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Jesuit Volunteers Canada

Mission Statement

Jesuit Volunteers Canada is a ministry of the Society of Jesus in English Canada which offers young people the opportunity to live and/or work with Jesuits promoting justice and peace. The challenge to Jesuit Volunteers is to integrate their Christian faith with community life and apostolic service, drawing on the spiritual tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Jesuit Volunteers Canada offers the volunteers a year or more of experience that will open their hearts and minds to live always conscious of the poor and the earth as they participate in a broader movement, toward a new way of talking about and living church.


Jesuit Volunteers Canada is a faith based and holistic year-long program with the chance to renew for a second year. During the program JVs will work with and be of service to the poor in order to learn about poverty from the “ground up.” JVs are placed in a low income neighbourhood where they live in solidarity with the people that they serve.

Nature of Work

Jesuit Volunteers serve in many different ways depending on the needs of the community and the skills of the JV. Current opportunities may include facilitating native-non native cross cultural experiences with schools, developing youth programs, doing community development and social analysis, and promoting and carrying out ecological practices.


The 2014-2015 program will have programs running in Espanola, Ontario and Toronto, Ontario

Time Frame

JVC is an eleven month commitment from the beginning of September to the end of July



- Provision of room and board - $30/week stipend - Help with the cost of the return trip home for those who complete the year commitment

Cost to Participate

Transportation costs to the orientation


You could make a great JV if you (a)are twenty years or older, (b) have one year to contribute to building a more just and peaceful world, (c) desire to live and work in a community rooted in faith and service and (d) can recognize both your strengths and your weaknesses and want to grow

Other Details

The Jesuit Volunteers Canada focuses on our four tenets of Spirituality, Simple Living, Community, and Social and Eco-Justice. JVs will receive ongoing support and education in each of these areas.

Contact Info

Andrea Weerdenburg
Jesuit Volunteers Canada
5420 Hwy 6 North
Guelph, ON
Canada  N1E 6P9

Last updated: 2014-01-05

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