Monthly Archives: February 2011

“6th Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers Camp” in Chennai & Delhi

“6th Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers Camp” in Chennai & Delhi

The “Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers” Camp is a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative sponsored by HMC Korea (Hyundai Motor Company) and supported by FSL-India (Field Services and Intercultural Learning) and, IWO Korea (International Workcamp Organization. The 1st Happy Move Camp was conducted in July 2008 and is held every six months.

The “6th Happy Move Camp” started on the 18th of January in Chennai and concluded on the 15th of February in Delhi. A total of 225 Korean volunteers arrived in 2 batches, along with a group of 15 Korean doctors. Each batch stays for a period of 2 weeks. The volunteers participated in organizing medical camps and health awareness campaigns, as well as education and renovation work in schools and villages located in Chennai and Delhi.

Until now all the 5 Happy Move Camps were held in Chennai. This year for the first time, one batch of the Happy Move Camp is being held in Delhi. Another distinct feature of this camp is the participation of University students from Chennai and Delhi. Indian University students were introduced in this camp to promote Intercultural learning and to encourage dialogue between Korean and Indian participants.

1st Batch in Chennai – 18th January to 30th January – 134 Korean volunteers; 15 Korean doctors; 26 University students from Chennai.

2nd Batch in Delhi – 5th February to 15th February – 91 Korean volunteers; 19 University students from Delhi.

The day begins

Painting

School fencing

end of a days work

It's Orientation time

indian welcome

cultural performance

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Intercultural Day

Through the Happy Move Camps, not only would the volunteers be able to make a small but meaningful contribution to the local communities of Chennai and Delhi, but it would also offer young Korean/Indian college students an opportunity to understand Indian/Korean community and culture as well as recognize their responsibilities as a global citizen. The program not only intends to serve the communities of selected villages through Volunteering, but it also facilitates Youth Exchange and promotes Inter-cultural Learning between Korean Youth and the Local Community of Chennai and Delhi.

Coming Soon –  more information and pics of the Happy Move Camp in Delhi !!!!

February Arrivals

February Arrivals

This month FSL India has welcomed 14 volunteers from 7 different countries…

Sl NoCountryNameProject
1SwedanSara HojrupNallurpala Ashrama School
2DenmarkChristine DyrstinyMercede Orphanage
3DenmarkAnne Sofie NielsenTent School Kundapur
4DenmarkKaroline Western NoerMercede Orphanage
5DenmarkAmanda Boje FormannDeed
6DenmarkLaura TroiDeed
7DenmarkIda LindChaithanya Special School
8NetherlandsHenriette KoffrieRelief foundation
9DenmarkKarin Marie GramManasa Jyothi
10FinlandHenna HuhtamellaManasa Jyothi
11BelgiumMathilde SchmitNallurpala Ashrama School
12FranceMacire DialloNagapura Ashrama
13FranceRomain BruederLittle flower school
14ItalyGaia BrandoleseBaptist

FSL- Work camps in January 2011

FSL- Work camps in January 2011

Place: Bangalore        Theme: Social /Kids

Number of volunteers: 6 (S. Korea, Netherlands and Canada)

The volunteers taught children some general English and science; they also interacted with them to teach them songs, dances and games. They cleaned and painted the classrooms. After that they did educational drawing in the walls like solar system, organs of the body, Parliament and India Map. The volunteers said that they enjoyed the intercultural learning and also did wonderful work for the school.

 

 

 

 

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Place: Wayanad /Kerala         Theme: Tribal/Social

Number of Volunteers: 4(S. Korea and France)

In this work camp there were only 4 volunteers but they did much work.

They taught children songs, dancing and games of different countries with the help of the local teachers. The number of children were 180 and their age group was 6 to 15 years.

They painted 2 classrooms and painted educational drawings in the walls like India map, Kerala Map and parts of the body.  They cleaned the garden and the playground of the school. Volunteers made presentations about their culture to the children and among themselves. On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other.

The volunteers said that they had a wonderful experience and it was the best work camp for them.

 

 

 

 

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Place: Rajasthan/Jodhpur       Theme: Social/Rural/Kids

Number of Volunteers: 7 (S. Korea, Germany, Austria, Serbia and France)

The volunteers and team leader worked together cleaning walls and painting walls. After painting the walls they drew educational paintings like village map and hygiene.

