FSL-India’s Work Camp team decided to spend our time at McLeod Ganj to serve the schoolchildren of the valley. We had 3 new international volunteers with our CCS-in India Regular Education Project, which was held from 26th May – 8th June 2018 at Government Primary School, Dharamkot.
The volunteers opted for a camp at Himachal Pradesh because of its stunning beauty and also because Mcleod Ganj provides an excellent opportunity for immersion and cultural fusion in this remote part of India.
Travelers from all over the world find their way here and there is a large population of Tibetan refugees. This dynamic mix and the volunteer opportunity they found with FSL-India contributed to their personal growth and fulfillment.
FSL-India set up the project for 2 different groups in different weeks with meaningful volunteer weeks for opportunities to serve local schoolchildren and volunteer with the local community.
The volunteers were involved in wall paintings and drawings, teaching English language skills, art and craft to the kids, school toilet renovation work at a local government primary school, Dharamkot and a clean-up campaign with the community people.
They gathered for a half day garbage pickup at Bhagsu waterfalls and the school surroundings with the help of a local NGO called Waste Warriors.
The volunteers also enjoyed the project by doing activities with the schoolchildren like Play for Peace, teaching and outdoor activities and as part of their inter-cultural learning, the volunteers spent their time in sightseeing at Dharamshala.
The volunteers visited a Hindu local temple, waterfalls, Dalai Lama Temple, museum, TIPA and Tibetan children village. The volunteers also took part in Indian cooking sessions, Hindi language class, history lecture with story teller about Indian social cultural issues, artesian class, henna application and macramé.
Though it was raining heavily and cold, our highly motivated volunteers did not restrict themselves. What we did, what it meant, and what is left behind for those local kids. We love hearing stories of volunteers making a meaningful impact on the ground, and we’re happy to present the reflections of volunteers of their experience with CCS in India.
Overall, the volunteers had wonderful stay in their project.