What does a typical day or week look like for a volunteer in the program?
Volunteers usually work regular business hours, 40 hours a week. As with most of post-graduate life, a large part of your day and week will be spent working. We therefore work hard to place volunteers in positions that both fill a community need and fulfill the volunteer’s passion and interest.
Outside scheduled time at your placement site, volunteers have both other structured activities and unstructured time. Volunteers have at least two times a week that will be spent with the community, either in reflection or community building. These include both formation time, time for reflection, and time for building and maintaining the intentional community in which volunteers live.
Volunteer Formation: These weekly gatherings involve a staff member coming to the community and leading thought-provoking reflection and discussion, usually centered on one of the program pillars. Throughout the year, the program staff and the volunteer community collaborate to make these times fruitful for everyone. Possibilities include hearing speakers, reading articles on justice issues, discussions on service in the service sites, watching documentaries, etc.
Retreats: The Bon Secours Volunteer community participates in three retreats during the year. These retreats are planned for the fall, the winter, and the spring and are themed to reach volunteers where they are at in their experience. All volunteers are invited to attend these gatherings to “retreat” from the routine for a few days to focus on and deepen their service experience.
Other Activities: A year as a Bon Secours Volunteer provides you with many opportunities to be in solidarity with people who are poor and we ask our volunteers to take advantage of those moments. We ask that you do not take credit courses or take on a part-time job in order to more fully devote yourself to the life of the community and volunteering.
Fun: Volunteers will have opportunities to engage with the community through other volunteer service and social activities. Past volunteers have gotten involved with all sorts of other activities! From community service events, running groups, alumni clubs, church activities, and community sports teams, to watching the Orioles and Ravens with your new Baltimore family, volunteers find many fun social activities to meet new people and interact with their communities.