Many students are attracted to well-established opportunities to serve communities domestically or internationally, including the PeaceCorps, Americorps, Teach for America, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, teaching in Thailand, and others. These structured volunteer opportunities come with year or multiyear commitments and often have competitive application processes.
The Center for Community Service and Justice maintains a website about service opportunities after graduation, with links to organizations and answers to frequently asked questions--including what to tell your parents! Check it out here.
Your other key source is someone who has done it. You may find knowledgeable folks via:
Career Center, W002, x2232, http://www.loyola.edu/thecareercenter
Center for Community Service and Justice, Humanities 142, x2989
Campus Ministry, Cohn Hall 8, x2222
- Any faculty or staff member who participated in a given program. Strike up a conversation!