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Few of my firsts as a volunteer!

Few of my firsts as a volunteer!

In this article I will describe some of my experiences and learnings from the first four weeks of my stay as a volunteer. Below I will drag the key of my first experiences when it comes to: Host family stays CREDIT I – projects Darasa Festival – Mysore I landed in Bangalore on the 14th of September 2022. FSL coordinator Manjunath met me at the Airport and followed me to Hunsur, where I was warmly welcomed by my first host…

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Virtual Cultural Exchange Program: Different is Beautiful 2021

Virtual Cultural Exchange Program: Different is Beautiful 2021

IVS (International Voluntary service) – a movement that FSL India follows to promote peace, understanding and service through intercultural programs allows youth from different cultures and backgrounds to connect, experience, share, learn from each other and work with each other physically. Due to the pandemic and the restrictions that it has caused FSL India has continued to promote the IVS Motive and vision through conducting Virtual exchange programs that encourage Personal Social Responsibility. We are happy to share with you…

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Volunteering in Germany – an unexpected and unimaginable experience: Canute John D’Souza, FSL-India’s Outbound volunteer

Volunteering in Germany – an unexpected and unimaginable experience: Canute John D’Souza, FSL-India’s Outbound volunteer

After having worked at a German language and cultural institute, working with German teachers and interns, while also simultaneously learning the language, for a total of close to 4 years, it only made sense for me to go to Germany to be in the country that I was working for and also virtually surrounding myself with. The most practical option I found was an international volunteering project. Working for a social cause was something that I was always keen on,…

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July GTG

July GTG

         On the 17th and 18th of July, a monthly get-together (GTG) took place in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu. Eight volunteers and four FSL-India staff members attended this GTG.             Participants visited Mundakabati village and planted saplings in a playground. They also interacted with the inhabitants. Volunteers also had a chance to have one-on-one talks with their coordinators.

LTV Orientation

LTV Orientation

      July’s monthly long-term volunteers (LTV) orientation took place from the 5th of July to the 9th of July in Bangalore. Seven LTVs attended the orientation that was facilitated by ten FSL-India staff members. The volunteers hailed from France, the Netherlands, Japan and Germany.       Amongst several activities, the volunteers also gave country presentations at a government school, had language and yoga classes, understood their roles and responsibilities as a volunteer and more.

Volunteer’s voice – Sarah

Volunteer’s voice – Sarah

      Sarak Keamper, a long-term volunteer (LTV) from Germany has been volunteering at SINAM since September 2013. SINAM is a non-profit organization in the Tiruvannamala District working with poor and destitute children, promoting the welfare of differently abled people, underprivileged women, unorganized and marginalized labourers, widows, Dailits and people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Following is a testimonial of her thoughts and experiences.         “To empower women in India, a lot can be done. One way is…

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Testimonial on Nadine

Testimonial on Nadine

      Following is a testimonial about long-term volunteer (LTV) Nadine from Germany, who has been volunteering at Gnanodaya High School in Chennai. Rubini, her coordinator, writes to us about Nadine’s experiences.        “I don’t know how to start the article because I have lot to say about this volunteer Nadine. She is the most amazing volunteer that I have met in my career. Nadine did lot of good work in the project. She was working with…

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Orientation of the 13th Happy Move Camp

Orientation of the 13th Happy Move Camp

      The Orientation of the 13th Happy Move Camp (scheduled between 20th – 31st July 2014) was conducted for       Graduate Engineering Trainees (GETs) of Hyundai on the 8th of July in the training centre of Hyundai Motors India, Irungattukottai, Sriperumbudur Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu.  Three members of our Chennai team facilitated the orientation for 18 participants with the coordination of Mr. Sridhar from Hyundai.       During the session, the Chennai team introduced…

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My Journey Towards Promoting the Importance of Sanitation to Children through Puppetry

My Journey Towards Promoting the Importance of Sanitation to Children through Puppetry

      Margaux, a long-term volunteer (LTV) writes to us again about an awareness raising activity on sanitation she has been carrying out for children in the Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu.        “On 17th June 2014, I (Ms. Margaux, LTV volunteer working in Water and Sanitation with FSL-India) continued my journey towards promoting good hygienic methods towards achieving better sanitary conditions among children in Panchayat Union Primary School in Thenneri, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu.    …

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The Journey of a Plastic Bag

The Journey of a Plastic Bag

      Margaux, a long-term volunteer (LTV) working in Tamil Nadu writes to us about her experience during World Environment Day.        “I am Ms. Margaux from France, volunteering in the Model Village Project (MVP).  On 5th June, the day began as “World Environment Day“.  We (I and the FSL-India Chennai team) planned a puppetry session for the primary school children of the age group between 8 10 years in Panchayat Union Primary School, Thenneri, Kancheepuram District….

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