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JV Orientation

JV Orientation


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What is Orientation?

Orientation is an essential part of the JV year that offers a chance for you to explore the four values of JVC Northwest, your reasons for joining the program, and your hopes for the coming year. You will meet new friends, former and returning JVs, Jesuits, board members, and our JVC Northwest staff members. You will get to know your new community, meet your Program Coordinator (PC), and learn about your new locale. There will be presentations, gatherings, and fun activities, as well as time for quiet reflection, community, recreation, prayer, and Catholic worship services (liturgies). Orientation will help your community start your year of service with a common foundation and some important tools and insights to bring to your experience.

Orientation 2022: Sowing Solidarity

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” ― Lilla Watson 

Solidarity is a radical act. In a society that worships profit, solidarity is countercultural, and a path to the world we seek to create. But this mutual responsibility or communion of interests can only be cultivated where there is relationship – a web of humans, animals, beings, earth. We cannot be in solidarity with some distant ideal, only with those seeking it. How do we truly encounter each other? How do we become intimately familiar with the ways our lives and loves are bound up with those we may not yet or never know? Might relationships with those next to us guide our understanding of the relentless oil-climate-race-brutality-fire-virus-flood-shooting-crisis? 

Sowing solidarity is a hyper-local, gritty act. It takes time, contact, and ground. It relies on the flawed and hopeful generations of seeds, sowers, and soil ecology that birthed the present. As a Sower, you must listen to and learn to collaborate with soil, communities, and Spirit. Sowers wait for growth and tend to what has taken hold. Sowers trust in a future still unknown that they may never witness. Sowing may not be as flashy as harvesting, but through the groundwork of listening, introspection, and accompaniment, may we find and feed the network of our bounded liberation with a sense of bounty and abundance.

Travel and Arrival Information


Orientation takes place at Camp Arrah Wanna in Welches, OR, a camp tucked into the woods at the base of Mt. Hood with simple cabins and lodge facilities, located 1 hour southeast of Portland

When to Arrive

Please schedule your arrival in Portland for Monday, August 8. More information about arrival is listed below. If you are arriving before August 8, please plan to book your own lodging. JVC Northwest arranges transportation from Portland International Airport and Union Station Train & Bus Depot on August 8th. JV AmeriCorps members arriving by car should drive directly to camp. Please consult the transportation arrival times below based on your transportation mode.

Luggage Allowance

At the end of Orientation, all JVs are either flying, driving, or taking the train to their locales. You are permitted to bring two pieces of luggage to Orientation. Please limit yourself to these two bags because space in our transportation shuttles will be very tight. Be sure your full name and contact information are clearly labeled on all bags!

Bag 1: 50 lb. or less: we will store this bag for you during Orientation week. JVC Northwest will pay the cost of checking this one bag when you travel to your locale at the end of Orientation.

Bag 2: The bag you'll have with you during Orientation, which should include a sleeping bag, pillow, clothes, etc. for that week. This should be standard airplane carry-on luggage size, regardless of your mode of transportation to your locale. If this second bag is too large to be carried on for free, please note that you will be in charge of covering the cost for this on your way to your service locale. Thank you for your understanding of the limited space and finances for luggage! See below for more about what to pack.

Transportation Arrival Times

Preparing for Orientation

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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Where Are the JVC Northwest Recruiters Going Next?

Check out our upcoming recruitment events below. Don’t see your school or town on the list? Reach out to us at recruiter@jvcnorthwest.org to let us know you’d like us to pay your town a visit! 

Notre Dame | Info Session: Discerning Post Graduate Service | 6:30 PM | COffee House in Geddes Hall

Marquette | Info session (1-2) office hours (2-4) | Career Services Center – Seminar Room