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.
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.