Volunteer Program

Beginning in the 1960’s, Red Cloud volunteers have worked in partnership with the Lakota community and the Jesuits to serve the mission of Red Cloud Indian School.

Each year, volunteers serve nearly 600 Lakota students in one of three Catholic, Jesuit schools on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. During their ten-month term of service, which can be renewed for up to three years, Red Cloud volunteers work as classroom teachers, school support staff, bus drivers, coaches, and/or activity club sponsors. The volunteer experience, however, extends well beyond the boundaries of our classrooms and schools.

Red Cloud volunteers have opportunities to become involved in the larger Lakota community through participation in Catholic parishes, Lakota religious ceremonies, cultural events such as powwows, basketball leagues, and family gatherings to mourn or celebrate. Volunteers live in intentional house communities and are challenged to live the core values of the volunteer program: building community, growing spiritually, living simply, and working for justice in education. If you have a strong desire to serve the mission of Red Cloud Indian School, immerse oneself in Lakota culture, and be challenged by these core values, then this volunteer program might be a good fit for you!

For more information, contact Anne Grass, volunteer coordinator, at 605/867-5888 ext. 2236 or volunteer@redcloudschool.org.