My calendar reminds me that there is a holiday today; a day to give thanks. But as I wake up to the early sun streaming through my window and the choruses of the children beginning their school day (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this but we live in an apartment over a school, aka […]
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Today was a big day! After a morning at the beach, where we all got a lot of color, we finally found out exactly where we will be working this coming year! I could not be happier with my placements. We will all have a lot of things on our plate, but I can’t wait […]
Back in my days of summer camp at Camp Foster, there was a sign leading to one of the beach areas that read “God. Others. Self.” Those three simple words have resonated with me ever since my note passing days as an awkward 10-year old camper. 12 years later (yes I’m FINALLY 22), the image […]
One Tuesday morning back in March at about four in the morning, I received a call from one of the mothers in Albion Gully, a community where I work on youth and community development. I answered thinking it might be an emergency, and I could hear Prim, as she is often referred as, filled with […]
Just the other day, as I made my way up the hill to the entrance of Somerset Basic School, I was almost toppled over as I was swarmed with knee-high hugs from my students shouting “Miss Lindsay!,” “Good morning teacher!,” and “Miss a-come!” The principal of the school gently corrected them, saying, “You must call […]
Over the past two weeks Jamaica has played host to a group of volunteers from Wisconsin called Helping Hands. These adults come to the island to help out with various building projects- restoring school playgrounds, houses, roofs, even building beds. For the first part of their recent trip they visited the clinic in Maggoty. The […]
As Christmas time approached in Jamaica, the central question became how I would handle spending the holiday season away from home. To be honest, I was a bit nervous. Whereas in the states, the holiday season is usually a break from school and work, it was much busier in Jamaica. I was not only planning […]
There is no shortage of energy in the students of St. Margaret Mary in Lionel Town, where I am a teacher’s assistant. I help with the Computer and Physical Education classes for grades one through six, and have felt a strong connection to all of my students from the beginning. Unlike my work in the […]
A very wise author, Madeleine L’Engle, once said: “Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.” These first few months in Jamaica, in fact, the first few weeks, have taught me that thus far in my life, I have indeed been very confused. Not the kind of confused when you fail […]
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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