Last Sunday, we – FSL-India’s CEL staff – were invited by Nazeer, a friend, and supporter of FSL-India, to a marriage. So we went to Maavinakatte to celebrate this blessed event.
More than one year ago, I applied for a social service in India. After a short time, I signed the contract and on 5th August 2017, I arrived in India. I left the airport and my first thought was, “It is cold here!“ Maybe, because we arrived at 3 a.m. in the morning.
To start the new year, on the 2nd of January, FSL-India conducted another Community Training at our Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Kundapura for women from the surrounding locality.
Once again, we – Tizia, Ellen and Manjesh from FSL-India – went to school for a session on Environmental Education. For the last 3 weeks, we visited the college at Nempu regularly.
FSL-India organized a work camp from 3rd-17th December 2017 at our Centre for Experiential Living- Kundapura. The theme of the work camp was ‘Sustainable Agriculture, Yoga, Culture & Kids’.
In the month of December, FSL-India hosted the “Youth Network for Social Entrepreneurship’s Kickoff meeting for their Capacity Building Youth project.
My name is Theresa and I am a Weltwaerts volunteer from Germany. Totally, I will stay for 9 months here in India, so that’s a long time, but at the moment, I have the feeling that the time is running too fast and 9 months are too short.
From 27th November until today, it has been so phenomenal. Each day had its own ups and downs.
The EaGLoo sanitation unit was inaugurated on 14th December 2017 by Smt Manjula Sampath, BBMP Corporator, Audogodi Bangalore.
The past one month has been an interesting experience since we have slowly started welcoming winter and also getting ready for Christmas.
At work, I have now started assisting two groups, which means I get to work with more clients and colleagues and learn more about each of them and how to work with them.
We recently had our Nikolaus bazaar, where we invite friends and family for a small program from our clients, followed by coffee and display all their artwork and Christmas goodies made by the clients which are also for sale. For the past few weeks, we have been busy getting these things ready for the bazaar – making chains, bracelets, earrings, making different jams and wine, and baking cookies.
I have been having a good time at my workplace; my colleagues have been very inclusive and are helping me learn German more by talking to me in German and teaching me new words every day. Christmas celebrations have started at home with my host family, which they also make sure I’m a part of.
Overall, I have been enjoying my volunteer experience and stay so far, and have been learning so much about the work environment that I am in and a lot about myself, personally.
Thank you, FSL-India for giving me this unique opportunity.
For the last few weeks, the upcoming school trip had been the only topic at my school, Nittur Aided Higher Primary School.
I am Lisa Anderson from Germany. I participated in FSL-India’s Sea Turtle Project through the IJGD batch of 2011-12.