VE Global

We foster the development of children at social risk in Chile by training and empowering volunteers to serve as positive role models, educators and advocates of social justice. To achieve our mission, we: Create and implement engaging education and recreation programs for children. Develop leadership and mentoring skills in volunteers throughout their intensive, long-term service commitment. Collaborate with child service organizations by providing complementary programming and support, introducing children to new opportunities, and garnering resources and social capital. Motivate a global network of former volunteers to engage their local communities in support of social justice for child...
Dec 28, 2011

Let's Read!

This summer we are excited to start our ¡Vamos a Leer! program throughout our eight institutions. The program aims to motivate children to read more over the slow summer months and help inspire them through the stories they hear. This year we were awarded a grant from the Chilean government to help us provide even more books that the volunteers can take in to read with the younger children and to encourage the older children to read independently.

Some of the children in our program already enjoy reading but have limited resources to help further their interest, but there are also quite a few children who would never think of reading as a way to spend their free time.  Through !Vamos a Leer!, we hope to change this because we know the importance of reading in terms of expanding vocabulary, increasing their reading ability and improving their overall academic performance. Our program lets children choose their own books and sets age/skill appropriate goals for finishing them.  At the end of the Chilean summer, we plan to celebrate the close of the program with Carnaval, a fun outdoor event for all the children who reached their reading goals.

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Dec 6, 2011

Liga de Deportes November 2011

On November the 19th we had our last Liga of the year. A fun day filled with sports, games and silly races aimed at getting the kids more active! The children loved getting involved and trying new things such as sack races, wheelbarrow races and egg and spoon races, using ping-pong balls to avoid any egg-smashing incidents! They also appreciated the opportunity to use proper sports equipment and full-size basketball courts and soccer pitches.

After the games the children tucked into a healthy snack and had a go at a dance class, tennis and the various games such as chess and twister laid out for them. We also do fun trivia questions, this time about the sun and how to protect your skin, with all the kids winning goodie bags to take home with them!

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Sep 21, 2011

New Volunteers for the Kids

Our September 2011 class has arrived! 14 new volunteers went through VE's ten-day orientation and are from four countries, including England, Germany, Australia and the United States. Highlights from orientation included training sessions on: how VE functions in Chile, health and safety, how to best work with children, VE’s educational programs, culture shock, a Chilean Food charla and many more.

Volunteers have already begun thinking about fun and educational projects to do with the children and with VE's Festival de Arte around the corner; we're excited to see what they come up with. Keeping our social-service institutions filled with good volunteers is extremely important to the work we do and we're so excited to have our new volunteer class! If you´re interested in volunteering check us out! 

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