Here are few more news from last two summer camps. The two camps were held between 19th April to 7th May 2010 at Kundapur tent schools and Juvenile home at Nittur.
May month Ltv Get together was organised in one of the cool summer forest place – “Seetha Nadi forest guest house”, Hebri. The activities are performed inorder to evaluate the project and host family experience. A communication game also played by involving the staff members.
Following are some of the event pictures;
Volunteers placements in May month:
|Peter Schafer||Germany||Heart to Hand, Kannur|
|Ingrid Garcia Solera||Spain||Organic Farming, Nittur|
|Ayumi Takahashi||Japan||Ayurdhama Ayurveda Hospital, Sulya|
|Takashi Hoshijima||Japan||Tent School, Kundapur|
|Tomida Mayo||Japan||Shanthi Ashram, Vijayadka|
Kannadakudru ,one of the Island in the backwater near Kundapur. FSL India Eco tourism project is focusing on this island to develop Eco tourism .
The most part of the area become a baren land because of non cultivation,the main reasons is lack of labour to cultivate the land (Last year some people ploughed the land manually and also no road connections to promote agriculture. There are lots of scope for agricultural development.
Eco tourism team contacted Regional Agricultural Research Centre Brahamvara to find out solution for agricultural development in this Island. Dr.Hanumanthappa, Regional Agricultural Research institute with his 4 scientist visited to place.
The quality of water and Soil samples collected from various parts of this island, Mr.Jayprakash, a scientist of institution tested quality. He explained test report about the mineral content in the soil and water. He suggested to improve the fertility of the land. The research centre will organize training to the farmers in to cope with this soil situation.
On 7th of May agricultural institution’s 5 scientists including Director of the institution visited the KannadaKudru. The suggestions given to farmers in improving the land and offered to give training also to the interested farmers.
From the 24th to the 30th April Katharina, Daya, Rohan and Steffi participated in the International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) in Panjim, Goa. The ISTS is an international meeting on sea turtle biology and conservation which takes place every year, but was for the first time in South Asia. It is unique in its nature as it brings together a diverse range of participants from around the world, including scientists, students, conservationists, academics, activists. This year’s theme was “The world of Turtles” and wanted to draw attention to the coastal, near-shore and oceanic ecosystems that marine turtles inhabit and use, while also focussing on the human communities who interact with marine turtles. We took part in order to improve contact with other Sea Turtle NGOs in India, get training in several workshops on topics such as turtle rehabilitation and discuss alternative strategies when working together with local fishermen communities in the Fisheries Forum workshop.
FSL India volunteers kept awareness stall in local car festival on 21st March 2010. The stall was kept on the busy street in front of the temple in Kundpar. Volunteers presented photos and banners about Eco Tourism and Eco club programmes and environment project volunteers distributed flyers to the people. The program was made with an objective to give awareness about global warming, bad consequences of plastic, promoting Eco tourism in Kundapur and many things related to environment conservation.
Participants are Tim, Helene, Constantin, Rahul and Arun.
Volunteer’s final impressions about the overall experience….
Did you notice any cross-cultural differences in the work place? Did they affect your work?
- Yes, its normal that there are long periods where there is no patient so it sometimes become boring. Be prepared of that, so you can take rest in that time or read some books. Workers in the hospital underlies clear hierarchies. So sometimes you feel bad if you are handled like god and the workers not.
- The normal work here is on a very purpose level here, I think. For everything else are the volunteers here: but even if they gone , I think nobody of the stuff would do or continue with the games for the children and the patients. Here I were faced with the problem that they will only provide food, shelter, medicine, but life is more than this. Be aware that there are big differences in a Indian hospital (especially if it depends on donations) and European Hospitals are. For Indian people it´s less difficult to stay with more than 50 other persons in one room (even if it´s also for them not very nice); What for us is unbelievable, it’s not the same for Indians; to keep this in mind will may make your first shocking impressions a little bit less shocking; Certainly it makes the worse situation of the patients not better.
