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Please note that we are moving forward with our international application process for the 2022-2023 volunteer year; however, we will continue to closely monitor the pandemic and provide updates as necessary.

Mercy Volunteer Corps Invites You To

START YOUR ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

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!

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The international Mercy Volunteer community participates in three retreats throughout the year while in Guyana and a re-entry retreat in the United States after completing their year of service.

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Guyana’s official language is English and is known for its biodiversity. The vibrant Caribbean culture comes alive with a variety of holidays and festivals throughout the year and in daily life through food and music.

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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 just a quick walk from the market and sea wall.

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

Most Mercy Volunteers are able to defer their loans during the year by providing proof of commitment to their lender. Please contact your lender to verify.

 

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

FACTS ABOUT INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENT PROCESS

Mercy Volunteers serve in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, South America. Volunteers serve for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Mercy Volunteer Corps has four service sites in Guyana. International volunteers can choose to serve at one or two of the sites. It is helpful for 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.

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. The priority deadline for applications is January 20th and the final deadline is April 6th. Volunteers attend a discernment weekend as part of the application process. These weekends will be held March 4-6, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA and April 29-May 1, 2022 virtually.

After screening, applicants for international placement will be video 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. 

“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 MVC Alum

Mercy Volunteer Corps offers professional placements

FIND A SERVICE SITE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

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

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Mercy Wings Vocational Center:
Education Placement

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St. Joseph Mercy Hospital:
Healthcare Placement

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

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Mercy Resident Care:
Healthcare & Social Services Placement

ARE YOU READY TO APPLY?

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APPLICATION QUALIFICATIONS & MATERIALS

Before you apply, check the qualifications in the first column below. If you meet the qualifications, check column two to find what you will need for the application process. A reference form and the medical forms will be available with the application. Once you submit your application, the third column explains the application process. 

  • 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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