Few of my firsts as a volunteer!

Few of my firsts as a volunteer!

In this article I will describe some of my experiences and learnings from the first four weeks of my stay as a volunteer. Below I will drag the key of my first experiences when it comes to: Host family stays CREDIT I – projects Darasa Festival – Mysore I landed in Bangalore on the 14th of September 2022. FSL coordinator Manjunath met me at the Airport and followed me to Hunsur, where I was warmly welcomed by my first host…

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“India is a country of rich culture and unity in diversity”

“India is a country of rich culture and unity in diversity”

Three words: “I’m sorry”, “I love you”, “thank you”, are the maxim of Hawaiian philosophy baptized as ho’ponopono. And these words also be the same which we could to summarize our project at Chetana Trust. From August 29th that we landed in India until September 19th we cannot feel more grateful for the welcome, for the kindness, for the hospitality, for making us feel like one of them. Living the experience with a local family contributes to a total immersion…

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India so far..

India so far..

My overall experience of India is very positive!After the first weeks of constant confrontation with new things I got to see all the beautiful things about Indian culture, people and the land. Because literally everything is different to Germany it was obviously a lot to handle in the first place, though I had a very warm welcome and felt home soon! Indian people have been so welcoming and open towards me and for that I am very thankful. I got…

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GoTeens Camp!!

GoTeens Camp!!

FSL India has partnered with Solidarities Jeunesses– France and partners from Canada, Spain, Italy, Greece and Japan for the Erasmus+ project named “GoTeens” The main aim of the project “GO with Teenagers Engagement and Empowerment through Networking” is to support the quality development of youth work by elaborating and formalising tools and improving competences to prepare, implement and evaluate international projects for teenagers. Furthermore, the project will strengthen the exchange among youth organisations and young people. It will also improve…

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My Volunteering Experience In Germany

My Volunteering Experience In Germany

My name is Ganesh Arunachalam, I am 25 years old and I come from Auroville, a city in the south of India. Since the beginning of August I have been a weltwärts volunteer sent by FSL India to accompany with the German Red Cross, at the DRK social services in Meschede. I support the caretaker team on site in my work. My working day starts at 8 a.m., first we have breakfast together in the canteen. Every morning we get…

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Is Volunteering Worth It?

Is Volunteering Worth It?

What do you think of when you hear the word “Volunteering”? Someone who works for free? Someone who serves society? Working in NGOs? Someone who is willing to do something for a cause? My answer is “Yes” and “No”. I’m not saying that all the above is false. They are true. But like most facts, they are half-truths. For me, Volunteering means so much more. So let me give you my meaning of volunteering alongside my story.  First off, why…

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Sea Turtle Conservation Project: The experience of a lifetime

Sea Turtle Conservation Project: The experience of a lifetime

Saravana Kumar, a nature and adventure tour expert, volunteered with FSL India for the Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Saravana is passionate about eco-tourism and seeks to share his expertise of birds, jungle plants, and animals with the rest of the world. He has over 12 years of expertise taking large and small groups on environmental treks around India. In his words, after nearly twenty years Saravana finally got the chance to be a volunteer in the Sea Turtle Conservation Project,…

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Covid19 Relief – Vaccination Drive

Covid19 Relief – Vaccination Drive

With the spreading of awareness in local areas and schools regarding the importance of being vaccinated, the covid vaccination drives that have been held over the last few months have seen a great increase in the number of vaccinations with the help of Asha Karyakartas and local volunteers. Despite the many challenges in the beginning as the public were scared, unsure and many did not want to get vaccinated due to certain reasons, the awarnesss sessions on the importance of…

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The girl who went with the flow..

The girl who went with the flow..

So, it all began when I, like most people in their 20s, felt lost after college, not knowing what to do next. For a long time, I worshipped Science and thought it had all the answers to life. And life happened, when I realized that it’s all a maybe and that there are no absolutes. After college, being unsure about pursuing a doctorate degree in Earth Science, I turned to my next best option- learning a new language. My elder…

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MASTERCLASS ON DESIGNING EXPERIENCES

MASTERCLASS ON DESIGNING EXPERIENCES

The Project “PlaceXPlore”, a brainchild of Mrs. Pratima mainly focuses on identifying and promoting artisans and local entrepreneurs from Udupi District. Rakesh Soans, President of FSL India conducted very innovative and creative sessions virtually and in person at a Beach Resort in Malpe for the group. The Program was conducted in collaboration with Udupi Tourism and Mrs Pratima. Thirty participants from diverse backgrounds from Udupi and Mangalore were present. There were people representing a great variety ranging from cooking, drawing,…

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