Monthly Archives: September 2012

Volunteer’s Contribution in Teaching Project

Volunteer’s Contribution in Teaching Project

Name of volunteer: Miss Maria

Country: Mexico

Duration: June and July 2012

Project / Field: MVP / Regular Teaching

 

 

I would like to share about Miss Maria and her work in a regular teaching in Model Village Project. She hails from Mexico, came to India for a two-month volunteering in a teaching project facilitated by FSL-India. She worked in a government school in Chennai. She really impressed people by her hard-work with the children. She taught spoken English, mathematics, computer, rhymes, songs in English and many games. All these activities, she did innovatively and her interactive session with children through games she could make them understand the concept of Maths. Now children are able to speak, understand simple words in English, frame sentences and recite English rhymes. Read the rest of this entry

Kusaka’s Experience at Sneha Care Home

Kusaka’s Experience at Sneha Care Home

FSL-India has placed Miss Kusaka Miyako from Japan at Sneha Care Home. The Sneha Care Home primarily focuses on empowering and educating the HIV/AIDS infected children and the children who are orphans children with single parent. The project is running a home for the children. The children are within the age group of 4 to 12 years. Read the rest of this entry

Laurus Edutech Delegate Visit Model Village Project

Laurus Edutech Delegate Visit Model Village Project

Laurus Edutech is an ISO 9001:2008 certified premier skill development group. It has over 34 years of experience in providing high quality vocational training to students, assessment support services to leading industry bodies and government organizations, placement and flexible staff service to customers across diverse industries. It has partnered with several government organizations, nodal agencies and other service providers.

 

Laurus Edutech has been implementing CSR activities in their target area for the local community to benefit. It is now planning to provide safe drinking water and sanitation in Thiruvannamalai District. Having understood that FSL-India has been the similar intervention in collaboration with Hyundai Company, Laurus Edutech delegates paid an exposure to the Model Village Project of FSL-India.

           

Mr. Vardhman Jain, the Director and his colleague Mr. Naveenan visited water and sanitation program facilitated by FSL-India in Chettipedu on 25th September 2012. They spent adequate time to understand the programs of FSL-India. Mr. Arun the Program Manager of FSL-India gave and explained about FSL-India’s holistic development approach. The activity such as livelihood promotion, water supply and rural sanitation program, rural flush out toilet, soft skill training and promotion of kitchen garden were appreciated by Mr. Vardhman Jain.  Having understood FSL-India’s program, they are convinced to replicate the water and sanitation program in their operational areas for which they seek the technical and professional support of FSL-India.

My Month in India

My Month in India

My name is Elsa Edling from the cold and small country Sweden and I have just spent a month working as a volunteer in India. I worked in the project Joseph Rural Development Trust (JRDT) in a small village near Chennai and my main assignment was to teach English at the local schools. I signed up as a volunteer at FSL-India who found and placed me in this project.

 

The orientation week

 

I met FSL-India staff and their other volunteers on the 6th of August at Kundapur. Altogether we were 45 volunteers from different countries out of which 37 from Germany. We would all spend our first week together with FSL-India for an orientation week.

 

We all lived together in a hostel and during the orientation week we all learned a lot about the Indian culture, e.g. how to dress, how to eat, not to use your left hand, not to show your feet at others and so on. We also made small trips in the village, went on a classical music concert, visited nearby projects and more. The orientation week was really good since it was a nice and soft start to new Indian life and it was nice to meet the other volunteers to discuss expectations, hopes and fear and so on.

 

My biggest expectations and also hopes for this month was to learn a lot about the Indian culture and being able to really help out and be of use in my project. Some of my biggest fears on the other hand were that just this wouldn’t happen, that I was not going to be able to fit in and not be able to help out at all at my project. I was going to be an English teacher without having a language in comment with the children. So I was afraid that the children would not be able to understand me and therefore not learn anything from me. Another thing that worried me was to unintentionally offend someone by doing something seemed as rude without knowing how Indians interpret it.

 

My project

 

After the orientation week we all travelled to our different projects. After 23 hours of bus journey I finally arrived at Manampathy Kandigai where the director, Mr. Arokiaraj, of JRDT lives. I was going to stay at his place together with his wife Anita and their two-year-old son Alfred. Arokiaraj’s parents also live in the house since it is normal in India to take care of elders instead of sending them to senior homes like we do.

