Monthly Archives: December 2013

Training for WC Team Leaders – 2013

Training for WC Team Leaders – 2013

On 27th and 28th of December 2013 FSL India has organized training for the Work Camp Team Leaders in its Head office Bangalore. The objective of the workshop is-

  • To equip Team Leaders with tools to run better work camps
  • To motivate the Team Leaders
  • To implement work camp SOP

FSL India The two days training was organized by the Joint Director Mr Doreswamy. The participants were Mr Dinesh Sarang, Mr Deepak Poojary, Mr Manjunath, Mr Rahul Raghav, Mr Vinoth Kumar and Mr Sandesh. Ms Janani  (Communicator for WC), Mr Muneer Ahmed (Chief Accounts Officer) and Mr Doreswamy facilitated different sessions.

We wish the Work Camp Team Leaders best for 2014!!

Your first week in India

Your first week in India

LTV-Orientation2-Nov2013cThe month of November saw another set of 18 mid- to long-term volunteers (MLTV) join us in India. Their first few days were carefully planned out for a week-long orientation session that discussed various aspects of what their stay in India would entail. The volunteers joined us from 9 different nationalities and the orientations took place at both our Bengaluru (Head Office) and Kundapura offices.

Here is what you can expect from an orientation week: Read the rest of this entry

Spreading the spirit of voluntarism

Spreading the spirit of voluntarism

HBP-EcoClub-PromotingVoluntarism-Sept2013Voluntarism forms the core of FSL-India’s activities, driving many of its initiatives. From our Home Based Projects (HBPs) to our workcamps, the spirit of giving back to a community for its betterment is a key pillar of our work.

We therefore work to spread this spirit of voluntarism by speaking to high schools, youth clubs and colleges. Recently, we conducted presentations in Udupi District of Karnataka to facilitate discussions on the importance of volunteering. Through such activities, we work to foster a conscious desire among community members, particularly the youth, to initiate positive change in their localities through volunteering.

We reached out to nearly 840 community members, a majority of them youth, through the initiative.

Using art to raise awareness

Using art to raise awareness

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A GTG exercise: what do you appreciate about India?

A GTG exercise: what do you appreciate about India?

 

Discussing and sharing experiences

Discussing and sharing experiences in a GTG

We recently asked volunteers in our mid- to long-term volunteering (MLTV) projects what they appreciated about India, and received some interesting responses. We share them with you here, to give you a glimpse of what you might enjoy in India:

‘I appreciate…

  • The Indian people their open- minded and caring way of treating us volunteersThe chance to live in a family to get to know the culture quite closely
  • Yoga
  • Helping people
  • Delicious food
  • Happiness of the children when we play
  • Relaxed way of living
  • Development
  • Social contacts
  • Culture (food, way of living)
  • Flexibility
  • Friendly/ open minded Indian people Read the rest of this entry

A ‘Smart Class’

A ‘Smart Class’
MVP-Smart-Class-Nov2013

The ‘Smart Class’ will help provide computer literacy skills to nearly 300 children at the school.

What could we accomplish in India if we joined together with people from a different part of the world for a common purpose, put behind them the muscle and strength of a large multinational company and then supported them with 13 years of experience and knowledge of our country?

One answer is a ‘Smart Class’. Read the rest of this entry

Keeping an ‘I’ on Culture

Keeping an ‘I’ on Culture
What does it really mean to be Indian? Explore yourself and Indian culture. Our Youth Development Program (YDP) is conducting a non-formal education (NFE) session this December. Join us!

What does it really mean to be Indian? Explore yourself and Indian culture. Our Youth Development Program (YDP) is conducting a non-formal education (NFE) session this December 21. Join us!

What does culture mean to you? How much are you governed by your culture in everyday life? How do your cultural ties or cultural expectations affect you in your everyday life? 

The Youth Development Programme (YDP) of FSL-India wants to explore exactly that.

Cultural relativity is key!

In a country that is constantly evolving and changing, understanding the self in relation to culture, and understanding the self’s culture in relation to India, and the rest of the world is an important tool in social, academic and professional settings. Read the rest of this entry

What does volunteering mean to you?

What does volunteering mean to you?

Pili“Founded on the values of solidarity and mutual trust, volunteerism transcends all cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries. By giving their time and skills without expectation of material reward, volunteers themselves are uplifted by a singular sense of purpose.”

                                                                                                                – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,

A movement that was born 93 years ago, International Voluntary Service (IVS) is built on the foundations of solidarity. From post-World War II reconstruction efforts to tackling disarmament and human rights issues, its rich history has been made possible thanks to people who wish to give back. Read the rest of this entry