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...
Mar 6, 2013

Summer Celebrations / Celebraciones del Verano

Bienvenidos a Carnaval!
Bienvenidos a Carnaval!

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.

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¡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.

American football!
American football!
Who doesn
Who doesn't love Pin the Tail on the Donkey?!
Cooling down in the shade, enjoying healthy snacks
Cooling down in the shade, enjoying healthy snacks
Bottle Throw!
Bottle Throw!
Parque Acuatico El Idilio
Parque Acuatico El Idilio

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Jan 17, 2013

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

Kelly reading with the girls at San Francisco
Kelly reading with the girls at San Francisco

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!

VE Global`s library of Spanish books
VE Global`s library of Spanish books
Dec 14, 2012

The Last Liga (of the Year)

Some much needed rest after an afternoon of rugby!
Some much needed rest after an afternoon of rugby!

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!

Learning rugby rules and terms!
Learning rugby rules and terms!
Games faces on
Games faces on
Rugby scrum
Rugby scrum
 
   

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