Monthly Archives: December 2014

Pondicherry workcamp- December

Pondicherry workcamp- December

During the month of December 2014, two of our work camp team leaders; Rajesh and Arkesh, led an organic farming and environment themed work camp in Pondicherry. Attending this work camp were three volunteers from two different countries; the French and Germany.

Farming work- (9) Oreintation & Indian welcome (4)

The work camp participants collaborated with the Shristi foundation in a mushroom cultivation activity during which the volunteers learned about  the process of vermicompost and Indian method of farming. In working with the local community, the two sides shared and exchanged their cultural practices and values. During the camp the volunteers along with team leaders celebrated international volunteers day by involving the local school children in cleaning activities.

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GTG, Kundapur- December

GTG, Kundapur- December

On the 11th and 12th December , FSL- India organised a Get together for the long term volunteers living around Kundapur. There are 10 volunteers participated, accompanied by 5 FSL staff members. This month’s GTG was held at Simha Farms. Simha Farms is located in the Western Ghats mountain range and is surrounded by the Ghats’ evergreen forests. Its remote location makes for a perfect place to relax from everyday life and enjoy the nature.

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Dharamasala workcamp- November

Dharamasala workcamp- November

 Theme: Culture/ Environment/Construction

 Place: Dharamasala;                          Camp dates: 3rd to 23rd November, 2014   

Team leader: Chandan

Volunteers: 13 , 4- America, 4-France, 3-S.Korea, 1-Germany and 1-Belgium

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In this workcamp, we had 13 international volunteers. Our team leader aided the volunteers to achieve their satisfaction and fulfillment that they seek through volunteerism. The volunteers actively took part in various activities in the Forsythgang  government primary school, the activities are renovating school wall, school wall painting and educational drawing. The volunteers also involved in cleaning the bushes in the school and planted the trees.

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The volunteer spread awareness to the public on Keep your city clean by cleaning the Dharamkot road  with local ngo called Waste Warriors. The volunteers also involved in other activities like created awareness to the school children on health hygiene and assisting the teacher to teach basic basic English and maths to the children. There are 40 children and 3 teachers benefited from this camp.

As part of their inter-cultural learning the volunteers spent their time in sight seeing in Dharamsala.   The volunteers visited to a Hindu temple, waterfalls, Dalai Lama Temple, museum, TIPA and Tibetan children village.  The volunteers also took part in international cooking.

LTV Get-together in Bengaluru Region – November 2014

LTV Get-together in Bengaluru Region – November 2014

The Bangalore region organised LTV get-together at AIKYA in Bangalore on 13th and 14th. November 2014. Altogether 13 volunteers from Bangalore Region participated in the program.  The LTV team of FSL-India facilitated the get-together.

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The underlying objective of the get-together is to asses the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. Activities in the Project, Host Family skit and one-to-one talk with coordinators were the major activities facilitated during the program. It was also an occasion for volunteers to share their experience with others on their project work, progress made and results achieved.  The volunteers also could share their Inter-cultural experience with each other through the host family skit presentation.  During one-to-one talk with the respective coordinators, volunteers discussed some the challenges they faced in the projects and they were further motivated by coordinators.

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Ms. Sowmya, the vice president of Aikya Centre addressed the volunteer on “Organic Farming. Indicating its importance, Ms. Sowmya shared her perspective on organic food. Later volunteers and coordinators had an exposure visit to organic farming in the agricultural field.

Observation of International Volunteer Day at Chaitanya Special School

Observation of International Volunteer Day at Chaitanya Special School

FSL-India Kundapur team observed International volunteers Day in Chaitanya Special School on 5th December 2014. The team volunteered to help and cleaned the play ground and installed playing material (marry ground) which was donated by volunteers. Mr. Daya, Mrs. Vaz, Mr. Jeevan, Ms. Manjula, Mr. Simon, Ms. Katharina, Ms. Julie, Mr. Pièrre, Ms. Laura and Mr. Tilman participated in the program.

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International Volunteers’ Day Thennari and Uthukadu

International Volunteers’ Day Thennari and Uthukadu

In the Happy Move Camp villages such as Thennari and Uthukadu in Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu, “International Volunteers’ Day” was observed involving the school Children. The celebration kick started one week before 5th December, the International Volunteers’ Day. LTV volunteer Ms. Hannah visited the schools of the above villages and shared with the children her pleasing experience of volunteering. And finally the drawing and oratorical competitions were announced to be held on 4th December 2014 at Thennari and 5th December 2014 at Uthukadu for the children on their experience of volunteering.

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MY FIRST EXPERIENCE IN INDIAN CELEBRATION- Hannah

MY FIRST EXPERIENCE IN INDIAN CELEBRATION- Hannah

I IMG-20141127-WA0064am Ms. Hannah, from Germany, placed in MVP project with FSL India Chennai Facility. I and another German LTV volunteer Ms. Sara were invited by Mr. Gunasekar, one of the FSL Staff in Chennai, for his house warming ceremony on 27th November 2014. It was very impressive that Gunasekar and his family welcomed us happily as if we have been known for longer years. Truly, I was known to Gunasekar for only few days and Ms. Sara doesn’t known  him.

I really wondered and surprised about the hospitality shown to us by his relatives – they treated us like gods; wherever we went, someone gave us a chair. As we have not worn the saree correctly, someone made us wore it right. They pinned the flowers at our hair. They gifted us new saree, agarbathis, glass bangles and fruits. We at first hesitated to get that but the chennai staff explained to us that it will be given to the guest who comes new to their home. Read the rest of this entry

Jai’s International long term volunteering in France

Jai’s International long term volunteering in France

After the news of FSL India’s long term volunteer in germany, Sony, we will follow the adventures of Jai, from Bangalore. He joined FSL in mid 2013 aIMG_20141118_115539020_HDR - 복사본s a local volunteer for a workcamp and was later accepted to represent India in a year-long project in France, in the regional delegation of our partner Solidarités Jeunesses.

After a lot of difficulties to have all the administration in order, he finally flew mid October for his Voluntary Service. Here are his first impressions.

” This is my first time writing a blog about my life and sometimes it feels so overwhelming when you can measure your life in stories as it passes by. Right now I’m volunteering in a little village in the central-eastern part of France called Beaumotte-Aubertans, with a mere population of 300 habitants (And I haven’t even seen a dozen of them), exactly the number of people residing in a building near my house in India. I will try my best to express my observations and feelings honestly in writing and sometimes a pinch of exaggeration may be present to flavour my visuals into words. So, here goes! Read the rest of this entry

Sea-turtle conservation Awareness at Uppunda

Sea-turtle conservation Awareness at Uppunda

HBP team organized Sea-turtle Conservation (STC) Work camp from 10th to 21st November-2014. This is the 2nd work-camp of the Sea Turtle Conservation Project, which took place in Uppunda-Madikal village. Despite of only one volunteer from France arriving for the work-camp, the two weeks of raising awareness about sea turtles was a great success.

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My experience in volunteering in India- Jade Brady

My experience in volunteering in India- Jade Brady

I’m Jade Brady and I’m from Ireland..Here is my experience about India..

LTV- Women Empowerment-Novembe 2014-1Well…were to start with India….from the minute you exit the airport every sense is overloaded. There is just so many people, so much of noise, lots of color and smells. There are just so many new things to see in India, it is almost hard to concentrate as your eye is constantly being caught by something new and interesting. It is by far the best people watching place in the world! Everything about India is completely different to home or even Europe as a whole, and there is definitely a big adjustment to be made when living and volunteering here but now almost 5 weeks in I have begun to settle and enjoy the chaos that is India. Read the rest of this entry