FSL-India organises work camps every year, from March to October, on the Tibetan cultural aspects and environmental issues of western Himalayas (Dhauladhar range), in Dharamshala. In this work camp, from 11th July – 2nd June 2018, we had 4 International volunteers from different nationalities, i.e. the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Spain and Belgium.
The project runs for 2 weeks and the last week, FSL-India organises an adventure outdoor activity for the volunteers – trekking to the Himalayan mountains. With good coordination through the organization, the volunteers achieved the satisfaction and fulfillment that they seek through volunteerism.
The volunteers actively took part in various activities in the Naddi Government Primary School.
The activities were a Yoga session every morning at the home base accommodation and the renovation of class rooms, art and craft with the children, school wall painting and educational paintings, cleaning the school ground and waterfall clean-up drive with a local NGO.
The volunteers had an intercultural exchange program, in the 2 weeks camp, every afternoon they visited local cultural places.
The volunteers spread awareness to the public on ‘Keep your city clean’, by cleaning the Bhagsu waterfall with a local NGO called Waste Warriors.
The volunteers were also involved in other activities like creating awareness about nature, and also gardening with the children at the school.
The volunteers had the opportunity to interact with Tibetan monks. They also took part in a Tibetan cooking session.
Although the volunteers were busy doing all of these activities, they had just enough spare time at the end of their stay to take part in a sight-seeing excursion to a Hindu temple, Bhagsu waterfalls, Dalai Lama Temple, Tse Chok Ling monastery, Narbulingka Institute, Central Tibetan Library and Parliament, the Tibet Museum, and the Tibetan Children’s Village community.
The volunteers also spent 4 days trekking to Triund. Overall, the volunteers had a very good time during this camp.