Our names are Anne-Lise and Ewen. We are 2 French mid-term volunteers…

Our names are Anne-Lise and Ewen. We are 2 French mid-term volunteers…

Our names are Anne-Lise and Ewen. We are 2 French mid-term volunteers…We stay 2 months (February & March 2015) in FSL program. Before coming in FSL program, we were working in France as architect and draftsman. We chose the FSL program “water and sanitation” because it was the only program with some constructions, which are our original jobs. When we arrived in Chennai office where this program took place, we were a little disappointed to see that the Happy Move Camp (HMC) where our construction skills will be helpful was over just before our arrival.

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We spent all the first week to visit what HMC built with one FSL staff. It was very interesting to see those small villages, to have time to discuss with indian FSL staff (sometimes, it takes a lot of time to go there). They made a very good work, but with our architect eyes, we saw some possible improvements, but it was not the first need of FSL and the villages. We decided, in accordance with FSL, to work about 3 topics during our stay : hygiene, environment and low-cost houses.

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We spent 2,5 weeks for each topic, hygiene and environment. For both, we prepared short theoretical presentation, interactive panel, outdoor games and practical session. We did this teaching in the schools of the 5 HMC villages. Sometimes the theory presentation didn’t get their attention until the end. It was hard for them to keep focus, maybe because of language problems. Every time the children were happy participating to fill the panel and even happier to play outside. During practical session, they were very enthusiastic to show us how they are doing well. When we have time to stay, in the school, children enjoyed to play with us, to show us local dances and songs… These were very nice moments and we will never forget it.

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At the end, we tried to work on low cost houses project. We had just the times to present 2 kind of houses. We hope that they will be used for next HMC. We would like to follow this project until the construction but we can’t stay longer, our life is calling us from somewhere else…

My experience in India… Jana Biedova

My experience in India… Jana Biedova

Here I go, finally posting the article I was asked to write about 2 months ago… Well, what would better subscribe my time spent in India then such a delay. 2 months lasting delay can mean only one thing – not having enough time because of being so occupied by discovering amazingly interesting Indian culture… or second – not having internet connection. Or both as in my case.

 

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SAW: Project Management workshop  

SAW: Project Management workshop  

Two days ago she asked herself: ‘I have ideas but I have a tough time giving them shape. How do I go about translating my ideas into a reality?’

The weekend of 21st and 22nd February was more than just a, ‘’stress-free’’ time for the 15 of us. While our friends woke up to masala dosa and coffee after a long week’s pending sleep, we were hurrying to make it on time to the first day of the Project Management Workshop. This workshop was hosted by the Youth Development Program(YDP) under the guidance of our parent organization, FSL-India. Our very own Julien Soyer of the FSL-India outbound program had obliged and prepared for the young group of us, a 2 day workshop on the aspects of planning, executing and managing a project. While some of us who knew Julien from past events jumped at the opportunity to be trained by him, the novice first-timers came to experience the SAW with humble expectations.

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EXCEPTIONAL General Assembly ,28 February, 2015

EXCEPTIONAL General Assembly ,28 February, 2015

With the overwhelming response to the lalbagh project, the steering committee of the YDP thought it necessary to discuss the possible amendments to our working constitution. The experience of 8 months brought to light certain loopholes in the existing constitution that needed immediate attention. The Exceptional General Assembly was different in the way that non members who were interested in becoming members were allowed to vote on matters that would one day concern them too. But the newcomers wondered, why this constitution at all?

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LTV – Orientation Blog Article- March 2015

LTV – Orientation Blog Article- March 2015

Date: 2nd to 6th March 2015.                                       Venue:  FSL-India, Wilson Garden- Bangalore

In the month of March the LTV orientation has been held in FSL India’s head office for five days from 02nd to 6th March 2015, in Bangalore. FSL India received 5 short Term Volunteers from 4 different parts of countries (France, Spain, Sweden and Italy)

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Workcamp -Goa, February

Workcamp -Goa, February

The camp in Goa was conducted from 9th to 22nd Feb 2015. The volunteers are from france , Costa Rica, Italy & south Korea took part in this kids/ culture/ festival theme based camp

.Indian welcome Painting work Intruduce HYSCO technology

 

The camp was conducted in Canacona, a peaceful town far away from goan chaios & hour drive from Madgoan. The main aim of the camp was to teach basic English to children’s from below poverty line besides doing some renovation works in the school , introduce HYSCO technology to school children. Volunteers were very satisfied by teaching activities & they had opportunity to sit & eat snacks with children.

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The school staff were very welcoming & always there to answer questions from volunteers. On 15th Goa was ready to celebrate its very own carnival & all the volunteers pack there day-pack as carnival was in madgoan. The whole evening went on having fun & laughs.

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The 2nd week was scheduled to do educational paintings in the school following by gardening activities. As part of teaching health & hygiene volunteers made hand sanitizer taken from HYSCO technology. On Shiva ratri eve, volunteer had chance to visit lord Shiva temple on this special day. As the camp came to an end volunteers paid a visit to Indian family. Happy hearts were distributed & farewell was bid to them as volunteers went on for further travel in India.

GTG BLOG ARTICLE, March- Bangalore region

GTG BLOG ARTICLE, March- Bangalore region

The LTV Get-together is organised in Bangalore for the month of March 12th and 13th at Sneha Care Home, It’s a HIV affected children project and all children are getting free education, food and accommodation. There are 10 volunteers from Bangalore Region have participated in the get together.  The LTV team FSL-India facilitated the get-together.

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The primary focus of the get-together was to know the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. On the first day of get together we played with children, cleaned the campus of Sneha care home, did Gardening work and cleaned the children’s class rooms.

The 2nd day of the Get together, we had a project evaluation with the volunteers. The objective of this evaluation is to know the progress and challenge in their project. The name of the evaluation was “TREE” where all volunteer should write about activity, progress, challenges and expected outcome. Then each one of them have presented their points to the others. During the presentation FSL coordinators have given them lot of suggestion and ideas to achieve their results.

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Feedback on get together:

It is nice to have the chance to come tougher, Exchange troughs and feeling and doing some activities together

It was nice meeting other volunteers and exchanging experiences.

It is a good idea to do some social work together but the tasks should be clearer.

Nice to meet people again and get to know new people

Playing with children talking to other volunteers, Eg: about the challenges and problems. Talking to coordinator to share problems with project contact person. Long journey to children place.

Activities with Children being together, meeting new people, Exchanging

Next time some work that we can enjoy more in wrote group, but I liked, the project evaluation

Nice food and Coordinators.

 

“My Experience in India “ – Lorenza, Switzerland

“My Experience in India “ – Lorenza, Switzerland

My experience in India was really great and intense, even if it was for Just one month and a half. During my project I taught in a governmental school in Mysore. I couldn’t imagined, before coming to India, to experience so many good feelings in such a short period of time. The kids were really cute. Every morning they were so happy to see me and the other volunteer with whom I was working. They ran towards to us and keep asking if we could teach in their class during that day. For me this was really fulfilling and for these kids, spends some time with us was really valuable and they had a lot of fun!

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