VLM Application

  • 2017 VLM Application

    You are able to digitally submit this application once it is completed.

    The following must be received by March 1st in order for your application to be considered complete:

    - A copy of this application form
    - A copy of your current resume
    - Reference forms completed by 3 people (either digitally or print)
    - Answers to questions 1-15
    - Answers to the self-appraisal of health and well-being for service

    Application can also be printed and emailed. Find it here

    Please send completed applications to Jessica Werner, VLM Director, via email or post:
    Jessica Werner
    Attn: VLM Application
    134 Hemlock Pl.
    Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

    Email: vlm.director@gmail.com

    Please note: late applications will not be considered.

    Short-listed applicants will be asked to interview either in-person or on Skype. Participants will be selected by late March.

  • About You

  • exactly as it appears on your passport (first, middle, last)

  • **You must have a passport to apply, or you must supply proof that you have applied for a passport**
  • (if different from above)
  • **shirts run small**

  • Please upload your current resume
  • Parent/Emergency Contact Info

  • References

    Names of three people who will be serving as your references (see reference form here. Your references should fill out these forms and mail, email, or submit electronically to Jessica Werner, VLM Director, by March 1, 2017):

    a. One of these should be someone who knows your professional and interpersonal capabilities. If you are currently employed please ask your supervisor to write this letter.
    b. A second should be someone who can attest to your faith life.
    c. A third should be a peer (colleague, roommate, close friend)
    **NOTE: References from family members will not be accepted.**

  • Name, Job Title, Email/Phone
  • Name, Job Title, Email/Phone
  • Name, Job Title, Email/Phone
  • Questions

    Please answer the following questions:
  • Self-appraisal of Health & Well-being for Service

    To be filled out by the applicant. Please answer each question honestly and carefully.

    VLM travels to different sites each year based on the qualifications of the applicants and the needs of the Daughters of Charity in each country. As missionaries, we are sent where we are most needed. We cannot guarantee that you will be placed at the site that you indicate. Please indicate your site preference.

  • Possible Ethiopia Sites (July 2017)

    VLM will not be traveling to Kenya in 2017. We hope to resume work in Kenya in 2018. We are also closely monitoring the situation in Ethiopia. If it is deemed unsafe to send VLM in 2017, we will not accept any volunteers.

    Jimma: Up to six VLM may travel to Jimma in July 2017 to work as English teachers in various schools in the community. VLM may also participate in other ministries in Jimma as requested by the Daughters of Charity. Jimma is a city located in Southwest Ethiopia.

    Bahir Dar: Up to six VLM may travel to Bahir Dar in July 2017. Ministries in Bahir Dar may include teaching English to strudents grades K-12, working with local teachers, and/or working in various roles in Women's Development Center. Bahir Dar is located in Northwestern Ethiopia.

    Both sites are open to teachers and non-teachers.
  • Ethiopia

    • Open to those who are 21-35 years of age.
    • Tentative Dates: June 28 - July 31st
    • The dates include a mandatory orientation in Chicago at DePaul University from June 28-30. You are responsible for the cost of a one-way ticket to Chicago. VLM will fly out of Chicago and you will fly back into your home airport on July 31.
  • Financial Requirements

    This program requires a $2,500.00 donation to the Daughters of Charity.

    If you are accepted into the program, you will need to send a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 to Jessica Werner by April 15. The additional $2,000.00 donation must be received by Jessica Werner no later than June 15.

    Checks should be made payable to Daughters of Charity.

    In addition to your donation, you are responsible for paying for the following:
    - Tourist visa for Ethiopia
    - Vaccinations
    - Supplies for your site
    - Transportation to Chicago for orientation and the October retreat

    Upon acceptance to the program, you will be mailed a packet that includes country and site-specific information, packing lists, visa information, and fundraising ideas.

  • Ackowledgement of Responsibility

    I understand that the volunteer work I am applying for will entail time of preparation which will have components of Vincentian spirituality (in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac) and I am willing to participate in the Eucharist at least weekly with the community overseas. I commit to daily prayer and reflection and honest apostolic reflection with my community members.

    I understand that I commit myself to additional participation in VLM when I return. This will include a follow up retreat in the fall (October 6-8, 2017). Your commitment will also include the following: speaking about the experience, procuring funds to help sponsor children or to enhance the ministry of the Vincentian community in Kenya and Ethiopia, preparing new VLM for the mission.