 

JRDT is an organization that works for developing and improve the standard of living of the people in the villages. This they do by running an orphanage, organizing Eye and Dental camps, First Aid camps, helping disabled people, building toilets, building school walls and more. My major assignment here was to teach English at the local schools and the orphanage, but when I had time I also helped out with administrative work, like taking pictures, writing for the blog, updating the website and so on.

 

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LTV Get Together (September 2012)

LTV Get Together (September 2012)

FSL-India organized LTV Get-Together (GTG) at two different locations for long-term volunteer placed in Kundapur and Bangalore regions on 13th to 14th September 2012. While the Bangalore region organized the GTG at Hotel Greenland Youth Hostel & International Tourist Home; Kundapur region organized the same at the Turtle Bay Beach Resort. Seven volunteers (Jacqueline Marie, Anita, Lisa-Marie, Katharina, Gesa, Joanna and Natalie) from Bangalore region and eight volunteers (Guillaume, Eva, Carlo, Jesus Lopez, Kira, Aljoscha, Jana Lena and Jana) from Kundapur Region participated in the GTG. The primary objective of the GTG is to share their experience, project work, progress result among the volunteers, find solution to problems they encounter, share best practices and to have a one-to-one talk with the coordinator.

 

Assessment of the progress in inter-cultural learning and project activities were broadly dealt with during the two-day sessions. Project portrait, one-to-one talk with coordinators and skit presentation were also the input during the GTG. Volunteers could share their experience, project work, progress made and results achieved. It was also time to collectively find solutions to the challenges that they encountered in the projects. They shared the best practices among themselves and got motivated in their future work.

 

Mr. Marc a native of US who has been living at Kodaikanal for the past 25 years was invited as guest speaker to facilitate a session on Indian culture and philosophy. The guest speaker is profoundly imbued with Indian Philosophy of life. He conducted an interactive session for the volunteers and dealt with topics like India culture, language, family life, marriage etc. He also made a comparative analysis between Eastern and Western philosophies and highlighted the major difference between materialism which has dominated over spiritualism in western countries. People in western country think from rationalistic points of views. Whereas oriental lifestyle emphasizes thinking from the heart which, is based on emotional characteristics. Mr. Marc continued his session and discussed on the importance Yoga, Meditation and life style from Buddhism and Jainism point of view.

 

The same day volunteer also visited Human Trust – an NGO which works with the people who are engaged in loading and unloading of fire-wood (head-weight women) as their primary source of living. The people work in this field for a very low wage with lots of risk to their health. Therefore, the organization works to link up the people with government programs and schemes. Project visit was undertaken with an objective to provide an exposure to volunteers so as to enable them to have an exposure in different social development.

FSL-India Volunteers Perform at JCI Event

FSL-India Volunteers Perform at JCI Event

On the 9th September international volunteers of FSL-India could reach out to the people of Kundapura. Every year a local youth club known as JCI organizes varieties of cultural program. But this year’s event had a special feature and an attraction to the audience as the international volunteers of FSL-India too participated in the cultural program. From 9th to 15th September people of Kundapur witnessed the celebration of different culture events.

 

Every year many youth organizations in and around Kundapur participate in this event and perform cultural events. This year the volunteers of FSL-India received a special invitation by JCI.  Volunteers based at Kundapur and FSL-India staff jointly could make a splendid stage-show performance. FSL-India team performed one song in many languages including Kannada, and English song “don’t worry be happy” dance by a German volunteer, juggling which is finest instances of inter-cultural learning and sharing. The exiting audience indeed loved FSL-India’s performance.

 

The role-play was a short skit about environment awareness giving message about negative impacts of deforestation. All the events performed by young international volunteers were like fulfilling performance. All the events made everyone so engrossed. What is enthralling is the profound sense of appreciation and reverence the international volunteers exhibited in learning Indian art and culture.

FSL-India Bids Adieu to German High School Students

FSL-India Bids Adieu to German High School Students

And it is time to say goodbye to the German High School Students who were on six week student exchange program in India………………..

