Mercy Volunteer Corps is still accepting applications to volunteer beginning this August. If you are considering a year of service or ready to submit your application please contact our Recruitment Coordinator Danielle Daguio so she can walk you through an expedited application process. Danielle can be reached at or 609.577.8636.

Mercy Volunteer Corps promotes social change by placing and supporting volunteers for one year of service with people who are poor and marginalized in the United States and South America. Mercy Volunteers work in education, healthcare, and social services while living together in community and growing spiritually. To learn more about the program and commitment, please click here.

Qualifications for Mercy Volunteer Corps Applicants

At Least 21 Years of Age
High School Graduate
Motivated to Serve
In Good Health
Flexible and Adaptable
Single or Married with No Dependents

*MVC invites applicants from all faith traditions who can live and serve within the spirit of the Catholic tradition.

*Based on our recent experiences with applicants from outside the United States, as well as, similar experiences shared with other volunteer programs, we have found it increasingly difficult and/or costly for volunteer applicants to secure a visa to allow them to enter the country. Since we are not in a position to sponsor volunteers, we find it necessary to suspend acceptance of applications from applicants outside the United States. We will continue to evaluate this situation and it is our sincere hope that circumstances will change at some point in the future.

Application Materials

Application Form
Written Responses
Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
Three References
Medical Forms

These materials will be available once you submit a Request for Application. The Request for Application button can be found below.

Volunteer Benefits

Food and Personal Stipends
Student Loan Deferment
Health Insurance
Retreat Opportunities

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Application Timeline and Expectations

Step One: Submit A Request for Application

Submit a Request for Application. Following your submission, you will be directed to our application webpage with the materials for application. The Request for Application button can be found above this and is used to give MVC staff your basic information so we can assist you through the application if needed. 

Step Two: Review Materials and Complete Application

Review the materials and complete the online application. The application includes an application form, written responses, resume, transcripts, three reference forms and medical forms. The online application does not need to be completed in one sitting and can be saved and continued at a later time. 

Those seeking international placement should submit the medical forms with their application materials. Those seeking U.S. placement should submit the medical forms following acceptance into the program.

Step Three: Submit Your Application

Submit your completed application. The priority deadline is January 18 for both International and U.S. applicants. The final deadline for international placement and general deadline for U.S. applicants is March 1. The final deadline for U.S. placement is May 24.

Step Four: Email Confirmation and Processing Your Application

Once we have received your application, it takes about 6 weeks to move through the entire process.

Step Five: Personal Interview

Once the initial screening phase is completed, an MVC representative will contact you for a personal interview. The interview lasts 1-2 hours and is conducted in-person or via video call.

For those seeking international placement: After your personal interview if it is recommended that you move forward, you attend a Discernment Weekend. The weekend provides a prayerful retreat setting where candidates can share together in discerning their call to international service.  Discernment Weekends will be held March 9-11, 2018 in Chicago, IL, and March 23-25 in Philadelphia, PA.  If you plan to attend the first weekend, please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than January 18.

Step Six: Acceptance

You will receive an official letter, extending or declining acceptance into Mercy Volunteer Corps. You should receive this letter no later than 2 weeks following the Discernment Weekend (for international placements) or your personal interview (for U.S. placements).

Step Seven: Service Site Review and Placement

Upon receiving a letter of acceptance, you should contact the MVC staff member designated in the letter to accept your offer and discuss service site placement.

For those seeking U.S. placement: Your application will be sent to an agreed upon service site. A site representative will contact you for a phone or video call interview. Following the interview, you and the site representative will contact MVC to notify whether it is a good fit. Calls to MVC need to be made no more than 48 hours following the interview. If it is a fit, you are placed. If the site is not a good fit for either party, further conversation will ensue and another site will be chosen