Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tent School Children @ Pilikula Nisargadhama Zoo!!

Tent School Children @ Pilikula Nisargadhama Zoo!!

PiliAn “Educational trip” has always more to offer than leaving the school grounds for an exposure. Educational trips give the students a chance to build closer bonds with their classmates, experience new environments and enjoy a day away from the regular routine.

The International volunteers working in the FSL-India Tent School Projects feels that the Tent school children could benefit a lot from such an Educational Trip as it’s usually rare for these children get such an opportunity. So, in the beginning of this year in the month of January, the international volunteers of the tent school project organized a visit to the “Pilikula Nisargadhama Zoo”, which is located near Mangalore. 13 Children from the tent school, 6 International volunteers and Teachers participated in this trip. Since, these children had never been to a zoo and this was their first ever experience, their joy knew no bounds. Read the rest of this entry

Health Awareness for Migrant Workers

Health Awareness for Migrant Workers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost of the migrant workers in India live on the fringe of the society under poor and unhygienic living conditions. The situation for the migrant workers and their children in Kundapur, living in tents are no different. With hard living conditions and limited wages, health, hygiene and importance of a clean surrounding is usually not a priority for these families.

To help these families in Kundapur, understand the importance of hygiene and the risks of unhygienic surroundings especially to one’s health, some students from “Dr. Baliga Institute of Social Science and Rural Management” in Brahmavara in collaboration with FSL – India, organized a “Women and Child Health Information Program”. This event took place on 06th of February, 2013 and more than 12 migrant families and 15 Children participated in this event. Read the rest of this entry

Global Volunteer – What it means to me?

Global Volunteer – What it means to me?

“What does is mean to be a global volunteer and teach in a governmental primary school in a small village in Karnataka State in India”?

Mareike with the childrenFor the past 7 months I’ve been trying to get answers to that question, as I am, right now, doing the same.  So what DOES it mean?

It means sitting in a plane crying and laughing at the same time, with too many emotions to put in one single word to all of them.  It means being overwhelmed by smells you’ve never smelled before, by noise that follows you wherever you go and food that makes you cry because of its spiciness or because of the amount of sugar used. It also means getting tons of tips and behavioral guidelines, only to find out that not even half of them were of any use, while you discover yourself what to do and what not to do. Read the rest of this entry

Five years @FSL – India!!!

Five years @FSL – India!!!

pizap.com13666884257501The year 2008 turned to be a milestone in my life when I joined FSL India Kundapur center as a LTV coordinator. The President of FSL-India took me under his wings and trained and guided me at every step during the starting stage of my career at FSL –India, which is a blessing for any employee. I also consider myself very lucky, that over this span of 5 years I was molded enough to be able to lead the LTV program in a separate region one day. Experience and effort are key aspects that helped me reach where I am today. Read the rest of this entry

“Water and Water conservation Skit” by Flora and Fauna Club !!

“Water and Water conservation Skit” by Flora and Fauna Club !!

2Mahatma Gandhi once said – “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”. It is important for all of us to realize how precious our natural resources are and we should do our best to help conserve them. One of such resources is water, the most important of all and unfortunately, water pollution and scarcity has now become a major global problem.

Hence on, 12.02.2013, the FSL – India Eco-team along with International volunteers joined hands together and presented a skit on “Water and Water conservation” at the Kundapura Rotary Hall. A group of 200 children and teachers from different schools in Kundapur participated in this event which was organized by the “Flora and Fauna Club”.  Read the rest of this entry

