Alumni Volunteer Program

The mission of the Alumni Volunteer Program is to create
an intentional community-based approach to live out our school's mission to be "men for and with others"
by engaging passionate young men in vital service
that fosters leadership committed to faith in action.

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The Program

Bellarmine College Prep’s Alumni Volunteer Program is a service program for alumni who have recently completed their undergraduate degree. Our vision is to build intentional community and leadership through service to the school for an academic year. Through their work, alumni volunteers (AVs) gain a deeper appreciation for their school and service-learning while living with fellow alumni volunteers. The AVs also grow in their understanding of Ignatian spirituality through community life and regular meetings with members of the Bellarmine faculty and Jesuit community. 

Details: 
  • Alumni volunteers are typically placed in one or two of the following roles:  tutoring in the Academic Resource Center (ARC), aiding the Christian Service Program (CSP) by overseeing freshman service hours and/or teaching a class (need dependent).  In addition, volunteers are expected to be engaged with campus life by coaching a sport, moderating a co-curricular, attending retreats, participating in immersion trips and/or chaperoning school events. In all activities, the volunteers serve as mentors and role models for current Bellarmine students.
  • The commitment for an alumni volunteer is 10 months, from August to June. Volunteers will gather for an orientation at the end of the summer and then will join the Bellarmine faculty for their back-to-school meetings before the start of classes.
  • The alumni volunteer community has weekly dinners with the Jesuit community and a faculty advisor, as well as a mid-year retreat.
  • Bellarmine provides alumni volunteers with housing, health insurance, lunch on weekdays and a modest monthly stipend.
  • Beyond the work, an important element of the alumni volunteer experience will be life in community. All alumni volunteers will live together and will be intentional about structuring time for communal meals, communal prayer and reflection, and communal recreation.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact faculty mentors, Aaron Langerman '11 or Paul Spitzmueller.

Application for the 2018-2019 School Year 

FAQs

Q

How many AVs are typically selected each year?

A

Three or four alumni volunteers are selected each year, depending on school needs and the applicant pool.

Q

When is the application deadline?

A

All resumes and cover letters must be received by March 14, 2018.

Q

What will the rest of the application process look like?

A

An interested applicant must submit a cover letter and resume, which will be reviewed by AV mentors Aaron Langerman and Paul Spitzmueller, as well as principal Kristina Luscher. Candidates advancing to the interview stage will be notified after the March 14th deadline for submission. If the applicant is currently not local to San Jose, the interview can take place over Skype.

Q

Where would I be living as an alumni volunteer?

A

AVs live in a house within walking distance of Bellarmine. It is fully-furnished with beds, couches, a TV, a kitchen table, laundry machines, etc.

Q

How much do AVs get paid?

A

The monthly stipend is $500, in addition to health, dental and vision insurance.

Q

Am I guaranteed to teach if I want to?

A

Not necessarily. Though alumni volunteers have historically taught classes, placement depends on the needs of the various departments and the capabilities of the alumni volunteer.

Q

What other responsibilities does an alumni volunteer have beyond their main placement?

A

The alumni volunteers are expected to serve many needs across campus, so they might help proctor student events and tests, lead immersion trips and Kairos, accompany students to service opportunities, and aid with other needs on campus.

Q

It is typical for AVs to be hired by Bellarmine after their year of service?

A

No, it is not expected or typical for Bellarmine to hire alumni volunteers as full-time faculty members at the completion of their AV year. However, volunteers are welcome to apply for openings that may exist.