"During my experiences I had the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and build relationships with the kids. Being that CCV works with children that have certain disabilities, it was really different from the other service trips I have attended in the past. In spite of this, CCV was an awesome experience!!" - Annika
About the Site:
CCV, known as Chosen Children’s Village, is a village style orphanage founded in 1989. Maria Angeles “Lita” Peypoch Fullerton is the founder of CCV, and was focused on creating a home environment for the less fortunate children. These children vary in disability, some mental and others physical. Other children are abandoned by their parents. However during ICARE, ISM students have the opportunity to interact with children varying in ages, from babies to young adults. The students are tasked with feeding the toddlers and the wheelchair bound, and it is made sure that they are always fed before the students are.
Activities in CCV include (but are not limited to):
-Washing the dishes after meals
-Playing with the children during downtime
-Basketball/volleyball (with the CCV students as well)
-Playing with babies
-Transporting truckloads of diapers
I recommend signing up for this site because you really get to know the kids at the site. Usually underlooked because it isn’t one of the more “physically demanding” sites, you do feel extremely close with the people you went with along with the children. CCV is free from urban pollution, and it is a great getaway. This site is extremely beneficial, when interacting with the less fortunate children and positively impacting their community.