Monthly Archives: January 2011

Work Camp – Sea Turtle Conservation

Work Camp – Sea Turtle Conservation

Four volunteers from South Korea, France and Germany curiously arrived in India to help protecting the sea turtles. Hong, Cho, Sebastien and Manuela (me). Then the biggest question was, how to do this?

Together, we did many activities to build awareness in the local fisherman community and their families: performing a puppet show explaining the potential dangers for sea turtles and how to avoid them, painting the school and kindergartens to do something for the community, but also draw some huge turtle pictures reminding them of our visit, and – singing our song ‘under the sea’. Moreover, we went to the harbor and local fish-market to explain the fishermen our sea turtle topic with flyers in the local language Kannada.

The awareness concept, thus, was overarching to reach people from school kids to adults here in the Kundapur area.

Nevertheless, the volunteers also had a lot of fun, by the way: by visiting several festivals and marriages, got to know the area and the local food specialties, spending a great time at the beach swimming and relaxing, going on a boat trip in the river nearby, visiting sights like the Shiva and the Hanuman temple and especially, traveling to Goa for the weekend all together.

Generally speaking, our team really enjoyed the two awesome weeks in Kundapur and we just hope, we could somehow help the turtle population to grow sustainability and safely.

– Manuela

A year in France – EVS Experience

A year in France – EVS Experience

Hi, I’m Chandrkanth, 25 year old, from Haveri (North Karnataka) I was working since five years Eco-Watch (NGO) in Bangalore that time I heard about FSL India and during free time I work with FSL Volunteer that time they told about European Volunteer service (EVS) in France. Even I’m looking for this kind of opportunity for know about other countries, intercultural learning, other languages and meet new people. So I decided to do European Volunteer service in France (EVS) for one year.

During the year 2009 to 2010, the association decided to orient their key activity towards Environmental and ecological projects, in order to gain a reputation of a location of alternative and experimental living in terms of sustainability. In fact the association supports a considerate style of living, conscious food, waste separation and etc. I learn French, sharing knowledge, learn other languages and culture, meet different people, visit places.

All the year, the “ La Maison due Bateleurs” hosts long term volunteers (VLT), a minimum of five or six VLT so as to assure the continuity of our activities and the cultural mixture of our group. The group consists of French, European and international volunteers from other continents.

The volunteer wants to contribute to the collective of the house ( cooking, washing up, cleaning, etc ) but also realizes practicals activities to learn manual tasks such as masonry, carpentry work, organic gardening, organic compost, and stone sculpting. The motivation of taking responsibility in the functioning of house and in carrying out of creative and artistic activities.

I involved with local community, Ex: LAM (Liaison Animation Montendre) with leisure center for the children, (La maison de retraite), and food distribution for jobless people (Association d’aide aux chomeurs). Also I participated in cultural events, free music festival, concert, carnaval, and sport activities, etc.

In summer I lead International workcamp in Bourg-Charente (France) for one month with 12 international volunteers from different countries. We renovate Bread Oven, We live in collective life(cooking and cleaning), sharing knowledge, learn other languages and culture, during workcamp it was great experience.

I enjoy a lot in France it’s very beautiful country, I meet so many people from other country also very kind people, French language is very interesting to learn but it was bit difficult for me, I love French food and wine. During free time I travel in france and other countries. I really miss france.

I would like to thank full for FSL India (Sending organization) and solidarites jeunesses ( France) Hosting organization. Project place “La Maison des Bateleurs” Montendre (FRANCE)

-Chandrakanth Nandikol

E-mail: chandru.nandikol@gmail.com

My Time With FSL India

My Time With FSL India

Hello to all…..my time is finishing at FSL and I am writing this words full of happiness and a little of nostalgic because it was one of the best experiences in life, I had great times and also very difficult times in this great adventure but I am now more mature more strong and with a great experience and love for life and a great energy to live life as happier I can with the little and simple things that are the most valuable.

I joined FSL the month of August 2010 and my last day is 31st of January 2011 but it seems that I have here 5 years with all the knowledge and lessons I learned at India

Day by day working in FSL gave me the opportunity to learn more helping others, to be more helpful on the path of the volunteers that I coordinate and also to put a little of my energy on each of my coworkers at FSL.

I thank each one of the special Staff members that always show me the love and support in each situation I needed and for giving me a very nice friendship that it will last forever in my mind and heart.(Anita, Deepak, Stephen, Arun, Deepika, Ragu, Vaz, Muthanna, Manju, Ravi, Deepa, Arvind, etc)…. Special thanks to the President and to the Director of FSL I really admire both for such special work and great spirit they have, and the great contribution that they are making with the voluntarism job at INCREDIBLE INDIA !!!!!!!!!!

