International Volunteers Day
Jesuit Missions is joining the United Nations to celebrate International Volunteers Day on the 5th December. Over one hundred volunteers have put their faith into action and volunteered overseas with Jesuit Missions in the last ten years.
Teresa Undurraga, Volunteer Coordinator says,
“On this day we want to celebrate the commitment and compassion that has been shown by all our volunteers throughout the last decade and look forward to supporting many more volunteers in the coming years.”
Jesuit Missions volunteer programme encourages volunteers based in the UK to live out their faith by serving in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world. They offer a range of placements giving people the opportunity to spend up to six months supporting communities across Africa and Asia.
In September we launched a new volunteer programme in partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service in South Africa. Bethan Morgan who is currently volunteering in South Africa, says
“My experiences have allowed me to be inspired by the bravery of refugees and become even more determined to follow a path which seeks to help those most vulnerable in society. Although the stories of many of them are harrowing, and the circumstances in which they live are extremely challenging, they have taught me so much about the value of human dignity, kindness and hope.”
In 2019 Jesuit Missions will be offering four placements in South Africa, Tanzania, India and Kyrgyzstan. Volunteers can choose to spend one to six months working with refugees, teaching in a school or running a summer camp for young people.
All of these experiences offer volunteers a unique opportunity to get immersed in a new culture, to live simply and to experience an active faith.