Michele Kelley

Michele Kelley

Michele Kelley

Program Coordinator – Belize and Tanzania
Email: mkelley@jesuitvolunteers.org

Fun Fact: Worked as a barista in college and could serve you some heart or foliage art with your latte.

What passions and experiences brought you to JVC’s staff?

I come to JVC by way of studying at Boston College and experiencing faith-based international service with Rostro de Cristo in Ecuador. My passions for broadening my global perspective of the church and how it functions in different societies and cultures, as well as working to promote a model of social justice rooted in accompaniment and relationship-building attracted me to work at JVC.

What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?

I look for different ways to explore creative outlets and learn fun new skills. I like to sing, am learning guitar and piano, and am a music aficionado who likes to make playlists for any type of day or mood. I also enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and going on walking or biking city adventures around the DC area with friends.

What makes you laugh?

When things get lost in translation, people who make goofy facial expressions when they are being very serious, looking at photos of capybaras, bad jokes, toddlers doing or saying anything, and my dad.

What is most rewarding about your role at JVC?

The accompaniment of Jesuit Volunteers. Living out a two-year service commitment in an international context is demanding and every day I am impressed and humbled by how the JVs engage with their social environment through the lens of JVC’s mission and values. It is also life-giving to manage relationships with our partner organizations and local support people as it allows me to learn about how various social ministries function in Tanzania and Belize.

What do you wish other people knew about JVC?

JVC is actively striving to create an inclusive community for Jesuit Volunteers, former JVs, staff, and all of our constituents so that anyone who desires to deepen their engagement with issues that matter to life on the margins can do so in a supportive environment and hopefully develop sustainable practices for a lifelong pursuit of social justice.