Miranda Marean, VE Global Volunteer, January 2015 It’s a common refrain that “it’s the little things in life that count,” but it isn’t often that we see this philosophy in action. Before launching into a full-on explanation about why little things are actually really big things, I’ll tell the story that got me thinking about […]
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.
By Max Dittmann, VE Volunteer, September 2014 At VE Global, we have many beautiful traditions. one of the most exciting is Jornada, which is held every four months. Having participated in and lived this beautiful experience, I know why Jornada is one of the events that is the most instilled in volunteers memory. I remember […]
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 […]
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 […]