Alumni Volunteer Program

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Bellarmine College Prep’s Alumni Volunteer program is a service program for Bellarmine graduates who have recently completed their undergraduate degree. Through their work, alumni volunteers (AVs) gain an important Ignatian service experience. The alumni volunteers also grow in their understanding of Ignatian spirituality through community life and regular meetings with members of the Bellarmine faculty and Jesuit community.

The Program

Bellarmine provides alumni volunteers with housing, health insurance, and a modest monthly stipend. Alumni volunteers are placed within the school according to their interests and skill sets, with a special emphasis on the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and the Christian Service Program (CSP). Volunteers might teach a class, coach a sport, moderate a co-curricular, lead retreats, and/or participate in immersion trips. 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 will have a mid-year retreat, as well as weekly dinners with the Jesuit community and a faculty advisor. 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 Aaron Langerman, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.

Interest Form

We are no longer soliciting interest forms from alumni for the 2017-2018 school year. We will, however, begin the process early in the new year for the 2018-2019 school year.

FAQs

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How many AVs are typically selected each year?

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

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When is the application deadline?

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While there is no hard deadline, Bellarmine typically tries to finalize the upcoming alumni volunteers by March or April so applicants should ideally submit their application in January or February.

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What will the rest of the application process look like?

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An interested applicant must submit a cover letter and resume to both Aaron Langerman and Kristina Luscher, and be interviewed by a group of Bellarmine faculty members. If the applicant is currently not local to San Jose, the interview can take place over Skype.

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Where would I be living as an alumni volunteer?

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

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How much do AVs get paid?

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

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Am I guaranteed to teach if I want to?

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

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

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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?

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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.