FSL-India undertook a project to serve the valley children of Mcleod Ganj, a picturesque place overseeing hills and the Himalayan mountain range. There were 5 new international volunteers who took part in the project that was in partnership with CCS-In. It lasted 2 weeks and was held from the 9th – 22nd June 2018, where the volunteers helped at a local government school.
The volunteers were accomodated at Mcleod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh not only because of its stunning beauty but also because Mcleod Ganj provides an excellent opportunity for the volunteers to experience different cultures that are present in this remote part of India. This dynamic mix along with the great volunteering opportunity was what brought them to FSL-India.
FSL-India set up the 2 week project at a government primary school in Dharamkot, incorporating meaningful volunteering opportunities, including serving local school children and volunteering with the community.The volunteers were involved in activities like drawing and painting on walls, teaching the English language, demonstrating art and craft to the kids and renovating toilets.
They also worked on a clean-up campaign with community people where they gathered garbage at the Bhagsu waterfalls and surrounding schools with the help of a local NGO called Waste Warriors.
The volunteers enjoyed the project by touring Dharamshala as a part of their inter-cultural learning experience. They visited a local Hindu temple, Bhagsu waterfalls, the Dalai Lama Temple, Museum, TIPA and the Tibetan Children’s Village.
They also took part in Indian cooking sessions, Hindi language classes, history lectures about Indian socio-cultural issues, artesian classes, Henna and Macramé.
Although it was raining heavily and was very cold, it did not deter our highly motivated volunteers who did not restrict themselves. They did what they could, it meant a lot to them as well as the people they helped and left behind a lasting impact.
We love hearing stories of volunteers making meaningful connections in the field, and we’re happy to present their reflections and experiences with FSL-India. Overall, the volunteers had a wonderful stay and enjoyed every minute of their project.