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FSL India participated in the 9th General Assembly and Annual Training Program of Network for Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA). FSL India being one of the network organisations of NVDA participated in the event and contributed its part in all the deliberations which was organised between 1st February and 10th February 2012. The program was organized by NVDA and hosted by RUCHI Organization in their campus at Bandh village, Himachal Pradesh. A total of 36 participants from 20 organization representing 14 countries participated in the program.
Mr. C. Doreswamy the Joint Director represented FSL India in the 9th General Assembly of NVDA. On the First day he participated in the work camp and field visit organized by RUCHI to study the integrated program. Following this event he made presentation about FSL India’s work to the participants. Having participated in the work camp activity, he also participated in the workshop which was organized on conducting impact study and assessment of volunteering service which was facilitated by Dr. Arun Chandran. He also represented FSL India in the Networking/ Bilateral talks with different organizations.
The General Assembly of NVDA started on 8th February where all the discussions were focused on the Goals of NVDA for 2012-13. The major topics dealt were impact recognition, starting program in new countries, quality improvement, initiating of common actions, launching of new projects and increasing NVDA membership among like-minded organisations. Annual report of NVDA was presented and discussion was held. The members also discussed on upcoming proposals to be undertaken by NVDA in collaboration with its member organisations. Later the members were divided into three groups to discuss on future common actions such as Tanabata Action Plan and Eco Sponge Promotion.
On 8th February discussion was held on EC Proposal which was later approved by the members. The members decided to register NVDA so as to channelize grants from government. New executive committee would decide where and how to register. Having a permanent office and staff were also approved by the members. NVDA will set up the office in Hanoi, Vietnam from February 2012. The members decided to conduct a study on impact created by five organizations in ASIA through volunteering service. Annual general election was also held and new executive community was constituted. On 9th February two groups were formed to discuss on group work camp and weekend work camp. Mr. Kai explained about the Pilot Asian Voluntary Service.
“Goodbye until we meet again” was the message conveyed by FSL India family to one and all who participated in the 3rd GLMTV Conference. Having engaged in a three-day intensive deliberation, the GLMTV delegates paid a visit to two projects such as ACCEPT Society and Sparsha Trust in the suburb of Bangalore as part of the exposure. The participants interacted with the staff, board of directors and the children of these two projects. “It was an amazing experience”- was the message expressed by each of the delegates of 3rd GLMTV conference. The staff of these projects appraised the participants on how the FSL India volunteers hailing from various countries create an impact and contribute towards the overall development of the organisations and wellbeing of the beneficiaries.
As it was time to say goodbye to the participants of 3rd GLMTV Conference, FSL India organised a brief valedictory session. The children and staff of these two organisations also participated to bid a very affectionate farewell to the participants. Children performed varieties of cultural events such as patriotic and folk song and dance in honour of the participants GLMTV Conference. Everybody was thrilled and enjoyed every bit moment with children in dancing and singing.
The three-day 3rd GLMTV Conference was concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Arvind. FSL India once again wishes to thank NVDA, CCIVS and ALLIANCE for assigning the responsibility to host 3rd GLMTV Conference. It was indeed an enriching and edifying experience to host an international event. The President and Director of FSL India express good wishes and bid affectionate farewell to the participants of 3rd GLMTV Conference.
In its quest for ensuring excellence and continuous improvement in quality of LMTV projects, the participants of 3rd GLMTV Conference continued to share among themselves the know-how and experience in facilitating LMTV project. The members through group work, brainstorm and collective deliberation made efforts to develop standards and action plans, establish common systems, tools and methodologies to promote Long/Mid Term volunteers exchange across the world.
As per the schedule on 12th February 2012, the participants deliberated on issues such as common working way (Brainstorming, Case study, Workshop), global minimum standards, ensuring financial transparency, departure and evaluation, issues pertaining to the dynamics of intercultural misunderstanding, pre-departure training, mentoring, conflict management and risk management in facilitating LMTV are the major points of discussion. FSL India being the host organisation actively participated and contributed its part in the thinking process by sharing the best practices in facilitating LMTV programs.
From the public relation point of view which is one of the agenda point, the participants are asked to do a self-evaluation. Each organisation revisited their presentation during the special forum and self-evaluated the good and limitations of their previous presentation. Each organisation had the chance to learn from another. Different strategies and methodologies used by the participant organisations in promoting public relation and advocacy campaign were shared by the participant. Social, print and electronic media, personal appeal, blog, newsletter, network promotion etc. are prominent tools widely practised and shared by the international volunteering organisations. To be more effective in LMTV projects, logical framework approach with SMART indicators can be used for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the LMTV projects. One must clearly specify overall objectives, input, output/outcome, and effect/impact indicators. Participants also had bilateral talk to shared inforation and collaborative action plan that will be implemented in the days to come.
The agenda for 13th February are: 1) presentation of promotion plans (group work), non-writing evaluation/impact, evaluation form of hosts/ impact, plenary and evaluation of Global LMTV conference. The participants also tentatively chalked out plan of action for the year 2013. Until the forenoon session the participants deliberated on these issues and visited ACCEPT Society and Sama Foundation as part of exposure visit.
