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CEL, a great place to stay!

CEL, a great place to stay!

Hi all, greetings from FSL India’s Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Kundapur!

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Construction/Environment/Tibetan Culture in Dharamshala

Construction/Environment/Tibetan Culture in Dharamshala

 

 

      Wall painting From the 3rd of March to the 23rd of March, we had two volunteers from the United States participate in a Construction/Environment/Tibetan Culture themed workcamp in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Even though it was a small group, our two team leaders aided the two international volunteers to achieve satisfaction and fulfilment that they sought through volunteerism.They actively took part in various activities including painting a school wall and black board, and educational drawing at Dharamkot Government Primary School.

        Clean-up activities with school children

      The two motivated volunteers conducted sessions on health and hygiene awareness to the school children, and almost 40 children benefited from this activity. The volunteers also cleaned an open field located in McLeodganj along with the staff from a local NGO called Waste Warriors, with an aim to promote awareness among the local community in keeping their surroundings clean.

     

   

Visit to Tibetan museum

         

      As part of their inter-cultural learning, the volunteers had the opportunity to interact with Tibetan monks. They also took part in a Tibetan cooking session. Although the volunteers were busy doing all of these activities, they had just enough spare time at the end of their stay to take part in a site seeing excursion to a Hindu temple, Baghsu waterfalls, Dalai Lama Temple, the Tibet Museum, and the Tibetan Children’s Village community. The volunteers also did a presentation about their country traditions and cultural aspects for the school children. 

Education/Environment/Renovation/Children workcamp in Kundapura

Education/Environment/Renovation/Children workcamp in Kundapura

      A second workcamp (WC) took place in Kundapura, Karnataka in the month of February. Its theme was Education/Environment/Renovation/Children. Attending this WC were seven international volunteers, one national volunteer and two WC team leaders.

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      Volunteers worked at a government school and constructed hand washing sinks, painted two classrooms and taught students basic English, Maths, sports and environmental issues such as pollution and conservation. Over a 100 children benefited from the activities of this WC.

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      Volunteers also had the chance to spend time with an Indian family to understand the culture, beliefs and values. They took part in a south Indian cooking session and visited local attractions.

Sea-turtle conservation and environment workcamp in Kundapura

Sea-turtle conservation and environment workcamp in Kundapura

           A sea turtle conservation/environment themed workcamp (WC) took place in Kundapura, Karnataka in the month of February 2014. Attending were two international volunteers, one national volunteer and one team leader.

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        Participants built a sea-turtle information center in Kodi beach and raised awareness to the fishermen community on the importance of sea-turtle conservation. Volunteers also put on a puppet-show in Berary Primary School for 60 children, spreading the same idea of sea-turtle conservation. As part of the inter-cultural activities, volunteers interacted with local families, went on a boat ride in the backwaters, visited temples and more.

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Sea-turtle conservation work camp in Kundapura

Sea-turtle conservation work camp in Kundapura

      In the month of January, our work camp team leader, Deepak Poojary, led a sea-turtle conservation and environment themed work camp in Kundapura. Joining the team were three international volunteers from South Korea and one national volunteer.

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      Their activities included an awareness raising programme on sea-turtle conservation for school children and the fishermen community, as well as building a Turtle Information Centre. Volunteers also had the chance to visit local temples and go on a boat trip. 

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Organic farming/ environment work camp in Pondicherry

Organic farming/ environment work camp in Pondicherry

 

    During the month of January 2014, two of our work camp team leaders; Sandesh and Vinoth, led an organic farming and environment themed work camp in Pondicherry. Attending this work camp were five volunteers from three different countries; the Netherlands, South Korea and India.

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    The work camp participants collaborated with the Center for Environment and Agricultural Development (CEAD) in a vermicompost activity during which the volunteers learned about vermiflitration, vermiwash and the process of vermicompost. In working with the local community, the two sides shared and exchanged their cultural practices and values.

