“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” -Frederick Buechner
We’re so glad you are considering applying to Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry! It is no easy decision! After looking at our website, prayerfully considering what God is calling you to do with the next step of your life, and being in touch with our staff with any questions or concerns, we hope that you are interested in applying to serve with BSVM!
Please take a look at our “requirements” page for more information about who we are looking for in the program.
NOTE: The BSVM Application process was revised on January 30, 2014. If you are beginning this process after January 30th, please follow the steps below. If you began your application prior to January 30th, please know that we will accept any forms that you have already completed.
First Step: Inform us that you are interested in the program. Please do this by completing the Contact Form here on our website. Upon receipt of the Contact Form, one of our staff will be in touch with you about scheduling a Preliminary Discussion.
Second Step: Applying to Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry is a process of mutual discernment, and your Preliminary Discussion marks the beginning of that process. The Preliminary Discussion is a time to for you to share about yourself and why you think Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry might be a good fit for you. This discussion is also a time for you to ask questions about the program and about the application process.
Third Step: Complete your application. In addition to completing the Contact Form and the Preliminary Discussion (which may take place after your application is completed), a full application includes:
- Signed Application Form
- Your Résumé
- Your Essay
- 3 References Forms (employer, mentor, peer)
- Official transcript (this may be mailed separately by your institution)
The early deadline for our office to receive your application is March 1st, and the regular deadline is April 15th. After this date, we accept applications for any remaining space on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying and did not make the deadline, please contact our staff to see if there are still positions available for next year.
Fourth Step: After receiving your application, we will contact you to confirm our receipt of your full application.
Fifth Step: The Interview Process. Typically, we interview candidates two or three times before the selection committee meets. Each interview takes about an hour. We contact you about our decision after the selection committee meets. Depending on the number of applicants and ease of scheduling interviews, it can take up to a month to move through the interview process and for you to receive our decision.
Sixth Step: Deciding to commit to BSVM. After receiving an invitation to participate in Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry, you have about a week to accept and to commit to the program for the year. While you have a week to return the commitment statement, we expect that you will have been discerning your decision since your preliminary interview and throughout the application process.
Seventh Step: Once you accept the invitation and commit to Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry, we will begin the process of matching you to a particular ministry. While we ask you to commit to the program before you know your specific ministry, your invitation into the community will indicate the area of service (health care, education, or social service) in which your ministry will fall. By weighing both the needs of the community and your own interests and talents, we discern this match throughout the application process. Matching you to a particular placement site will involve reviewing position descriptions and interviewing with a potential site supervisor.
Aside from passing a background check, being matched with a placement site is the final step of the application process.
The service year generally starts in late August or early September and runs through sometime in July. Volunteers are responsible for their transportation costs to Baltimore at the start of their term, and the program will contribute up to $300 towards your travel expenses home after successful completion of the program.