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Nonprofit Overview

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 40,000 hours of volunteer support each year and serve more than 200 children daily.

Target demographics: Children and youth at social risk in Chile

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 children and 6 partner organizations

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.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alessia G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working in VE has been a life changing experiencie! A non profit org working for the benefit of children in Santiago de Chile... It has been a great opportunity to get in touch with a different culture, to know people from all over the world and to give our best effort to give the kids an opportunity as we receive a life changing experience

Kate107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with the VE Global Organization! The whole team of interns, staff, and volunteers work incredibly hard, and donate a vast amount of time and energy to the mission of the organization. The mission of VE Global is achieved on a daily basis with the help of dedicated individuals and donors, and the organization reaches an incredible amount of children and adolescents in need of resources and aid.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VE global is a great organisation to volunteer for: not only do they give you great training and thoroughly prepare you for volunteering, but they provide a great support network. The work they do in their partner organisations is brilliant- the children really appreciate what VE volunteers bring, and the art and sport events that they organise are so much fun. I, as a volunteer, love participating in the work they do and feel like we are all having a positive impact in the childrens' lives. VE global's mission is really worthwhile and they are doing a great job at carrying it out!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came to VE in september 2013 as a full time volunteer. I was immediately hit by the supportive community and team who go the extra mile to help out both volunteers, the team and the partner organizations VE works with. My plan was to stay for 6 months, but I soon had a taste for the work and the need to be able to help grow this organization to be able to implement their great programs with even more children in situations of social risk here in Chile. As program Director I´m more motivated than ever to help support the volunteers from before they even arrive in preparing for their trip, through to when they join out even more global community of ¨antiguo¨ volunteers who continue supporting VE as ambasadors, striving for social justice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VE Global as an organization is well organized and reliable. There is a lot of support available to the volunteers, a community of people helping you during your stay in Chile. I've met a lot of wonderful people who have the will to work towards equal opportunities for all children. VE Global's strongest points are its responsibility and transparency, I feel that the work is based on good values. I definitely recommend!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

From the very first day, I was impressed with VE Global’s two-week orientation process. Their commitment to developing their newest team members through transparency, honesty, availability and open conversation made me feel immediately comfortable. Not only did we get a blast of business-operations information, we also received lessons from healthcare providers (health and safety -especially earthquake- in Santiago), psychological counselors (emotional wellbeing and culture shock in a foreign country), a midwife (sexual, reproductive health and rights in Chile), education professionals (working with difficult children at social risk), and even a lecture from a Chilean History Master’s student. I am already impressed with VE's on-boarding and can't wait to start my volunteering experience here in Santiago!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!