My name is Maximilian Schloesinger and in the following article, I want to speak about my voluntary service in India, which was hosted by the NGO FSL-India. I was prepared and sent to India by the German NGO IJGD. The duration of my service was 12 months, from September 2017 till August 2018. Hence, I participated in a LTV (Long Term Volunteer) program.
Hi I am Jonathan My working project is Sustainable Agriculture at Mount Rosary, Alangar. Mount Rosary is a beautiful ashram, home for the aged and organic farm at the same time.
My experience in India so far, is pretty amazing. I‘m working in a project together with people with mental disabilities. I had no experience in this kind of work and learned so many new, amazing things through my project.
On 1st July, 2018, FSL-India organised a Health Camp with the help of our volunteers, Mrs Mamatha – a local private doctor, and some Government doctors at Yedthadi Tent School, both for the community and the Tent Families.
I am Susanne, staying at the orphanage De Mercede during the summer holidays. I stayed the first 2 months of my volunteer sevice in India here. I got a hearty welcome and the children accepted me from the beginning as their akka (big sister).
Almost every time I told somebody about the weathercock project, I was asked “what is that?”, which is why I want to clarify this point first.
I came to India in September 2017, and will finish it in July 2018. My project is at Sri Chayadevi Anathashrama – an orphanage in Mysore, where 45 children between the ages of 5-18 years live.
I remember when I stood at the bottom of the mountain with not even one idea what would happen in this year. I started my climb up to the beautiful view 9 months ago. When I think back to my first contact with India, I can clearly state that I was shocked by the crowded streets, the dust and the fact that everything was new to me.
While my days here in Mysore are coming to an end, I look back at the last months which have been the best experience of my life. I got to know so many new things, but still it feels like the time flew by.
We stayed at the Orphanage De Mercede during the summer holidays. There were only a few children left and that made it possible for us to get a better insight into the individual life of the kids. Only 7 children stay at the orphanage during the holidays. Normally, there are 96 children in this ashram.
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.