The Youth Development Programme of FSL-India will be conducting its second Skills Acquisition Workshop in the month of December. The workshop will be on First Aid Training, certified by the Indian Red Cross Society Karnataka.
The year 2008 turned to be a milestone in my life when I joined FSL India Kundapur center as a LTV coordinator. The President of FSL-India took me under his wings and trained and guided me at every step during the starting stage of my career at FSL –India, which is a blessing for any employee. I also consider myself very lucky, that over this span of 5 years I was molded enough to be able to lead the LTV program in a separate region one day. Experience and effort are key aspects that helped me reach where I am today. Read the rest of this entry
In 2012, FSL-India in partnership with AFS-Germany initiated the “High School Student Exchange Program” between India and Germany which is sponsored by “The Robert Bosch Foundation”. The main objective of this program is to facilitate intercultural learning and exchange among Indian and German students. The program kick-started in June 2012 when FSL-India hosted 5 German students in India.
FSL-India hosted 3 participants from AFS Germany between 25 November to 3 December 2012 – Gerhard Hollerich, Claudia Drautzburg and Jochen Eherenrich. The objective of their visit to India was promotion and development of the High School Student Exchange Program between FSL – India and AFS – Germany. Read the rest of this entry
As a social organization, FSL-India always believed in the joy of giving and serving, and since “Holi” is that time of the year, where one shares joy, happiness and strengthens the bond of love and friendship, we decided to share this beautiful day with one of our Street and Orphan Children project – “Sparsha Trust” in Bangalore. On 27th of March, the team of FSL – India and a batch of 11 Volunteers from Germany visited “Sparsha Trust” to celebrate the most fun-filled and lively Hindu Festival – Holi. Read the rest of this entry
Mr. C. Doreswamy (JD) and Mr. Aravind (CC LTV Bangalore Region) participated in PR Summit and Annual Meeting of NVDA. The event took place in Thai Hai Eco Village, Hanoi, Vietnam. FSL-India representatives participated in 4 days PR summit and 2 days Annual Meeting from 16th to 23rd January 2013. Total 36 participants from 20 organizations from 18 Asian Countries participated in this annual event. Use of IT tools in IVS program, promotion of national volunteers, exchange sharing from different INGOs were some of the session conducted during PR summit. The annual meeting was started with a session “Situations of the organisation and countries” to analyze the status of NVDA networking countries. Read the rest of this entry
With a aim to understand and strengthen the partnership between Host Organizations, Host families, volunteers and FSL-India for mutual benefit in the context of ICL through international volunteer program, FSL-India in Kundapur region organized Contact person and Host Family workshop on 13th January 2013 at Hotel Sharon.
The main objectives of the program is;
- To understand the concept of volunteerism in the context of National and International level.
- To understand roles and responsibilities of different partner in LTV program. Read the rest of this entry
Our Art Teacher Mr. Girish V. Acharya hails from a small village called Vakwady near Kundapur where. Read the rest of this entry
FSL-India had launched a “Photography competition” in June 2012. Inspired by the “The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”, the theme for the Month was “Cultural Diversity”( The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 May the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better)
The competition was open to all Staff members of FSL-India. We received quite a few entries and the Staff members selected the winner. Read the rest of this entry
FSL-India organized Winter Camp at Sevalaya, Chennai for duration of two
weeks from 9th to 19th October 2012. There were 18 German volunteers in
the camp who participated in various activities such as construction of pathway from the entrance to main school building which is 140 meters. They painted 24 Black Boards at Sevalaya and drew pictures of vegetables, animals and flowers in three kindergartens.
Volunteers also participated in agriculture activities such as kitchen garden, banana plantation and cleaning work. General Cleaning Day was observed with the participation of school children. Read the rest of this entry
I visited 6 villages on 15th September where Model Village Project is being implemented by FSL-India. It was one day “Cross Monitoring” visit. Cross monitoring visit is the official visit undertaken by an officer or coordinator from across projects with an objective to ‘learn and contribute for improvement of the project intervention. Here are my observations.
Green Initiative: Since my primary responsibility is in the domain of Long Term Volunteering program, I presumed that visibility of result or measurable impact could not be captured within a short span of time. However, in the MVP, I could see lots of physical exertion of FSL-India team for the community. Everywhere I could see the green shadow plants grown tall and high. Read the rest of this entry
In September, the HBP Team of FSL-India organised series of Beach Walk and Rally in and around Kundapur Taluk of Udupi District. The most prominent among these is the one that was organised at Navunda village. HBP Team of FSL-India invited school children of Navunda Primary School for beach walk with a view to creating awareness among community people about Sea-Turtle conservation. A total of 35 children, teachers from Government Primary School of Navunda participated in beach walk and rally.
On the 9th September international volunteers of FSL-India could reach out to the people of Kundapura. Every year a local youth club known as JCI organizes varieties of cultural program. But this year’s event had a special feature and an attraction to the audience as the international volunteers of FSL-India too participated in the cultural program. From 9th to 15th September people of Kundapur witnessed the celebration of different culture events.
Every year many youth organizations in and around Kundapur participate in this event and perform cultural events. This year the volunteers of FSL-India received a special invitation by JCI. Volunteers based at Kundapur and FSL-India staff jointly could make a splendid stage-show performance. FSL-India team performed one song in many languages including Kannada, and English song “don’t worry be happy” dance by a German volunteer, juggling which is finest instances of inter-cultural learning and sharing. The exiting audience indeed loved FSL-India’s performance.
The role-play was a short skit about environment awareness giving message about negative impacts of deforestation. All the events performed by young international volunteers were like fulfilling performance. All the events made everyone so engrossed. What is enthralling is the profound sense of appreciation and reverence the international volunteers exhibited in learning Indian art and culture.
And it is time to say goodbye to the German High School Students who were on six week student exchange program in India………………..
The five German students: Niklas Bauer, Robert Benedikt Jurges, Hecker Miriam Alexandra, Johannes Kolb and Larisa Susan Franzke arrived in India on 16th July for the student exchange program. Having participated in a brief orientation facilitated by FSL-India team, the five German Students left for their respective Host Families and Host Schools. With lots of curiosity and quest to learn from their Indian counterparts the five German students commenced their student exchange program.
July 23 was the first-day at school. There was an overwhelming response from the Indian hosts. All the four schools where they had their scholastic, co-scholastic and inter-cultural learning, organised ceremonial reception in honour of these German students. Although one of them had to plan for an early return to Germany due to health reason, four of them with full of excitement and enthusiasm successfully completed the six-week student exchange program.
It was 4th September 2012, the last day at the school and host families. The student community along with the staff and management of each school organised a ceremonial send-off. With a view to learning from the experience gained, FSL-India organised an informal evaluation session. Indian education system, experience in the host school and host families, inter-cultural learning and support provided by FSL-India were the topics for deliberation. Facilitated by the Director of FSL-India, four students participated in the evaluation and expressed their view points.
On completion of the evaluation session, FSL-India organised a tea-party and bade farewell to the German students on 8th September. The good thing about the goodbye was that, the members of host families and the buddies joined FSL-India team to bid farewell to the German students. “German students will leave with Indian parents and Indian students will leave with German parents”. Similarly “German students will study in Indian Schools and Indian students will study in German schools”. This has come to a reality. German students have completed their mission. Now it is the time for the Indian students to experience the same. This is only a humble beginning ……the journey is just set in and will continue in the days to come. Although long way to realise global community and global family is not far off……