       

 

 

 

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    In addition, because the volunteers were in Pondicherry during an important harvest festival celebrated in South India called Pongal, they had the opportunity to take part in the celebrations with members of an old-age home. They also had a chance to visit the beach, and watch a Tollywood (Tamil Nadu’s film industry) film at a cinema. 

Work Camp Updates (July 2012)

Work Camp Updates (July 2012)

Yoga / Ayurveda / Culture (Kerala – 2nd to 22nd July -2012)

 

Number of Volunteers: 19

 

Camp Activities: Volunteers attended Yoga Class every day from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. They were also involved with painting and conducting games with the children in Special school. The special attraction of the camp was the sessions on Ayurveda for volunteers. Volunteers also engaged in activities at the Dayaniketan Orphanage. They had activities with the kids of the Marian Centre for the mentally challenged.

 

Inter-cultural Learning: As part of the inter-cultural exposures, volunteers visited Muthappan Temple, and watched the Teyyam dance. They learnt about Indian cooking during a visit to an Indian family and participated in country presentation. The other visits included the Snake Park, Toddy (local alcohol) collection centre and Kallari Payat (Martial Arts) School.

 

 

Tibetan Culture / Renovation (Dharamsala – 9th to 29th July)

 

Number of Volunteers: 21

 

Camp Activities:  As part of the camp activities volunteer participated in school wall painting, construction and renovation work and organised fun activities with the school children.

 

Inter-cultural Learning: As part of inter-cultural learning volunteers spent a good deal of their time in interacting with Tibetan Monks. They also had Tibetan cooking session, visited a Hindu temple and waterfalls, visit to Main Dalai Lama Temple and museum, Tibetan Art Gallery and Carpet Factory. They enjoyed visiting Tibetan children village and spent time in Four-day trekking at the Himalayas.

 

Social / Rural (Jodhpur-Rajasthan – 2nd to 15th July)

 

Number of Participants: 10

 

Camp Activities:  At Jodhpur camp volunteer participated in cleaning of school premises, did the painting work and educational painting on walls and taught the school kids. They had fun activities with kids and engaged themselves in cleaning and painting, meeting with local youth and women.

Inter-cultural Learning:  In order to get exposure to the inter-cultural dimension, volunteers spent time in visiting Temples and participated in Camel Safari. They also visited Mehramgarh Fort, local market at Ghantagha and participated in country presentation. Additionally they also learnt about Indian cooking.

 

Meditation /Culture/ Kids (2nd July to 15th July – Rishikesh)

 

Number of Participants: 15

 

 Camp Activities:  The volunteers stayed at Sant Seva Ashram and had an enlightening experience of Indian yoga and meditation. Everyday volunteers participated in Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama sessions. The sessions were conducted by a professional yoga teacher. Wall painting, educational drawing and fun  activity with kids in the local government school were the major highlights during the work camp.

 

Inter-cultural Learning:  As part of the inter-cultural learning, volunteers visited the local market, Vittal Ashram, Lakshman Jhoola and Raam Jhoola. They also had trekking for one day in the Himalaya and experienced terrain farming activity in the villages. Henna application thrilled many volunteers. The well-known “Ganga Arati” performed on the banks of the river Ganga was the most enthralling experience for the volunteers.

 

 

Social /Kids (Kundapur -9th to 22nd July 2012)

 

Number of Participants: 18

 

Camp Activities: Two schools (UBMC School and Government Primary School) were selected and volunteers were engaged in Wall painting and  education drawing. In the afternoons, volunteers engaged with the children in “learn with fun” activities where the children were taught English through games.

 

Inter-cultural Learning: It was monsoon at Kundapur and volunteers had the chance to enjoy Paddy Transplanting. A farm visit was organised and the volunteers were involved in “Paddy transplanting” along with the local people. The volunteers then donated rain coats and headgear to the farmers. Other activities involved Henna application, Saree wrapping, Hindu family visit, Indian cooking demonstration, local sight-seeing, visit to Light House, beach, temple visit etc.

