Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Udupi Krishna Festival” Experience

“Udupi Krishna Festival” Experience

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

Final Impression

Final Impression

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

I have learn a lot about myself by learning about the Indian culture.

COUSIN Marion, French, SWORD, Jamakhandi

You’d better do not try to be the hero – better focus on smaller goals you can achieve and do things carefully”. “What you think which means less, can sometimes mean more”

Tim Halbmann, German, Seon Ashram Trust, Gandibagilu

It was a great experience that I’m glad I had the chance to have!

Elizabeth Pearl, United States, Tent School, Kundapur

I would like to stay one more week, the last one was so good, but the first one so hard.

Garazi Goni, Spanish, Seon Ashram, Gandibagilu

Globally it was a really good experience to discover Indian culture. But actually one month is not enough for everything because you need one month to get involved in the project and feel comfortable with the family.

Barillent Sylvain, French, Sea Turtle Conservation, Kundapur

I had not really expectations(about the project or the life in India) except the desire to learn the most possible things about the culture and life. And I think that had been done.

Daniel Maxime, French, Sea Turtle Conservation, Kundapur

I realise that just two week is not enough to set into the project. I would like to have more time.

Marina garcia Gutierrez, Spanish, Little Flower School Orphanage, Karkala

I didn’t had many expectations. My first months here were very hard but after some time of accustoming, I enjoyed my project a lot and really appreciate it.

In the end I am able to say: I love India but I also hate India. There are so many beautiful faces of India and nice people but also lots of bad sites which I can’t deal with.

Michelle Liebheit , German, Tent School, Kundapur

Eventhough I of course wanted to do to good work in my project and be helpful to the problem of environmental education and waste management in my city, I was quite aware, that the intercultural part would be much more present to me and that after a year I would possibly take more from this project for my own development than I was able to give back. Especially because I could only focus my project work on the educational part it is in the end quite difficult to see any real changes in the problem of environmental protection. On the other hand I do of course realize, that by living, working and travelling here in India I developed unique skills that will help me in my future life and I also realize, that the probably most important part of my project and the experiences I collected here is just to come when I go back home and tell people about al of them. To show people at home a little bit how India really is and what problems and challenges as well what beautiful things there are was something I wanted to be able to after this year. And I feel quite ready for it after this year.

Julian Tietz, German, Environmental Education & Solid Waste Management, Chickmangalur

Don’t make to many expectations. Go these and then discover what can you do.

Ane Garcia, Spanish, Seon Ashram, Gandibagilu



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.

August Arrivals

August Arrivals

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

#CountryFirst NameSurnameProject/Placed
1FranceCamilleZuberBasavanashram School
3SpainClara MartinezVilaSeona Ashram
4SpainElisbet JuliaVerdaguerSeona Ashram
6GermanyCaroline AlexandraPillingEE, Kundapur
7GermanyClara SophieBarreletCAT
8GermanyDanielaBroekaNittur Aided School
9GermanyLisaMeyerEC, Kundapur
12GermanyMoritzWittkampLittle Flower School
13GermanyMortanLuchtmannET, Kundapur
15GermanyAntoniaRicarda SteenCAT
16GermanyClara SusannePoppSt.Lawrence
20FranceCamilleQuadriniSeona Ashram
21SwedenMariaCarrisonET, Kundapur
22BelgiumCharlotteGoethalsTent School, Kundapur
23GermanyKerstin AngelaEgnerMathruchaya
27GermanyTabeaSchrottParaspara Trust (Transit Home)
28SpainAlbaAtcher CorronsFPA
29AustriaFranzKönigLittle Flower School
30GermanyLuisaNeumannParaspara Trust (Transit Home)
32SlovakiaDanielMikulecSea Turtle, Kundapur
37GermanySimonBeringBasavanahalli School
38SpainCarlaMateosParaspara Trust (Transit Home)
39SpainAdrianaSerra TojoParaspara Trust (Transit Home)
40ChinaCho Yee JoeyLaiSandeep Special School
41BelgiumShaniaVandezandeSpecial Learning

Intern’s PRESENTATION in Media

Intern’s PRESENTATION in Media

An article published in Karavali Times ( 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. 


End of a year in India

End of a year in India

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.

New Intern at FSL Office in Bangalore – Ana Silveyra

New Intern at FSL Office in Bangalore – Ana Silveyra

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.

City Angels – 1

City Angels – 1

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”

2011 international year of volunteering

2011 international year of volunteering

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..