The answers to your questions and concerns about volunteering with Jesuit Missions. If you want any more information do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0208 946 0466.
1. General questions
Where will I go?
We have recently sent volunteers to Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa and India. For more information about our current placements, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
What will I do?
Responsibilities vary from placement to placement, but they have included teaching English, working in a summer camp, running activities at orphanages and working with refugees.
Where will I live?
Accommodation varies from placement to placement, but volunteers usually live in a community with the Jesuits or with other volunteers. Meals will normally be shared with the Jesuit community, or, in the absence of this, kitchen facilities will be available and a small stipend will be provided to cover food costs.
What training will I get?
Prior to departure, you will be invited to attend a training workshop here at our offices in Wimbledon. This deals with everything from keeping safe overseas, to dealing with 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. 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 £450-£600 towards the flight and also pay for medical expenses, insurance and personal spending money. The cost of these vary according to each individual placement. 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.
We can support you with this through helping you apply for a grant from various Catholic organisations, giving a talk at your local parish, or putting on a fundraising event.
2. Application Process
How do I apply?
Once you register your interest here, we will email you an application form that you will need to complete and send back to us. We will then read through your application and invite you to our office for an interview if we think we have a placement that is suitable for you.
When should I apply?
We encourage you to apply as early as possible so that you have enough time to prepare before the placement (this can include applying for a visa, raising funds, getting vaccinations, attending training etc). Each individual placement has it’s own deadline which are found in the placement profiles available on our main volunteer page.
Am I eligible to apply?
To be eligible to participate in Jesuit Missions’ Volunteering Programme, you must be over 18 years of age on departure and be a UK citizen or have indefinite leave to remain. EEA citizens are eligible, provided they have a permanent residential address in the UK.