We were concerned because it was another year of postponing graduate school.
In our situation our son had already done a year of service with another organization so this was another year of volunteering.
We took comfort in the fact that FrancisCorps was a good experience and his work made a difference in the lives of many people. He also made some lifelong friends while living in that type of community.
It really gave our son the time needed to decide what direction to go in with his future.
This is a difficult question. I would recommend it for someone who is not sure what to do following undergrad. It would allow them to do something very meaningful while taking the time to decide what they want to do. It really depends on the individual and their situation.