-Vanessa Maciel

Life In France – EVS Experience

Life In France – EVS Experience

Hello I’m Adapavenkata Reddy, from Guntur (A.P) i found about FSL India through internet, then i contacted banglore office they explain to me more about volunteer service and they explain to me inter cultural learning , then am decided to do volunteer service in france.

During my volunteering service, i learned a little bit french to communicate with local peoples, but sometimes, it was very hard to express feelings. I was using english also with the others volunteers, the host organisation and mixing both french and english with local people. Now, i’am so happy to know new language and peoples. Now, i know how it is important to know different languages. I learned how to construct wall with dry stone method,a bit of gardening. Also we organized meeting so we have to schedule the hosting, menus, activities, games. i developed computer skills by working with new software. i was using internet daily to stay in contact with my family and friends. i used regularly Skype technique to telephone home. The knowledge of the digital media helped my work network. i was communicating, presenting my work and exchanging information via internet. I learned how to use digital photo camera and was using it a lot with combination of digital media to present some workshop and express myself.

I became more and more secure and independent during the year of my EVS. I organized projects at work independently and with team. I managed successfully some situations with persons with difficulties,made lot of friends all over Europe. Sometimes i went to schools and college to promote volunteers,i had good contact with local peoples during my stay. We had an intense collective life with other volunteers from all over the world with different behavior and thinking. So we often has to find a middle way, and compromise. During my EVS, i participated to different kinds of work(workcamp, cooking, danse, music, recycling…). I prepared some yoga lessons for local people so i had to communicate about it trough speaking to local people. I had to anticipate the hosting of 40 people during Solidarités Jeunesses, so i had to plan the accommodations, menus … with the team and the volunteers. I think , i got more capacity of organization and more efficience. Learned a little bit french cultural dance, wine testing, i meet lot of young people. I develop some skills to speak with other people despite the language barrier. yoga and meditation, computers, english and french langage, new cooking, cleaning, building, transport in European Commission etc. My future plan is to do business in home town.

-Adappa Venkat Reddy


Free Dental Check Up at Kanchugodu Primary School

Free Dental Check Up at Kanchugodu Primary School

The local sanitation committee called ” Nirmala Grama Samithi “of Trasi  together with FSL India Kundapur, Lions Club and the A.B. Shetty Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore organized a free dental check up for all the children and local people. Sanitation committee member welcomed  the participants and the Medico Social Coordinator of Dental College did a speech regarding importance to maintain the cleanliness of teeth. 127 Students of Kanchugodu school and 56 villager of Trasi village used this opportunity. After the inspection, children and people with oral problems can go for further treatment if necessary to the nearby medical centres free of cost according to the statement issued from the camp. A big triumph were that the Tent school children of Mullikatte and Kundapura arrived morning to the Kanchugodu school to get the opportunity of free dental care.

January Arrivals

January Arrivals

This Orientation week was at the new staff house that FSL is having, near the Post Office is bigger then the last house and we are going to arranged the best way so the volunteers can feel very comfortable in there.

The batch was of 7 volunteers from Japan, Netherlands, US, Denmark it was a young group of enthusiastic volunteers and they have a lot of activities that is very interesting for them like how is the life style in India the dress code for women and men. What to expect from the Host Family and how they can teach the kids in India all this information is given so they can feel more secure at the new country experience they are going to face.

Also we had some trips the firs one is around Kundapura so they can now where they can find things to buy and wherever they need and the principal places of the town, we had a boat trip organized by the Eco – Club team from FSL and also we had a trip on Saturday as a final activities from the Orientation week in the surroundings of Kundapur visit Hanuman statue, weekly market at Kundapur, the Shiva temple, Rocky beach and some other interesting places just to close the interesting week so they can start with a lot of energy in their projects.

On Sunday they joined their places and wishing them a nice stay at India and a Incredible Experience !!!!!!!

-Vanessa Maciel

CountryNameProject/Placed
JapanNaoki YamadaTent School – Kundapur
USAAmy MonachinoSeon Ashram – Belthangady
DenmarkKristine HetebruggeChickansal School – Kundapur
SwedenAnna PiringerTent School – Kundapur
SwedenSofia NorenLittle Flower School – Karkala
NetherlandsEva Marguerite MulderSandeep Special School – Sullia
NetherlandsLucy TjoingNisarga – HD Kote

New year wishes

2011
01.04

Dear All,

On behalf of the board members, I would like to send special greetings to all of you, who have in one way of the other joined us at FSL India to help and promote peace and understanding through service, a great and prosperous year.

