Brethren Volunteer Service

Orientation

Purpose and Goals

BVS orientations are designed to prepare and strengthen volunteers for a life of service in BVS and beyond. The goals are to encourage you to:

  • Share and examine your personal beliefs and values with the intent of growing in your understanding of yourself, others, and God.
  • Share in the responsibilities for group life while learning what helps and hinders satisfying group living.
  • Struggle with the prevalent spiritual and social issues of our day and examine Christian ethical responses to current social, political, and economic issues.
  • Learn ways to live simply and responsibly with the world’s limited resources.
  • Become more aware of people and situations throughout the world, including responsibilities of membership in the global family.
  • Explore ways to enable personal and societal change that embody mutuality and nonviolence.
  • Consider project possibilities with the support of the orientation community and finalize project assignments through discussions with the BVS staff.
  • Develop a BVS community of support and learn ways to develop local support for yourself while at your project.

Orientation Activities

  • Presentation, discussion, and information on project possibilities
  • Project placement
  • Service projects
  • Times of worship and devotions
  • Shared meals and small-group meal preparation
  • Personal sharing and group-building
  • Opportunities for recreation and reflection
  • Presentations and discussions on a variety of topics to prepare for service and gain awareness in the realm of peace, justice, and global concerns. Topics may include vocation, spiritual formation, cultural sensitivity, conflict resolution and communication styles.

Orientation Schedule

Unit #319 (Winter)

Dates: January 28 - February 16, 2018
Location: Gotha, FL
Applications due 12/15

Unit #320 (Summer)

Dates: July 29 - August 17, 2018
Location: Camp Colorado, Sedalia, CO
Applications due 6/15

Unit #321 (BRF)

Dates: August 19 - 27, 2018
Location: To Be Announced
Applications due 7/6

Unit #322 (Fall)

Dates: September 23 - October 12, 2018
Location: To Be Announced
Applications due 8/17

Unit #323 (Winter)

Dates: January 27 - February 15, 2019
Location: Gotha, FL
Applications due 12/14

Unit #324 (Summer)

Dates: July 21 - August 9, 2019
Location: TBD
Applications due 6/7

Unit #325 (BRF)

Dates: August 18 - 26, 2019
Location: TBD
Applications due 7/5

Unit #326 (Fall)

Dates: September 22 - October 11, 2019
Location: TBD
Applications due 8/9