Project #6532

Bring hope and education to 300 children in Chile

by VE Global

We are very excited and proud to welcome our new group of volunteers that arrived to Chile on May 2013. They have come from Australia, England and the United States, to work with children at social risk and support the partner organizations in where VE Global collaborates.

At VE we encourage our volunteers to learn and use a second language in doing social work. It helps create a global community for the children of our partner organizations, allows us to have a great impact in the children’s lives, and generates social inclusion, emotional and cognitive development, and equal opportunities.

We are certain that the skills and knowledge of our great volunteer team combined with the amazing support of our office staff puts us on the right track of our mission to tackle inequality by being positive role models and advocates of social justice in Chile.


Hemos recibido a nuestro nuevo grupo de voluntarios que llegaron a Chile en mayo de 2013. Han venido desde Australia, Inglaterra y Estados Unidos para trabajar con niños en situación de riesgo social y asistir a las distintas organizaciones colaboradoras en las cuales VE participa.

En VE incentivamos a nuestros voluntarios a que aprendan y utilicen un segundo idioma durante la práctica de trabajo social. Esto ayuda a crear una comunidad global para los niños de nuestras organizaciones colaboradoras, nos permite producir un gran impacto en la vida de estos infantes, y además genera inclusión social, desarrollo cognitivo y emocional, e igualdad de oportunidades.

Estamos seguros de que con las habilidades y conocimientos de nuestro gran equipo de voluntarios, sumado a la increíble labor que realizan nuestros miembros del staff, nos encontramos bien encaminados para cumplir con nuestra gran misión de acabar con la inequidad, trabajando incansablemente para ser modelos de vida positivos, así como también para abogar por la justicia social para los niños y niñas en riesgo social en Chile.


In mid-April, we hosted our biannual Festival de Arte with the theme of recycled art.  Forty children from our partner organizations gathered in a museum in Santiago to showcase their artwork and perform dancing and singing numbers.  The January 2013 volunteer class opened the show with a fun dance to the song Harlem Shake and got the kids excited to perform. The evening was an exciting event for the kids to share and be rewarded for their artistic creations.  Thank you to the Bechtel Chile Spouses Group for their donation of delicious baked goods, and our sponsor, American Tower, for their tremendous support!

This month’s Liga de Deportes was dominated by a game of ultimate frisbee.  Hunter Stephan, a September 2012 class volunteer, taught thirty children the fundamentals of the game.  With the weather staying so warm for the beginning of fall, the kids enjoyed another sunny afternoon outside!

The January 2013 volunteer class has begun their fundraising campaign!  Help them raise money for children at social risk in Santiago, Chile! PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE! They shook it, will you?


A mediados de abril, celebramos nuestro Festival de Arte bianual con el tema de arte reciclado. Cuarenta niños de nuestras organizaciones colaboradoras se reunieron en un museo en Santiago para mostrar sus obras de arte y presentar números de baile y canto. La clase de voluntarios de enero 2013 abrió el espectáculo con un baile divertido a la canción Harlem Shake y a los niños les hizo emocionados para también participar. Fue un evento muy emocionante para los niños porque pudieron compartir sus creaciones artísticas y ser reconocidos por ellas. ¡Gracias al grupo de mujeres de Bechtel Chile por su donación de productos de repostería deliciosos y a nuestro patrocinador, American Tower, por su gran apoyo!

Este mes, la Liga de Deportes fue dominada por un partido de ultimate frisbee. Hunter Stephan, un voluntario de la clase del septiembre 2012, les enseñó a treinta niños los básicos del juego. Con un clima tan cálido para el otoño chileno, ¡los niños disfrutaron de otra tarde soleada más al aire libre!

¡La clase de voluntarios del enero 2013 ha comenzado su campaña para recaudar fondos! ¡Ayúdales a recaudar fondos para los niños en situación de riesgo social en Santiago, Chile!  ¡Por favor, mira y comparte!  Ellos sí bailaron, ¿Y tú, qué harás?

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 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!



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.


¡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


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

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VE Global

Location: Santiago, RM - Chile
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mercedes Henderson
Executive Director
Santiago, RM Chile
$28,549 raised of $40,000 goal
413 donations
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