The 20th Happy Move Camp was held from 29th January-8th Feb 2018, with the collaboration of FSL- India, KIA Motors-South Korea, Better World Organization-South Korea and KIA Motors-India. This initial CSR project of Kia Motors-South Korea was carried out at Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh as a global ‘Moving the world Together’ project.
A 6-day work camp was set up in 2 blocks of Anantapur district – Rapthadu and Penukonda.
The first part of the work was done at Rapthadu village, i.e. 29th January-3rd February and the second part of the work was done at Penakonda village, i.e. 5th-8th February.
The volunteers were divided into 4 teams to work in the villages – EDRN-A, B, C, and D. There were 80 Korean volunteers, 16 Indian volunteers from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, 4 BWO staff, 1 Kia Motors representative and 6 FSL-India staff who were involved in the camp.
The objectives of the camp were field services and inter-cultural learning under the global movement for volunteer experience. With the cooperation of the school management, the volunteers taught basic English, arts, and crafts to the schoolchildren at the Zilla Parishad High School.
Every day, there was a morning session where the schoolchildren were actively motivated to attend a special class where the volunteers from Korea were their teachers.
The 4 teams also participated in activities such as renovating toilets and urinals, construction of hand wash sink, construction of kitchen shed, kitchen room flooring and shelf fixing, promoting clean kitchen and in addition to these activities, constructed toilets and bathrooms for 6 underprivileged families.
On the final day of the program, the volunteers participated in renovation activities at the school, finalizing all painting and renovation work.
In the afternoon, an intercultural day was organised at the school. The chief guests of the programme were the representatives from Kia Motors-India and Better World Organisation, the Anantapur District Collector and the District Education Officeorganisedrincipal of JNTU Anantapur also attended the final day program.
The program started with a prayer and lighting of the lamp.
Afterwards, a mixed cultural performance was conducted at the school. The Korean students prepared and performed Korean modern and folk dance, music and arts activities along with the children at the school. The village people and children from other schools also participated.
For inter-cultural learning, there were several interactions and cultural exchanges between the Korean and Indian volunteers through events such as the Indo-Korean Forum, Indo-Korean Workshop, attending a cultural festival by wearing traditional clothes in Rapthadu village.
The Korean and Indian volunteers had a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience of inter-cultural learning and had the satisfaction of serving society as well, in the rural area of Andhra Pradesh.