5 Volunteers from South Korea, Switzerland, Canada and Finland actively participated in the Social/Kids, two weeks work camp held in Vagjyothi Special School and Ashrama School in Kundapur. In the first week they planted different kinds of trees around the play ground at Vagjyothi School. The second week was occupied with painting dormitory wall at Ashrama school. During their 2 week stay in Kundapura, they had great time by attending weddings, visiting temples, tiles factory and other interesting places around Kundapura.
The camp was lead by FSL India work camp coordinator Daya Salins and team leader Dinesh Sarang.
As the monsoon season started last week the sea is very rough now, causing sea turtles that are foraging too close to the shore to strand. In the last week fishermen reported five stranded sea turtles, most of them Olive Ridleys. The sea turtle team went to the beaches several time to assess the condition of the animals and luckily none of them appeared to be hurt. So we could release them immediately back to the ocean.
Volunteers placements in June month:
|Laura Denimal||France||Shanthi Ashram, Vijayadka|
|Jade Leduc||France||Little Flower school, Karkala|
|Jasper Bras||Netherlands||Sakhi, Hospete|
|Adam Margolius||USA||Relief Foundation, Koppala|
|Barbara Bertoncini||Italy||Spandan Rehabilitation, Udupi|
|Gorka Banuelos||Spain||Spandan Rehabilitation, Udupi|
|Thanh Cao Ho||Germany||Chickkansal School, Kundapur|
|Maria Carciumaru||Germany||Shanthi Ashram, Vijayadka|
|Marina Klimova||Germany||Manasa Rehabilitation, Udupi|
|Martin Engel||Germany||Sandeep Special School, Sullia|
|Yasmin Nick Belkhodja||France||Manasa Jyothi, Japthi|
My name is Ravi Goyal. Let me tell you something quick about my work in the project and living in India.
My Project: Teaching English and Music at the Hosadu Higher Primary School
Teaching here is a challenging, interesting, sometimes slightly boring yet mutually rewarding task. After struggling in the first month it has been quite an experience. Interacting with the children from age 7 to 14 puts me always into unexpected situations which make every day different. I am teaching for 10 months right now and I love it.
Living in India: What is true for teaching applies also for living in India. Awesome opportunities for long travels across the Subcontinent is next to interacting with the locals, what is truly unique about this place. Be prepared to get confused and stop searching to have a rational and logical explanation for everything. Learn to ignore the obvious and India will unfold its beauty. Oh, and be patient. Open Sesame.
- Back row: Left to right- Prathap, Dinesh, Muneer, Gautham, Rohan, Stephen, Deepak Front row: Left to right- Daya, Laura, Veronica, Indu Shekhar, Dinesh S, Padmanabhan
On 30th and 31st May, 2 days training was held at our Bangalore office for work camp team leaders.
It was a good opportunity for the new team leaders to interact with coordinators/senior team leaders and to learn new things by sharing the experiences with them. This training was mainly focused on how to follow the work camp system known as “milestones”, sharing experiences with old team leaders and get to know how to handle the challenges during work camps.
Fsl India has organized 2 days training to the staff members in Bangalore on 28th and 29th of May.
The training was conducted by Mr. Manoharan from ‘Surakshaa Elite’. There were 23 staffs had attended and most of the participants were came from the offices in Bangalore, Kundapur, Chennai facility. Different life skills and professional qualities were taught by the trainer, which included, Effective Communication (with a focus on Cross cultural communication), Email etiquette, Leadership, Conflict Resolution etc.
- Back row: Left to right-Rohan, Joy, Gautham, Dinesh, Rahul, Aravind, Dakshinamurthy, Padmanabhan, Dinesh S, Girish. Front row: Left to right-Naveenan, Stephen, Bhagyalakshmi, Gayathri, Salachi, Indu Shekhar, Arun, Manoharan, Veeramani, Austin, Prathap, Deepak, Daya
Volunteer’s final impressions about the overall experience….
Looking back to your expectations and goals, would you like to comment on your overall experience here?
- I did not come with too many expectations….essentially, the success of your time here depends almost only on you- you can make the best or the worst out of any situation.
Had much higher expectations and goals as well as fears before I came to India. Here I experienced a much more relaxed and easier way to deal with the role as a volunteer. We do not really have a real job and also can change only small things. But since I was motivated enough, I always had something to do. In total I am very grateful to have stayed such a long time in India although it was not always easy.
Actually, I couldn’t remember the feelings, expectations, fears I had before going to India, but when I got the letter I had to write to myself during my orientation seminar in Germany, I could see that every single expectation (more concerning my personal development) was achieved so far. I learned a lot about myself, about our German or European society, I started to think more about if this is actually the right thing “we Europeans” do instead of taking it like this. Concerning my personal development, I can say that I really learned to relax, to not take everything (including myself) so serious and to see every failed plan as a chance to try something new.
Apart from the environment volunteers summer camps in some school, there was a special summer camp organized by FSL-India’s social project volunteers at Seon Ashram. It was held between 12th April to 26th May. Here are some pictures and report…
Summer Camp_Seon Ashram-2010