Curiosity for another part of the world, a love for mountains and a strong need to do something meaningful for others brought me to Santiago de Chile. I changed a cushy and not very demanding job for an environment full of cultural and social challenges, moving almost 13,000 km to a continent I have never […]
Welcome to the VE Global Blog!
This blog is open to all those interested in a more intimate look inside how VE works both as an organization and as a family of caring volunteers. Check back often for VE Global news and for current volunteers’ thoughts on every aspect of VE: from first impressions of their placement organization, to challenges and successes in running VE programs, to important moments in the lives of the children we serve.
I sat in the Starbucks next to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru. Yes, Starbucks. In my defense, it was the last week of a five month trip through Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. At this point, it felt nice to be somewhere that felt somewhat familiar. Four of my five […]
By Jinit Desai, VE Volunteer, May 2014 A couple summers ago, I studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. I was an explorer, and I discovered a new world, one filled with beauty and love. I discovered myself. My life hasn’t been the same since. This summer, I’ve come back. Except, this time, I’m not learning about […]
By Michael Elias, VE Volunteer, January 2014 I arrived in Santiago after a ten-day trip to Costa Rica and Panamá. I was tan, five pounds lighter than normal, and exhausted. After a red-eye flight from Panamá City, I bussed and walked to Hostal Providencia, eager to find my bed so I could catch up on sleep before VE Global […]
By Cindy Gallin, Former VE Volunteer, September 2011 It’s been two years since I was an active volunteer with VE, and every day I am increasingly grateful for that experience. My journey started when I decided that I wanted to take a gap year after college. After years of continuous study, I knew I needed a […]
For several years VE has been working in Chile, impacting in a positive way the lives of hundreds of children every day. We are a passionate group of people that truly believe in our mission: to foster the positive development of children at social risk in Chile. Our volunteers represent VE’s most valuable resource. They […]