Good Shepherd Volunteers provides full-time volunteers with the opportunity to use their God-given talents to serve women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. GSV has placements in the United States and internationally in a variety of fields: domestic violence, fair trade, economic justice, youth counseling, foster care, after-school programs, and education.
All volunteer placements we offer are at Good Shepherd programs. GSV is also unique in offering hands on experience in social work and counseling to recent college graduates.
Placements: Education, Special Education, Youth Counseling, After-School Programs, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Fair Trade & Economic Justice, Public Policy & Government Contracts
Domestic: Priority, March 1; Final, June 1
International: Priority, March 1; Final, April 1
One year commitment, beginning in August. Encouraged to renew for a second year, particularly for international placements.
Domestic: New York City, New Jersey, Baltimore, Los Angeles
International: Malaysia, Thailand, Chile
Funding & Benefits
Stipend: $200+ per month
Fundraising: There is fundraising necessary for domestic program. For the international volunteers there is a fundraising goal of $4,000 with a minimum of $2,000 to serve.
AmeriCorps Education Awards: The majority of placements.
Loan Forbearance: With AmeriCorps positions.
Intentional living community: Yes. Volunteers live in an intentional community where they provide support to one another, share their experiences of service, and commit to building open and honest relationships. In community life, volunteers are invited to share meals, pool their money for food, share chores, and have regular community nights and spirituality nights (2 nights per week). Communities range in size between 2 to 7 volunteers.
Board: Part of stipend
Travel and Transportation: ?
Health Insurance: Provided
Mission & Distinctives
Good Shepherd Volunteers collaborates with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to provide full-time volunteers with the opportunity to work in social service ministries and to use their God-given talents serving women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. Developing relationships with the marginalized of our world empowers volunteers to grow in knowledge and faith that inspire them to lead a life of seeking justice. Good Shepherd Volunteers was founded in 1992 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who desired to incorporate more people into their ministries around the country. GSV was founded with two volunteers in New York, and grew into a program that now places volunteers across the US and around the world. There are over 200 volunteer alumni in our growing network who continue to carry forward the Good Shepherd mission in their lives. We were founded, and continue to focus, on the Four Tenets of Social Justice, Simplicity, Spirituality, and Community.
All applicants must be at least 21 years old and have obtained a bachelor’s degree. We can accept international volunteers who are able to obtain their own visa.
We accept applicants of all religious backgrounds, including those who identify as agnostic or unsure. As long as an applicant has an interest in growing in their own personal spirituality, and an openness to learn about the spirituality of others, we can welcome them into GSV.