Entries by PassionistVolunteers

Tania spreads the joy of Christmas

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 […]

Kyle Grant finds his niche

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 […]

Brendan O’Leary Finds that Respect is the Key to Accompaniment

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 […]

Natalie Crawley’s “Day in the Gully”

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 […]