Yoga was the theme of this month’s Liga de Deportes, our monthly health and wellness league that offers children a safe outlet to engage in sports, while building their self-esteem and knowledge about healthy living. María Jose Fuentes, our Board Treasurer, taught the children different stretches and breathing techniques. It was a nice change from the faster-paced sports they are accustomed to. In addition to yoga,VE volunteers set up volleyball and soccer games for the children after enjoying a healthy lunch.
We closed Liga de Deportes with a trivia game that quizzed the children on some of the yoga facts that María Jose mentioned during the session and were listed on posters around the gym. Those who answered the questions correctly took home some great prizes, such as art supplies and board games. The children also received a snack bag to eat on their trip home. Next month, we will be hosting our biannual Festival de Arte to celebrate the artwork the children and volunteers created together. Festival de Arte provides a supportive space to build children’s confidence and show off their creativity. This time around, the theme is recycled art. Check back next month to see what creations they made using egg cartons, cereal boxes, yogurt cups, and many other recycled materials! If you are interested in making a positive impact in the lives of children at social risk, come volunteer with VE Global in Santiago, Chile! We are looking for passionate, driven and caring individuals who are willing to make a BIG commitment and a BIG difference! Learn more about our program by visiting our website at http://ve-global.org/volunteer/faqs/ or contact us at info[at]ve-global[dot]org!
Yoga fue el tema de nuestra Liga de Deportes de febrero, nuestra actividad mensual que tiene el propósito de ofrecerles una alternativa sana a nuestros niños; animándolos a participar en deportes y actividades que influirán positivamente en su autoestima y que los ayudará a aprender acerca de las ventajas de vivir más sano. María José Fuentes, miembro del directorio chileno de VE Global, ofreció una sesión de yoga, guiando a los niños a través de diferentes asanas (posturas) y prácticas de pranayama (técnicas de respiración). Fue novedoso y entretenido ver que los niños disfrutaron de algo diferente a las maniobras rápidas y típicas de los deportes tradicionales. Además de yoga, los niños disfrutaron una colación saludable y los voluntarios colaboraron con los niños y las niñas en partidos de voleibol y fútbol.
Cerramos las actividades de la Liga de Deportes con una competencia de trivia en la cual los niños que respondieron correctamente ganaron premios fabulosos como pinturas y juegos de mesa. Finalmente los niños recibieron un snack para disfrutar en camino de vuelta a casa.
El próximo mes, celebraremos la creatividad con nuestro Festival de Arte semestral en el cual mostraremos los trabajos artísticos creados por los niños y nuestros voluntarios.
Festival de Arte ofrece un espacio terapéutico en que los niños adquieren confianza propia y despliegan sus habilidades creativas. El tema de este Festival se centrará en arte con materiales reciclados. ¡Nos entusiasma la oportunidad de ver las obras que han creado con cajas de huevos, cajas de cereal, envases de yogurt y otros materiales reciclados!
This past month we threw two celebrations to recognize the successes of the children we serve!
In the middle of February, VE rewarded 10 children for their excellent participation throughout the past year in our sports program, Liga de Deportes, by taking them to Parque Acuatico El Idilio, a water park outside of Santiago. The children enjoyed riding down water slides in tubes and swimming down the lazy river. They also had a picnic of avocado and cheese sandwiches, fruit, and cookies at the park. Thank you YMCA of Maine for donating funds for this awesome field trip! Last week, we celebrated the end of our literacy program, ¡Vamos a Leer!, by hosting Carnaval. It was an exciting celebration to provide the children with a sense of individual achievement for their efforts toward improving their reading proficiency during the summer months. Thirty-two children swam, played fun games such as Penny Toss and Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and enjoyed a tasty lunch at a community center called COMUDEF Balneario in Santiago, Chile. Other exciting news! We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Hogar Posada del Niño! Around thirty boys between the ages of 5 and 18 live here due to placement by the Chilean family court system. Five VE volunteers have just begun engaging the boys in workshops and programs and will continue to provide them with outlets to stimulate their minds in fun and creative ways.
¡Este mes llevamos a cabo dos celebraciones especiales para reconocer los logros de los niños con los cuales trabajamos!
A mediados de febrero, 10 niños recibieron un premio especial por su excelente participación en nuestro programa Liga de Deportes. Fueron de paseo al Parque Acuático El Idilio en las afueras de Santiago. Los niños disfrutaron mucho de los toboganes de agua y de nadar en el río tranquilo. También tuvieron un delicioso picnic en el parque con sándwiches de palta y queso, frutas y galletas. ¡Agradecemos mucho el apoyo del YMCA de Southern Maine que hizo posible esta excursión muy divertida!
