Home away from home
Jiovih Augustave describes herself as a Haitian from Argentina. Her fluency in French, Creole, and English prove her past. Born in Haiti, she recalls spending happy days there, playing in her family’s backyard with her brother. When Jiovih was nine years old, she and her family moved to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
Argentina is where Jiovih’s passion for volleyball began. First stepping onto the court in seventh grade, Jiovih has many great memories of playing volleyball for her team.
Here at Dordt, Jiovih says she is learning to understand more concretely what it means to be a Christian volleyball player. In Argentina, she says, her Christian life remained separate from volleyball, but here she is exploring the way her faith is part of who she is in all of life. Jiovih values the time her team spends in prayer and in memorizing Scripture together. She’s found that volleyball and faith aren’t “two separate things; they’re one.”
Though her first year on campus proved to be a challenging transition, Jiovih has loved meeting other international students and learning about their cultures. She has also enjoyed working for the Spanish department’s live labs, helping other students learn and speak Spanish.
A particular highlight for the pre-architecture student was the “amazing” spring break PLIA trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. Together with her team, she “laughed at anything and everything and nothing,” cooked together, and played with kids. She realized that though her team went “to help people,” the people they worked with “helped us more than we helped them.” Jiovih found that the people she and her team served were truly grateful for what they had, and Jiovih learned from their example and their stories.
Jiovih dreams of living in a big city after college, working out of her own architecture and photography studio. She plans to travel and “see what else there is” in the world before deciding where to call home. But for now, Jiovih is a setter on Dordt’s junior varsity volleyball team, living the busy life of an athlete-student.