VE Global

Rating: 4.43 stars   7 reviews

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Location: Phillips 84, Of. 41 Santiago 0 Chile

Mission: 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.
Results: We provide more than 70,000 hours of volunteer support each year and serve more than 300 children daily.
Target demographics: Children at social risk in Chile
Geographic areas served: Santiago de Chile
Programs: Liga de Deportes, ¡Vamos a Leer!, Festival de Arte, and English in Motion. VE Global (VE) recruits, trains and organizes international volunteers to achieve our mission of fostering the positive development of children at social risk in Chile. VE has successfully integrated over 450 full-time volunteers from more than 35 countries into our network of 6 local children's homes, community centers, schools and preschools in some of the most vulnerable areas of Santiago. Each volunteer is placed in one of our partner social service organizations where they mentor children in a variety of ways, from assisting with homework to playing games to creating and running their own workshops and activities. Volunteers build strong relationships with the children for whom they provide support, friendship and the chance to just have fun and be a kid.

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Rating: 4 stars  

From the beginning of my time in Santiago, I was warmly welcomed by the VE community. I work in a boys' home and have gotten to know each of the boys over the months that I've spent here. It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to be in their lives- from planning cooking, science, and reading activities to helping with homework or taking them on paseos outside of the hogar! I have really gained insight into how these homes relate in Chilean society.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

VE Global is a gem of a nonprofit in Santiago. With a great staff and countless classes of incredible volunteers, it is a unique place that fosters strong individuals - both the kids volunteers work with and volunteers themselves. Above all, the kids we work with have the most strong and beautiful personalities, and it is an honor to learn from them. VE Global is the door into that world: it connects international volunteers with these children and helps the volunteers with their tough work every step of the way. It's general great vibe and organization are also rare in the nonprofit world. This is an organization that will have a lasting (and hopefully expanding) impact.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I arrived to VE as a full-time volunteer over three years ago and I haven't left yet! I've been working on VE's staff for the past three years and have never had a job where I've felt so fulfilled and inspired by my work and my colleagues. VE volunteers are kind, giving people and VE provides them the support necessary to push through the frustrating days to keep providing incredible opportunities for the children we work with. VE is a thoughtful, conscientious and effective organization and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of it.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I just started working for VE and have been very impressed with the level of training provided to the volunteers. I have volunteered extensively with different organizations around the world, and my experience has been that you're typically just thrown into the mix and must fend for yourself in challenging situations. VE provides an extensive orientation and really prepares volunteers before they are placed with their organizations working with children. Furthermore, volunteers receive a great deal of support during their entire stay with ongoing training, meetings, and outlets to share the challenges and benefits of their experiences. VE is a great non-profit to volunteer with, especially if your interest is impacting children's lives. In my work so far, I have seen that volunteers come away just as impacted as the children with whom they work. It's an amazing organization to be a part of!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently volunteering with VE and I work at an institution where 17 young girls live in one house (each one of these girls has either been neglected or physically/sexually abused by their families). It is really tough work each day, but over the last few months I have grown to really love these girls. It still surprises me how much these girls have overcome and how they are even able to function in their daily lives. I learn something new from these girls each and every day. I am so happy that I found VE and feel so fortunate to be allowed into the lives of these 17 amazing, sweet, intelligent, beautiful girls' lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

In my volunteer work with VE, I had the opportunity to work in three types of institutions: a daycare, a school for kids with special needs and a community outreach centre, all geared to meeting the needs of kids living in high risk areas of Santiago. I was able to implement various educational and recreational programs, run by VE, with the kids in the hogars and help to organize celebration days for the kids at the end of the various programs (art festival, carnival etc). I also had the chance to use by background in social work to design trainings for volunteers on various issues that they face in the institutions in which they work (ie behaviour management, social skills training etc). Overall, I feel that VE has provided me the opportunity to use my skills and truly contribute to the kids and the institutions in which I work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for VE has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I spend 2 and a half days a week working in a children's home for boys who for different reasons (often sexual abuse or neglect) cannot live with their own families. I help them with their homework, organise workshops such as cooking or art and generally try to be a loving, supportive mentor, providing them with the individual attention that they lack. I also volunteer in the VE office as Marketing and Communications Coordinator, this gives me the chance to learn new skills and get more involved in the running of the organisation. VE works on a tiny budget, re-using everything it has, placing wonderful volunteers in understaffed institutions where they can really make a difference. Almost everyone from my volunteer class has stayed longer than they first intended because the relationships we build up with the children are so strong it is hard to leave! Luckily every 4 months a new group of volunteers arrive so the work of VE is as consistent as possible.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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