The 3rd GLMTV Conference is one such platform for the international voluntary organisations to deliberate on various aspects of promoting local and internal volunteerism. Improving qualities of LMTV projects, share know-how and experience, develop standards and action plans, establish common systems, tools and methodologies to promote Long/Mid Term volunteers exchange across the world and develop new partnership to promote international volunteerism are the central themes for collective discourse of the 3rd GLMTV Conference. A total of twenty-five delegates from thirteen international voluntary organisations across Asia and European countries participated in this event.
As soon as ceremonial reception was organised by FSL India, the workshop started. The important points for workshop and deliberation for the first day are: 1) articulation of expectations and fears, 2) common tools for promoting LMTV projects, 3) group work on evaluating and improving the tools – info sheets, volunteer exchange and evaluation formats, 4) impact and statistics of LMTV projects, 5) measurement of impacted created in LMTV projects, 6) presentation and sharing of impact with other stakeholders, and 7) maximization of positive impact and minimization of negative impact created through LMTV projects.
The important event of the first day was special forum for which youth, social workers, NGO delegates, academicians and media from Bangalore were invited. Door Darshan which is the largest public broadcasting corporation made coverage on the special forum. All thirteen organisations of the GLMTV conference made presentations and shared with the audience on the long term and mind term volunteering projects and impact created in their respective countries. The following International Organisations made the presentations during the special forum are: 1) Friendship Foundation, Nepal, 2) FSL India, 3) IIWC- Indonesia, 4) IWO – South Korea, 5) NICE Japan, 6) SJ France, 7) SJ Vietnam, 8 ) FP Vietnam, 9) CI Spain, 10) Volunteers Initiative Nepal, 11) VolTra Hongkong, 12) VYA, Taiwan and 13) OWA Poland.
Mr. Rohan D’Souza the director of FSL India in his welcome address specified the importance of the GLMTV conference and how the event is going to impact the global volunteers. Mr. Rakesh S. Soans the President of FSL India addressed the media and later the participants of GLMTV conference. In his address he mentioned that it is a rare opportunity for FSL India to host such international event in the tenth year of its existence and facilitating filed services and inter cultural learning engaging local and global volunteers. He further stated that as this global event is hosted first time in India, the Indian youth will be greatly impacted and immensely benefited from the global volunteering program.
Mr. Kai the founding president of NVDA also addressed the audience and expected that the conference would impact the quality of facilitating volunteer service and improve the LMTV project across the world. Prof. Raja Shekhar also participated in the special forum and addressed the participants. He appreciated the efforts of the international organisations and the delegates of the 3rd GLMTV Conference in contributing to education, health, environment and socio-economic development projects. He further emphasised the importance of inter-cultural dimension of volunteering program by which not only one shares and learns from other’s culture but also gets to know more about one’s own culture.
The 3rd Global LMTV (Long/ Middle Term Voluntary Service) Conference kick started on 11th February 2012 at Nava Spoorthi Kendra, Bangalore. As FSL India completes ten years of its existence in facilitating youth volunteering for field services and inter-cultural learning, it is a rare opportunity to host GLMTV conference for the international partners.
Playing the perfect host is an integral part of the Indian culture and tradition. FSL India being the host organisation welcomed the delegates with a typical Indian style. GLMTV started with welcome and inaugural function. After a brief welcome address by Mr. Rohan D’Souza the Director of FSL India, The FSL team ceremonially extended hearty and cordial welcome to the participants by performing Arati, application of Tilak and offering Garland. Arati which signifies a guest is peripheral to Godhead or divinity, FSL India team performed this with a symbolic gesture of expressing respect and reverence to the participants. As Tilak invokes a feeling of sanctity, FSL India team applied on the forehead of each participant with a symbolic gesture of wishing the participants that the pious feeling may pervade all activities during the three-day conference. As part of showcasing happiness at receiving and public acknowledgement of the international participants, FSL India team offered garlands.
The participants self-introduced and articulated the each one’s expectation and fear. In a brief introductory note, Mr. Kai the Founder President of NVDA re-emphasised the objective of the conference. He stated that this conference envisages to improving qualities of LMTV projects, share know-how and experience, develop standards and action plans, establish common systems, tools and methodologies to promote Long/Mid Term volunteers exchange across the world and develop new partnership to promote international volunteerism.
FSL India is hosting the 3rd Global LMTV (Long/ Middle Term Voluntary Service) Conference in Bangalore. The program is scheduled for 10th to 14th February 2012. The program is jointly organised by FSL India, Network for Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS-UNESCO) and Alliance. Altogether 27 participants from 18 IVS (International Voluntary Service) organisations from Asia and Europe would participate and deliberate on various aspects of prompting youth mobility and volunteering service. The objective of the program is to improve qualities of LMTV projects, share know-how and experiences, develop standards and action plans, establish common systems, tools and methodologies to promote Long/Mid Term volunteers exchange across the world and develop new partnership promote international volunteerism.
FSL India being an international youth voluntary organization is celebrating its 10th Anniversary which coincides with the 10th year Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers 2011. We are privileged to host the GLMTV conference in this special year. The management and staff of FSL India welcome the delegates of the 3rd Global LMTV Conference.