They did some activities with the children like singing songs and playing games of different countries. Volunteers made presentations about their culture to the children and among themselves. They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting the local houses, a Hindu temple and they painted their hands with Henna. The volunteers said that the work camp was really interesting and helpful for the local people where they worked.


 

 


FSL-Work camps in December 2010

FSL-Work camps in December 2010

Place: Darjeeling.  Theme: Social / Culture

Number of volunteers; 5 (Germany, S. Korea, France and Taiwan)

This is one of  the first work camps in Darjeeling. The volunteers had activities with children like singing songs, dancing and playing games of different countries. They also did educational drawing in the village school. They learnt about Indian culture by visiting a Monastery, a Museum, a tea plantation, a tea factory and visited some village people houses.  Volunteers made presentations about their culture among themselves and at the end of the work camp they saw Hindi Movie (Bollywood).


Place: Mysore.  Theme: Social /kids
Number of volunteers: 6 (Italy and S. Korea)

The volunteers worked with 80 children of age group 6 to 15 years old. They did some activities with the children like singing songs and playing games of different countries and teach some Basic English with the helped local teachers. They have painted 3 sides of the walls, windows, doors and pillars of the school. The volunteers has done educational drawing like world map and cleaned the garden and planted green plants in the garden

They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting parks, slums, other Government schools, a super market, lakes and local houses. Volunteers made presentations about their culture to the children and among themselves. The volunteers said that they are happy and satisfied with the work they have done.

Place: Kerala. Theme: Yoga/Ayurveda/Kids

Number of volunteers: 16(Russia, Switzerland, France, Canada, USA, Italy, Finland, Portugal, Netherlands USA and S. Korea)

This was one of the best work camps in the month of December 2010.  The program was intensive theory and practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. In the afternoon the volunteers worked in school and interacted with the kids. In this camp the team has cleaned and painted 9 blocks of walls in the school and also done educational drawing. They celebrated Christmas with the children at the end of the work camp.

They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting Kathakali temple, Theyyam temple, Kalari (Kerala Martial Art), Snake Park and the local people house. Volunteers made presentations about their cultural to the children and among them. The volunteers said that they had an amazing experience with this work camp and they also thank FSL for program.

FSL-India Work Camps in November 2010

FSL-India Work Camps in November 2010

Place: Kundapur.       Theme: Sea Turtle Conservation/Environment

Number of Volunteers: 2(Denmark and Switzerland)

The volunteers had very interesting activities: building turtle information centre on the beach cleaned the beach at Kodi and Mavavante, making educational paintings in Hosadu School, and having puppet shows for children.

Most of the activities were about sea turtle awareness. They were working with local people, youth and children.  The local people helped us to build informational center and it was a great experience for them and for the volunteers too.

They visited fish market, hatching center and harbour. They made a boat trip and beach walk.

Place: Kerala.  Theme: Yoga/Ayurveda/Kids

Number of Volunteer: 19(Italy, Canada, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, France, USA and Germany)

The volunteers did yoga and Ayurveda both practical and theory. They also worked with children in the school. They painted 3 classroom walls and they also painted educational drawings. The volunteers cleaned the garden and painted the fence of the school.

They visited the local houses and interacted with them for cultural learning.

FSL- Work Camps in October 2010

FSL- Work Camps in October 2010

Place: Coorg.  Theme: Tribal/Kids

Number of volunteers: 3 (Italy and S. Korea)

The volunteers painted the walls with educational pictures- ecological and hygiene awareness. The volunteers interacted with tribal children and had activities like singing songs and played games of different countries. They visited the tribal village and interacted with them. Volunteers made presentations about their culture to the children and among themselves.

Place: Dharamsala.    Theme: Tibetan Culture / Kids / Environment

Number of Volunteers: 22 (France, UK, Spain , Belgium, Canada, Mexico and Netherlands)

The volunteers did educational, cultural and construction activities. They rebuilt a wall, did educational paintings and learn about Tibetan culture. They also interacted with the children.The cultural program included a visit to the Dalai Lama temple, Bagru temple and waterfall.

The third week of the work camp they went for trekking.

