Volunteer Timeline 2020-2021
Application Timeline and Expectations
Step One: Review MVC's Apply Page
Submit the short form on MVC’s apply page to start your application. Following your submission, you will be directed to our online application. This form 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 (Staff will advise on options in light of COVID-19). 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 20 for both International and U.S. applicants. The final deadline for international placement is March 1. MVC accepts applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
Step Four: Email Confirmation and Processing Your Application
When your application materials are received by MVC, you will receive an email confirmation. MVC will begin to process your application. Once we have received your full 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 Weekend will be held March 22-24 in Philadelphia, PA.
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.