Nira from the agency in San Francisco called and left a message while I was a work today, and I called her back as soon as I got home. She wanted to schedule a phone interview for sometime tomorrow, but she was only free when I was at work, so she asked if I had time to do the interview right then. It hardly felt like an interview at all—she was really friendly and we just talked about the job and some of the things on my resume. After that she put me through to Kate, who is the current Jesuit Volunteer working in the position I was interviewing for, so that I could talk to her and ask her whatever questions I had. She was very friendly as well, and overall I just got a great feeling from this place.
Right now I’ve been “conditionally accepted” to the JVC, which means that although I’m accepted to the program I still need to be accepted by the specific placement. So far it looks promising. I have to call Cedar back tomorrow and tell her whether I want to work for the agency, and the agency will call her and tell her if they want me, and then it will be settled, as long as I didn’t somehow mysteriously mess something up. I would be working in an office 9-5:30, five days a week, so it would be like having my first regular job. I would be responsible for doing client intake interviews and going to the legal clinic on Tuesday evenings, as well as contacting attorneys and working to spread the word in the community about the services of this organization, and I would be using my Spanish a lot.
The living arrangement is a 4-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and living space, in what Kate described as one of the nicer-looking apartment buildings in the city. She said that I would probably be living with 6 other people, and therefore probably sharing a room, which is alright with me. There is internet available there if I want to pay for it, but I would have computer access at work too. She also said that there’s always a lot going on for free in San Francisco and that she tried to compile a list of these things for future volunteers. …And she gave me a lot of other details that are good for me to know but would probably bore you.
Sooo… yeah. I’m actually kind of excited. San Francisco! I’ve never been there! And it’s warm! And I potentially have something of value to do with myself for the next year of my life. It’s kind of scary too, but it’s not that scary… To me, moving to a new city to start a new job on my own without this program would be a lot scarier, as would going to Spain on my own to teach English. This way I have people to live with who are in a similar situation, and I have this whole program behind me for support. They’ve basically even budgeted everything for me: I get $75 a month for food and $85 a month to do with as I choose (which I imagine would largely go toward transportation and doing things around the city—and no, it’s not much, but that’s a part of the JVC value of Simple Living), and my placement would cover my transportation to and from work as well as my health insurance. I would meet all of the Southwest Jesuit Volunteers during orientation in San Jose, which is August 9-14, and they would get us together for (I think) 4 retreats during the course of the year. So it seems really well organized, which I like.
So I’ll let you know when I find out whether I’ve gotten in or not! And then I can start stressing out, either way.
And in case all of that detail hasn’t bored you to death yet and you want to know more about the program itself, this site is a good place to start.