Post-Grad Volunteering Archive


Post Grad Volunteer Discussion


Is volunteering after graduation the right choice for you?

Find out! The Creighton Center for Service and Justice will be hosting a Tostadas Dinner Wednesday, February 12, 5:30-6:30pm in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (Harper Center 2067). All students are welcome (seniors, sure, but also geared to younger students thinking about next steps after Creighton!)
Hear stories and ask questions of former volunteers from a variety of year-long post-graduate programs. Panelists will be able to address their own discernment process during senior year that led to post-grad volunteering, and be able to answer questions about topics including international versus domestic opportunities; taking care of finances while volunteering; the differences between programs that are and are not religiously based; and more.
This event (including tostadas) is FREE, but we’ll need an accurate count for food.
Please RSVP to Jeff Peak or 402-280-1295 by 3 pm on Tuesday, February 11th if you plan to attend.
Please spread the word!




Read Creighton Alum, Jackie Greene’s (’13) blog as she goes through her post-grad volunteering in Peru. Jackie is volunteering with Incarnate World Ministries.
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2013 Missioning Ceremony

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 Volunteer FAQ

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.


Why I Go: A Personal Vocational Discernment

Melissa HollabaughA personal reflection on why participate in Post-Graduate volunteering.
By Mellissa Hollabaugh 

I am going because I am young and able, and I have no career to endanger. If not now, when?

After I get another degree? After I make some money?

I am going because I have learned to believe that everything starts at home, with me.

I am going because I want my actions to reflect my values.

I am going because if I want peace, I know I must work for justice.

I am going because if I don’t, who will?

I am going because I have innumerable questions that I want to live out.

I am going because a Spanish nun in Peru taught me to salir al encuentro para hacerme amigos
con el pobre. If I don’t know the poor by name, I have not done enough.

I am going in the name of all the poor who asked me never to forget their stories:
Silvana, Aurora, Johan, Miguel, Carmen, Walter, Juan & Esilia, Antonio & Mimi, Miguelina, Elfi, Alma, Sami, Genesis, Luchi, Orquidea, Junior, Estalin, Pedro & Kristina, Canene & Antigua, Pimpa, Boba, Carmen, Juana & Luis, Oscar, Antonio.

I am going because there are a million more stories that need to be told.

I am going because I have been blessed with an education to justice, a community of friends that
encourages me, a loving family that sustains me, and a desire to experience all the joys
and pains the world is willing to offer me.

I am going because I, too, have always wondered,
Why don’t more people stand up?

I am going for all the times I have remained embarrassingly quiet and cowardly in the face of
injustice, prejudice and ignorance.

I am going because I want to be different. I am going because Kyle Woolley once asked me:
How unusual do you want to be?

I am going because I want to test my values, and I want my actions to reflect those values.

I am going because of what Dorothy Day taught me:
The only solution to the long lonliness is love and that love comes with community.

I am going because I want to know what it’s like to have my heart broken, and then to have it
rebuilt through the presence of the divine in others.

I am going to live out my commitment to Jesuit values: to be a woman for and with others, to do and be more than what is expected, to be contemplative in action.

I am going so that I am challenged to change and grow into a better version of myself.

I am going so that I can share what I’ve witnessed with my community back home.

I am going for the many Creighton professors and mentors who have challenged and inspired me.

I am going because I want to make a preferential option for the poor.

I am going because I believe in this quote: Life begins outside your comfort zone.

I am going because I want to practice giving and receiving intangible gifts.

I am going so I can learn to practice wonder and awe for creation.

I am going because I believe in Dr. Martin Luther King’s message,
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

I am going because I want to learn to live in simplicity and solidarity.

I am going because I would rather be an instrument of peace than an apathetic graduate.

I am going because I want to learn the difference between wants and needs.

I am going in the influential footsteps of all the JPS grads that have gone before me.

I am going because it is the best reflection of Creighton running through me.

I am going so I can learn to live the Easter holiday.

I am going so I can learn to experience the life that occurs beyond a planner. For as I’ve been told,
Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.

I am going so I can paint a new picture of what an “American” can be to Latin America.

I am going for all those who cannot go, and better yet, for those who willingly choose not to.

I am going because I have to believe there is so much more to life than just this.

I am going because I have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I am going because I know there is a different kind of real world out there, and I want to meet it.

I am going now because life is short, and all we have is today.


Post-Graduate Volunteer & Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

Post-Graduate Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony

Post-Grad Volunteers 2011

New graduates at the Post-Grad Volunteer and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony in May 2011.

Friday, May 11, 2012, 10:30 am – 11:15 am
St. John’s Church

Join Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., President of Creighton University, Andy Alexander, S.J., Vice President for University Ministry, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice, and the Justice and Peace Studies Program in celebrating our graduates who are volunteering or entering religious life for the upcoming year. All are welcome, especially friends and family of these graduates.

Join the Facebook event.


Graduates* Program or Religious Community Location
Ben Allen Peace Corps
Alexis Altrichter Teach for America
Tori Bender  Covenant House Faith Volunteers
Chris Boitano Society of Jesus Oregon Province
Christine Bolas Annunciation House El Paso, TX
Maureen Book AmeriCorps or Peace Corps
Elizabeth Boos L’Arche Mobile, AL
Claire Bowens Border Servants Corps El Paso, TX
Kayla Brimeyer ACE Austin, TX
Briana Bruce Jesuit Volunteer Corps San Antonio, TX
Allie Corrigan L’Arche Tacoma, WA
Megan Crowell Magis Catholic Teacher Corps  Crete, NE
Chris Culhane Rostro de Cristo Ecuador
Theresa Cusic Jesuit Volunteer Corps Newark, NJ
Asialee Drews Jesuit Volunteer Corps Brooklyn, NY
Kate Dorman Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Bolivia
Joel Fuchs Colorado Vincentian Volunteers Denver, CO
Caitlin Gaule Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Winnebago, NE
Anna Green JVC Northwest Yakima, WA
Laura Green L’Arche Tacoma, WA
Steph Haas Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Portland, OR
Katie Hart
Melissa Hollabaugh Amigos for Christ Nicaragua
Brian Israel Cap Corps Midwest Chicago, IL
Casey Jergenson Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Grays Harbor, WA
Elizabeth Julian Cap Corps or Project Serve
Sara Krajicek Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Winnebago, NE
Marie Lesiak L’Arche Tacoma, WA
Ally Lynn Jesuit Volunteer Corps Scranton, Pa
Maura Manning Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Crete, NE
Ben McCann Cap Corps Peru
Maddie Moore College Possible Omaha, NE
Tim Nendick Uganda
Anna Osborn Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Hillsboro, OR
Mike Rios Rostro de Cristo Ecuador
Kristina Roselle L’Arche Jacksonville, FL
Will Rutt Maryknoll Language Institute Bolivia
Claire Schuster  JVC or JVC Northwest
Carissa Smith Teach for America Philadelphia, PA
Becca Stephan Somos Hermanos Guatemala
Katie Stockdale Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Spalding, NE
Nick Stukel Somos Hermanos Guatemala
Sydney Stulock Urban Catholic Teachers Corps Boston, MA
Audri Talmadge Colorado Vincentian Volunteers Denver, CO
Daniel Taylor Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Hood River, OR
Kathleen Watkins  Fidesco
Ryan Williams
Jocelyn Wu  Mennonite Central Committee SALT Chad or India
Kayla Zobel Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Omak, WA

*Please Note: Information listed here about graduates’ plans for next year is not necessarily final.