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Hi all, greetings from FSL India’s Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Kundapur!
During the month of March, two of our long-term volunteering (LTV) department’s staff members; Shobha Vaz and Aravind Thunga, attended the 5th Weltwaerts Staff Workshop in Hamburg, Germany. The workshop lasted for five days and was sponsored by the BMZ Ministry and organized by AFS-Germany.
Attending the workshop were 19 partners from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe to celebrate the 5th year of the Weltwaerts programme, discuss the South-North programme, insurance, safety and more. In addition, participants also had a chance to visit the city.
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……
FSL-India organised two-day get together for German Students at Coorg on 31 July and 1 August 2012. Hosted for the first time in collaboration with AFS Germany, six months duration High School Student Exchange Program is one of its kind through which FSL-India attempts to engage the students of two countries for academic as well as inter-cultural learning and perspective building for a better world tomorrow. Having spent almost two weeks with their respective Indian Host Families and their peers at Indian Schools, the German students took their time off to share and learn from their experience.
While four out five – Niklas Bauer, Hecker Miriam Alexandra, Johannes Kolb and Larisa Susan Franzke participated in the two-day exercise, Robert Benedikt Jurges had to decline due to health reasons.
It was also time for FSL-India to evaluate and get first-hand information from the German students regarding the accompaniment process and find out if any additional support is required for their study and inter-cultural exposure. Mr. Rohan D’Souza and Mr. Daya jointly evaluated the progress. Highlights of cultural challenges and how they managed to overcome them, different system of school education vis-à-vis Germany versus India were the major subjects for deliberation. What is worth mention here is that the positive approach the students have towards the issues and challenges that each one came across.
Indeed German students had lots of fun. They visited Abbi Water Falls, walked around Coorg and spent time in shopping. They also enjoyed the Barbeque. Still there is one month to go. It is expected that these German students will have a lot to share with us and in reciprocity will learn from India during their stay in India.
German student will go to Indian School and Indian student will go to the German school!
Indeed a phenomenal upshot worth sharing. FSL-India kicked-off the First High School Student Exchange Program on 16th July 2012 by hosting 5 five German students for a six-week duration. Although the number looks miniature but certainly a step for a great vision to be realised in the days to come. Apparently it is one of the much awaited and long cherished desires of FSL-India – a dream that has been translated into a reality.
Having engaged in series of deliberation that followed systematic and meticulous planning with AFS Germany, FSL-India eventually succeeded in adding a new dimension to its program for the young students.
The process began with the visit of Director of FSL-India to AFS Germany in early October 2011. Later in April 2012, a four-member team of AFS Germany namely Felix Jawinski, Tanja Mohr, Mari Anne and Laura Wagner visited FSL-India to make a feasibility study. The experienced gained in this combined effort culminated in launching the pilot phase with a hope for a gradual up-scaling.
The five German students currently being hosted are: Niklas Bauer, Robert Benedikt Jurges, Hecker Miriam Alexandra, Johannes Kolb and Larisa Susan Franzke who arrived on 16th July for the student exchange program. After a ceremonial welcome organised by FSL-India team, the five German students were led into a brief orientation and given input on culture, Indian lifestyle and Indian system of education. After a three-day of intensive orientation, with a blend of excitement and anxiety, the German students left for their respective Host Families.
While Niklas Bauer, Robert Benedikt Jurges and Hecker Miriam Alexandra are placed at Pragathi Vidyanikethan High School, The Home School and Sree Venkateshwara English Primary and High School; Johannes Kolb and Larisa Susan Franzeke are placed at The Little Flower School at Karkal near Kundapur.
July 23 was the first-day at school for Niklas Bauer, Robert Benedikt Jurges and Hecker Miriam Alexandra. All the three Host Schools organised ceremonial reception in honour of German students. With full of excitement and enthusiasm to learn from and learn together with Indian students, all three of them delivered their maiden speech. While doing so they introduced themselves and expressed their expectation from the student exchange program. During the school assembly Hecker Miriam Alexandra could recite few sentences in Kannada (local language) and addressed the school assembly. The student community gave a big round of applaud to Miriam for this little gesture and welcomed her with garlands. On 24th July the students and staff of The Little Flower School also broke into rapturous applause and welcomed Johannes Kolb and Larisa Susan Franzeke.
That is how the German students were honoured and experienced the breath-taking culture of hospitality extended by their Indian counterpart. In reciprocal the Indian students will visit German school in April and May 2013. This is only the humbling beginning. Let’s watch and see what emanates from this collective and composite dialogue by the Indo-German students.