The FSL India extended its CSR hand with Better World Organisation – South Korea, Hyundai Motor Company – South Korea and Hyundai Motors India from 2008 onwards as HAPPY MOVE CAMP. The collaboration recently reached successfully the 14th Happy Move camp conducted in Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu between 25th January and 5th February 2015. The Renovation activities such as construction of urinals, hand wash sink, tiles flooring etc undertaken in school and Construction of Low Cost House and Rural Flush out toilet, Kitchen garden etc in the community, Education activities in School situated in five villages such as EDRN A – Amarambedu, EDRN B – Naduverapattu, EDRN C – Vellarithangal, EDRN D – Thirupandiyur, EDRN E – Kiloy.
The volunteering experience as provided an excellent platform for intercultural learning to us. First of all, there is our work at the Community Seva Center, which offers the opportunity to get to know the way an NGO in India is working to us. The Community Seva Center tries to offer self-help to the „poorest of the poorest“ in the Kalvaryan Hills, a remote tribal area in the outskirts of Tamil Nadu, and in the villages around Pondicherry.
The Kundapur Region’s monthly Get Together for the month of February was held on Thursday and Friday, 12th and 13th at Eden Homestay. There were 3 staff and 17 volunteers participated.
The LTV Get-together is organised in Pondicherry for the month of January 12th and 13th at Anbalayam. Altogether 11 volunteers from Bangalore Region participated in the get together. The LTV team FSL-India facilitated the get-together.
The primary focus of the get-together was to know the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. On the first day of get together we painted an orphanage called Anbalayam where 25 children are living together and getting free education, food and accommodation. FSL choose this organisation to paint because children wanted to have very good atmosphere in the home.
In the month of February the LTV orientation was held in FSL India’s head office for five days from 02nd to 6th February 2015, in Bangalore. FSL India received 07 short Term Volunteers from 4 different countries (France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland)
On first day of the orientation we welcomed our new batch of volunteers with great excitement. This new group of volunteers showed lot of enthusiasm in knowing our culture, our lifestyle and our food habits etc..,
During the orientation, each day evening we had organized different events for the exchange of ICL (Inter Cultural Learning). First day evening the volunteers had chance to have Henna, second day was project visit with FSL staffs, all have gone to a school called “BBMP School” there volunteers had done presentation of their each country for the School children. Third day all went to see Indian classical dance performance Baratha Natya. Apart from these learnings, volunteers also shared with FSL staff about their way of living in their country in the guest house.
Volunteer’s feedback on Orientation week:
- The atmosphere was nice, not just between the volunteers but also in the FSL office, the energizer helped to produce a little bit fun band a friendly also.
- Nice atmosphere between the volunteers and the FSL people.
- Very good we were a nice group and I chat with everyone, although we are from different countries.
- The atmosphere was very good with the volunteers and FSL people, I felt comfortable and safe.
- Yes Of course, we got many important Information that will help us in daily life.
- The meeting with one host mother and the trip to the governmental school were an excellent way to prepare (not just theoretically but practically)
- Think this orientation week is an excellent preparation for a stay in India.
- All the different sessions and the delicious lunch.
- Hindu philosophy, cultural indicators, welcome ritual, the parts about safety are necessary to keep in the orientation
My Name is Ida, I am 19 years old and I live in India in a small village called Heskuthuru since five months. I work in a Primary School near to my home where I teach children who are 9 to 13 years old. In India there is a difference between Kannada Medium Schools, where the teacher teach subjects in Kannda, the local language in the State Karnataka, and English Medium Schools, where children learn all subjects in English. To study on an English Medium School is quite expensive so the most village people have no money to send their children to a school like this. But in India it is important to speak English very well so it is a great chance for them, when volunteers from other countries come to improve their English knowledge. So of course my main subject is English but I also do drawing lessons to improve the creativity of my pupils. It needs some time to get use to your new role as a teacher especially when you don’t know the local language, but every day I have Kannada lesson in my school so after some time I understood the first words and now I also try to explain things in Kannada when children don’t understand me.
On Wednesday, 4th February, the HBP volunteers (Katharina and Piere from construction, Max from EE, Chonga and Frank from SAP-K, Tilman From PR and Media )alongside of Jeevan from HBP staff had the pleasure of visiting Green Valley international School near Shiroor. Volunteers and staff were heartily welcomed by the principal and the student board with flowers and garland. The principal Explained about the school, activity, syllabus, staff structure etc.. After that along with student representatives, principal, trustee, volunteers and students gathered in hall for session. The principal introduced the pupils to our reason for visiting, followed by a short speech by Jeevan about FSL India and its activity. Volunteers introduced themselves to the group.
