Schedule for Mission to Mission 2018 Post-service Reflection Retreat/Workshops. Many people don’t realize the time after volunteers finish their service can be a challenging time. From Mission to Mission retreats are designed to help alums honor their experiences, as well as learn how to move forward in a healthy way. It brings together others who have served, who understand and appreciate each other. It gives people a safe place to reflect on and share experiences. It provides advice and guidance for how to move forward. It offers a framework on how to integrate the experience so that it lives on.
Recognizing what needs healing from the experience
Understanding and dealing with transition
Integrating the experience
From one of Mission to Mission Participants:
“My name is Patrick Decker and I served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Punta Gorda, Belize, for two years. I heard about From Mission to Mission while searching the web for resources available to individuals returning from international service. I did not know what to expect when I arrived on the first day of the re-entry workshop, but I consider it the most important part of my re-entry to the United States. The workshop allowed me space to process crucial aspects of my time abroad in a safe, supportive and communal environment with other recently returned volunteers. The workshop also called me to examine my life and the ways I was (and wasn’t) being true to the mission of my service experience. Julie’s presence and facilitation allowed me to feel heard and appreciated, and above all, it gave me ample opportunity to process and honor the sacredness of my service experience as I continue to integrate its lasting effects into my every-day life.”
Here are some things to know about the workshops:
Retreats/workshops are for domestic AND international volunteers and missioners from any program, university, diocese, etc. They serve EVERYONE!
Former volunteers can attend workshops in the weeks, months or even years after completing their term of service. This retreat is not just for those who recently finished their service.
Volunteers usually struggle financially after they finish their term of service. They work with each individual to make it possible for them to attend. They don’t turn anyone away.
Because many of the participants have just started working and can’t get time off, it is encouraged to come even if you can’t come to the entire workshop.