 

 

The five German students: Niklas Bauer, Robert Benedikt Jurges, Hecker Miriam Alexandra, Johannes Kolb and Larisa Susan Franzke arrived in India on 16th July for the student exchange program. Having participated in a brief orientation facilitated by FSL-India team, the five German Students left for their respective Host Families and Host Schools. With lots of curiosity and quest to learn from their Indian counterparts the five German students commenced their student exchange program.

 

July 23 was the first-day at school. There was an overwhelming response from the Indian hosts. All the four schools where they had their scholastic, co-scholastic and inter-cultural learning, organised ceremonial reception in honour of these German students. Although one of them had to plan for an early return to Germany due to health reason, four of them with full of excitement and enthusiasm successfully completed the six-week student exchange program.

 

It was 4th September 2012, the last day at the school and host families. The student community along with the staff and management of each school organised a ceremonial send-off. With a view to learning from the experience gained, FSL-India organised an informal evaluation session. Indian education system, experience in the host school and host families, inter-cultural learning and support provided by FSL-India were the topics for deliberation. Facilitated by the Director of FSL-India, four students participated in the evaluation and expressed their view points.

 

On completion of the evaluation session, FSL-India organised a tea-party and bade farewell to the German students on 8th September. The good thing about the goodbye was that, the members of host families and the buddies joined FSL-India team to bid farewell to the German students. “German students will leave with Indian parents and Indian students will leave with German parents”. Similarly “German students will study in Indian Schools and Indian students will study in German schools”. This has come to a reality. German students have completed their mission. Now it is the time for the Indian students to experience the same. This is only a humble beginning …the journey is just set in and will continue in the days to come. Although long way to realise global community and global family is not far off……          

 

 

Long Term Volunteers – New Arrivals (September 2012)

Long Term Volunteers – New Arrivals (September 2012)

Volunteerism is the heart of FSL-India’s development effort to promote field services and inter-cultural learning. As usual every month new volunteers across the world joined FSL-India in September 2012. FSL-India received 29 volunteers from six countries for volunteering service. FSL-India organised a week-long orientation for the new volunteers at Hotel Julie-Yo International, Kundapur from 3rd to 8th September 2012. The LTV Program Team Members of FSL-India such as Vaz, Aravind, Deepak, Immanuel, Daya, Nagoor, Godfrey, Anupama, Rubini, Stephen and Nagarathna facilitated the orientation under the leadership of Assistant Director and the Deputy Director.

 

The orientation sessions included theoretical input, group activities, field visits and excursion. On the first day all the volunteers visited the town and later in the evening, volunteers participated in henna session. They appreciated the beautiful design made by the local henna artists. The second day began with welcoming ceremony.  Volunteers were welcomed with application of Kumkum and Turmeric paste on forehead. They were received with garlands and Aarathi as a symbolic gesture of enlightenment. The significance of “Athithi Devo Bhava” was explained to volunteers during the welcome ceremony.

 

During the orientation evening activities were organised to facilitate inter-cultural learning. On Wednesday all volunteers had their country presentation at St Joseph’s Hostel for destitute children. Volunteers also participated in Cultural Event organised by JCI of Kundapur. Through variety of events volunteers exhibited their talents and performed on the stage. Volunteers sang songs with Guitar and Flute, showed different types of juggling, performed dance and played a small skit about the importance of saving environment. The rousing local spectators appreciated volunteers for their performance and participation in various events.

 

As part of the learning and sharing exercise, tea-party was hosted at three Host Families. Volunteers visited in three groups to observe a bit the living conditions of local people. They discussed with host families about some basic family norms of living. 

Self-help Groups of Gangolli Participate in Sea-Turtle Conservation

Self-help Groups of Gangolli Participate in Sea-Turtle Conservation

It has been always an endeavour of FSL-India to ensure community participation in Sea-Turtle Conservation Program. In this move, on 1st September 2012, Gangolli Percin Fisher-folk Self-Help Group (SHG) held meeting at Gangolli harbor. On behalf of FSL-India and Sea-Turtle Conservation Project Team, Mr. Manjunath participated in the meeting.

