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April 11, 2012
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April 11, 2012
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I recently became involved with Corazon De Vida and can say that I am so happy I came across this organization. Driving to our "meeting location" that morning, I remember my stomach being in knots because I did not know what to expect, however, I calmed down the minute I got out of my car and was welcomed by such friendly faces. As the group waited for the bus and others to arrive, they shared their experiences with me and through their stories I could see how passionate they were. When we got to the orphanage, we literally spent the day with the kids. Getting to know them, playing games, coloring, painting, etc. It was pretty amazing to see how at the end of the four hours the kids were already asking when we would be back! That alone made it worth the trip. On the way back, I could not help but thank my lucky stars for the people I have in my life. If you are thinking of joining a group on one of the Corazon De Vida trips...stop thinking about it and just do it! You'd be surprised how much you get out of the experience and how much you learn from these kids!

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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?

Life-changing

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

February 17, 2012
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February 17, 2012
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Many other people have written good things about Corazon de Vida, and how much it helps the orphans. I agree completely, but rather than repeat all of that, I will focus on four things you might want to know if you are thinking about going on one of the trips:

1. First, the trips are in a
big, comfortable bus with reclining seats and a restroom. We aren't packed into little vans.

2. Second, the children are not pathetic. Before my first trip, I was afraid that the children would be hungry, dirty, sad and sick. Actually, the children are generally clean, healthy, bright and cheerful - and very friendly. Many of the children are very successful in their schools. They are a hard working, motivated group of students.

3. As to what we do when we arrive at the orphanages, the short answer is, "have fun." We don't paint the walls or repair anything or build anything. We play card games, do arts-and-craft projects with the children, kick soccer balls around with them, read books to them and carry the little ones around on our shoulders. And, of course, we eat a delicious pizza lunch with the children.

4. Finally, there is the big issue that is on the minds of everyone who has never gone on the trips before: Is it safe? The answer: YES! There are trips every month. There is never any violence. We never feel that we are in any danger. This is not a worry for people who have gone on the trips before.

One advantage of going on the trips is that you will see what is really happening such a short distance south of us. I can tell you here that Tijuana is a big place with a lot of normal activities, but you won't really get the idea from my words. And you certainly won't get the real picture just by visiting Avenida Revolución. Traveling though the different neighborhoods to get to the orphanages, you get a much better feel for what's really going on.

So, that's all that I will write here. I have gone on the orphanage trips with Corazon de Vida almost every month for the past two years. I agree with all of the other reviews about Corazon de Vida being amazing, awesome, and all that. I wrote more in a note on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=2733138975635

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I have seen the children. I have talked to them. I have seen where they live.

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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?

Life-changing

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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me want to study Spanish more. Knowing Spanish isn't necessary, but if you go on a lot of trips, knowing a little Spanish is an advantage.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel good. Very good. Tired, but very good.

February 14, 2012
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February 14, 2012
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Joining Corazon De Vida has truly opened my heart to new possibilities. Being able to go on an organized trip, not having to worry about anything besides spending time with the kids has been the most rewarding Saturday activity I've done thus far in my life. These kids only care for one thing, someone to hold and hug, someone to play with... someone who cares... Since joining I've been telling all my friends and inviting as many ppl as I can to go! If you have the opportunity this is a must visit, must see for your self and must contribute the most important thing you can... your time! :)

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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?

Life-changing

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?

2011

August 8, 2011
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August 8, 2011
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CDV is an awesome program. A lot of times people donate money or items and call it a day. By bringing people to TJ, it brings a whole new perspective on things.

I was happy to hang out with the kids for the day. We played games, read, and served food for them. It is something I
encouraged all my friends to do.

I was surprise that the day for over so quick. After getting to know some of the kids there we had to leave.

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It has made me realize to not take things for granted.

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They only thing I think that the organization needs is bette marketing. I found the link on craigslist and not too many people have heard of it. I think if shirts and promotional items were made it would get the word out better. I also thing more videos should be made for each of the trip. The website is informative but lacking. There should be a blog section providing details of each event or trip.

