The Training Centre is an important factor in FSL’s infrastrucutre. Every volunteer that participates in one of FSL’s programs will come here at least once for his/her orientation week. In the orientation week, volunteers will be taught important information as well as dos and don’ts about India. Volunteers staying in the area around Kundapur will have their monthly get togethers here.The Training Centre also houses two of FSL’s offices. Here, permanent staff works along with volunteers from the “Home Based Projects” – projects which are funded by FSL itself.
The Training Centre consists of several buildings. The hostel building provides beds and sanitation for volunteers who are only staying for a short time – e.g. for their orientation week, monthly get together or volunteers participating in a work camp. These volunteers will also be provided with food from the kitchen, which shares a building with the dining hall. Kitchen staff as well as security staff have their own housing. The office area provides space for one bigger office (for Long Term Projects) and one smaller office (for Home Based Projects) as well as a conference room and a big balcony.
Work on the Training Centre is still in progress. It is planned that the smaller office will move to another building, creating space for a reception. Toilets for staff are still under construction, too.
The whole complex is built to minimize energy consumption. Eco-friendliness is one of the Training Centre’s main objectives. Thus, waste is strictly separated. Food waste and other bio-degradeable waste is disposed in a vermin compost tank which is built in the Training Centre. The newly created kitchen garden is supposed to provide vegetables for cooking. A fishpond is planned as well. In the Training Centre trenches, percolation pits will be implemented to save the rain water. These measures enable the use of water that would otherwise flow into the river and then into the sea where it can no longer be used. In the last months of the dry season, the collected water can be used for drinking or watering the kitchen garden.
Prepared by Tilman Loewel.