Surprised? Well, “yes” this was made possible by FSL-India and 8 motivated volunteers from various parts of the world, i.e. South Korea, Italy, France, Mexico and Germany from 6th-19th November 2017, 2 weeks of wonderful moments in the ‘King’s land.’
Exotic Jaipur is part of the ‘Golden Triangle’, a tourist circuit that also includes Delhi and Agra. The golden triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, the desert state of India. It is the age-old charm of Jaipur that can really make it a city of unexpected experiences for any traveler. Jaipur is a city that is painted in the pink colour that is a reminder of its legacy of liaisons and courteousness. Founded by Maharaja ‘Sawai’ Jai Singh in 1727 A.D, the city is proof of his strong grounding in science and his astronomical observations were remarkably accurate. He was given the title of ‘Sawai’ by the reigning Mughal Emperor, which means one and a quarter times’ superior to his contemporaries. Jaipur is well known for its history, forts, gardens, palaces, and monuments. The not-to-be-missed, magnificent structure remains the Hawa Mahal, which is the landmark of Jaipur city.
FSL-India’s volunteers had a memorable time at the work camp.
During the work camp at Jaipur, the volunteers – through coordination with the organization’s field staff – worked with Badodiya Basti Government Secondary School. The school has more than 180 children and is situated in Badodiya Basti slum, near the railway station. They had a warm welcome with the school staff on their first day at school.
FSL-India has volunteer programs in the urban slum areas of Jaipur, and the work camp volunteers worked in the local school. Every morning, the volunteers taught the children English according to their current syllabus.
In addition, they taught them the alphabets, counting, days of the week, environment, science, arts, months of the year, manners and writing practice.
They also organized various enjoyable and creative activities for the children to sharpen their talents and increase their knowledge.
In the evenings, leisure activities were organized for the group. They had cultural programs and debates at the guest house every evening, like watching a Bollywood movie and international cooking classes, in which they prepared their country’s dishes. The volunteers had amazing dinner nights together with all the program’s stakeholders.
It was not just fun and games. The volunteers decided to paint and decorate the classroom of the school with educational paintings on the classroom walls and renovation work at the school premises.
They created awareness through teaching and distributing personal hygiene materials to the slum community at Badodiya Basti slum.
On the final day at school, the volunteers distributed gifts to the children and did a presentation on their countries to them.
They also organized a school level photo exhibition on ‘Creative Education. They displayed all the pictures which were taken during the project period while teaching the children on the school walls.
It made a huge impression on the children and they really appreciated the activity.
As to the cultural aspects of Jaipur, Rajasthan is rich in its cultural heritage and the volunteers enjoyed visits to the Hawa Mahal Palace, Amber Fort, Jal Mahal (water palace), City Palace and also a trip to Agra see the Taj Mahal.
As volunteers with FSL-India, they had a once-in-a-lifetime great volunteering and cultural experience at Jaipur during their time in India.