 

As per the schedule discussion started and Mr. Shekar Chathar Beta, President of the SHG presided over the meeting and led the members to a lively discussion on issues and challenges of Sea-Turtle Conservation. Rehabilitation and release of trapped Turtles, fixing Sea-Turtle Permanent Information Board at the main road and building rapport with local community and government stakeholders to take a part in sea-turtle conservations were the major discussion points. It was found that the members of SHG are quite active and ready to extend all possible efforts for Sea-Turtle Conservation Project. Linkage with Gangolli Percin Fisher-folk Self-Help Group would certainly make a far-reaching contribution for effective planning and implementation of Sea-Turtle Conservation and promote oceanic eco-system.

Work Camp Updates (August 2012)

Work Camp Updates (August 2012)

Yoga / Ayurveda / Culture (Kerala – 6th to 26th August -2012)

Number of Volunteers: 19

Camp Activities: Volunteers attended Yoga Class every day from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. They were also involved with painting and conducting games with the children in Special school. The special attraction of the camp was the sessions on Ayurveda for volunteers. Sessions were conducted at the Parassini Kadava Ayurvedic College.

 

Inter-cultural Learning: As part of the inter-cultural exposures, volunteers visited Muthappan Temple, and watched the Teyyam dance. They learnt about Indian cooking during a visit to an Indian family and participated in country presentation. The other visits included the Snake Park, Toddy (local alcohol) collection centre and Kallari Payat (Martial Arts) School.

 

Tibetan Culture / Renovation (6th to 26th August – Dharamshala)

Number of Volunteers: 13

 

Camp Activities: As part of the camp activities volunteer participated in school wall painting, construction and renovation work and organised fun activities with the school children.

Inter-culture Learning As part of inter-cultural learning volunteers spent a good deal of their time in interacting with Tibetan Monks. They also had Tibetan cooking session, visited a Hindu temple and waterfalls, visit to Main Dalai Lama Temple and museum, Tibetan Art Gallery and Carpet Factory. They enjoyed visiting Tibetan children village and spent time in Four-day trekking at the Himalayas.

 

Tribal / Rural/Environment (6th to 19th August –Coorg, Karnataka)

Number of Participants: 17

 

Camp Activities: In this camp volunteers cleaned School premises and did the educational painting. They also participated in teaching School kids, conducted some educational and fun activities with kids and held discussion with Indian teachers on education system in India.

 

Inter-culture Learning: As part of inter-cultural learning volunteers visited Hindu temples, participated in Country Presentation at the local school. They also paid a visit to Bylukuppe- Tibetan Monastery, Dubare and Elephant Camp.

 

Heritage Conservation / Awareness (6th to 19th August – Hampi)

Number of Participants: 19

 

Heritage Conservation: A total nineteen volunteers in Hampi cleaned the surrounding areas Ganesh Temple. Importantly volunteers’ work has been widely appreciated by the Archaeological Survey India. The camp also got wide media coverage.

 

Awareness: With a view to create awareness on the importance of the heritage site, volunteers did the painting in local government school. Volunteers conducted activities for the school children and facilitated session for school children to create awareness and protect heritage monuments.

 

Inter-culture Learning: Volunteers learnt cooking their dishes for the Host family and local volunteer. They also visited the temples in and around Hampi and Anegundi. The camp also arranged for a special visit to a Tribal Welfare centre run by a French Couple at Kaddirampura.

 

Social /Kids (20th August to 2nd September-Kundapura)

Number of Participants: 14

 

Camp Activities: For conducting camp activities Govt. Higher Primary School, Moodu Gopady, Bijadi, and Govt. Primary School, Koni were selected and volunteers were engaged in wall painting and educational drawing. In the afternoons they were engaged with children in “learn with fun” activities taught them English through fun games. The communicator Mrs. Vandana also visited the Camp and interacted with the volunteers.

 

Inter-Cultural Learning: Monsoon continued its fury at Kundapur and volunteers had the chance to enjoy the “Indian Monsoon”. A local family hosted a grand Indian lunch for the volunteers. Other activities involved Henna application, Saree wrapping, Hindu family visit, Indian cooking demonstration, local sight-seeing visit to light house, beach, Hindu temple etc. The volunteers also watched a ‘Sandalwood’ movie “Shiva” in the theatre to get a taste of the local film!!

