On Monday I walked through Udupi. I looked around and suddenly I stand in between of ten tigers and they danced around me. But I was not in kind of danger because the tigers were just painted men who were part of the Lord Krishna Festival.
For thousands of people these tigers and other painted people were a big attraction. Screaming and drumming they walked through Udupi and took the crowd to the stage. Some local musicians played music and the tigers did their dancing performance in front of the crowd. Although I was half deaf after this show I enjoyed it very much to groove to the music.
Earlier on the day there were different competitions. For example there was a very large oiled coconut tree which has to be climbed. One man after the other thought he may get the prize on the top of the tree. But as long as I watched them everybody failed. The oil was too slippy.
The temple was hanged with lots of flowers and looked very beautiful. Many, many people came to celebrate the festival and we had to be careful not to get lost in the crowd. Sometimes the crowd took us automatically to another place. That was not really bad because everybody we met was very friendly and helpful.
In the end of the day I felt tiredly in the seat of the bus to Kundapur. After all these people and all this noise it was good to calm down. Morten Luchtmann, LTV in Eco Tourism Project
The August month’s LTV Get together was held at Turtle Bay Beach Resort at Trasi on 11th and 12th. There were 6 staffs and 8 volunteers has participated from Bangalore, Udupi, North Karnataka and Mangalore Zones. During this one day event, a cultural theater was organized to see the Cultural Experience of our participants along with games, beach walk and 1-1 talk with coordinators.
In this month we have welcomed 41 participants from 9 different countries. It is very multicultural group with volunteers from different countries and age groups. Moreover, 5 local volunteers took part in the sessions, helped in organizing this big orientation week. All the participants actively took part in sessions, field visits and the heavy monsoon could not stop high spirit and motivation in different activities. On the last day, excursion was organized and volunteers were taken to Jog falls all the way through beautiful mountains and crossing river
|3||Spain||Clara Martinez||Vila||Seona Ashram|
|4||Spain||Elisbet Julia||Verdaguer||Seona Ashram|
|6||Germany||Caroline Alexandra||Pilling||EE, Kundapur|
|8||Germany||Daniela||Broeka||Nittur Aided School|
|12||Germany||Moritz||Wittkamp||Little Flower School|
|22||Belgium||Charlotte||Goethals||Tent School, Kundapur|
|27||Germany||Tabea||Schrott||Paraspara Trust (Transit Home)|
|29||Austria||Franz||König||Little Flower School|
|30||Germany||Luisa||Neumann||Paraspara Trust (Transit Home)|
|32||Slovakia||Daniel||Mikulec||Sea Turtle, Kundapur|
|38||Spain||Carla||Mateos||Paraspara Trust (Transit Home)|
|39||Spain||Adriana||Serra Tojo||Paraspara Trust (Transit Home)|
|40||China||Cho Yee Joey||Lai||Sandeep Special School|
An article published in Karavali Times (http://www.karavalitimes.com/top-stories/presentation-by-denmark-students-for-pregnant-women-and-new-mothers/) about FSL-India intern’s presentation on Health and Nutrition:
Ida and Luna,two Denmark dietician students who are spending their internship in FSL-India at Kundapur region did a presentation at the Government Hospitl in Kundapur. The presentation was mainly to pregnant women and new mothers focussed on them and their new born babies’ health. During their presentation,the mothers were advised about the nutition,supplements,feelings and issues concerning the time before and after the delivery. Many Doctors,pregnant women and new mothers have attended the presentation.
It was a time to say good-bye to August and September 2010 batch Weltwärts participants. So the Final Evaluation program has been organized on 16th and 17th July 2011 to review the one year experience. During the evaluation, sessions were conducted on Learnings, Activities V/S Impact and Culture and preparation for Reverse Culture Shock. All together 35 people participated in this weekend seminar including 25 pax and 10 staffs. Overall we could see lot of changes in these pax, in their way of approach, increased patience, flexible lifestyle and so on. In appreciation the work all the pax were given with certificates, experience letter and a memento to keep the good memory of this volunteering program.