May  XXII be a wonderful year for you.

All the best,

Rakesh S Soans,

President,

FSL India

Buffalo Race

2010
12.16

The contest of buffaloes race is called “Kambala” a sporting race in muddy water. Coastal Karnataka is the true home of the athletic buffalo. Kambala races are held from December till March. Every weekend one could see the buffalo races in Coastal Karnataka.

Gulvady (around half an hour journey from Kundapur) Kambala has started around 150 years ago. It was followed by the ancestor of Mr. Dodmane Heriyanna Shetty. Because of some reasons it has stopped after 1970. But when ‘Dodmane’ family faced many problems they have did a “Ashtamagala at temple” (When one whole family or village get in trouble, they are performing this program which is related to spiritual and astrological believes). As a result of this, they should restart the Kambala to get rid of all the problem of the family. Family decided to organise again Kambala at Gulvady.

There are 4 families of Dodmane including village leaders and whole village people joined to start this program from 2009. Every year this is performing one fine day(which suggested by astrologer) in between November 16th to December 16. This is the entertainment program for the farmers and villagers after the hard working in their rice fields and also this is religious function also. Farmers are bringing their buffalo from different places around village.

This year FSL volunteers been audience in this Buffallo race to enjoy the unique moment to pimp in cultural insights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

– Manjunath B, Field Assistant

Profile – Olga Nekrasova

2010
12.15

Hello my new friends! My name is Olga Nekrasova, I’m from Russia! I’m almost 26 years old – I was born in Christmas) It’s a good sign, is it? :) Moreover, I have a twin-sister younger than me for 20 min. Initially, I’m a very happy person!

I’m a journalist and I’ve been working as a journalist during my studying in university. I was working in a magazine and news-papers. But after finished the university I realized that I don’t want to be a journalist anymore. Not in my city, not in that way it is always going in our journalism.

I felt I want to know more about myself, to learn more. To work with people directly, not through news-paper, and help them and feel I can do something important for them.

So I started working in social projects, in charity projects, working as a volunteer sometime. In parallel I get a job as a PR-manager.

But it was not enough for me. I dreamed to travel, to meet new people, to learn about inter-cultural learning and non-formal education. I feel it’s a perfect opportunity to do more in future with such knowledge.

So I’m in India now:) I discover new and new sides of Indian life, culture, philosophy every day! I enjoy it a lot!

I’m waiting for to start my internship and to start explore everything around me more deep.

I want to say Thanks to Mr. Rohan and Mr. Rakesh that they took me as an intern in FSL-India! I will try to do my best! And hope can share my knowledge with others and it will useful for them :)

Thanks to all office workers for their hearty welcome and helpfulness! Hope I will not disappoint you!

December Arrivals

2010
12.13

This month FSL India has welcomed 7 volunteers from different 3 countries…

Sl NoNameProject/Placed
1Christian MikkelsenHosadu School, Kundapur
2Hanna EK Shanthi Ashram, Vijayadaka
3Troels Wennermark Chikkansal School, Kundapur
4Birgit Raab SWORD, Bagalkot
5Trine Knudsen Sathi, Bangalore
6Laurids Sebastian Luel Berg Sathi, Bangalore
7Gabrielle Gremand RosenbergKanchugodu School, Kundapur

Final Impression

2010
12.07

Looking back to your expectations and goals, would you like to comment on your overall experience here?

  • I wanted to know the Indian culture, to live it from the inside, and i am satisfied the school, the family, Daya’s marriage where all things are makes me happy because they gave me the opportunity to know the real life in south India.
  • I enjoy of my Indian experience and I’m satisfactory of my project because i learnt about handicap and Indian life i would have people to be with other volunteers in host family.
  • Before I arrive in the ashram i was really motivated for the construction project and I had a lot of ideas or suggestions but after a few days you realize that it’s difficult to organize what you wanted, you just need to enjoy what’s happening there.
  • Was much more better and easier that what I expected.
  • Through the fact to help people, I wanted to learn more about myself and I guess I succeed, thanks to my experience in Seon ashram.
  • Its been a great that’s it.

Beach Cleaning Day

2010
12.04

17th November 2010

Since last year FSL India and the Sanitation Project in Trasi are presenting the International Beach Cleaning Day with local people and volunteers. The Nirmala Grama Samithi (Sanitation Commitee) welcomed the numerous participants to keep the beach and the park clean. At first they meet for a strengthening snack and after welcome speeches of the committee and the lions club, around 60 people started with bags and gloves to do real nature conservation. It was a really exhausting work with the heat and the big area of pollution, but also it were a good diversion for the volunteers from their daily routine and a good impression for the locals to maybe get inspired.

