Daily life of a Volunteer – the morning countdown of Ben

Daily life of a Volunteer – the morning countdown of Ben

1 hour, 15 minutes left. My phone rings. I open my eyes, switch off the alarm clock, try to wake up, but fail and fall asleep again. After a few minutes I wake up again and see the time. 1 hour left. After panicking, I rush downstairs to my host family, recognizing I should have been there earlier. Nevertheless, my host father greets me friendly in the hall and we talk a bit. Usually, I go to the kitchen then….

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My time in India

My time in India

Hi, my name is Magdalene Petrasch and I am on my volunteering experience in India. Sun, culture and work – these three keywords describe my time in India. I live in Pondicherry, a beautiful city which is on the east coast of southern India. Here I spend my time with impressive moments. Through my work in the Community Seva Center and the associated company of my colleagues, I get to know a small piece of Indian culture. Working with women and…

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My Volunteering Experience in India

My Volunteering Experience in India

My name is Johann. I have been in India for about 3 months. And during this time, I got to know the Indian culture a little bit and got an experience how my everyday volunteering life is like, doing agriculture work. Since this place (Alangar, Moodbidri) is so different from the place I live in Germany, I had the idea that my parents Max and Sigrid could visit me here to first take some vacation together by visiting other places…

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Discovering Growth through VolunteeringMy Journey in Berlin’s Enchanting Project with Kita

Discovering Growth through VolunteeringMy Journey in Berlin’s Enchanting Project with Kita

When I set out on this adventure with IJGD and FSL-India, I never imagined the incredible experiences awaiting me in the heart of Berlin. Each day became a new chapter in my story, filled with learning and unexpected discoveries that shaped who I am today. At the start, I was eager but unsure, ready to jump into something entirely new. Challenges popped up along the way, but I quickly learned they were opportunities in disguise. Berlin isn’t just a place…

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My Experience at Varanashi Farms

My Experience at Varanashi Farms

Hello, I am Charlotte, I´m 18 and I have been in India for the past 3 months. In total I am here for 11 months, all of which I will spend on the Varanashi Farms. The farm is situated in Adyanadka, a small village in the south of Karnataka, right on the border to Kerala. I am living together with 3 other volunteers in a small hut on the farm. Every hut here has a name, and all the names…

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Embracing Diversity and Challenges

Embracing Diversity and Challenges

My Transformative Year of Volunteering in Germany My volunteering journey commenced with a decision to contribute to the Clean Kundapura Project (CKP), a local youth group dedicated to maintaining the cleanliness and safety of beaches, works for Sea Turtle conservation and does tree-plantation and blood-donation drives in Kundapura, my hometown in India. Through CKP, I collaborated with diverse organizations such as FSL India, Reef Watch India, and the Indian Red Cross, engaging in various projects. Post-graduation, I stumbled upon a…

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My Volunteering Experience with FSL India

My Volunteering Experience with FSL India

I’m Johann, and I am 20 years old. I’m in Pondicherry, India with FSL India for my volunteering experience. In September 2023, I landed in India with two other volunteers. Immediately after arriving in Kundapur, we were taken to a party where we were warmly welcomed. In general, you can say that most of the Indians I have met so far have been very friendly and helpful. I was placed in a project close to Pondicherry, together with one more…

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My life Working in an Orphanage

My life Working in an Orphanage

I still vividly remember the day I came to India. Nine months ago, packed with mixed emotions, sadness to leave everything and everyone that felt like home behind, but also with a lot of excitement, curiosity, some fears, and some hopes about what was to come. The arrival camp in Kundapur was an important step between landing in India and starting to work at my project place. Besides, learning the absolute basics of the language and getting some helpful information,…

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Washroom Facility for Mental Health Patients of NIMHANS

Washroom Facility for Mental Health Patients of NIMHANS

FSL India embarked on implementing a need-based project to provide Washroom Facility for Mental Health Patients of National Institute of Mental Health and Nuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. With the funding support of Bosch India, the project primarily envisaged to address the need for improved toilet and shower facilities for the patients affected by mental health issues and illness. Our approach involved a thorough understanding of the behavioral and learning capabilities of these patients. It was also important for us to understand…

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My Experience with Sri Chayadevi Anathashrama, a Children’s Home

My Experience with Sri Chayadevi Anathashrama, a Children’s Home

Hello, I’m Emma, ​​I’m 19 years old and I’m in India as a volunteer for a year. I have been here for three months and live in Mysore. There I work at Sri Chayadevi Anath ashrama, a children’s home. \ On the train I was once asked if I could name something that India and Germany had in common and even after thinking about it for a long time, I couldn’t think of anything. Because everything is different. And that’s…

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