Good Shepherd Volunteers 2021-2022 Application

Thank you for applying to Good Shepherd Volunteers. We look forward to getting to know you!

As you complete your application, here are a few things to note:

+ This application must be completed in one session and cannot be saved to finish at another time. You may wish to read through all the questions in advance to help prepare your answers.

+ Applications will be received on a rolling basis until all our placement sites are filled. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

+ A completed application includes:
o This Online Application
o Your Resume
o Names & Emails for 3 References: 1 Professional, 1 Personal, and 1 Communal
o Academic Transcripts

Your application will be reviewed by our staff and admissions committee. You are welcome to reach us with questions by email or phone. We're here to help!

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How did you hear about GSV? (check all that apply)

Keep in mind that your placement will be decided through a conversation with GSV staff.

Please rank your interest in each of our programs.

I am interested in

I am neutral-willing to explore

Part 2: Personal Motivation and Goals

The following short answer questions help us to understand you better. There is no right or wrong answer, but please avoid vague responses, and provide concrete examples whenever possible. Remember, we want to get to know you as much as possible!

Community

Good Shepherd Volunteers invites volunteers to learn how to work together, address conflict, and engage both locally and globally. GSVs live in an intentional community and are encouraged to share meals, discussions, and support. Two nights every week are committed to spending time exploring the tenets together.

Social Justice

Good Shepherd Volunteers encourages volunteers to become agents of engaged compassion by living out the Good Shepherd values of Individual Dignity, Mercy, Reconciliation, and Zeal.

Simplicity

Good Shepherd Volunteers empowers volunteers to live in solidarity with those they serve by living on a limited budget and being intentional about their time, resources, and relationships.

Spirituality

Good Shepherd Volunteers inspires volunteers to respond to St. Mary Euphrasia’s call to “just love” and to explore their personal faith journey. GSV is a Catholic organization associated with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, welcoming volunteers from all spiritual backgrounds and religions.

Miscellaneous​

PART 4: Scenario-Based Questions

Critical thinking and self-awareness are essential to a successful year of service. The questions below are intended to help you demonstrate your decision-making process, and they provide information about what kinds of insights you might use in accomplishing tasks and responding to challenges.

A well-formulated answer to a scenario-based question should begin with articulating what the issue is and why it is a problem. Then, walk us step-by-step through the measures you would take to resolve it, including follow-up after the fact.

PART 5: Autobiography & Resume

Please e-mail a current resume to gsv@gsvolunteers.org. 

Your resume should focus on the following information: Service Experience, Education, and Professional Experience. Please highlight any experience that is related to the mission of GSV and/or includes aspects of direct service, interaction with people, teamwork, etc.

Please select one

PART 6: REFERENCES AND TRANSCRIPTS

Please list three references: GSV will be emailing a form to your references for them to complete.

- One Professional Reference - Someone who can speak to your work ethic and character (Supervisor, Co-Worker, Professor).
- One Personal Reference - Someone who understands your motivation for service (Professor, Campus Minister, Coach, Long Time Family Friend, Friend, Fellow Volunteer).
- One Communal Reference - Someone that you have lived with in the past 4 years who can offer perspective about you as a potential roommate/community member (Roommate, Friend, Residence Hall Staff).


Please do not list family members as references. If you are having difficulty identifying a reference, please contact us for help.

Reference 1: Professional Reference

Reference 2: Personal Reference

Reference 3: Communal Reference

Please e-mail your transcript to gsv@gsvolunteers.org 

Please select one

Demographics (Optional)

Demographics questions help us to get a better understanding of those who apply for our program. This information will be kept confidential and will not affect your placement in the program.

With which gender identity do you most identify?

Which best describes your race or ethnicity?

Which best describes your family's financial situation?

Which best describes your political leaning?

Good Shepherd Volunteers connects recent college graduates to one-year, full time volunteer opportunities serving women, children, and adolescents affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. Developing relationships with under-resourced communities empowers volunteers to grow in a knowledge and faith that inspires them to lead a life of seeking justice. GSV has placements in New York, New Jersey and the Washington D.C. area in a variety of fields: public policy and advocacy, economic justice, youth counseling, foster care and education. 

CONTACT

T: (917) 832-7870 

F: (718) 408-2332

E: gsv@gsvolunteers.org

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