Emily Ruskamp reflected on her time as a volunteer at the Post-Graduate Missioning ceremony. In her speech she gave advice to the new graduates and offered support to their families.
Post-Graduate Volunteering Archive
Where can I go to find out information about post-grad volunteering?
Come to the CCSJ to meet with Jeff Peak, attend a Career and Post-Grad Volunteer Fair, or start looking online. Catholic Volunteer Network publishes and distributes RESPONSE, the most comprehensive handbook of lay mission volunteer opportunities. Read this short informational page: “The Basics of Post-Grad Volunteering“.
What programs are available?
There are literally thousands of programs depending on where you would like to volunteer and what kind of work you would like to do.
What are the differences in programs?
Programs are local, domestic or international. Some people live in community with other volunteers, with religious communities or on your own.
What is the time commitment?
Programs vary in length from a summer to 3.5 years. Most are one or two years.
What are the financial advantages?
Most programs cover room and board, basic medical insurance, a small stipend, and loan deferment. Some programs offer an educational award or ability to take classes at a local university.
What are the other advantages?
Depending on what you are looking for you can usually find it- the opportunity to learn, serve and possibly travel. The relationships you form with a volunteer community, host site community or agency provide invaluable experience. These friendships and first hand experiences make students more informed citizens.
Who can I talk to about post-grad volunteering?
Stop by the CCSJ to talk with Jeff–he volunteered with Amate House in Chicago. Carrie Wortmann and Colleen Keller are both former volunteers and now run Creighton’s very own Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. Talk to someone who has volunteered, with representatives from various programs, friends, mentors, professionals in your career field who have advice on what kind of experience will make you a better practicioner.
When do I need to make a decision?
Some applications are due in the fall, some international programs in January and February, most domestic programs in March, and some have rolling deadlines. Please see individual websites.
Are you interested in a vocation in teaching? Come to the CCSJ Monday, October 8 to talk with directors and participants of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps and Magis Catholic Teacher Corps about possibilities of joining a post-graduate teaching volunteer program inspired by the Ignatian charisms. Whether you are an education major or not, there are many opportunities for serving in under-resourced Catholic schools and using education as a way for today’s youth to rise out of poverty. While teaching, further your own learning through graduate coursework and live in an intentional community with other volunteers, growing through simple living, spiritual fellowship, and teaching as service.
Drop by the CCSJ on Monday, October 8 from 2-4pm to learn about a network of possibilities across the country to pursue teaching, graduate coursework, spiritual growth and community living!
The closer one gets to graduation the more stressful some of these decision can seem. Is the next right step getting a job? Going to grad school? Volunteering? Religious life?
The Ignatian Discernment Workshop-Retreat is an opportunity for upperclassmen/women to explore what St. Ignatius of Loyola (the founder of the Jesuits) has taught us about discernment and decision making. Led by Fr. Paul Coelho, SJ, students will learn how to make decisions in a way that engages their entire person — mind, heart and soul, and gives you the tools to take life’s next right step.
This event will be held Sept. 29th, 9:30-5:00 in Harper 2067.
Contact Jeff Peak (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to sign up.
Becca Harvey and Jacob Huju, two Creighton Alumni from the Annunciation House in El Paso, will be available from 10:00am – 1:00pm this Thursday, September 20th in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper 2067) to speak with students about post-graduate volunteering. No appointment is necessary. Anyone interested in volunteering after graduation is encouraged to stop by to talk with them.
Tuesday, September 11; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
For more information, contact:
Jeff Peak in the CCSJ at email@example.com
As part of Creighton University’s commencement activities, we commissioned 50 students who will be participating in post-graduate volunteer work or who are entering a religious order. Thank you to everyone who came out to support these students.