Mercy Volunteer Corps Invites You To


Volunteer for one year in Guyana, South America with Mercy Volunteer Corps. Mercy Volunteers serve in professional placements, live together in community in the capital of Georgetown, and receive benefits like monthly stipends and student loan deferment!


International volunteers attend three retreats throughout the year and a re-entry retreat in the United States after completion of their year of service.


Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America and is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. It has a Caribbean culture.


MVC has four service sites in Guyana. Volunteers are invited to serve at one or two sites based on their skills and interests and the needs of the site .

Live in a house in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, with your community of four Mercy Volunteers.

Transportation in-country during your year of service. Flights to and from Guyana to begin and end your year.

Eligibility for student loan deferment during and educational discounts after your volunteer year.

Monthly stipends for both personal and communal use. Communal stipends cover the cost of groceries. 

Facts About International Placement

Mercy Volunteers serve in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, South America. Guyana is an English-speaking country in South America. Volunteers serve for one year in an International placement with an opportunity to renew for a second year.

Mercy Volunteer Corps has four sites in Guyana. International volunteers can choose to serve at one or two of the sites. It is helpful for the applicants to have an openness to serving where the need is greatest. Placement at a particular site is based on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the site.

Guyana Service Sites

Volunteers begin with a collaborative cross-cultural orientation in late July prior to the Mercy Volunteer Corps Orientation in August.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Priority Deadline- January 18
  • Final Deadline- March 1

After screening, International applicants will be phone interviewed and then travel for a personal interview as part of a discernment weekend. The weekend provides a prayerful retreat setting where candidates can share together in discerning their call to international service. Discernment Weekend will be held March 22-24, 2018 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.

Handbook 2018-2019

Facts About Guyana

  • Guyana is an English-speaking country.
  • Guyana is located on the Northern coast of South America, and is culturally associated with the Caribbean.
  • Guyana’s climate is tropical; it is 7 degrees north of the equator.
  • About 85% of the population is of Indian or African descent.
  • Guyana is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Mercy Volunteers have been serving in Guyana since 2000.

“Many wonder what they can give to support the mission in Guyana. Resources here are low, this is true. But, these boys do not need any more garbage bags of mismatched toys – they need someone who cares. They need your bodies; they need your hearts. Mercy Volunteer Corps offered me that opportunity. I decided to give myself away to my community, my students, and my Bosco Boys. Now, you are invited to the same decision – the decision to be transformed by the radical grace of poverty. Yes, they are not saved by us, we are saved by them. Saved from our apathy and our hardened hearts.”

-Dylan Salomone ’15 & ’16

Mercy Volunteer Corps offers professional placements


Mercy Volunteers serve in one or two of the following service sites. Volunteers are needed in the fields of education (elementary, secondary, special); healthcare (nursing, PT, OT, health advocacy); and social services (social work, activities coordinator, adolescent development). To learn more about these placements click here


Mercy Wings Vocational Center:
Education Placement


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital:
Healthcare Placement


St. John Bosco Boys’ Orphanage:
Education & Social Services Placement


Mercy Residence Care:
Healthcare & Social Services Placement


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Before you apply to serve with MVC check the qualifications in the first column below. If you meet the qualifications please check column two to find out more about what you will need for the application process. These materials (reference and medical forms) will be available on the application. Once you submit your application, column three explains the application process. The dates for the 2019 discernment weekends will be available in September. 

  • At least 21 Years of Age
  • High School Graduate
  • Single or Married with no dependents
  • Currently residing in the USA
  • Application Form with written responses
  • Resume and Transcripts (unofficial are accepted)
  • Three References
  • Medical Forms
  • Application review by MVC staff
  • In-person or video interview
  • Discernment weekend in Philadelphia
  • Notification of acceptance


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