Emma Peers Tejero; Julian Butler, SJ -
[From “Jesuits 2023 - The Society of Jesus in the world”]
A Jesuit tertiary
student-focused ministry to volunteer in various ways and places.
In 2014 then
19-year-old Australian Paddy Jenkins spent nine months volunteering as an
English teacher for school students in Northern Thailand. Paddy took the
opportunity after finishing school to engage in service through The Cardoner Project, a Jesuit tertiary
student-focused ministry. The Project had begun four years earlier, in 2010, as
a response to the desire of young people to serve those most in need in the
“As cliché as it may
sound, my time through The Cardoner
Project was completely life changing. It took me outside my comfort zone
and forced me to interact with people, a language, and a culture so
dramatically different to what I was used to,” says Paddy.
Over the past decade the Project has offered
opportunities for hundreds of young people like Paddy to accompany and serve
those in disadvantaged communities, both locally and internationally. The
international and domestic volunteer program sees young people engage
in-community for 6- and 12-month placements, often supporting Jesuit works.
These placements have ranged from Vietnam, Thailand, Micronesia, Tonga, Zambia
to the Northern Territory in Australia.