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FSL- Work Camps in September 2010

FSL- Work Camps in September 2010

Place: Yercaud.  Theme: Tribal/kids/Environment

Number of volunteers: 5(France, Japan and UK)

In this work camp the volunteers painted the blackboards, book shelves and walls of the school. They also worked in the garden. They did some activities with the children like singing songs and playing games of different countries. Volunteers made presentations about their culture to the children. On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other. They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting temples, a waterfall and a coffee estate. The volunteers said that the work camp was really interesting and helpful for the school where they worked.

Place: Hampi.     Theme: Social /Heritage

Number of Volunteers: 8 (Germany, Turkey, S .Korea, Hong Kong and France)

The volunteers’ main activity was protection of the cultural heritage site. The volunteers cleaned the surrounding of the temples by picking up stones etc. They also created awareness about cleanliness among the locals. They did some activities with the children like singing songs and playing games of different countries. The volunteers taught basic English, Maths and hygiene to the children, and also art and crafts like drawing and origami.

The volunteers visited temples and ruins to learn about Indian history. They also visited local people’s houses.

Place: Kundapur. Theme: Social/Kids

Number of volunteers: 4(Italy and Canada)

The volunteers painted the walls of a school. They sang songs and played games with the children. They went for a trip around Kundapur and attended a Hindu wedding, visited temples and visited local people’s houses and had dinner with them.Volunteers made presentations about their culture to the children and among themselves. On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other.

Place: Dharamsala.     Theme: Tibetan Culture / Kids /

Environment

Number of Volunteers: 19(France, Spain, Germany, Austria, S. Korea, Argentina, Japan,Belgium, Italy and Netherlands)

The work camp included working in school with children and learning Tibetan culture.In school, the volunteers cleaned the class rooms, made an educational painting about hygiene awareness and ecological education for children. They also taught English. They did some activities with the children like singing songs and playing games of different countries.They also had cultural activities: visiting Dala Lama temple, Bhagsu temple and TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village)

The third week of the work camp the volunteers went for trekking.

Monthly Review Meeting

Monthly Review Meeting

Date: 28.1.2011

Place: FSL India, Bangalore

FSL India has rebooted with lot of energy for the new year 2011!!  And is getting prepared to make big changes and reach great goals during the years to come. The head offices of the 3 branches of FSL ( Kundapura, Chennai and Bangalore) had a review meeting on 28’th January for making the future plans.

The core team will meet each month with all the heads from 6 departments to monitor and plan development of the organization and the quality of the programs. 2011 will be the year of HRD for FSL India.

Core team of FSL India 2011:

Stefan – People’s Action For Development

Stefan – People’s Action For Development

About the NGO

People’s Action For Development (PAD) is an NGO operating in the Gulf of Mannar region of southern Tamil Nadu. The organization is committed to improve the coastal people’s livelihood by various means such as micro credits, community organization, resource management, consultancy, and education opportunities. It is a crucial part of the organization’s philosophy to promote self-governance and sustainable development. Hence, PAD considers itself as a facilitator that functions as a catalyst in the development process.

PAD, which is supported by international donors, maintains three offices along the coast. That way, the 60 staff members can reach the 14,000 families who live in the 133 villages that PAD is working in.

PAD’s target group mostly consists of fishers and palmyrah tappers, which belong to the poorest communities of the state, having an average income of ca. 25,000 RS per family per year.

For more information about PAD visit www.padgom.org

As a volunteer

PAD offers a wide range of activities to get involved in as a volunteer. Most important to them is that the volunteers find their own field of interest, create their project, and set their own goal. I ended up taking lots of pictures of PAD activities that are needed to document PAD’s work, teaching some spoken English as well doing different kinds of IT projects including for example rebuilding the NGO’s webpage.

Stefan Meinecke

Final Impressions

Final Impressions

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

  • Great experience with some bad memories but with a lot of good memories

  • All in all, I can say, that I never thought,that I can learn so much for my life in such a short time. I did not really had expectations, so it wasn’t that hard for me. I was such a great time and really don’t want to miss it.

  • It was a great experience and worth it! Would do definitely do it again!

  • In my LTV time I experienced of course a lot, too much to list here. But in sum I love that I took this opportunity and came to India for such a long time and in this project. I will never forget my life here, I will come back to India, to Kundapur and of course to Trasi.