First Step: Let us know you would like to learn more about BSVM by filling out a Contact Form here on our website. Upon receipt of the form, BSVM staff will be in touch about scheduling a Preliminary Discussion. The Preliminary Discussion is a time to for you to share about yourself and why you think Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry might be a good fit for you. This discussion is also a time for you to ask questions about the program and about the application process.
Second Step: Reserve your spot in an application round. BSVM has a limited number of application slots during each round. Fill out an Application Reservation Form to secure your spot two weeks before completing your application.
Third Step: Complete the BSVM 2021-2022 Service Year Application. In addition to completing the Contact Form and the Preliminary Discussion (which may take place after your application is completed), this full application includes:
- Your Resume
- Your Essay
- In this application essay we are interested in learning about you. We want to read about who you are and who you are becoming. While your response should take the form of a brief autobiography, please be sure to respond directly to each of the following five questions. Although we ask you to specifically respond to each question, please respond to the questions in the order most fitting to your one, complete composition:
- Please describe some of the major people and experiences in your life that have shaped both who you are today and who you are becoming.
- What have these individuals and experiences taught you about your own strengths and your own weaknesses?
- Describe a time that you felt uncomfortable being outside of your comfort zone. What did you learn through that experience?
- Please describe your past experiences of service. What did you learn through your service with others?
- How do you see yourself participating in the Sisters of Bon Secours’ commitment to justice in radical solidarity with the poor, the suffering, and those most in need? When have you received compassion and love from others?
- When you think about who you are becoming, what are your hopes for a year with Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry?
- 3 Reference Forms, one each of the below:
- Employer: an individual who has supervised you in a paid position for at least six months.
- Mentor: an individual who knows you well and can speak to your personal values and character as well as your experiences with service. Examples of a mentor include an adviser, a past volunteer coordinator, a youth minister, a campus minister, a pastor, or a professor.
- Peer: an individual (someone other than a relative or significant other) with whom you have lived for at least a year.
- Official transcript (this may be mailed separately by your institution)
Applications will be reviewed on the 15th of each month between January and April. Please see below for the deadline schedule. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received; early applicants have the broadest range of ministry site placement options available to them.
January 15 – Round 1 – Early Submission
February 15 – Round 2
March 15 – Round 3
April 15 – Late Submissions Deadline
We accept applications that are submitted by these dates.
After April 15, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we are still accepting applications.
Application Forms to Download (if needed):
BSVM App 2021-2022 Service Year
Fourth Step: The Interview Process. Typically, we interview candidates two or three times before the selection committee meets. Each interview takes about an hour. We contact you about our decision after the selection committee meets. Depending on the number of applicants and ease of scheduling interviews, it can take up to a month to move through the interview process.