Visit to Honnavar Sea-turtle Rescue Center

Visit to Honnavar Sea-turtle Rescue Center

PICT0416On 5th February 2013, our Sea-turtle team (Mr. Manjunath, Ms. Manjula, Ms. Annasophie, Ms. Julia, Ms. Cristina, and Ms. Cara), visited the sea-turtle rescue center in Honnavar. The team met two members from Canara Green Academy – Mr. Ravi and Mr. Ramesh (RFO) – who started with a presentation about sea turtles in general, followed by a talk about their program and their approach towards protecting sea turtles. They have been involved in the sea-turtle conservation project since 1984, covering the coastal area from Bhatkal to Kumta. The Forest department is very active in this area and they run the sea-turtle project in cooperation with the VFC (Village Forest Committee). Read the rest of this entry

High School Student Exchange Program – Partner visit

High School Student Exchange Program – Partner visit

9206_4355334475726_1379838755_nIn 2012, FSL-India in partnership with AFS-Germany initiated the “High School Student Exchange Program” between India and Germany which is sponsored by “The Robert Bosch Foundation”. The main objective of this program is to facilitate intercultural learning and exchange among Indian and German students. The program kick-started in June 2012 when FSL-India hosted 5 German students in India.

FSL-India hosted 3 participants from AFS Germany between 25 November to 3 December 2012  – Gerhard Hollerich, Claudia Drautzburg and Jochen Eherenrich. The objective of their visit to India was promotion and development of the High School Student Exchange Program between FSL – India and AFS – Germany. Read the rest of this entry

My first 6 months as a volunteer in India – Rosa

My first 6 months as a volunteer in India – Rosa

music class on stageorganic farming 3My name is Rosa and I’m an 18 year old volunteer from Germany. After finishing my school last summer, I came to India in September 2012 to work in a project in a rural area near to Chennai called “Sevalaya”. Now six of my twelve months are over and when I look back I can’t believe how much happened in the last months! I decided to do volunteer service because I wanted to work in a useful project in a developing country and to get to know a completely different culture not just from the view of a tourist. In the beginning it was quite hard to find my place in the project and to get used to everything. The food, the climate, the language, the religion and the habits – everything seemed to be different and there were a lot of situations where I didn’t know how to behave. Now I can say that my project and the village feels like home and all the unknown things from the beginning are a part of my daily life. Read the rest of this entry

The Festival of Colors at “Sparsha Trust”!!!

The Festival of Colors at “Sparsha Trust”!!!

DSC05845DSC05853As a social organization, FSL-India always believed in the joy of giving and serving, and since “Holi” is that time of the year,  where one shares joy, happiness and strengthens the bond of love and friendship, we decided to share this beautiful day with one of our Street and Orphan Children project – “Sparsha Trust” in Bangalore. On 27th of March, the team of FSL – India and a batch of 11 Volunteers from Germany visited “Sparsha Trust” to celebrate the most fun-filled and lively Hindu Festival – Holi. Read the rest of this entry

LTV Get Together – Kundapur Region (January 2013)

LTV Get Together – Kundapur Region (January 2013)

2LTV Get-together for the month of January 2013 for Kundapur Region was organised on 17th and 18th January. It was organised at Simha Farms, Nittur. Nine volunteers from Kundapur Region participated in the get together. The LTV team FSL-India facilitated the get-together.

Get together for long–term volunteers focused on getting to know the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. Project portrait, one-to-one talk with coordinators and skit presentation were the major input during the get together. Indeed this event gave the volunteers opportunity to share their experience, project work, progress made and results achieved. Read the rest of this entry

LTV Get Together – Bangalore Region (January 2013)

LTV Get Together – Bangalore Region (January 2013)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALTV Get-together for the month of January 2013 for Bangalore Region was organised on 17th and 18th January at Vivekananda Memorial Hospital, which is a part of SVYM organisation. A total of seven volunteers from Bangalore Region participated in the get together.  Get together primarily focussed on getting to know the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. Project portrait, one-to-one talk with coordinators and skit presentation were the major input during the get together. Get-to-gether gave the volunteers opportunity to share their experience, project work, progress made and results achieved. Thye collective tried to find solutions to the common problems they face in the projects, share the best practices in voluntary services and get motivated for future work. Read the rest of this entry