Application Process

Volunteer Application Process

Gracias! Thank you for your interest in applying to Rostro de Cristo! Before requesting an application we ask that you review our website thoroughly, and, if you have any questions speak with or email our staff. We are available to answer any questions you have about our program and what you might expect from the volunteer experience.  We want you to feel confident that RdC is a good fit for you should you decide to apply. We know that there are many ways to serve and there are several volunteers programs that offer a variety of ways to cross-cultures, live out one’s faith, and build community. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with other options as well as part of your own personal discernment.

The following is the general profile of an RdC volunteer highlighting the qualities that we look for in our applicants:

Spiritual Life
We look for evidence of an active faith and prayer life in the applicant; that the decision to volunteer flows from a sense of God’s calling; a sense from one’s personal history that this choice is “logical” in a spiritual sense – that it reflects a demonstrated commitment to your faith journey, community, service, and an open and positive engagement with the world we live in.

Personal Development
We seek applicants who have: a healthy sense of self; an ability to live comfortably with others; a sense of humor; an ability to deal with ambiguity; openness to the unplanned and unknown; a healthy sense of the role of authority and belonging to an organization; a respect for individuality; and an appropriate integration of self-reliance and independence with a desire for mutuality and accountability with others.

Physical and Mental Health
Applicants should be: in good physical and mental health; free from illnesses which would cause difficulty in extreme heat, dirt, dust, noise and humidity; without severe dietary limitations; approved by a doctor or physician’s assistant as to general health and fitness of the applicant.

Spanish Language and Intercultural Competency
Competence in Spanish is important as RdC does not provide language training. Competency can come from experiences of intensive study and/or immersion in Spanish and is demonstrated when an applicant is able to carry on a basic conversation in Spanish. An applicant should show evidence of the ability, interest and commitment to continue to grow in competency in Spanish. Furthermore, applicants should demonstrate a respect for other cultures and ways of being in our diverse world; and openness to learning from people of another culture other than their own.

Applying to Rostro de Cristo:

The 2019-2020 application will be available as of November 1, 2018. Applicants must turn in a completed application by February 15, 2019 for our priority deadline. If you are still considering applying to Rostro after February 15th, please email Michele Kelley at after that date. Applications received after this date will still be considered. There is a rolling admissions process and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. Invitations to the 2019-2020 volunteers will be communicated by mid-April, perhaps earlier.

The application includes (please use this list as a check list for your application):

  • Application Form with photo
  • Resume
  • Reflection Questions:
    • Autobiographical Essay
    • Motivation
    • Reflections on 5 Pillars of RdC
    • Cross Cultural Experience
  • Spiritual Reference (due by March 1)
  • 2 General References (due by March 1)

Personal Interview
Upon receiving your application, we will review it and make a determination whether to invite you for an interview.  We will contact you to set up a personal interview. The interview will be guided by Rostro staff and will be an opportunity to delve more deeply into the information you provide on the application. We want to learn about you as a person and the experiences you have had that have fostered within you a desire to be part of a faith-based volunteer program like Rostro de Cristo. Time will be given to answer any questions that remain for you or that have come up in your own information gathering.

Requesting an Application
To become a year-long Rostro de Cristo and request an application please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the information regarding our application process. (If you’ve read over this page, you’ve already done it. Great start!)
  2. Review the information regarding our volunteer program.
  3. Request an application by contacting Michele Kelley at (617) 746-5892 or