While I sat in the small bus from the airport to the arrival camp of FSL-India, I could see the beautiful nature of South India through the window. In this moment, I found myself wondering if I was really ready for what India would throw at me, all the things that could possibility happen.
176 days – that is the amount of days I already spent in India and it feels like an eternity and like nothing at the time. Every day, I face a thousand new impressions while I found my own daily life.
In August 2017, I came to India along with around 50 other volunteers from American Field Service-Germany and Experiment Germany. I was placed in a project close to Pondicherry, together with one more volunteer.
Although 4 months of my stay in India are still awaiting me, there is only a little time left for me to spend in the project, taking into account the long school holidays in April and May, as well as my personal travel plans. Isn’t it crazy how fast time passes by?
It’s cold outside, the snow has been falling for weeks and I can hear my father walking to our garden to get wood in order to set up the fireplace in our living room. I’m wrapped in my warmest blanket, watching the snow fall outside my window.
Since 05.08.2017, I am in India. The past 5 months have been very exciting. My project is called CEAD. Corina and I are working on a farm.
Do you like India?’ and ‘Do you enjoy your time there?’ are questions that are easy to respond with just a single word: Yes!
Staying abroad makes time pass in a weird way. On the one hand, it feels like I arrived a month ago, just coming out of orientation. On the other hand, I can barely remember my first traveling experience in India – it must have been at least a year ago.
Once a year, FSL-India conducts a work camp for Sea Turtle Conservation (STC). So, for the last 2 weeks, from 15th-28th January, one work camp volunteer, Donghyun Han from South Korea, joined our project.
Last Sunday, we – FSL-India’s CEL staff – were invited by Nazeer, a friend, and supporter of FSL-India, to a marriage. So we went to Maavinakatte to celebrate this blessed event.
More than one year ago, I applied for a social service in India. After a short time, I signed the contract and on 5th August 2017, I arrived in India. I left the airport and my first thought was, “It is cold here!“ Maybe, because we arrived at 3 a.m. in the morning.
My name is Theresa and I am a Weltwaerts volunteer from Germany. Totally, I will stay for 9 months here in India, so that’s a long time, but at the moment, I have the feeling that the time is running too fast and 9 months are too short.
For the last few weeks, the upcoming school trip had been the only topic at my school, Nittur Aided Higher Primary School.