About Brethren Volunteer Service

Sixty years ago, the Church of the Brethren decided that it was time to establish a formal group for "sharing God's love through acts of service."  The Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) took this original goal as its motto and still lives by it today.  The service has over 100 volunteers serving in 19 countries worldwide and in 25 states in the United States.

Once accepted, interns attend one of five annual orientation sessions held nationwide.  Along with fellow BVS volunteers, they discuss social problems, explore their own faith and settle on project placement with help from the permanent BVS staff.  After three weeks of orientation, volunteers ship out across the country and around the world to complete their time of service.


Domestic: must be 18 years old.  International: must be at least 21 years old and have a college degree or similar life experience.

Brethren Volunteer Service

  • Brethren Volunteer Service Recruitment
  • Brethren Volunteer Service
  • 1451 Dundee Avenue
  • Elgin, IL 60120
  • Phone: (800) 323-8039


  • Number of Interns: 101 or more
  • Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Stipend
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


  • Chicago, IL