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Pushkar Work Camp December 2013

Pushkar Work Camp December 2013

Place: Pushkar

Theme: Tribal / Culture / Kids

Camp activities: Three international volunteers from Italy, Belgium and France actively participated in this camp. The camp was held in Aryavrat School started by a young team of motivated youngsters. The volunteers helped the Organisation in painting school walls. The children had a joyous time engaged in activities with the volunteers. The school has 80 children.

 

 Intercultural Learning: The intercultural activities included trekking to Savitri temple, Henna and Indian family visit. The volunteers also had an interaction with the local youth and exchanged ideas. Rajasthan is known for its hospitality and the volunteers had a taste of this through a visit to the Indian family.

Kerala Work Camp December 2013

Kerala Work Camp December 2013

Theme: Yoga/Ayurveda/Culture

Place: Kerala, South India

Camp Activities: One international volunteer from Holland participated and dedicated himself wholly to the special children by responsibly undertaking the task of teaching, playing with them and making them feel loved and cared. In the evenings, the volunteer participate in Yoga classes and the Ayurveda Classes.

Intercultural Learning: As part of intercultural learning the Team leaders took the volunteer to visit Muthappan temple, snake park. He was lucky to have witness the famous ‘Theyyam’ dance performed by local artists, and to try out the Toddy or kallu (Natural palm or coconut trees alcoholic juice). To dive deeper into Indian culture He taken to visit local family to gain a broader perspective.

Kundapur Work Camp In December 2013

Kundapur Work Camp In December 2013

Theme: Sea Turtle Conservation,

Place : Kundapur, Karnataka,  South India

Camp Activities: We had a total of 6 international volunteers who participated in our camp. 1 from Germany, Japan, Czech, Canada and 2 from France. Our volunteers built Turtle Information Centres along the beach and organised Sand sculpture activity as a awareness campaign for school children. Along with all these activities puppet-show was conducted in the schools disseminating information on the importance of sea turtle conservation.

Intercultural Learning: Volunteers visited local family and had lunch, participated in boat trip, visited light house, celebrated a local festival, attended session on Henna, learned to wear Saree, participated in country presentation.

FSL India

Turtle Information centre

Fsl India

Building Turtle Information Centre.

 

Blog lost pictures!!

Blog lost pictures!!

Dear all,

I would like to wish you all a great and wonderful year ahead in 2012.

I am very sorry to say that we kind of lost all the pictures on our  blog!! We are trying our best to get them back. Please bear with us.

President,

Rakesh

I completed 5 years of work in FSL

I completed 5 years of work in FSL

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On September 23, 2011, I completed 5 years of work in FSL.Working here has helped me broaden my horizons and expand my mind. Apart from communicating, I learnt how to use ms office, email and the internet. However, it is the people of FSL who have made the deepest impression on me. Working with FSL staff has made me a better person and interacting with FSL’s international partners has been very inspiring.

K. Virokunuo Veronica 

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FSL- Work Camps in August 2011

FSL- Work Camps in August 2011

FSL hosted six work camps in August: Bangalore, Coorg, Kundapur and Kerala in the South and Dharamsala and Kolkata in the North India.

In Bangalore, 12 volunteers from 8 different countries took part in the work camp. They taught the children English, maths, dance, songs, games and awareness of health and hygiene. Volunteers painted the walls and did some educational paintings. They attended a cultural dance programmes, visited local people’s houses and interacted with the locals.

               

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In Kannur, 19 volunteers spent 3 weeks learning yoga, ayurveda, and volunteering in a school. Volunteers taught children English and played games with them. The volunteers had many cultural activities like visiting temples, learning about traditional martial arts and interacting with the locals

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In Dharamsala, 18 volunteers did educational, cultural and construction activities. They worked on a playground, painted the rooms and the toilets walls of the school .They also interacted with the children, Tibetan youth and Tibetan Monk. They also had cultural activities: visiting Dala Lama temple, Bhagsu temple and TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village). On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other. The third week of the work camp they went for trekking.

     

     

     

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In Kolkata, 11 volunteers painted walls and 40 benches and did some educational painting in the school. The volunteers interacted with children and had activities like singing songs and played games of different countries. They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting the local houses and the local women helped them to wear sarees.

    

    

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FSL-Work Camps in July 2011

FSL-Work Camps in July 2011

In the month of July, FSL hosted 10 work camps in different parts of India including bilateral camps. Four work camps were bilateral camps. Eighty two volunteers from eighteen different countries took part in these work camps.

In Kudapur, 14 volunteers worked for 2 weeks in a school. They painted the walls of the school and did some educational paintings. Planted trees, made trash bins and educated the children about awareness of Sea turtle. Volunteers made presentations about their culture to the children and among themselves. They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting the local houses, a Hindu temple and they painted their hands with Henna.

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In Pondicherry, 5 volunteers did construction activities like shifted stones, sand, bricks and   mixed cement and helped mason. They have cleaned and painted the walls and also did some activities with the children like singing songs and playing games of different countries. They conducted sport, dance, drawing competition for children. They also visited local places of interest like a temple, a beach and a market.

           

             

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Rajasthan – Mount Abu was another place where FSL conducted a work camp to help a school. Seventeen volunteers did educational drawings, taught the children about the awareness health and hygiene and had various activities with the school students. They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting the local houses, a Hindu temple and attended Hindu wedding.  They also painted their hands with Henna.

