Good Shepherd Volunteers provides full-time volunteers with the opportunity to use their God-given talents to serve women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. GSV has placements in the United States and internationally in a variety of fields: domestic violence, fair trade, economic justice, youth counseling, foster care, after-school programs, and education.

All volunteer placements we offer are at Good Shepherd programs.  GSV is also unique in offering hands on experience in social work and counseling to recent college graduates.

Placements: Education, Special Education, Youth Counseling, After-School Programs, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Fair Trade & Economic Justice, Public Policy & Government Contracts


Domestic: Priority, March 1; Final, June 1

International: Priority, March 1; Final, April 1


One year commitment, beginning in August. Encouraged to renew for a second year, particularly for international placements.


Domestic: New York City, New Jersey, Baltimore, Los Angeles

International: Malaysia, Thailand, Chile

Funding & Benefits

Stipend: $200+ per month

Fundraising: There is fundraising necessary for domestic program.  For the international volunteers there is a fundraising goal of $4,000 with a minimum of $2,000 to serve.

AmeriCorps Education Awards: The majority of placements.

Loan Forbearance: With AmeriCorps positions.

Housing: Provided

Intentional living community: Yes. Volunteers live in an intentional community where they provide support to one another, share their experiences of service, and commit to building open and honest relationships.  In community life, volunteers are invited to share meals, pool their money for food, share chores, and have regular community nights and spirituality nights (2 nights per week).  Communities range in size between 2 to 7 volunteers.

Board: Part of stipend

Travel and Transportation: ?

Health Insurance: Provided

Mission & Distinctives

Good Shepherd Volunteers collaborates with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to provide full-time volunteers with the opportunity to work in social service ministries and to use their God-given talents serving women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. Developing relationships with the marginalized of our world empowers volunteers to grow in knowledge and faith that inspire them to lead a life of seeking justice. Good Shepherd Volunteers was founded in 1992 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who desired to incorporate more people into their ministries around the country. GSV was founded with two volunteers in New York, and grew into a program that now places volunteers across the US and around the world. There are over 200 volunteer alumni in our growing network who continue to carry forward the Good Shepherd mission in their lives. We were founded, and continue to focus, on the Four Tenets of Social Justice, Simplicity, Spirituality, and Community.


All applicants must be at least 21 years old and have obtained a bachelor’s degree.  We can accept international volunteers who are able to obtain their own visa.


We accept applicants of all religious backgrounds, including those who identify as agnostic or unsure.  As long as an applicant has an interest in growing in their own personal spirituality, and an openness to learn about the spirituality of others, we can welcome them into GSV.


“I feel that I have been awakened and invigorated in so many areas of my life. My experience here is helping shape me into the person I’ve wanted to be for so long. The joy & challenges throughout this year are life-changing and have helped my emotional, physical, and psychological spirit grow. I’m so grateful for this experience, and can’t wait to see where it leads me down the rest of my life journey.”

“Through all of this, though often frustrating, difficult and tiring, my work has constantly given me a sense of purpose and belonging. Though all of my kids try me in different ways and at different times I have discovered an unconditional love for them I have never felt before. Their energy, humor (both intentional and unintentional) and love for life is something that I see as an inspiration.”
“To find myself, a transient, in a neighborhood so firmly planted in the ground, was strange. I felt like I was marked from the beginning as a foreigner. Anything I did or said would stick out. I’d never be accepted or made to feel part of but always apart from. From the outside, Red Hook seemed impenetrable…(However) no matter what kind of day I was having, it truly brought joy to my experience to know that Angelica had given me some stake in Red Hook, some sense of tradition to hold on to. The simplicity of a child’s affection brought me through this year, humbled me, and showed me the meaning of belonging…”