FSL India has hosted 4 long Term Volunteers from Germany, Sweden and America. Volunteer has gone through the different sessions, to prepare themselves for their successful journey in India. Regarding orientation, we usually carry out different activities during orientation week such as Indian welcome, expectation and fear conflict in communication, Safety, Understand cultural indicator, Introduction about FSL India, Indian lifestyle, Social concerns of India, project information, Indian pedagogy, volunteer’s role and responsibility and Hindu philosophy.
On 2nd of February – 16, FSL-India’s tent school team organized an education trip for Yedthadi and Bykadi tent school children to Pilikula Nisargadhama. It was the first excursion trip to Yedthadi & Bykadi children. Usually tent school children will not get a chance to go for exposure trip, because of that we organizes trips which makes children happy.
Chaitanya Special School Children from Kundapura had day out on 2nd February at FSL India Training Center at Kundapura.
Probationary District collector Ms. Shikha Dahiya visited training center on 3rd February with Gulwadi panchayath village accountant and panchayath members. She wanted to know about FSL intervention, projects and volunteer experience . FSL staff Mr. Jeevan briefed her about FSL, volunteer services, HBP projects, work camp, YDP, TC,CSR, host family concept etc.
Usually I would wake up at 7:30 am,looking forward to the delicious breakfast with chai tmy host mother would prepare for me. Afterwards I would clean my room or go outside under some palms to wash my clothes with veil water while enjoying the bright morning sunlight. Because my work at the Chaitanya Special School started at 10 am, I would leave the house 20 minutes earlier.Walking down my road and later the main road in Kundapur I often met people smiling at me and sometimes greeting me.
In the month of January 2016, FSL organized three different of Cultural visit in three places, cultural meet was in Chennai, Bangalore and Mysore.
In Chennai Zone our FSL Coordinator took two volunteers to many place such as Theevui Thidal and Forums and shops.
In Mysore there were two volunteers who attended the cultural meet. Our Coordinator took volunteers to Indian Family (Gayatri) House visit and Exposure visit to Devraj Market.
In Bangalore there were two volunteers who attended the cultural meet. Our Coordinator took volunteer to Kadumallikarjuna Temple and Cubbon Park.
Beginning of the year we conduct a camp at south India coffee land at Coorg, we were 4 people from South Korea and including our team leader. We had wonderful experience at coffee land, such as harvesting coffee, visiting various coffee land and study about coffee crop and how the process was happening, it was such a good experience to be a part of this work camp.
On 30th January -2016 FSL-India’s Kundapur team organized free Ayurvedic health Check-up & free medicines distribution camp for community at our Shetrakatte training centre with collaboration of Rotary club Kundapur South, Rotary community unit – Tallur, Mr. Janab M. Chareyabba Saheb – Mavinkatte, Dharmasthala rural development SHG federation – Mavinkatte and Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara ayurveda hospital Kutpadi. In this camp 237 community people from Mavinkatte, Karki, Gulvadi, Tallur, Shetrakatte, Kenchanur, Hattiangadi, Neralkatte enrolled and availed free medicines.
A Journey Back to the Villages…
The group of 20 Korean students lived in Venkatagiri Kote, Devanahalli Taluk, Bangalore rural from 10th to 24th January, 2016 to experience the village life . By doing various activities such as, Renovating the water tank in the bathroom, fixing roof for the bath room, constructing hand washing sink, painting a class room, drawing pictures in the classroom, celebrating the harvesting festival by visiting families, interacting with local people, fire dance with locals etc, Playing sports with local youth, performing cultural forms,Visiting Mysore and Bangalore for cultural etc.
My journey to accomplish one of my bucket lists began when Rahul and Julien from FSL interviewed me for training and volunteering in Le Creneau, Solidarites Jeunnesses, France. I was present for the interview as if I was going to attend a board-meeting whereas the interviewers were dressed casually. This changed my perspective and made me understand that volunteering is serious work being casual. The interview was fun and went on pretty well.
“Hi! We have to repair the water tap, flatten the schoolyard, paint the walls and give some classes to the students!” These are the first words I heard from our Korean team leader as I arrived in Sengadu Primary school in the morning of 19th January.
The next question was: “Have you ever done manual work before?” My honest answer: “No.”