Almost exactly one year ago I first arrived at Mi Club Domingo Savio, where I was to work as a volunteer for six months. As a young and idealistic college graduate I had high hopes for my upcoming international volunteer experience, and I was counting on the fact that these hopes would offset my rather meager understanding of Spanish and the fact that I had not the slightest idea how to work with children, or if I would even enjoy it.
“Mi Club” Domingo Savio is the current incarnation of the Hogar Domingo Savio which first brought Steve Reifenberg to Chile in 1982 and as such provided the impetus for Santiago’s Children. Until I decided to volunteer through VEGlobal, the NGO that coordinated my volunteer work, I had never heard of Domingo Savio and I knew nothing of its story. But during my six months living and working in Domingo Savio, I became aware of the history of the place and eventually became quite familiar with the stories that Steve tells in Santiago’s Children. (more…)