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...
Jan 29, 2016

Festival de Arte - Superheroes in Action

In December, we held our biannual Festival de Arte, with 20 children from three of our partner organizations across Santiago. The theme for this Festival was Superheroes!

Festival de Arte is a celebration of the children’s creativity, as well as our volunteers! We know how important it is to be able to express this creativity, as well as academic skills, so our volunteers hold workshops in the months leading up to Festival, where the children have fun drawing, painting and much more!

At each festival there is a performance from the current volunteers and interns, followed by performances from the children and their tíos and tías. This spectacle included minions, ninjas, everyday superheroes and some fun games.

After the performances, we enjoyed some delicious snacks and our judge carefully chose the winning pieces of art from each category. She was so impressed with all of the pieces and with the variety of ideas the children came up with.

We are already excited for our next Festival de Arte in April and can’t wait to once again see the children’s creativity shine through!

Oct 30, 2015

New Opportunities! Life Skills Grant Won!

VE & Life Skills! Photo Credit: Jon Glassberg
VE & Life Skills! Photo Credit: Jon Glassberg

Paul Tough reminds us in his book, How Children Succeed, that “…adolescence can be a time for a different kind of turning point, the profoundest sort of transformation: the moment when a young person manages to turn herself away from near-certain failure and begins to steer a course towards success.”

VE Global is proud to announce a new project that will help many Chilean youth do just that: the Chilean Ministry of Social Development has just awarded VE Global a grant to help develop a new program:  ¡Soy Independiente!

In 2016, we will design and implement a Life Skills Training series for 50 young people, aged 14 to 19 years old, living in children’s shelters in Santiago.

Expanding on the last 10 years of our amazing work with children and youth through our volunteer program, our new program will provide the young people we work with the practical life skills and emotional tools they need to help break free from cycles of abuse and poverty that affect the lives of too many!

We are so thrilled to begin September with a new volunteer group and this exciting chance to have an even stronger impact on fulfilling our vision of a global community that ensures equality of opportunity for all children!

Jul 16, 2015

eXtreme English - A major hit!

eXtreme English Day at VE Global
eXtreme English Day at VE Global

Kids at school in Chile start having English as part of their curriculum in middle school, but oftentimes classes are too big to get all the practice that everyone needs to learn a new language.  VE Global helps support language education because the kids we work with need lots of support and confidence building activities to show them that learning a new language can be fun.

As part of VE's English in Motion program, VE Global volunteers and kids recently tested their English language skills during VE's first eXtreme English day. Girls of all ages from Hogar San Francisco and Refugio de la Misericordia got into teams and worked with the volunteers on numbers, colors, clothing and other important English vocabulary to help boost their confidence for English classes at school! 

 

A special thank you to Hogar San Francisco for hosting the day! Fun was had by all!

The eXtreme English scoreboard
The eXtreme English scoreboard
The Winning Team
The Winning Team
 
   

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