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My Time in Chile with VE
Submitted by Jack Grover - Cirencester | February 27, 2018
I have been volunteering with VE Global for the past 5 months, as a volunteer in a residencia, and will be continuing my work with VE in the office for the next month and a half. My work over these past few months have been so fulfilling for me through my work in the residencia. My first reasoning for travelling to Chile was to gain independence and to gain experience in a foreign country. However, within my first few weeks of working in the residencia I realised that to make sure that the girls get something out of our time together is the most important thing and if I do too then that is just a bonus.
My experience in Chile and working with VE has been one of the best in my life to this point. My work in the residencia, whilst during my time I couldn’t see the differences I made, it all accumulated to a fantastic moment at the end of my time working with the girls. The last day in the residencia made it all worthwhile. The cards and gifts showed me how much they appreciated what I had being doing with them over the past few months and made me feel like I had achieved something very special during my time with them. The connection between myself and the girls there had been growing throughout my time with them, I felt like I had become the older, funny, and a little bit crazy brother to all of them.
It has been great for me as a volunteer to have some responsibilities in the residencia and as I start my new work in the office it will be great to see the other side of VE. However, what I appreciate the most about VE is the support that they have provided me over these 5 months or so, you can talk to any at the organisation about any problems you may be having, whether that be as part of your work or just about life in general. Someone will have experienced the same or similar things and will help you work through whatever problem you may encounter.
Interning and volunteering in Chile!
Submitted by Esmée - University of Leiden | February 15, 2018
In total I have worked 5 months for VE Global, starting in September 2017. I have fulfilled a 50/50 position meaning that I worked as intern in the office, but also volunteered in a residential home. This was very interesting, because it gave me a multidimensional insight of the organization. Working with the children is a lot of fun, but it is very advisable to have a good knowledge of Spanish (or 'Chileno'), because that helps a lot! It is important to know that you will be working with children at social risk, which might give you a different experience than you expected. I have worked with girls between 6 and 17 years old and was able to create some special relationships with them and all of them were very sweet.
Overall, I had a really good time and learned a lot, both in the office and while working with the children! VE offers a lot of classes and workshops to support volunteers in their work. However, VE Global is a young organization and some issues such as internal communication and organizational structure can be improved. In my opinion also the contact between the residential home and VE Global could have been better. Nevertheless, living in Chile has been great! You get exposed to a new culture and the opportunity to travel around!