VOLUNTEER Q & A
WHAT DOES IT COST?
We provide airport transportation, housing and meals for lay volunteers. A recommended donation of $200 per person would be appreciated to help cover the cost of meals and utillities.
HOW DO I APPLY?
The first step in becoming an MOP Volunteer is to contact us at any of our locations or e-mail to us at firstname.lastname@example.org We would like to discuss some of the guidelines for volunteers and then we will mail you a Volunteer application.
WHAT WILL I DO?
As a volunteer, you will participate in the life and works of the brothers. We begin with Mass and Morning prayer at 6am, then have breakfast and spend the day in the care centers working with the poor. Later, we pray Evening prayer and the Rosary, then enjoy dinner before relaxing at night.
Tasks in the care centers are always supervised by the Brothers–so don’t be afraid.
WHAT DO I NEED?
When you visit, we will provide you with everything you need except for your clothing, toiletries, cosmetic needs and reading materials. Expect warm weather, but always dress modestly. For more details, see our Rules for Visitors.
WHERE WILL I STAY?
We maintain a guest house on our property that comfortably houses volunteer groups. Sometimes, men bunk with the brothers in the monasteries themselves.
While many of our friends around the world share their material possession with the Missionaries of the Poor, many others share themselves – their time, energy and skills – by visiting MOP Missions and serving as Lay Volunteers.
Lay Volunteers stay with us for up to two weeks and assist the brothers in the daily work of our care centers. In addition to the daily work, volunteers share in the daily life of the community, which includes daily Mass, hours of prayer, meals and lots of music! At the same time, volunteers experience the simplicity of MOP life and gain many spiritual benefits from their time with us and the poor.
Time spent with the Missionaries of the Poor is, for most of our lay volunteers, a life-changing experience. Our visitors go home with a renewed faith, a new love for the poor, a new vision for their lives and plans to return and help again. Your personal prayer life will be enhanced as you get to see how the brothers pray and learn of the devotions that sustain them spiritually. Seeing the simplicity of the brothers, you will likely go home with a heightened sense of the materialism of western culture and an appreciation for a simpler way of life.
RULES FOR VISITORS
While there are so many exciting things to learn and do while you are among the Missionaries of the Poor, we must remember that the Brothers live a partially cloistered life and there are rules to be carefully observed. These rules will give you the freedom to enjoy your visit!