 

Social/ Culture (13th to 26th August –Mount Abu)

Number of Participants: 19

Camp Activities: Volunteers cleaned the premises at NAB to prepare a kitchen garden. Volunteers also participated in wall painting in school, tree plantation (25 saplings planted), peace march with visually challenged children. Volunteers also blindfolded themselves to feel how the children felt.

Inter-culture Learning: As part of the inter-cultural exposure, volunteers visited Indian Family, interacted ion with trainee teachers, local youth who catch snakes and release them to forests. Volunteer also participated in Independence Day celebration with school children.

 

Health on Stage- (6th to 26th August -Bangalore / Mysore)

 

“Health on Stage” is an initiative that intends to promote public health dialogue among community people on water and health issues using Forum Theater. A total of 11 volunteers from Taiwan, Germany, Spain and France arrived in Mysore to share three weeks for Health on Stage Program organised by FSL-India. The volunteers who participated in the Health on Stage 2012 are: Loire Mathilde, Pauline de Bortoli, Marion König, Antoine Retours, Jing Huei Huang, Lluís Martinez, Marie Acard, Katia Gianfermi, Clara Muñoz Serdà, Caroline Seifert and Dominik Holdau. The group gave seven performances and more than 1000 spectators watched these in various locations of Mysore and Bangalore. Besides participating in the performance, volunteers also had umpteen numbers of opportunities to enrich themselves with intercultural exposure.  

 

 

Vandana Hattiangadi- Tallur

Communicator, Work Camp

My Experience in Indian Host Family

My Experience in Indian Host Family

Jathanna School – Moodubidri

Host Family: Lenet Rodrigues

 

It is since two weeks that I am staying with the Rodrigues family in the Padumarnadu, Moodubidri village which is close to Mangalore.

 

My day starts at 8 a.m. with a nice cup of chai (tea) and a typical Indian breakfast. For example Dosa with chicken curry. Afterwards I take my bag and go to the Jathanna School from which I leave at 16 p.m. When I return another cup of chai and some snacks are waiting for me at home. Now I have got some free time which I use for checking emails or watching TV. In the afternoon my host brother is taking me sometimes to church where I meet other young people. Together we play volleyball, cricket or do other sports. I enjoy it very much to have contact with the Indian youth and I feel happy about so much integration. In the evening we return back home, take a shower and have dinner at 9 p.m. We watch TV together or talk about the day or Indian culture and other things.

 

Sometimes it is difficult to communicate with my host mother because she does not speak English. But at the moment my host sister is helping me with translating everything. The communication with her and my host brother is easy and works quite well although I need to get used to the Indian accent. For example I was wondering why she was talking about somebody named “Gorment” for so many times until I found out that she said Government.

 

The food I am getting is very good. There is lots of fish, chicken and pork together with rice and vegetables. And they don’t make it as spicy as usual so I can get used to it.

 

I think they integrate me well in the community. For example when we go to church or to a function (like in the photos), I meet a lot of new people who are very kind although there is language barrier we find in communicating.

 

My host family is speaking Konkani. In the village some are talking in Tulu and some use Kannada. So at the moment it is very difficult for me to understand anything. I hope I learn at least one of three languages during my stay to have a better communication.

 

 

Vincent George Ferdinand Ahlbach

FSL-India Volunteer from Germany

The Game of Lagori (Nittur Aided School, Udupi District, Kundapur)

The Game of Lagori (Nittur Aided School, Udupi District, Kundapur)

Teaching in an Indian school is a nice experience in many respect, but I think what I liked the most was learning the games played by the Indian children. My favorite game is called Lagori. It is a traditional Indian game, very popular in Karnataka. Here are the rules from what I understood of it. The official ones might be slightly different. Two teams play against each other. There are usually 3 to 6 players in each team. One team is attacking and the other is defending. After one round, the roles are switched. Both girls and boys like to play Lagori, but they play separately (at least in Nittur School).

