FSL-India had 4 international volunteers from different countries, i.e. France, Czech Republic, South Korea, Italy and 2 national volunteers from Delhi, from 3rd – 23rd April 2017.
They recently decided to spend their own time in McLeod Ganj before two weeks of travel in India. The volunteers decided to stay in Himachal Pradesh because of its stunning beauty and Mcleod Ganj provides an excellent opportunity for immersion in cultural fusion. In this remote part of India, one can find Indians from all over the country from Rajasthan to Kashmir, shepherds who have been walking these mountains for hundreds of years, travelers from all over the world and a large population of Tibetan refugees.The volunteers found this dynamic mix and the volunteer opportunity they were looking for at FSL-India.
FSL-India set up the 3-week program with a meaningful volunteer week on opportunities to serve the local school children and volunteer with the Tibetan community.The volunteers got involved in educational wall paintings and drawings at the local Govt. Primary school, Bagshu Nag and a clean-up campaign with the Hotel Association group members. They gathered for a half-day garbage pickup at the local taxi stand at Dharmkot and school surroundings with the help of the local NGO called Wast Warriors.
The volunteers also enjoyed the camp’s activities with kids like Play for Peace, teaching and outdoor activities. As part of their inter-cultural learning, the volunteers spent their time sightseeing in Dharamshala. The volunteers visited a Hindu temple, waterfalls, the Dalai Lama Temple, museum, TIPA and the Tibetan children village. The volunteers also took part in international cooking. Though it was extremely cold, our highly motivated volunteers did not restrict themselves and they did 4 days of trekking in the Himalayan range.