Long-term Placements FAQs

Where will I go?

We have recently sent volunteers to Tanzania, Colombia, Thailand and India. Given that we seek to respond to where the need is, and that Jesuit communities are based all over the globe, new placements can come up at any moment, from any part of the world.

What will I do?

Duties vary from placement to placement, but have included teaching English, working on child sponsorship schemes, nursing, working at a drugs and rehabilitation centre and running activities at orphanages.

Where will I live?

Accommodation is provided at the Jesuit residence, and meals will normally be shared with the Jesuit community. In the absence of this, kitchen facilities will be available and a small stipend provided to cover food costs.

What training will I get?

Prior to departure, you will be invited to attend a workshop here at our offices in Wimbledon. This deals with everything from keeping safe overseas, to dealing with change and cultural differences, as well as the importance of communication and the spirituality of volunteering.

What support will I get?

On placement you will be assigned a contact who will be responsible for helping you settle in and assist you on the ground with any issues that may arise. Clara, our Volunteer Coordinator will regularly be in touch with you during your time overseas to check that everything is running smoothly and to help with any difficulties. You will also be put in touch with a spiritual mentor to help you with spiritual guidance during your placement, if that is something of interest to you.

How much will it cost?

You will be asked to provide £600 towards the flight but we can support you with this by giving ideas such as applying for a grant from various Catholic organisations, giving a talk at your local parish, or putting on a fundraising event. Placements take no payment for accommodation, and provide full board. Where you are expected to buy your own food, you will be given a small allowance. Medical expenses and insurance need to be paid for by the volunteer. The cost of these vary according to each individual placement.

For more information please contact clara@jesuitmissions.org.uk

Is a long-term placement right for me?

By giving you the chance to volunteer for a longer time, these placements offer the opportunity to integrate yourself into the local community on a deeper level than short term volunteering. You will have more time to build relationships and establish a routine, get to grips with the local language and feel fully immersed in the local culture.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application form here