Last week Jamaica celebrated its national Labour Day (May 23rd). Not knowing differently, I assumed the island holiday would play out similarly to the American Labor Day I always knew: characterized by rest, cookouts, and time with family and friends. Both Jamaican and U.S. Labour/Labor Days recognize the working class for contributions made to overall […]
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When I look back on my time in Jamaica, I can summarize the whole experience thus far with just one word, community. I knew it would encompass a large part of this experience since it is one of the main pillars of PVI, but I never realized, until recently, just how crucial it is to […]
Most Sundays I spend visiting families that live close to Somerset Primary School. Sundays, in my community at least, entail washing clothes, playing soccer, and chatting outside little snack shops. Last weekend I spent the afternoon accompanying a couple I’ve grown to love for many reasons. For one, they function […]
About 2,000 miles away from home and living in a foreign country with three strangers. This unfamiliar situation probably sounds scary and I’ll admit it was a little at first for me. For 23 years, I have lived a sheltered life in Minnesota surrounded by loving family and friends. After finally graduating from college I […]
I always thought I was a fairly flexible and go with the flow person so to speak, well until arriving to Jamaica that is. In these past few months, I have been learning how to truly accept the fact that most things are inevitably out of my control. I have realized that plans will change […]
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being in Jamaica thus far, it’s that nobody goes out when it rains. Rain is to blame for most all sicknesses here. You have a cold? You must have gotten yourself wet outside… Despite the warnings, I find something sacred about Jamaican rain. It comes on most afternoons […]
Dear PVIs, Thursday, April 21st marks the third anniversary of death of Brooke Lahr, PVI Honduras, August 2010 – October 2011, a poignant memory for PVI. While employed with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Brooke suffered a fatal vehicular accident while on holiday in Acapulco. I’m thinking particularly these days of Mark and […]
Sr. Hellen is my friend and mentor. She is an Assumption Sister of Nairobi and moved from Kenya several years ago to work in Jamaica. She is a nurse and runs a clinic as well as an HIV/Aids outreach ministry. She is one of my heroes and has some lovely catch phrases that I repeat […]
I’ve never been good at starting blog posts. I have always found it to be a bit awkward. So instead of just getting right to it, allow me to tell a joke instead: What do you get when you cross a Jamaican and a ginger? So now that the intro is finished, allow me […]
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Passionist Volunteers International (PVI) is a non-profit, post-graduate international volunteer program dedicated to service of the rural poor in Jamaica, West Indies. Volunteers commit to one or two years of international service in the spirit of accompaniment and the pillars of service, community, simplicity and spirituality.
•SERVICE - Directing our outreach to the marginalized
•COMMUNITY - Sharing life to strengthen our service and faith
•SIMPLICITY - Living beyond our comfort zone to be in solidarity
•SPIRITUALITY - Taking time to explore our personal and communal faith