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.

Upcoming Orientation dates

Fall 2020 #327:
Sept. 27 – Oct. 9 (virtual) – Applications are due 8/7

Summer 2021 #328:
July 18 – Aug. 6 (Camp Harmony) – Apps due 6/4

Fall 2021 #329:
Sept. 19 – Oct. 8 (Camp Brethren Heights) – Apps due 8/6

Summer 2022 #330:
July 17 – Aug. 5 (TBD) – Applications are due 6/3

Fall 2022 #331:
Sept. 18 – Oct. 7 (TBD) – Applications are due 8/5