India surprises you, every time new: Jenny Neumann, Germany – Women Empowerment Project

India surprises you, every time new: Jenny Neumann, Germany – Women Empowerment Project

I am living in a Ladies Hostel in Pondicherry, together with 3 other German volunteers. My first working place was the Tulir Uthavi Karam Foundation but some weeks ago I changed it to the Sri Annai Raani Convent Higher Secondary School in Katterikuppam (a small village 1 hour away from lovely Pondy). There, I teach the students from LKG to 5th Standard in spoken English. Teaching these young students can be really challenging sometimes, but I think the more I…

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Holi Festival Celebrated with Distribution of Plants – Udayavani, 11th March 2020

Holi Festival Celebrated with Distribution of Plants – Udayavani, 11th March 2020

As a celebration of the Holi festival at Karvikeri Kundapura, FSL India and the Forest Department distributed plants to more than 50 homes at Karvikeri. At this time, Nirdesh Karada of Gangoli Fisheries Society Corporation, Raja Saranga, FSL India’s Chief Coordinator, Dinesh Saranga, Sandesh S Kharvi, Manjunath Badraji, Viveka s Kharvi, Ramesh Naik, Laxman Patel, Ganesh Kharvi, Sushan Saranga, Prashanth K attended the celebrations.

FSL India’s German volunteers go back to their hometown – Vijaya Karnataka, 21st March 2020

FSL India’s German volunteers go back to their hometown – Vijaya Karnataka, 21st March 2020

Volunteers from a different country came to FSL india’s Centre for Experiential Living, Shettrakatte for understanding the culture, and for service. However, because of the COVID 19 crisis, they had to travel back to Germany. At present, 24 volunteers were servicing different projects in Mangalore and Udupi district. FSL India and their German partner discussed the situation and decided to evacuate all the volunteers. Out of the 24 volunteers, some traveled through Mumbai airport and some of them traveled through…

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Environmental Awareness Rally in Mavinakatte Village

Environmental Awareness Rally in Mavinakatte Village

The FSL India HBP team, along with a group of work camp volunteers, worked together and organised a cleanup and awareness rally in Mavinakatte village. On 3rd March 2020, in the morning, a group of children from 4th-7th Standards from Government Middle Primary School, Mavinakatte gathered and talked about the climate change and global warming that is happening in the globe at the moment. After the discussion, they came as a group, joined with the FSL India volunteers and collected…

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Car Festival Brings Cheers to Volunteers: NH-19 Mid Term Evaluation with Sowkoor Local Festival – February 2020

Car Festival Brings Cheers to Volunteers: NH-19 Mid Term Evaluation with Sowkoor Local Festival – February 2020

FSL India’s LTV team, Kundapura organised a Mid-Term Evaluation for our Long Term Volunteers. The program was held for 3 days, from 19th-21st February 2020. In total, 28 volunteers from AFS, EG and IJGD took part in this evaluation. The MTE was organised at FSL India’s Centre for Experiential Living, Shettrakatte. The objective of the MTE is to ensure that the volunteers understand about their project, host family and the intercultural acceptance through evaluation and to help participants to prepare…

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One thing is clear by now: To leave after the 11 months won’t be easy – Julia Sailer & Svenja Luise Dressler

One thing is clear by now: To leave after the 11 months won’t be easy – Julia Sailer & Svenja Luise Dressler

El-Shaddai is a Children’s Home outside of Chennai. Here we, Svenja and Julia, work for 11 months as volunteers, with 34 children. Now, the time is already half gone and we had a great time till now. Usually, we support the children with their daily routine like getting ready for school. Our main part, where we really can help the most is the study time. Every school day, there is 1 1/2 hour’s time to do homework and study for…

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My experience with my little Butterflies at Baikady Tent School Project – Sophie von Rohden, Germany

My experience with my little Butterflies at Baikady Tent School Project – Sophie von Rohden, Germany

Since almost 6 months, I can’t imagine! I have been working in the Tent School Project. It has given me quite a few challenges that I had to face, but even more joyful moments and great experiences I can take with me. For me, especially the first weeks were the most difficult, because I had never taught children before, and didn’t really have a clue how to manage it, and secondly, I had to get used to the circumstances we…

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My memorable time in the Sea Turtle Conservation project – Miriam Württemberger, Gerrit Lange and Aglae Bullich, Germany

My memorable time in the Sea Turtle Conservation project – Miriam Württemberger, Gerrit Lange and Aglae Bullich, Germany

For about 4 months, we have been conducting sessions about sea turtles at 6 different schools, for 5th to 8th Standards. We are 3 volunteers from the Sea Turtle Conservation project and, together with Manjesh and Manju, we try to create awareness on sea turtles in the coastal area of Karnataka. At the beginning, we spent a lot of time gathering information and creating a structure for our session. We also learned a lot by ourselves, as we only knew…

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SH-19 Final Evaluation-February-2020 – Dinesh Saranga, Chief Coordinator, LTV-Kundapur, FSL India

SH-19 Final Evaluation-February-2020 – Dinesh Saranga, Chief Coordinator, LTV-Kundapur, FSL India

LTV team-Kundapura organised a Final-Evaluation for our SH-19 Long Term Volunteers from Germany. For me, this was the 8th Final Evaluation as a bulk group. The group was small, but very motivated. All of them were placed in Karnataka state, so they spoke good Kannada from what I observed between the sessions. The program was held for 2 days, 13th and 14th February 2020. In total, 4 volunteers from AFS took part in this evaluation. The FE was organised at…

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