at a final decision of service site placement together after a period of prayer, reflection, and dialogue.  We do our best make sure that where you will be serving will be fulfilling, challenging and life giving!

The collaborative nature of this process requires both you and us to remain open to the Holy Spirit. Our preference is to finalize service site placements in the Spring in order to consider where each community member is feeling called, however, decisions on service site placements may occur earlier or later in the process depending your needs, the needs of FrancisCorps or the needs of the placement sites.

Thank you for your interest in FrancisCorps! Know that the current volunteers, friars, sisters and Poor Clare Nuns are praying for you during this application process.

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