           

           

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In Dharamsala, 20 volunteers participated from different countries worked in the school for 2 weeks and one week was trekking. The volunteers did educational, cultural and construction activities. They rebuilt a wall and made playground, did educational paintings and learn about Tibetan culture. They also interacted with the children, Tibetan youth and Tibetan Monk. The cultural program included a visit to the Dalai Lama temple, Bagru temple and waterfall. On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other

           

           

            

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Bilateral Work Camps

In Mysore, Bangalore and Kundapur, FSL held work camps exclusively for volunteers from two of our South Korean partner organizations. The volunteers taught English, games, origami and educated the children about hygiene and also planted plants. They conducted sport, dance, and drawing Competitions for the children. They did educational paintings about environment and hygiene, painted walls, blackboards, toilet walls and pillars of the school.  The volunteers worked in the garden and play ground. On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared with the children. They also learnt about Indian culture by visiting the local houses and they painted their hands with Henna. The volunteers did an extensive tour of historical locations to learn about Indian history and culture.

          

            

          

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2011 international year of volunteering

2011 international year of volunteering

In November 1997, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). United Nations Volunteers (UNV) was designated as the international focal point. With its main objectives of increased recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, IYV provided a unique opportunity to highlight the achievements of millions of volunteers worldwide and encouraged more people to engage in volunteer activity.
The idea for IYV came out from deliberations among several major international NGOs in the early 1990s. The concept first emerged within the United Nations system during a Policy Forum held by UNV and United Nations University (UNU) in Japan in 1996. Through the UN Secretary General, the Japanese Government’s proposal in February 1997 was placed on the agenda of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 1997. ECOSOC recommended to the UN General Assembly to proclaim 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers. The General Assembly — in its 52nd session on 20 November 1997 in Resolution 52/17, co-sponsored by 123 countries — approved the ECOSOC resolution.

The premise underlying IYV 2001 was that voluntary service is needed more than ever to tackle problems in areas of social, economic, cultural, humanitarian and peace-building, and that more people are needed to offer their services as volunteers. For this to happen, there was a need for greater recognition and facilitation of volunteer work, more vigorous promotion of voluntary service, and drawing upon the best initiatives and efforts — the “best practice” — of volunteers, networked to optimize lessons learned. The designation of an International Year of Volunteers by the UN General Assembly provided a valuable framework and established a favourable environment for the growth and more strategic use of volunteer contributions.

Objectives of IYV 2001

The IYV 2001 had four primary goals: promotion, recognition, facilitation and networking of volunteer service.

Recognition: Governments and local authorities could ensure that they have mechanisms for drawing the voluntary sector into the consultation process. Recognition will be ensured by a country study which will describe and quantify the contribution of the voluntary sector to national welfare and advance; by awards instituted for the best examples of individual, small group, local community and national NGOs — and perhaps also international — volunteer action..

FSL- Work Camps in June 2011

FSL- Work Camps in June 2011

In the month of June, FSL hosted 4 work camps in different parts of India. Three of the work camps were in South India: – Kundapur, Kannur and Mysore. One was in Dharamsala in North India. Twenty one volunteers from eleven different countries took part in these work camps.

In Kundapur, 3 volunteers worked for 2 weeks in the school. They also did gardening, painting, fixing mosquito nets and rubber sheets for the children in Ashram school and also interacted with children. They also visited local places of interest like a temple, a beach and interacted with the locals. The volunteers also learnt about each other’s culture and cooking.

     

    

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Mysore was another place where FSL conducted a work camp to help a school. Three volunteers did educational drawings, worked on the school’s garden, playground, painted windows and had various activities with the school students. The volunteers also visited a nearby temple and interacted with the locals.

    

       

         

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In Dharamsala, 8 volunteers worked for two weeks in the school and one week was trekking to the beautiful mountain ranges. The volunteers taught the children English and drawing, songs and dance etc. They did educational paintings, painted blackboard, windows and doors of the school.  On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other.

      

       

      

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In Kannur, 7 volunteers spent 3 weeks learning yoga, ayurveda, and volunteering in a school. Volunteers taught children English and played games with them. The volunteers had many cultural activities like visiting temples, learning about traditional martial arts, interacting with the locals, etc.

        

      

     

 

FSL- Work Camps in April 2011

FSL- Work Camps in April 2011

FSL hosted two work camps in April: Bangalore and Yercaud in the South of India.

In Bangalore, 11 volunteers from 4 different countries took part in the work camp. They taught the children games and English. Volunteers painted the walls, Black boards, windows and doors of the School building and also did some educational paintings and cleaned the playground.

       

       

    

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In Yercaud, 9 volunteers did painting the walls, chairs and benches, worked on the school’s vegetable garden and had various activities with the school students. On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other.

      

     

      

      

 

 

FSL- Work camps in March 2011

FSL- Work camps in March 2011

FSL hosted two work camps in March: Dharamsala in the north and Goa in the south of India.

In Goa, 16 volunteers from 8 different countries took part in the work camp. They taught the children games and English. Volunteers painted the walls of the orphanage building and also did some educational paintings. The volunteers also visited nearby places of cultural interest.

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In Dharamsala, 20 volunteers from 9 different countries worked for two weeks in the school and one week was trekking to the beautiful mountain ranges of Dharamkot and Triund. The volunteers taught the children English and drawing, songs and dance etc. They did educational paintings about environment and hygiene, painted blackboards and pillars of the school.  The volunteers worked in a garden and play ground. On international cooking day, they cooked dishes of their country and shared them with each other.

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