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Volunteering for Change

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BENEFITING: VE GLOBAL

Natalie Gravel

THE STORY:

Over the past 11 years, VE Global has developed high impact programs that has benefitted children and youth in Santiago, through the empowerment and intensive training of more than 450 international volunteers from more than 35 countries. 

With VE Global I have begun volunteering with children at a home, Pleyades. I remember the first time I went there Maria* said to me "Que fea" which translates to "how ugly" and walked away. I didn't say anything, I was lost for words. I wasn't offended, she is 4. Also, children develop ways to protect themselves. This is one of the ways that she has learned to protect herself. Children will sometimes push you away and see what they can do that will make you go away or if you will stick around. That way if you leave, they have no attachment and have not lost anything. That is a reason why I love VE Global's 4 month minimum commitment, this is NOT volun-tourism.

In fact all of the kids were kind of wary and not really sure about me my first days there. But I kept comming back. Now when I get to Pleyades and walk through the door, before I can even take off my coat I'm being asked to play hide-and-seek. The kids there are soo sweet. So we play hide-and-seek, but these kids don't hide just anywhere, they hide behind me holding onto my shirt. I walk all over the house looking for them, asking other people if they have seen them (all the while they are giggling behind me). Sometimes they even control where I am allowed to walk by tugging and pushing on me. It is great fun full of laughter and sillyness. 

With the kids I am able to plan and do fun, educational workshops. Last week we started doing some English workshops (to prepare for Extreme English) we had a scavenger hunt relay race, and the kids loved it!!

We have made sock puppets and put on some little plays together. This is only a start, I am so excited to continue and do more! VE Global foster's 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. I am so excited to be apart of this team. VE Global creates empowerment within children and teaches invaluable skills. Let's work together and keep this amazing work going!!

Ve Global envisions a global community that ensures equality of opportunity for all children.

Together, we support that VISION

We execute the idea step by step.

You allow those steps to be possible,

through monetary donations, sharing

our work through your networks

and keeping that dream alive in your hearts and minds

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