- No, not really. Working atmosphere is very good and supporting; also the Indian staffs are very good and helpful.
- There are many aspects to learn in terms of culture. For example, dress for women social hierarchy for women, (men being more ‘free’ compared to women) etc. There are also cross-cultural differences between volunteers as there are many different volunteers coming from different backgrounds.
What techniques/advice would you give future volunteers to manage these cross-cultural differences?
- Try to tell your feelings about that-you can say how it is like in your country, but also respect the system how it is working there, you won’t change it in 1 month. But I think still the discussion about it is a good predictor for the future.
- Only to learn about it, try to make out what you can change and what is acceptable and make out to what you can got used to and what may could be changed
- You can always ask when you don’t understand or know something. Be prepared to adapt to the new culture. Keep an open-mind when working with adults in the project and other volunteers. The adults are not always very keen to take on board new ideas from volunteers in the beginning, such as Western views on beating children, but once they get to know you they can be more open.
What other aspects of Indian culture did you learn on your project?
- Family unity and respect for older people are very important in Indian culture.
- Well discussed in orientation week
- I feel that there is so much more to learn than what I briefly saw in two months. In two months you can experience only the top of the iceberg
What advice can you give future volunteers to maximise inter-cultural learning – a two way process?
- Try everything, as long as it feels good!
- To talk a lot with Indians you can trust, especially women.
- Talk a lot with the staff in project, they are very wonderful ladies and they do a lot of good work with children, and they are very funny also.Try to adapt as much as possible to Indian culture and be open-minded. Try to have a relationship with adults as well as the children/adults on the project even though you may not agree with the way they treat the children, try to keep this separate in order to build a relationship.
Camp code: FSL-WC-458 Num of Volunteers: 9
Place: Bangalore Theme: Social/Kids
Dates: April 5 to 18 (2 weeks)
Team leaders: Mr.Goutham and Mr. Indu Shekar
This workcamp was conducted in an organization called FPA India (Fulfilling People’s Aspirations). The volunteers worked in an informal school run by FPA. The volunteers conducted talent competitions like fancy dress competition, dance completion, singing competition, drawing competition and also involved the children in creative work like clay modelling. Total numbers of children in the school are 40. (Boys-15, Girls-25) The children are between 8 to 14 years of age.
The volunteers also did some renovation work in the hospital and schools. They painted the benches and tables in the hospital, painted educational charts on the walls to promote- awareness of health and Hygiene, family planning, and awareness of our environment.
The volunteers did a country presentation for the children so that they could learn a few aspects about other cultures.The 9 volunteers were from Germany, USA, Belgium and Canada.
Camp code: FSL-SPl-113 Number of Volunteers: 9
Place: Kodaikanal Theme: Kids/Environment
Dates: April 12 to 25 (2 weeks)
Team leaders: Mr.Dinesh and Mr. Dinesh Kumar
In the first week volunteers worked in an organization called TEAM Vision. The volunteers painted the rooms, repaired the roof and compound walls of the hostel. They performed a play about health and hygiene awareness to the children and also taught them general knowledge through games. The volunteers conducted Talent competitions like – singing competition, drawing competition and sport to the children. There were 90 children and their age group are 5 to 13 years. They have done handcraft work and “Happy Hearts” activities with children
The volunteers did a country presentation for the children as part of the Intercultural exchaneg. The volunteers were from – Germany, USA, France, Spain and Italy.In the second week of the camp, weworked in R.C Primary school, Pallangi Konbe. The volunteers painted classrooms, blackboards and outside walls of the school. Also planted trees in the school compound. They helped the kitchen women in cooking food for the children. They visited the tribal Village and distributed some pens, pencils, pencil boxes to the children and also visited a coffee plantation and temples.
Here we are with some more news to read! Environment volunteer’s second summer camp “Give Environment a Chance” was held between 19th to 23rd April at Beejadi primary school.