– Karin Schneider

BMZ Quarterly Evaluations – November 2010

2010
12.03

FSL India has organized 2 separate QTEs in November for weltwärts participants arrived in 2010 SH and NH cycles. The evaluation took place in Simha Farm. The first QTE was held between 18-20th of November with 31 volunteers and 9 staffs, counting 40 people. Volunteers from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bangalore and North Karnataka were participated together with one who are around Kundapur. The second QTE was held between 24-25th November. There were 6 people participated including 3 volunteers and 3 staffs.

Final Impression

Final Impression

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 wanted to contribute to teach English to the children and provide them an opportunity to have an individual education, and I really admire them because there are very enthusiastic kids and also very intelligent.

*It was a really great and good experience in general I learned more from the kids then they from me I really admire how mature they are and how they can handle their life.

*I just enjoyed my experience, I wanted to discover a different way of life and give my help to the children in trouble and find it was a great success for me.

*It was an amazing project I got more then I expected.

*Everything was great in the general experience at India.

*Through the Job I made here I wanted to learn more about my self and I guess I succeed, than to my experience at my project.

Theresa Zepf – Vag Jyothi School

Theresa Zepf – Vag Jyothi School

Vag Jyothi School (Talking light School, Schule der sprechenden Lichter)

The Vag Jyothi School is a Residential School for Deaf and Dumb and mentally disable children. It was founded in 2000 by Dr. Kodlady Surendra Shetty, as president of an NGO. The Vag Jyothi School is not a governmental school, because of the support from NGO there is no school fee. Admission to the school is free; parents don’t have to pay anything. The most Parents live so far away, that it is not possible for the kids to go home during the week or at weekends .S o the children stay in school during the week, so the children go home only during holidays, which is a special time for them. Only some kids who live next to the school go home on weekends or also during the week.

The school is located in a rural area in Moodubage, 50 minutes from Kundapur by bus. The students are very interested in meeting foreigners and you can see this as a good opportunity for broadening their minds.

The students

The students are the best part of the project. There are 30 children, 21 of them are hearing impaired, and 9 mentally retarded (M.R). They are 8 to 20 years old.

The classes are divided into 1st to 8th stand. The most stands are put together, because of the low place.

The work

Volunteers are basically free in choosing what they want to do, depending on their interests, talents and what they think is useful. The headmaster will create an own schedule for you depending on your interests, which you should follow.

ag Jyothi School (Talking light School, Schule der sprechenden Lichter)

The Vag Jyothi School is a Residential School for Deaf and Dumb and mentally disable children. It was founded in 2000 by Dr. Kodlady Surendra Shetty, as president of an NGO. The Vag Jyothi School is not a governmental school, because of the support from NGO there is no school fee. Admission to the school is free; parents don’t have to pay anything. The most Parents live so far away, that it is not possible for the kids to go home during the week or at weekends .S o the children stay in school during the week, so the children go home only during holidays, which is a special time for them. Only some kids who live next to the school go home on weekends or also during the week.

The school is located in a rural area in Moodubage, 50 minutes from Kundapur by bus. The students are very interested in meeting foreigners and you can see this as a good opportunity for broadening their minds.

The students

The students are the best part of the project. There are 30 children, 21 of them are hearing impaired, and 9 mentally retarded (m.r). They are 8 to 20 years old.

The classes are divided into 1st to 8th stand. The most stands are put together, because of the low place.

The work

Volunteers are basically free in choosing what they want to do, depending on their interests, talents and what they think is useful. The headmaster will create an own schedule for you depending on your interests, which you should follow.

Ltv Gtg – December

Ltv Gtg – December

Last month we had a great GTG with the LTVs with 13 volunteers and all the staffs.

We met at the Trasi Beach, in the Sea Turtle Bay near Kundapura, is a very nice beach because is almost private only you can see the fisher man around and the rest of the beach it was all for us, you can presence there a great sunset view a calm peace and the accommodation is really comfortable.

We planned several activities like evaluations, sand sculpture contest, games and sharing experiences, the volunteers talk about their projects and how is the experience they lived in India during their volunteers time,.. the comments are that for real they learned to much and they adapted them selves to the Indian Life and style but the greatest thing is the knowledge they have now and the Inter cultural learning lived at their own projects and with other volunteers they met on the weekends on the free time.

-Vanessa Maciel

New year wishes

New year wishes

Dear All,

On behalf of the board members, I would like to send special greetings to all of you, who have in one way of the other joined us at FSL India to help and promote peace and understanding through service, a great and prosperous year.

May  XXII be a wonderful year for you.

All the best,

Rakesh S Soans,

President,

FSL India