Are you at a crossroads? Looking for a different way to live your life? Longing to understand and engage in issues of justice and poverty? Perhaps you would consider volunteering overseas with JMV for six months or longer.
Together with our partner organisations we run a number of different programmes including teaching at schools, working at health centres, orphanages and even a radio station which is used both for educational and agricultural purposes.
The Jesuits have been based in a number of communities around the world for decades.They have lived with the people side by side, through thick and thin, through all the political turmoils, wars and economic difficulties. They have a knowledge and love of their communities which is reciprocated..
So, if you volunteer with the Jesuits you will be living at the heart of the community you are sent to. It will be a real experience, away from tourism and hotels. In fact part of our ethos is that volunteers live their lives simply and engage with the local people and culture.
The volunteering experience challenges people and often ,when they return, they decide to live their lives differently, maybe change their careers or dedicate their free time to charity.
However, it is not an experience for the faint-hearted! People have to live in very basic conditions and need to be quite flexible and open to other cultures and faiths. And we are particularly looking for people who are willing to reflect on their experience.
If you are interested in joining our programme for a minimum of six months, please have a look at our website www.jesuitmissions.org.uk ( see volunteering)
Here is an account of the experience of volunteering in Argentina from an Oxford graduate: http://www.jesuitmissions.org/volunteering/volunteeringhome/argentinareport/argentinareport.php