All costs associated with daily living are paid for by the Augustinian Volunteer program, including food, household items and gas for shared community vehicles.
Volunteers live in a fully furnished house or apartment. All utilities, including wireless internet, are provided.
Volunteers are offered the opportunity to obtain health insurance coverage through the the Augustinian Volunteers during their term of service.
Once a volunteer arrives in Philadelphia for orientation, the Augustinian Volunteers provides transportation to the volunteer’s service city, home for winter vacation (domestic volunteers only), to and from retreats and home at the end of the experience.
Each volunteer receives a small bi-weekly stipend.
Shared community vehicles and/or public transportation passes are provided for the purposes of commuting to and from the volunteers’ service sites and engaging in community activities.
All volunteers attend an eight day orientation during which they gain the practical tools needed to succeed as an AV. Each partnering service site also assigns a supervisor to journey with the volunteer during their experience.
Some graduate programs at Villanova University, Merrimack College and Catholic Theological Union offer tuition discounts for former Augustinian Volunteers. Many graduate programs offer scholarships for those who have done a year of service with any program. For a complete list visit Catholic Volunteer Network.
Augustinian Volunteers gain professional experience in education, campus ministry, social services or health care, as well as a variety of skills applicable in nearly any professional setting.
Opportunities for spiritual growth are integrated into the volunteer experience, including three retreats, regular interaction with local Augustinian friars and spiritual accompaniment from the AV staff.
Explore a New City
Most volunteers serve in cities that are new to them! The volunteer experience is intended to give each individual an opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and learn more about a new part of the country or world.
Starting the first day of orientation, volunteers are welcomed into the Augustinian family. Many AVs make lifelong friends and become part of a personal and professional network of like-minded individuals.