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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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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