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BVSers from Unit 295

Thank you for your interest in Brethren Volunteer Service! This page will guide you through the application process.

Applications may be submitted at any point in the year. Keep in mind, the process takes time; we recommend submitting the application three to four months before the orientation you wish to participate in begins. Read more about orientation and view upcoming dates.

Upon acceptance into Brethren Volunteer Service, incoming volunteers will be asked to sign the volunteer covenant.

First download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Apple Preview, Foxit Reader, and other programs are not supported.  Download the BVS Application. If the file opens in your browser, don't start filling it out. Download or save the form first!

Please note: Most of the projects are located within the United States. Many applicants are interested in international placements. Since we cannot guarantee that you will be placed overseas, we ask that you be willing to accept placement in the U.S.

Part One

Requirements

  1. Application Form: All sections must be completed unless not applicable, in which case write N/A.
  2. Application Essays: A typed response to the essay questions in the application. BVS is open to persons of varied faith perspectives, but all participants are expected to be willing to examine and study aspects of the Christian faith during orientation.
  3. Resume: A current resume is required with the completed application.
  4. Transcripts: Transcripts of your most recently completed school work. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Transcripts are not needed from volunteers over 30 years of age who have been out of school for over 5 years.
  5. References: Reference forms will be sent from this office. Please inform the persons you list as references that we will be contacting them. Encourage them to return the forms as soon as possible.
  6. Photo: A recent photograph to be used by orientation staff to learn names and faces before orientation begins.
  7. Interview: A phone interview will be conducted for each applicant before being accepted into BVS.

Please send your completed application form, essay questions, resume, and photo via e-mail. Have your official or unofficial transcripts sent or e-mailed to our office. Upon receipt of your application we will contact your references. Once we have received all of your application materials and responses from at least three (3) references (one from each category) your application will be reviewed for acceptance into our program. We recommend you call our office to check on the status of your references.

Part Two

Once you are accepted we will assign you to the next available orientation. At that time we will mail you a health screen form, hold harmless waiver of liability, a death benefit form, a criminal records release form, and the BVS covenant. All volunteers will be required to complete a criminal records check through BVS. BVS will provide the release form and requires a fee of $75 made payable to Brethren Volunteer Service. These items need to be completed and returned to our office upon receipt. Acceptance into BVS does not guarantee placement at a project. This is usually determined at orientation. BVS has the final decision regarding project placement.

Important: Logistical considerations limit the number of volunteers we can place into each orientation. We will place volunteers into units in order of file completion. The deadline for filling a unit is six weeks prior to the unit's start date. Often a unit is filled prior to this deadline. When this happens a waiting order will be established for that unit.

Please Note:

  • German volunteers have the option of applying to BVS directly or through the German EIRENE program.
  • BVS can only accept applicants from Canada, Japan, Israel, and Western Europe. We are unable to get visas for long term volunteering in the United States from other parts of the world.
  • All applicants must be fluent in English.
  • BVS can only place international volunteers at projects based in the USA.

Part One

Requirements

  1. Application Form: All sections must be completed unless not applicable, in which case write N/A.
  2. Application Essays: A typed response to the essay questions in the application. BVS is open to persons of varied faith perspectives, but all participants are expected to be willing to examine and study aspects of the Christian faith during orientation.
  3. Resume (CV): A current resume (CV) is required with the completed application.
  4. References: Reference forms will be sent from this office. Please inform the persons you list as references that we will be contacting them. Encourage them to return the forms as soon as possible.
  5. Photo: A recent photograph to be used by orientation staff to learn names and faces before orientation begins.
  6. Interview: A phone interview will be conducted for each applicant before being accepted into BVS.

Please send your completed application form, essay questions, resume (CV), and photo via e-mail. Upon receipt of your application we will contact your references. Once we have received all of your application materials and responses from at least three (3) references (one from each category) your application will be reviewed for acceptance into our program. We recommend you call our office to check on the status of your references.

Part Two

Once you are accepted we will assign you to the next available orientation. At that time we will mail you a health screen form, hold harmless waiver of liability, a death benefit form, and the BVS covenant. All volunteers will be required to submit a background check; more information will be sent upon receipt of your application. These items need to be completed and returned to our office upon receipt. Acceptance into BVS does not guarantee placement at a project. This is usually determined at orientation. BVS has the final decision regarding project placement.

Important: Logistical considerations limit the number of volunteers we can place into each orientation. We will place volunteers into units in order of file completion. The deadline for filling a unit is six weeks prior to the unit's start date. Often a unit is filled prior to this deadline. When this happens a waiting order will be established for that unit.

 

If you are unable to complete the PDF version of the application please contact the BVS office, Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm (central time) at 800-323-8039 or e-mail bvs@brethren.org and we will be happy to mail you the materials.