Hello people of FSL India!!!
My name is Eduard, from The Netherlands. I’ve been in FSL India 5 years ago, working at Chaithanya Special School in Kundapura. I’ve lived in Kundapura for 6 months with a host family; the host family is not taking volunteers anymore, so you wouldn’t know them. This is the third time in India. After the first time in India, working for FSL India, I was just a little boy, just turned 18 that time. I fell in love with India and especially with Kundapura! I had such a great time being there, I met so many nice people. Sometimes I didn’t go to my project just to wander through the streets of Kundapura, meeting people drinking chai (tea) with them. Even if they didn’t speak English at all, just try to speak Kannada and they loved it straight away. Having conversations with the locals, was the best thing of India. That’s why I always come back, I made good friends. I love these guys so much. If I speak of them at home I call them my Indian uncles. The people are so nice in India, but still I prefer South Indians way above North Indians. Maybe you find the same I don’t know, that’s up to you.
I also found out that FSL India has become very big now. When we came there it was just a small office in Kundapura, Karnataka on a compound next to a family house. I saw the second office later, which was even bigger and now there is a whole BIG house on Post Office road, full of FSL India. The strange thing this time I met a girl in Amritsar, Punjab and she was going to work for FSL India as well but then in McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh. I understand FSL India has become very big in India, which is great for them.
I had such a nice time, made friends for life and joked around with the locals. I hope you all find the same kind of thing in India working for FSL. Be open, have fun and speak the local language. Enjoy India and you will just like me fall in love. I hope you have a nice time and maybe we meet in India, because in this strange country everything is possible. But sometimes it takes a little bit longer than normal.
With love and kind regards
King Eduard, from Netherlands