It has always been a pleasure for me to work with FSL-India. 1 ½ years ago, the first meeting with the FSL-India team happened. I was selected by them as an outbound participant to participate in the Weltwaerts program, which was happening in Germany. From that time on, whenever I get an opportunity to work with them, I hold it tightly.
Dreaming about living in a new and different country is always a dream for many. When I got such an opportunity from FSL-India it was a dream come true. The programs they offer are really amazing and worthwhile.
The world is magical and if you look properly, there is magic happening everywhere around you. The Land of the West has always seemed mystical and untouchable to me. It is this mystical element that drew me towards it.
When there is no language to communicate and no prior experiences with the environment or people, how will we create healthy relationships with people? I wanted to know the answer to my question. That is why I decided to move to France without learning French. Fortunately, in the organisation where I work, only a few people understand English. So it is a perfect opportunity for the experiment for myself.
From 27th November until today, it has been so phenomenal. Each day had its own ups and downs.
The past one month has been an interesting experience since we have slowly started welcoming winter and also getting ready for Christmas.
Solidarité Jeunesse France organized a work camp at La Fai, Veynes in the Alps Region in South France from 25th September-15th October 2017. The theme of the work camp was ‘Save Buëch river through environmental sustainability’.
My journey to accomplish one of my bucket lists began when Rahul and Julien from FSL interviewed me for training and volunteering in Le Creneau, Solidarites Jeunnesses, France. I was present for the interview as if I was going to attend a board-meeting whereas the interviewers were dressed casually. This changed my perspective and made me understand that volunteering is serious work being casual. The interview was fun and went on pretty well.
I am writing this with my almost three months of experience with SJ in La maison des bateleurs.
This is my first time writing a blog about my life and sometimes it feels so overwhelming when you can measure your life in stories as it passes by. Right now I’m volunteering in a little village in the central-eastern part of France called Beaumotte-Aubertans, with a mere population of 300 habitants (And I haven’t even seen a dozen of them), exactly the number of people residing in a building near my house in India. I will try my best to express my observations and feelings honestly in writing and sometimes a pinch of exaggeration may be present to flavour my visuals into words. So, here goes!
For the 4th time in 18 months, the Youth Development Program interviened in the Lalbagh park during its flower show, on January 25th and 26th.
The Keep lalbagh Clean aims at rising awareness about the littering problem Bangalore is facing. This year, more than 1500 participants joined the YDP-Bangalore team of 60 volunteers and we collected more than 8.000 litres of trash in the Park. An estimated 90.000 visitors heard our message of concern and got the chance to reflect on their habit to fill-up the city with their personal trash.
A more detailed activity report about this action will be available soon. Thank you so much to all the courageous volunteers who joined us during these two days.
After the news of FSL India’s long term volunteer in germany, Sony, we will follow the adventures of Jai, from Bangalore. He joined FSL in mid 2013 as a local volunteer for a workcamp and was later accepted to represent India in a year-long project in France, in the regional delegation of our partner Solidarités Jeunesses.
After a lot of difficulties to have all the administration in order, he finally flew mid October for his Voluntary Service. Here are his first impressions.
” This is my first time writing a blog about my life and sometimes it feels so overwhelming when you can measure your life in stories as it passes by. Right now I’m volunteering in a little village in the central-eastern part of France called Beaumotte-Aubertans, with a mere population of 300 habitants (And I haven’t even seen a dozen of them), exactly the number of people residing in a building near my house in India. I will try my best to express my observations and feelings honestly in writing and sometimes a pinch of exaggeration may be present to flavour my visuals into words. So, here goes! Read the rest of this entry
The WeltWaerts programme was initiated in 2008 by the BMZ, the German ministry of development, to facilitate the access to Development and International Cooperation jobs to German youth through a first field experience in NGOs. It is fundamentally a budget line of the ministry that cover all the expenses of these volunteers to participate to Development projects in “South Countries”. FSL India has received about 500 German volunteers in its projects in India since then. Since 2014, this programmes has become bilateral, meaning that volunteers from “south countries” can receive a full financial support to participate to local development projects in Germany. Being highly involved in this programme as a hosting organisation, FSL India have been selected by one of our German partner, IJGD, as the first Indian organisation to participate to this new “South-North” Weltwaerts. We have selected the best possible volunteer for this delicate mission. Her name is Singh, Sony Singh.