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.
Check her out at: embraceyourdisquietheart.wordpress.com/
Post-Grad 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.
A 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 and Religious Life Missioning Ceremony
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
Define your own road in life!
, April 26th
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Creighton Rigge Science 120
Ever wondered where you’re headed in life?
How your passions can combine with your major to land you in the career of your dreams?
Well join us April 26th for a viewing of our documentary “Shed the Noise: An Interview Project.”
… This semester, 15 Creighton students interviewed people who have jobs they find interesting. In pooling the interviews, we made a documentary of the inspiring words of those people that have found their own road. Come watch to hear from leaders in the community who have resisted the noise of conformity and stayed true to themselves in finding their life’s work.
Learn how to make a life and not just a living! Check out the RoadTrip Nation website, join us for our viewing, or be part of the movement with our new group beginning in the Fall. http://roadtripnation.com/