The first session was held by Katharina and Pièrre about waste management in Europe compared to India and what has to be done to have an effective waste management in India. Next, Max explained about the increase of greenhouse gas, climate change and role of students in protecting environment. Students interacted with volunteers about the issue and their role.
After the discussion, volunteers and staff were given a nice memento and some flowers. volunteers also had the chance to talk to the pupils and get to know them. It was very surprising to volunteers that many students are from foreign countries like Saudi Arabia. Volunteers felt very happy from the hospitality of school and from the students participation also. Management once again invited volunteers for session and also for other collaboration.
My experiences during my voluntary service for FSL-India – Simon Braun. Only two days left. That is a strange feeling. It feels like yesterday when I arrived in Kundapur on 1st of September 2014. The 5 month as a construction volunteer for FSL-India ran much faster than expected.
FSL have been placing volunteer in the host family for the past 06 months. The volunteer is working in a Trible teaching project called Nisarga Foundation. The project is located in HD Kote. The family cooperation with FSL and with volunteer is really wonderful. Through getting volunteers from FSL India family also leant a lot from the volunteers. Volunteer Mr. John-Henry is 7th volunteer. John Henry host family is located in Hunsur. At present there is nearly 8 volunteers are working/staying in Hunsur. Hunsur is a Taluk center John is very happy to be a part of Hunsur.
„You definetly belong to the lucky one.“
You definitely belong to the lucky ones if you are placed in a host family in Hunsur! First of all it looks nice and has a comfortable atmosphere, once the Indian pace of living grows on you. The town has just the right size between small-town and city. From one rather big supermarket and several internet cafes to our meeting point at the local juice shop, Hunsur has everything you need.
Probably you will soon have your favorite banana-stand, well-known bus conductor and school children crossing your way, you see everyday and get to know better; the town is full of nice people. If you don’t have any bigger plans for the weekend you can always visit the big city Mysore, which is just a one-hour bus drive away (from there you can really go anywhere with the bus). Both cities are very clean by Indian standards and there is a lot to discover, as is for the whole area (For example: The river island of Sri Rangapatnam, the Golden Temple in Krushalnagar, or the close by Nargarahole National Park).
Prize distribution program organized at Maravathe, Kodi Kanyana and Thrasi Schools for the winners of drawing competition . School H.M, Teachers, HBP staff, sea turtle volunteers and school children participated.
Volunteers and HBP staff selected best drawings which conveyed messages of sea turtle conservation. Winners got Geometric box and other students who participated in competition got Crayons. Nearly 120 students participated and 9 students are winners. Students enjoyed and got information about sea turtle conservation.
For the 4th time in 18 months, the Youth Development Program interviened in the Lalbagh park during its flower show, on January 25th and 26th.
The Keep lalbagh Clean aims at rising awareness about the littering problem Bangalore is facing. This year, more than 1500 participants joined the YDP-Bangalore team of 60 volunteers and we collected more than 8.000 litres of trash in the Park. An estimated 90.000 visitors heard our message of concern and got the chance to reflect on their habit to fill-up the city with their personal trash.
A more detailed activity report about this action will be available soon. Thank you so much to all the courageous volunteers who joined us during these two days.
Recently, 15 members of FSL Staffs, of the YDP Bangalore and few international volunteers attended a first aid training, given by the Red Crosss section of Bangalore. Out of being useful in many cases and situation, we received a great dose of awareness about the different daily risks we can find in our lives and in the Voluntary Service Field. We do not doubt that we will be way more prepared in case of emergency .
All the attendants passed the final exams and will get their final certificate soon. Thanks to all participants and to the Red Cross, It has been a great Week-end !
I live in a very lovely host family consisting of mother, father and two brothers in the age of 19 and 21. Apart from me there is one more German LTV called Sara. We share our room and bathroom, fortunately we get along very very well. In many points we are different but we both like baking and especially eating the sweets afterwards very much. Sara and I come home late from our projects. After finishing works as washing clothes we spend time with our family. Sometimes we bake cakes or cookies together; our family also loves to eat sweets. On other days we cook together or just talk about the different cultures and learn about festivals, traditions, religion. From 8:30 until 9:00 o’clock there is our host mums favorite shop with meenatchi. This week there is the final, so we are all anxious about the end. In these days we don’t have dinner, as before, at 8:30, now we eat after the soap. Although our brothers pretend to be not interested in it, they are watching it with us sometimes.
Our family is Christian. In December we could experience an Indian Christmas. It was not like the Christmas I knew, but it was also a nice way to celebrate Christmas and it felt familiar. This was the most important for me. In the deepam festival our host mum took us to her Hindu friend’s house, so that we could experience also this festival from another religion. One time we went all together to a Christian wedding. It was a great experience, they had a nice location and the food was nearly as good as our host mums food. Sara and I love our family, they make us feel home in India.