August 4, 2011
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August 4, 2011
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There are many things that a person can experience when volunteering. Mostly, there is a sense of fulfillment from knowing that you have just made a difference even if in the smallest way. Of all the volunteer work I have ever done I would have to say that going to an orphanage with Corazon de Vida was an experience that I will never forget. I remember a little girl that followed me everywhere I went and she seemed sad so I spent time one-on-one with her and I taught her to make an origami flower- she was so happy to learn something new. What I love about this organization is that you do not have to have a specific skill, or knowledge, degree, money (just enough for the bus trip) in order to make a difference both for the children and even yourself.

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Traveling directly to the children that are impacted by the donations and visits

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Educate the public more

April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

Being a volunteer has been a rewarding experience for me. CDV is helping children everyday by providing the basic needs, food, shelter obtaining an education and more importantly giving them a safe, positive secure home. I would recommend, that if you have an opportunity to visit one of the many orphanages to do so. The children are so loving their smiles and embraces will truly melt your heart!

At Corazon de Vida you can't find enough opportunities to give. Whether it be giving love, joy, financial assistance or kindness you give the best of yourself. Be a giver... you can sponsor a young girl in celebration of her quincinera, or take part in career day or set-up a birthday plege page. One of my favorites is the holiday plege page. I can assure you that however you choose to be part of this experience you will reap the rewards of knowing you have made a difference in a child's life.

Being a part of the CDV family has truly touched my heart.

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Seeing the children grow pursuing higher education and becoming young adults.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue holding the venues as they are doing now to raise the much needed funds.

April 8, 2011
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April 8, 2011
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Corazon de Vida is an incredible organization dedicated to helping orphaned kids in Baja Mexico live a better live.

I've been volunteering with Corazon de Vida now for about 2 years, and absolutely love it. I look forward to each trip and can’t wait to go down and see the kids.
Volunteering with CDV and spending time with the kids has completely changed my life.

Corazon de Vida's commitment and passion towards helping and making a difference in these kids' lives in amazing.

Each day CDV helps feed, clothe, and take to school over 850 kids.

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You see the results of CDV's hard work in plain sight. 850 kids receive a hot meal, hot shower, a roof over their heads, clothes to wear, help with their education. All because of CDV's help.

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None. Keep up the incredible work. You are changing lives each and every day!

April 7, 2011

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April 7, 2011

Corazon de Vida is a wonderful organization that goes to great lengths to help the orphanages of baja california stay afloat. What I love about Corazon de Vida is that , I have seen first hand, what they invest their donations on: food, basic toiletries, and access to a fair and quality education. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to particiate in a couple of the visits that they regularly organize and these visits have made an impact in my life. Spending time with the children and learning about their life and their dreams only fuels my drive to continue visiting the children and suporting them in their dreams. I have established a friendship with one of the young girls I met during one of my trips and I am committed to being her mentor and supporter throughout her life. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to establish and friendship with her and meeting and interacting with the children is a lot more rewarding than any contribution I could make to them or to CDV.

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My interactions with the children.

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I would find a lot more people like George Perez to help him and CDV care for the well being of many, many more children.

April 5, 2011

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April 5, 2011

Mexico doesn't have a foster care system to support children in need or a welfare system to help families unable to provide for their children. Thus, the only way to support families and children in need is through a network of orphanages, which is where Corazon de Vida comes in. It has been operating since 1994 and now serves 14 orphanages in Tijuana. The great thing about CDV is not just delivering supplies or the wonderful day-trips to the orphanages etc, but ultimately empowering these children to move onward and upward. I've been fundraising and volunteering with CDV for over 6 years now. Bitsie Tulloch

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Tijuana, Mexico

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I would love to see more people get involved. It's a wonderful day-trip - I guarantee your first trip won't be your last. :)

April 4, 2011

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April 4, 2011

I have done 12 mission trips to orphanages in Tijuana and 2 to Casa de Paz in Ensenada with other mission groups. have seen the need and know the amazing work Corazon de Vida is doing. They change children's lives and give these wonderful kids real hope. Our donations have an immediate positive impact on "our" kids. My wife and I now make a donation every quarter and Corazon de Vida is a named recipient in our wills. Go, Give and it will change your life.

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Involvement in these orphanages change lives. The lives of the children who live there but also in the lives of the volunteers who are fortunate enough to go there.

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