It has always been a pleasure for me to work with FSL-India. 1 ½ years ago, the first meeting with the FSL-India team happened. I was selected by them as an outbound participant to participate in the Weltwaerts program, which was happening in Germany. From that time on, whenever I get an opportunity to work with them, I hold it tightly.
As a young organization, working with young people around the globe, it gives freedom and opportunity to experience intercultural learning. As a young nation, we have the opportunity to work with such organizations in the process of developing ourselves and our nation too.
This time, I was given an opportunity to take part in the “Global Boot Camp” which was happening in Hong Kong. I was representing FSL-India, along with different participants from different organizations around the world.
Young people, mostly from the European Union, Taiwan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Nepal participated in large numbers and represented their organizations.
A Boot Camp is a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training. The Global Boot Camp focuses mainly on engaging young people/volunteers in communities, to bring potential change in it. It helps them in learning about how innovatively they can organize projects, engage young people, how to network around the globe and bring passionate volunteers together.
During this Boot Camp, we had the opportunity to work along with local volunteers, as well as international volunteers, also meeting young and innovative leaders from different parts of the world.
What did we do?????
Without working at the grass root level, nobody can understand the problems in it. During this Boot Camp, we did several social experiments along with different organizations, in order to get a better understanding of how things can be done.
One such thing which I liked the most was the “Wheel Power Challenge”. This Wheel Power Challenge helps people in understanding the problems faced by people with different abilities.One could understand the problem only if they could experience the same. Putting it into social terms, empathizing is an essential tool to understand the problem.
Apart from this, we also had an opportunity to experience life in the Lamma Island community and help them in transforming the old fishing farm into a tourist attraction spot.
Exploring Hong Kong: It’s everyone’s dream to travel and explore new places, food, tradition and meet the local people. VolTra organization, who hosted this Boot Camp, has framed an interesting way to explore Hong Kong locally.
We were given a lot of tasks to be completed in and around the city. These tasks included meeting local people, ethnic minorities, organizations, religious institutions and touristic attractions.
I was assigned to Team No 6, with 3 local people and 2 other different nationalities. We started our assignment at 11.00 am and completed it around 11.45 p.m. We were one among the three teams to complete all the 18 tasks.
Accomodation & Food: As a volunteer representing FSL-India, I received everything for free and was given accommodation in Youth Square located in Chai Wan district, Hong Kong. Youth Square is a place specially commissioned for young people in Hong Kong. (For more information on Youth Square please visit: http://www.youthsquare.hk/eng/home/ ).
Also, I received 2 nights and 3 days free accommodation to explore Hong Kong.
On the whole, it was a good opportunity for oneself to explore new things done in a different way. The perspective and ways of working are very different from each other. Such opportunities help us more in a better understanding of ourselves, and also our surroundings. Young people should be motivated to participate in such programs and grow themselves. This networking helps us in building a better tomorrow for ourselves and fellow people living with us in this beautiful world.
“Today’s Volunteers are Tomorrow’s Leaders”
I would like to invite all the young people to volunteer themselves for the process of creating a better tomorrow. Let success be ours.
I would like to thank FSL-India for providing me with this great opportunity and helping me to enrich my knowledge and skills.