A Dominican volunteer is a person, at least 21 years of age who, like Dominic, feels compassion for others (“What will happen to the people who suffer…?”) and consequently unselfishly gives his/her time and work in response to a call from God and makes a personal commitment.
The volunteer is a person who after discovering and coming to know the Dominican life and mission, brings his/her own unique gifts (personal and professional) as a contribution to the common mission of preaching the Gospel as family in a new cultural context.
o Good physical and emotional health
o Capable of good communication and human relations
o Adapts to and learns from different situations
o Accepts and respects differences
o Enjoys team work
o Freedom from familial or financial responsibilities while in the program
o A person of initiative and enthusiasm
o Has compassion
o Patient: knows how to respect the rhythms of others
o Has the tools needed for the tasks at hand
o Knows how to interpret daily happenings with eyes of faith
o Looks at lived experiences, asks questions (reflects), searches for answers (studies), and communicates (preaches)
o Familiar with Dominican spirituality, life, mission and style of preaching
o Possesses discretion
o Optimistic and joyful, even in difficulties
(From DVI Statutes)
HOW TO BEGIN THE PROCESS
First of all we advise you to become informed about DVI: the web site, download the reflections of ex-volunteers, etc. You can communicate your interest to the DVI office, and we can respond to your concerns. At the same time it is advisable for you to discern this option with persons from the Dominican community whom you know best and who know you well. (In some countries DVI has contact persons and former volunteers with whom you can also communicate.) If you wish to proceed, you should ask the Dominican community to send a letter of recommendation to DVI, for this is a requisite for beginning the application process.
After we receive the recommendation, we will send you an application form to complete and return with the information that we need. If we receive you as our “volunteer-in-process” you will receive a formal letter of acceptance from the director. She is the person who is responsible for advising you and coordinating the process with you. Your community of reference for DVI is called your “sending community”.
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