 

 

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Work Camp Communicator 

Work Camp Updates (June 2012)

Work Camp Updates (June 2012)

Yoga / Ayurveda / Culture (Kerala – 4th to 24th June 2012)

 

Number of Volunteers: 15

 

Camp Activities: Volunteers attended Yoga Class every day from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. They were also involved with painting and conducting games with the children in Special school. The special attraction of the camp was the sessions on Ayurveda for volunteers. Sessions were conducted at the Parassini Kadava Ayurvedic College.

 

Inter-cultural Learning: As part of the inter-cultural exposures, volunteers visited Muthappan Temple, and watched the Teyyam dance. They learnt about Indian cooking during a visit to an Indian family and participated in country presentation. The other visits included the Snake Park, Toddy (local alcohol) collection centre and Kallari Payat (Martial Arts) School.

 

Social / Kids (Bangalore- 11th to 24th June 2012)

 

Number of Volunteers- 9

 

Camp Activities: Volunteers participated in wall Painting- educational painting- Alphabets, parts of body, numbers, days of week, months of year etc. Volunteers also taught English to the children, participated in a campaign “Marali Shlige – Return to School” to ensure enrolment of children in the school. “

 

Inter-cultural Learning: Volunteers visited Temples. Session on Henna application, how to wear Saree by girls and Dhoti by boys was organised during the camp. Volunteers also watched Bollywood movie show DIL-SE and participated in Indian Cooking demonstration Mrs. Parijata.

 

Tibetan culture/ Renovation (Dharamsala – 4th to 24th June)

 

Total Number of volunteers: 21

 

Camp Activities:  As part of the camp activities volunteer participated in school wall painting, construction and renovation work and organised fun activities with the school children.

 

Inter-cultural Learning: As part of inter-cultural learning volunteers spent a good deal of their time in interacting with Tibetan Monks. They also had Tibetan cooking session, visited a Hindu temple and waterfalls, visit to Main Dalai Lama Temple and museum, Tibetan Art Gallery and Carpet Factory. They enjoyed visiting Tibetan children village and spent time in Four-day trekking at the Himalayas.


Social/ Kids (Kundapura – 4th to 17th June)

 

Number of Volunteers: 6

 

Camp Activities:  Volunteers at Kundapur work camp were engaged in School Wall Painting. They also visited to special school and had interaction with the school children. They conducted some activities with the school children such as teaching English, Mathematics and Health and Hygiene awareness through songs, art, games and painting etc.

 

Inter-cultural Learning: Volunteers during the camp had special session on Henna decoration and local language class. Indian family visit and visit to light house, tile factory and temples area special features inter-cultural learning facilitated during the training. 

 

 

To view the video footage on the work camp in Kerala click on the following web-link

 

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“Thanks for saving us!!”

“Thanks for saving us!!”

The last nest of this year’s sea turtle successfully hatched at Bijadi Hatchery.

This morning(30th March) the last nest relocated in this nesting season hatched and we could see lot of baby turtles tracks heading towards the sea. Beginning of the season was challenging for the sea turtle project because some nests failed completely/partially because of early nesting and heavy rainfall between end of September and mid October.
This year our dedicated team of 6 long term volunteers (Marie, Katherina, Stephanie, Tobias, Yasmine and Naho) along with 21 work campers and 12 local contact persons worked very hard to make every fishermen families aware of the sea turtle conservation and importance of Sea turtles for the Eco system.
Thanks to all the active participants….

En-Joy in France….

En-Joy in France….

We are happy to say that our most experienced team leader/co-ordinator Mr Joy Carvalho participated in a work camp held in France. It is a special camp for restoration of old chapel at Marcy near Lyon. The camp organised by FSL India’s French parter organisation JR for international volunteers. The organisation invited Mr Joy to participate in this camp as a special honour for his extreme work in voluntary service field. He had very good experience with the local community and other international volunteers in his 1 month work camp stay.

Mr Joy is welknown as a “Joogle” for his great knwoldge about travel and tourism. So here this experience is additional to his brilliant knwoldge.