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 […]
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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 […]
The Comedor Infantil was founded on November 17, 2009 by the Passionist Volunteers International of 2009-2010 in Talanga, Honduras. The Comedor Infantil is located in the community of Nuevo San Diego, one of the poorest communities in Talanga. The idea for the Comedor originated from the volunteers seeing children scavenging through a dumpster for food. Learning […]
Written by Natalie Crawley I knew that trying to teach children in Jamaica to read was going to be a difficult task, especially when those children are five Bosco Boys between the ages of 14 and 17. I look at these boys, some of them taller than me, halfway to manhood and it breaks my […]
Written by Brendan O’Leary A cap and gown can be stifling in the Caribbean heat. None the less, I was so happy to be seated with fellow faculty on stage for the graduation ceremony for the Catholic College of Mandeville. CCM is a school founded by Passionist Sister Una O’Connor, that offers Diploma, Bachelors, and […]
PVI Sean Clores shares about his experiences in Jamaica and how it’s impacting his life. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHiDNWlFI3g&w=560&h=315] Please consider supporting Sean and his fellow PVIs: Kathryn, Danielle, Brendan, and Natalie in their work with the people of Jamaica. Make A Donation
Written By Kathryn Keane It is incredible how much things can change in just a month; August has been an extreme example of this for me here in Jamaica. Leading into August, the previous volunteers took us under their wings and introduced us to our missions. I watched each of them in complete admiration of […]
PVI 2011-12 Orientation is underway! The Volunteers will spend the next month building community and going through formation to help prepare them for their year of service. We are blessed to have presenters who have extensive background and experience serving and living in Jamiaca. We’ll be learning about “Kingston Ministries,” “The Caribbean Christ,” “History of the […]
By Chanel Marin Ledi never lets us leave her house without enjoying a cup of coffee, bread, and a small meal. When she serves our plate, we always receive the biggest portion, even though she struggles financially. Last week on an afternoon visit, she served our dinner and proceeded to serve a […]
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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