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.

Upcoming Orientation dates

Winter 2021 #328
January 31 – February 12, 2021 (Virtual) – Applications are due December 14, 2020.

Summer 2021 #329
July 18 – August 6, 2021 (Inspiration Hills Camp) – Applications are due June 4, 2021.

Fall 2021 #330
September 19 – October 8, 2021 (Camp Brethren Heights) – Applications are due August 6, 2021.

Summer 2022 #331
July 17 – August 5 (TBD) – Applications are due June 3, 2022.

Fall 2022 #332
September 18 – October 7 (TBD) – Applications are due August 5, 2022.