La semana pasada, celebramos el fin de nuestro programa de lectura, ¡Vamos a Leer!, con Carnaval. Fue un evento emocionante, brindándoles a los niños un sentido de logro personal por sus esfuerzos de mejorar su nivel de lectura durante el verano. Treinta dos niños nadaron, jugaron juegos divertidos como Lanzar la Moneda y Ponerle la Cola al Burro además de disfrutar de un almuerzo delicioso en el centro recreativo del COMUDEF en Santiago, Chile. ¡Otras noticias emocionantes! ¡Nos encanta compartir unas noticias de nuestra nueva colaboración con Hogar Posada del Niño! Aproximadamente treinta niños entre 5 y 18 años viven allí debido a la derivación desde el sistema de tribunales de familia. Cinco voluntarios de VE comenzaron recientemente a trabajar con ellos en nuestros programas, que les brindan oportunidades tales como paseos y talleres para estimular sus mentes de forma divertida y creativa.
This month, we began ¡Vamos a Leer!, our literacy program to show the children the joy in reading. Since many of the children are off from school during the summer months, this program is a great opportunity for children to continue practicing their reading and writing skills. We encourage the children to select their books of interest and motivate them to finish the stories they choose, giving them a sense of individual achievement and helping to improve their overall reading proficiency. We close the program by throwing Carnaval, an exciting festival to celebrate their achievements.
Kelly, one of the volunteers from our September 2012 class, works at Hogar San Francisco, a home for girls between the ages of 4 and 21 years old. The girls love reading the “Twilight” series books and using VE Global`s tablets to read e-books. They receive a sticker each time they finish a story in order to visually track their achievements. Kelly also gives them an activity to do once they finish a book, such as having them write a short synopsis or a description of their favorite character.
At Hogar Esperanza, a home that serves children from birth to 6 years old, Sam, another volunteer from the September class, reads to the children individually. For each story they complete, they draw pictures of their favorite characters or are filmed talking about why they liked the story, and later enjoy the film with their friends.
“This program is really important for their cognitive development because they learn about new and exciting topics. They also love to receive the individual attention,” explains Sam.
Check back soon to read how we celebrated their successes at Carnaval!
Last month, VE had its final Liga de Deportes of the year where we introduced the children to rugby! Our new friend from the Municipalidad de Santiago, Señor Raul, returned to teach the kids the fundamentals of the sport.
The afternoon started with warm-up exercises, and a breakdown of the terminology and scoring system used. Before we knew it, the kids were scoring tries left and right.
After various matches, everyone was exhausted from running around in the sun and ready for some rest and snacks to recharge. Healthy treats like carrot sticks, fresh fruit, and palta sandwiches were served. The activity ended with a prize give-away to those who correctly answered our rugby trivia questions.
Although there wasn't any tackling involved, the kids had fun learning a new sport nonetheless!
What's to come for our next Liga de Deportes? Keep up-to-date by visiting our blog!
For some of us, October stirs up images of leaves falling, hay rides and pumpkin picking, along with memories of getting in costume, trick-or-treating and over-indulging on candy. Here in Chile, though, trees are in bloom, and the sun is shining! As the days warm up, people are shaking off months of winter weather. No longer restricted by cold and rain to a life indoors, the kids at our partner organizations can finally run around outside with our volunteers for a game of fútbol, tag or hopscotch. They can venture out to a nearby park, swing on the swings, or have a calm picnic. Yet exploring the outdoors isn’t the only activity we’re working on right now.
Thanks to our new partnership with American Tower Chile, volunteer art workshops now boast bigger and better opportunities as the kids prepare their final Festival artwork and performances.
To celebrate artwork that children and volunteers create together during ongoing art workshops, VE hosts an art festival twice a year, providing a supportive space to build children’s confidence and show off their creativity. The festival includes everything from paintings, poems, dance, and singing.Seeing all of the kids' artwork this year was amazing! With Festival falling on October 30th this year, the program team decided there could be no better theme than Halloween! Stocked up with black and orange tempera paint, googly eyes, glitter and all sorts of Halloween-related craft materials, our volunteers motivated and inspired the kids to create awesome Halloween-themed artwork. Whether by drawing, dancing, painting or singing, Festival is always a great time for kids to express themselves through art. VE volunteers and staff had a blast at this years Festival, too. After much choreography and practice, they used Michael Jackson’s Thriller to kick off the event in order to get the kids psyched about getting up on stage too.
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