What is Post Graduate Volunteer Service?
All of us are called to serve our community throughout our lives. For some of us, committing to a full year or two of service after college is a great way to practice that committment. Ever heard of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC)? Peace Corps? AmeriCorps? Those -- and many more -- are all post-graduate volunteer programs.
These programs help you give to your community, but they also help you build skills, explore a possible career, gain experience, and deepen your faith.
Here are a few blogs written by Loyola alums currently serving. Take a look to better understand what a post-grad volunteer experience can look like. (We welcome links to other volunteer blogs, too!)
Jacquline Nepola ('13)
Marco Palomo ('13)
Annemarie Barrett ('12)
Thinking of ways that service can be part of your life after you graduate? You’ve got options! Feel free to contact Community Service and Action for a conversation about the many ways you can serve. We have great resources to aid your search. Plus, all of our staff have done full-time service and are glad to share our own stories.
Congratulations Class of 2013!
Congratulations to all the 2013 Graduates taking part in post-graduate volunteer service. Here are just 10 of the nearly 40 graduates who will begin a service program this fall.
Post-graduate volunteer programs offer people the opportunity to commit an extended period of time to serving communities in need. From months to 2 years, you can volunteer your talents full time!
Where Do I Start?
Begin your discernment of post-graduate volunteer opportunities by thinking about the following questions:
- Why do I want to volunteer after I graduate? What motivates me?
- Where do I want to volunteer?
- What support will I need?
What Programs Exist?
Post-grad volunteer programs abound! And many Loyola alumni/a can share with you their very positive experiences with various volunteer programs. There are a few resources to help you explore post-grad volunteer programs:
- Every fall, we offer a post-graduate volunteer fair where you can meet representatives from different programs.
- Our office carries many materials from different programs for you to browse. Two web resources we recommend are:
Catholic Volunteer Network RESPONSE Directory
Corporation for National and Community Service
- Want to have a representative come to talk from a particular program? Contact us.
Heading off to a full-time job or grad school after you graduate? You can still serve! If you will still be in the Chicagoland area, check out our Facebook postings for service opportunities, or check out Take Action.