It seems surreal to be sitting in the PVI apartment in Mandeville, Jamaica typing out the first official blog entry. If I close my eyes, I can recall the night at 2AM when I stumbled upon the Passionist Volunteers website. I had previously voiced my desire to journey to the island, but some obstacle always […]
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Junot Diaz, in his novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, recounts the protagonist’s trip from New York to the Dominican Republic to see his family. The novel, though about the Dominican Republic, is startlingly evocative of the entire Caribbean. Oscar, the novel’s hero, talks about the “whirligig that was life” in his […]
By Brendan O’Leary The Usain Bolts, Asafa Powells, and Shelly-Ann Frasers that Jamaica produces in athletics are no accident. In my time volunteering here, I have found that there is a great deal of pride and competitiveness in Jamaica in regards to track and field. This is never more apparent then when the schools here […]
Written by Brendan O’Leary ‘Respect’ is a common salutation and valediction in Jamaica, the word often exchanged as a nicety in conversation between individuals. However, the colloquial use of respect only shadows a cultural and human importance of respect here. In Jamaica, more than it impacts communication, respect develops association and validation between people. The […]
By Natalie Crawley “Natalie, be carefull.” I cannot tell you how many times I heard those words before coming to Jamaica. I have always considered myself to be a very independent person; however, I knew that I was going to have to be much more cautious. When I first vistied Albion Gully with Jen, the […]
Written By Current PVI Kathryn Keane Shifting the van into second gear, I round the first major bend on the narrow road to the rural town of Somerset, and slow down to begin my search. Scanning the sidewalks for the bright green uniforms of my students from the Somerset Primary School I am helped by […]
Current PVI Sean Clores created a video about his volunteer experience for a scholarship competition. He didn’t win the scholarship, but he made the top 10! Congrats Sean!! Now he’s in a follow-up contest against the other 9 videos. Winning depends on people’s votes. Click on the link below for the contest. Go vote for Sean Clores […]
Written by Sean Clores After 2 months of preparation, the Varsity Basketball team at Black River High School played in its first game. Since the beginning of my time here, part of my work has been to help rebuild the program, which had been dormant for the past few years. It’s hard for me to […]
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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