To celebrate the hard work, introspect the progress plus performances, understand the programs better, achieve a common resolution for the future years and above all to Get together and have fun, FSL India arranges an Annual Meet for the staff every year. This year, the event was arranged at Out2Learn campus located 40Kms away from Bangalore city from 16th to 18th of May, 2013. The calm, scenic and the serene campus of Out2Learn provided a perfect platform for this Annual Get together. Read the rest of this entry
Our volunteer Elise Duquenne writes about her experience in India, volunteering for women’s empowerment in Chetpet town, Tiruvannamalai District, State of Tamil Nadu.
You surely have this question in your mind, what to expect of volunteering in India within FSL India?
At first, when you arrive in India, you still wonder whether you did the right choice, everything is so different: the landscape, the language, the food, the religion, the body language… You just can not grasp onto everything yet, but you already know it is a matter of time. Read the rest of this entry
Interesting sessions like – Mood Chart and Suitcase (I will take back home)– Washing machine (I would like to improve) – Dust bin (I could not change) was conducted to enable the volunteers share their good experiences and challenges that they faced or are facing in their project, host family and during travel. The FSL India coordinators who facilitated these sessions, concluded them by giving valuable suggestions and appreciating the volunteers work and effort in their projects. Read the rest of this entry
Rakesh S. Soans, President of FSL – India, recently wrote on the transformation that volunteering brings about in the individual. The article which appeared on Monday, July 8 2013 in the ‘Education Times’, is here republished:
Undoubtedly modern higher education has undergone a radical and unprecedented change in the last few decades. New age learners have diverse learning needs, and the scope and methodology of learning for new millennium learners is immense. Education is all about personal development that imbibes a sense of commitment for community development. Therefore, the description of young learners today tends to focus on acquiring skill, knowledge and information that they might not always learn in the classroom. Community participation is an important dimension of education process which younger generation miss today. The pedagogical analysis reinforces the importance of community participation in the educational cycle of a learner. Therefore, experiential learning, field learning and inter-cultural learning have become an inextricable part of daily life education. Let’s talk about it in the context of India’s current scenario. India’s average age is 24.9. One-sixth of the world population lives in India. Half of the Indian population is the youth – who in the next twenty years will be the decision makers and contribute towards global impact. Read the rest of this entry
With monsoon in its full bloom especially in the coastal region of Kundapur, when everybody confines to their rooms, hesitant to go outside, FSL India was bursting with energy and enthusiasm for the Orientation week for the August arrivals.
51 Participants – 43 Germans, 4 French, 1 Finnish, Swedish, Irish and an Austrian altogether along with the 15 staffs from FSL India’s Bangalore and Kundapur office, made this Orientation, the best ever. Among these 51 Participants – 37 Participants were Weltwärts and IJFD volunteers, sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Read the rest of this entry
Kundapur : Every month Get Togethers (GTG) are conducted to give all the Long and Mid Term volunteers of FSL India, a chance to share their experiences with the group and also a one to one talk with their coordinators and this month’s GTG met its goal too.
Although the group was quite a small one, but the energy and the spirit was a no less than a larger one. The GTG started with a visit to the famous Mookambika Temple, situated on the banks of the Sauparnika River, which is popularly known as the never drying river. This attractive temple on the west coast of Karnataka is one of the most important places of pilgrimage attracting Hindu pilgrims from all over India. Thereafter, the group visited, Chitrakoota, a special learning and a local partner project of FSL India. Read the rest of this entry
Team leader: Deepak, Bharathi
The “Health on Stage” workcamp is a unique model that attempts to involve young international volunteers and engage them in intensive dialogue with local community by using “forum theatre” as the medium for communication. The Health on stage camp was implemented in the slums of Bangalore and rural areas in Mysore. Water related issues and waterborne diseases were the important components of Health on Stage camp. Initially the volunteers was involved in social mapping to identify the local water and health issues and through forum theatres analyze the issues with the community and design locally available solutions.
Bangalore: From 1st to 5th of July, FSL India’s Bangalore office received and held the Orientation week for Anna Švagrová from INEX-SDA, Czech Republic, Yui Nakashima from NICE, Japan, Jakob Dirksen from IJGD, Germany and Joanna Tomanek from SCI-Poland. Joanna Tomanek was the fifth EVS (European Voluntary Service) for 3 Months.
Like all the Orientation week, this orientation was no different, with 4 participants from 4 different countries, there was lots of fun and scope for inter-cultural learning. The Country presentation by the volunteers was very interesting as they introduced us to their countries through national songs, dances and interesting facts and figures. Read the rest of this entry
The day started with a visit to the Maralkunte village, a hour and half journey by Bus from Bangalore. This beautiful village had a variety of farms and greenery around and the kind hearted villagers were very welcoming and generous. Mr. Bala the contact person, took the participants on a village tour and the volunteers saw the daily lives of Indian farmers. They visited some Rose farms, Fruit farms such as Grape fruit, Grapes, Jack Fruit, Gauva, Lime, Vegetables and other leafy vegetable farms. To be able to pluck fruits and eat them from the trees directly was a wonderful experience for the participants. Read the rest of this entry
Yoga in God’s own country
Team Leaders: Rahul and Raghavan
Kerala, known more often as ‘God’s own country’, is famous for its beautiful backwaters and lush greenery. Volunteers to the camp divide their day between activities at the Marine Special School in the mornings and yoga and ayurveda classes in the evenings. Intercultural learning includes a visit to the Muthappan Temple, followed by a visit to a school that teaches Kalaripayattu, an ancient Indian martial art form. In this camp, volunteers also witnessed the famous ‘Theyyam’ dance performance by local artistes. The volunteers were also taken to watch a toddy tapper at work. Toddy or kallu is an alcoholic beverage in Kerala derived from palm or coconut trees.
Team leaders to the camps: Deepak, Sandesh (Environment camp), Dinesh (Construction)
Currently the home of the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, located in the State of Himachal Pradesh, is rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty. This June, two work camps were held in this quaint city, centred on the themes of environment and construction. Read the rest of this entry
Kundapur : 2 volunteers – Julie Schneider from JR, France and Céline Moquet from SJ, France reached Kundapur on 3rd of June to participate in an orientation seminar before they started their projects. As there were only 2 volunteers, the Orientation week was held from 3rd to the 5th of June.
The volunteers were picked up from the Meeting point by a staff of FSL India and the day started with the traditional Indian welcome with Vermillion Tilak, Arati with lighted lamps, and Garlanding with Jasmine flowers.
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The Get together (GTG) for Bangalore and Kundapur region volunteers was conducted together on the 23rd and 24thof May at Yercaud, a hill station in Salem District of Tamil Nadu, a popular summer tourist destination often referred to as the Jewel of the South.
One of our volunteers, Marta Troc, writes about her experience in India:
What can I say about India after being here almost three months? I didn’t expect that it’ll happen so soon, but I already found MY OWN India and I must admit – it is incredible. Five paragraphs to prove it: