Missionary Program

VIDES (Volunteers International for Development, Education and Solidarity) is dedicated to the education and development of young people and women in poverty or difficult situations. VIDES volunteers serve throughout the world with the Salesian Sisters to promote social justice.


  • felt compassion for the less fortunate?

  • felt called to speak out against social injustices?

  • felt moved to go the extra mile but didn't know where to start?

  • wanted to serve Christ present in those who suffer?

VIDES might be a way for you to do something about it!


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Volunteer Missioners

  • are 21 years of age or older

  • are in good physical, emotional and spiritual health

  • are passionate about service!

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Service Details


  • serve short term or long term missions
  • serve domestically or internationally in countries where our Salesian Sisters are present (98 countries)
  • are provided room, board and international health insurance
  • pay for travel to and from mission site.
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Ways to Serve

  • Teaching
  • Youth Ministry
  • Recreational activities
  • Community Outreach
  • Religious Education
  • Healthcare
  • Working with migrants
  • and other youth oriented services

2021 Volunteer - Leeshia Rocha

Leeshia Rocha graduated from the University of Dallas in 2020 with a degree in English and Ethics. Leeshia has a passion for human rights and specifically for healthcare policies. She will be able to apply this passion during her internship at the United Nations in Geneva beginning in January 2022.


2021 Volunteer - Betsy Nieto

Betsy Nieto is from Batavia, Illinois where she has been a preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teacher for the past 11 years. Betsy enjoys singing and doing youth ministry and hopes to put those skills to use as she volunteers with our Sisters in Sicily at a home they have for migrants and refugees.


2021 Volunteer - Jessica Sardina

Jessica Sardina graduated from Villanova University in May 2021 with a BA in English and Humanities. She was very active in campus ministry and has a passion for social justice and working with the migrant community. She will be volunteering with our Sisters in Mexico at a boarding school for girls for one year.


2021 Volunteer - Nancy Salazar

Nancy Salazar is from Houston and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management from the University of Houston in 2015. She has been working for a medical clinic since 2012, most recently verifying insurance benefits. She has been very involved with an Hispanic youth group in Houston which will help her as she volunteers with our Sisters in Puerto Rico this Fall.


2021 Volunteer - Celinda Lopez

Celinda Lopez graduated from Texas A&M in May 2021 with a degree in Psychology. She was very involved with campus ministry during college, specifically with the Hispanic campus ministry. This experience will be put to good use as she serves with our Sisters in Scotland for one year as a part of a retreat ministry team.

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2021 Volunteer - Janine Snyder

Janine Snyder is from California but has been living in Phoenix since 2015. After graduating with her degree in Education, she has been an assistant in a Kindergarten classroom at a Catholic grade school. Janine will be serving with our Sisters in Scotland as part of their retreat ministry team for one year.


2021 Volunteer - Nicole Galan

Nicole Galan is from San Antonio, TX and graduated in May 2020 from University of Texas San Antonio with a Master's Degree in Administration. She has worked as a nanny, medical assistant, and played soccer in college. She will be volunteering with our sisters in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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2021 Volunteer - Desireah Rodman

Desireah Rodman is from Laredo, TX and graduated from Texas A&M International University in December 2020 with a BS in Biology. She will volunteer in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. Desireah has many years of experience working with young people at her parish and also leading retreats in college.

2021 Volunteer - Gabbi Fusco

Gabbi Fusco is from Elkhorn, WI. She graduated from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois in 2019 with a degree in Communications. She enjoys cooking/baking, working out and journaling. Gabbi will be serving with our sisters in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.


2021 Volunteer - Jessica Litolff

Jessica Litolff is from Livingston, Louisiana and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in December 2020 with a BS in Accounting. She will volunteer in Westwego, Louisiana at one of our elementary schools. Jessica loves sports, baking, painting, and drawing.

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2021 Volunteer - Riley Wendling

Riley Wendling is from Seattle, WA and graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with a BA in Business Administration & Human Resources and Accounting. She will volunteer in Granada, Nicaragua. Riley enjoys singing, playing the piano, baking, and hiking.

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