“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.
The first step in the process is a primary application, which you can fill out right here on our website. It has basic contact and personal information to demonstrate to us your interest in the program and to begin telling us a little about yourself. Depending on when we receive this application, we may choose to set up a preliminary interview with you.
The second part of the process is the longer, more formal application. This includes references, including a self-reference, essays expressing your interest, expectations, and readiness for the program, a resume and transcript. It is best to begin asking people who will provide you references soon after you decide to apply to the program to give them enough time to thoughtfully complete their portion. We ask that you gather all the information for the application, including references, and submit them to us all together. The early deadline for these materials 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.
After we receive your complete application, we will begin conducting telephone interviews. There may be several rounds of interviews, and may include the chance to speak with the supervisor at the site where you may be serving. After the interviews are complete, program staff will contact you with a decision about your acceptance into the program, as well as your site placement. You will then be expected to return a “Statement of Commitment” to accept your position in the program.
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.