 

To play it, you need a ball, and a pile of stones forming a small tower. First, the tower is built in the middle of the gaming area. Then the attacking team takes the ball and throws it on the tower in order to make it fall. Once it fell, the defending team catches the ball and must throw it on one member of the attacking team. The aim for the attacking team is to rebuild the tower without being touched by the ball. If the tower is rebuild without attackers being touched, then the attacking team gets a point, otherwise the point goes to the defenders. Most of the time, the attacking team doesn’t succeed in rebuilding the tower in one row. So they need to escape after a few pallets, to attract the holder of the ball and make him throw again and to avoid getting hit. When the defending team is trying to get back the ball, the attacking team can rebuild the tower safely, singing “Lagori, Lagori, Lagori”.

 

Lagori is a quite complete game. It requires good aiming skills, both on fix targets and on moving ones. The fewer stones fall after the first throw, the fewer there will be to put back to rebuild the tower, so the first throw is really important. And throwing the ball on a child running 10 meters away is also very difficult. You also need good communication between the members of a team, because there are many players and only one ball, which is the only way for the defending team to protect the tower. Finally, you need to run a lot, especially in the attacking team where you need to distract the defenders while avoiding to get hit by the ball.

 

Lagori is very funny to watch. Kids are running everywhere, attackers are teasing the defenders so that they throw the ball at them, and they are hiding behind everything they find. After the attacking team started to rebuild the tower, or if only a few stones felt after the first throw, it is very common that one member of the defending team will make the tower fall when nobody is looking. And denying that he did anything after the other team realized someone cheated. This is also the charm of Lagori!

 

 

Guillaume AUDARD

FSL-India Volunteers from France

Update on 9th Happy Move Camp – 2012

Update on 9th Happy Move Camp – 2012

FSL-India has been implementing CSR project titled Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers and Model Village (MVP) in Tamil Nadu.  The program primarily aimed to serve the communities of Sriperumbudur and Kanchipuram districts. It is supported by Hyundai Motors Company (HMC) as part of corporate social responsibility.

 

FSL-India hosted the 9th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. The program was organized for 13 days in Kancheepuram District from 15th to 27th July 2012. Altogether 128 Korean volunteers, 30 Indian University Students, 33 Hyundai Graduate Engineer Trainees (Indian Participants), 16 Korean Open society doctors, 18 nurses, 3 IWO members, 2 HMC delegates and 14 FSL-India staff participated in this camp. These Korean volunteers facilitated medical camp, health awareness campaign, education and renovation work in the proposed schools and villages.

 

In this camp FSL-India covered 15 villages for Medical Camp and 5 villages for Education and Renovation Activities. Altogether 20 village communities have been immensely benefited from 9th Happy Move Camp. The benefits reached to the people by way of renovation activities, conducting medical camp, health and hygiene program for school and community.

 

During the batch of medical camp a total 2122 community people from 9 villages were treated for various kinds of illness. Volunteers also conducted health and hygiene sessions for school children. During the camp a total of 1280 children and 11 schools benefitted from health and hygiene sessions. Children were taught about on hand wash techniques, painting on the wall and fruit/ vegetable card games etc.

 

Under the EDRN interventions volunteers completed all renovation activities proposed in 5 villages. School toilet renovation by providing all the facilities, complete the school building work, construction of stage, fixing of floor and weather-proof tiles in the class room, plumbing & electrical work, promoting kitchen garden, clean kitchen construction, shadow tree planting and fruit bearing trees, creative arts painting and drawing of pictures in the school are some of the major EDRN activities. Volunteers also conducted health & hygiene classes for 1280 school children.

 

Inter-culture learning was one of the special programs facilitated during Happy Move Camp. All Korean and Indian volunteers, on the last day of the camp performed cultural program in their project site allowing the local community and school children learn about Korean culture. Each team prepared their own schedule and performed more than five events at the project they worked. School children also performed in honour of Korean volunteers. This was the great event said the villagers who attended the cultural event.

 

International Work Camp Organization (IWO) organized a farewell party at Research and Development Center of Hyundai Factory. Valedictory dinner was hosted where volunteers were served with special Korean Dish. After the dinner the Indian volunteers were honored with certificates which was organised by senior official from South- Korea. Feedback session was also organized where volunteers, IWO, FSL-India, HMI and HMC team participants and expressed their views and opinions regarding the camp activities. The farewell party came to end with a cultural program performed by the volunteers.