Dear readers – My name is Ana Silveyra, I am from Mexico and I am happy to say I joined FSL India as an intern staff at its head office in Bangalore on July 8th.
I am a Journalism graduate from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and I’m starting a one year internship with FSL. Before coming here, I was volunteering in Mexico City in different organizations, working with the elderly, giving classes to children in poor communities, house building projects and doing work camps in the Mexican jungle.
My work in FSL will be to encourage volunteering amongst the Indian youth either for local projects or out bound camps in foreign countries like: Mexico, France, Denmark, etc.
For me, volunteering is an incredible way to learn, teach and exchange ideas and life perspectives. It has broadened my life and made me much more knowledgeable and aware of the human condition. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with the local Indian youth and get them excited about volunteering.
Working with FSL will help me learn how an NGO functions since I would one day like to create one in Mexico and promote culture, justice and social empowerment. I am deeply thankful to FSL for allowing me to learn from them and to experience India in such a special way: by truly living with the people, talking to them and seeing life as it is lived. Also I would like to thank Natate, the Mexican organization through which I contacted FSL. Thank you for making this possible.
I am sure this experience will change my life and give me tools for my further entrepreneurs and my personal life.
On 23rd of June, we celebrated our LTV Deputy Director Ms Vanaja’s birthday at the head office in Bangalore. We wish her a happy birthday day and hope that she has many more happier ones to come in future.
There are lot of opportunities to do voluntary work in local and national level. But only few percentage of people have conviction to do something voluntarily for society. So the Tent School volunteers team has organized volunteering sensitization program for PVS High school students. In the first phase, a presentation on need of social service held for 9th level students on 23rd June. Then short listed those interested students. On 27th June, one day program called “City Angels” held at a Chaithanya special children school. Here the high school students played games with special children, sing songs and danced, had drawings with children and overall spent valuable time over there. We had planned of cleaning the front yard, but rained had spoiled our plan. Still, giving happiness is to deserved kids is also a special service.
We hope to continue this ‘City Angels’ program in next days in contribution to “International Year of Volunteers”
In November 1997, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). United Nations Volunteers (UNV) was designated as the international focal point. With its main objectives of increased recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, IYV provided a unique opportunity to highlight the achievements of millions of volunteers worldwide and encouraged more people to engage in volunteer activity.
The idea for IYV came out from deliberations among several major international NGOs in the early 1990s. The concept first emerged within the United Nations system during a Policy Forum held by UNV and United Nations University (UNU) in Japan in 1996. Through the UN Secretary General, the Japanese Government’s proposal in February 1997 was placed on the agenda of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 1997. ECOSOC recommended to the UN General Assembly to proclaim 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers. The General Assembly — in its 52nd session on 20 November 1997 in Resolution 52/17, co-sponsored by 123 countries — approved the ECOSOC resolution.
The premise underlying IYV 2001 was that voluntary service is needed more than ever to tackle problems in areas of social, economic, cultural, humanitarian and peace-building, and that more people are needed to offer their services as volunteers. For this to happen, there was a need for greater recognition and facilitation of volunteer work, more vigorous promotion of voluntary service, and drawing upon the best initiatives and efforts — the “best practice” — of volunteers, networked to optimize lessons learned. The designation of an International Year of Volunteers by the UN General Assembly provided a valuable framework and established a favourable environment for the growth and more strategic use of volunteer contributions.
Objectives of IYV 2001
The IYV 2001 had four primary goals: promotion, recognition, facilitation and networking of volunteer service.
Recognition: Governments and local authorities could ensure that they have mechanisms for drawing the voluntary sector into the consultation process. Recognition will be ensured by a country study which will describe and quantify the contribution of the voluntary sector to national welfare and advance; by awards instituted for the best examples of individual, small group, local community and national NGOs — and perhaps also international — volunteer action..