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...
Jul 25, 2014

Liga de deportes!

Dear VE Friends,

Can you believe that we are halfway through 2014? We recently came back from our July Jornada retreat and are recharged for the months ahead...

Our children's programs are implemented year round by our volunteers. These programs are developed to offer additional educational activities and motivational support for the children we serveOur monthly health and wellness league, Liga Deportes, took place last Saturday. Each Liga de Deportes focuses on a sport and health topic, and this month's theme was comida saludable, or healthy eating, and we did all sorts of crazy relay races to get up and moving around. The weather was sunny and the children and the volunteers all had a great time.

After five and a half years as our Program Director, Mariah Healy recently had her last day with us in the office. Throughout her time at VE, Mariah has lead over 150 volunteers from 28 different countries through their volunteer experiences. VE would not be the amazing organization that it is without Mariah! We will miss Mariah dearly! Clémentine Bouchereau, a former VE volunteer with impressive international experiences, has taken over for Mariah as Program Director. 

¡Saludos! 

Jun 6, 2014

Fall Changes!

"Hanging Out"
"Hanging Out"

The leaves have changed in Santiago, and so have some things at VE! Not only did we finish Orientation with 6 new volunteers, but we also welcome Clémentine Bouchereau as our new Program Director. 

Orientation for the new May class was packed full. After 2 challenging, great weeks of orientation, the new volunteers have just finished their third week at their partner organizations. We are proud to have new volunteers from the United States, Poland, Germany and Spain in the new group.

A couple of weekends ago, the new volunteers participated in their first Liga de Deportes! Our professional breakdancer friends Pablo and Claudio led a special breakdance workshop.  Kids, volunteers and staff alike had a great time breaking it down and then playing soccer, frisbee and other sports. This month’s theme was active living, as the kids learned about small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, to add to their daily routines in order to get more exercise. We had two MVP kids of the day that went home with a jump rope and a soccer ball as prizes for their great participation.

As we close the 2014 fiscal year, we realize the changes and challenges that lie ahead of us as an organization, but also the tremendous amount of support we have from so many people. For that we want to express our immense gratitude. Without people like you, we wouldn't be able to bring such incredible volunteers from all over the world to make a difference in the lives of the equally incredible children we work with.

Our New Positive Role Models!
Our New Positive Role Models!
Breakdance Workshop
Breakdance Workshop
Apr 10, 2014

Fun in the Sun and Art Galore!

2014 has started off with a bang! We wrapped our ¡Vamos a leer! program and to celebrate the successful reading efforts of the kids at the end of summer, we had our traditional day of Carnaval games and time at the pool. The volunteers prepared a series of games and group activities in the morning, and after a healthy lunch, the kids spent the afternoon poolside with the volunteers. Everyone left happy with a gift bag, filled not only with sweets and toys, but a brand new personal book for each child, with a personal message from their very own VE volunteers. 

We ended March with our monthly Liga de Deportes and brought the kids to a gym to get them moving a bit. This month's sport was basketball, so one of our volunteers led a workshop with various drills and activities. We ended the afternoon with soccer of course, but first had a healthy snack to get re-energized. 

The volunteers and kids worked hard during the past few months to get their best pieces of art ready for Festival de Arte, and it went great! Not only were there beautiful drawings and 3D artwork on display, but many of the kids performed songs or dances for the group. We had volunteers from one of our main corporate partners, American Tower, come to be our judges. They were positively overwhelmed with such talent by the kids, but eventually picked winners from each category, and those children were sent home smiling with brand new art supplies! 

Thanks so much for your continued support! Thanks to you, we're able to put on these fun activities and buy new art supplies to inspire our little artists! 

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