Dette program tilbydes i samarbejde med den indiske organisation FSL og nedenfor kan du læse en beskrivelse af programmet:
Poverty in India is a huge problem. The children of poor families often don’t have the opportunity to attend a government school, because they have to take care of their younger siblings, while the parents are working. The focus of this project is to give these poor children basic education and motivate the parents to send them to a government school.
The volunteers will work in a tent school in the poor villages where the children live. There are two tent schools, where one of them is for children from the state Andhra Pradesh. The children are speaking Telugu, which makes them even more unable to attend a regular school. At the other tent school people are migrants from north Karnataka.
There are between 6 and 25 children in the tent schools in the ages 3-14. The voluntary work consists of teaching basic English and mathematics to the children, conducting creative activities i.e. drawing, handicrafts, dance, songs etc., showing the importance of getting an education, preparing and organizing summer and winter camps, organizing health check-up camps, helping the children with personal health and hygiene i.e. brushing their teeth and washing hands and furthermore the volunteers can take the children on excursions.
The volunteers help the children to get some education and support/comfort, since it creates a routine in the children’s lives. Therefore, the project is of great importance and hopefully many of the children will get the opportunity to attend a government school later.
You will work approximately 2 hours at the tent school each day. The rest of the day you can choose to spend your time preparing coming activities with the children or work on a regular school in afternoons, if that has your interest.
Link to video from the Tent Schools:
Who is FSL?
FSL India (Field Services and Inter-cultural Learning – India) is a youth development organisation focused towards Inter-cultural Learning through Voluntary Services set up to promote Global Understanding by providing opportunities to the youth to work in different cultural contexts to appreciate Inter-cultural learning. Thereby, reducing boundaries and bringing people to work together in harmony by understanding the inter-cultural aspects focusing towards development of people and society through youth mobility and volunteerism. FSL India is a non-profit organization that was founded in the year 2000 and legally incorporated in 2001. It was formed with the support of like-minded national and international organizations with a primary purpose to bring about global transformation, progress and growth through youth exchange programs.
FSL Support System
Orientation: The program will commence with a 3-4 days long orientation, which will prepare you for the rest of your stay in India.
Cultural Event: Once a month, FSL India organizes a cultural event for the volunteers. This is an opportunity to discuss your progress, share your experiences and challenges encountered. This is also a good way to get to know other volunteers.
Monitoring: You will be allocated a coordinator from FSL India on your arrival. The coordinator will support you in your project and monitor the progress during the voluntary service. Your coordinator will (as far as possible) visit the project once a month. You have a close relation to the FSL staff and can at any time contact your coordinator if you have any challenges or thoughts about your stay.
Reporting system and documentation: Every month you must fill in the time sheet for adequate project activities and the monthly report.
Final evaluation: You are expected to complete and submit a Final Feedback report and Final Evaluation report at the end of your volunteering program. These reports should detail your work, progress, problems, solutions and suggestions. They will serve as valuable reference documents for new volunteers, and also enable FSL India to develop and improve the project.
Something about the area
The project is located near to Kundapura and Udupi. Kundapura is a coastal town in the State of Karnataka. Kundapura is surrounded by water from three sides, which makes it a beautiful area with the rivers and the ocean. The area around Udupi and Kundapura has many beaches, where you can see the amazing sunsets. Near to Udupi/Kundapura there are also several famous temples e.g. Kollur Mookambika Temple, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple and Shri Krishna Temple.
Kundapura is located 38 km from Udupi and takes 40 minutes with the bus, so no matter whether you are living in Udupi or Kundapura, it is easy to spend time with the many other volunteers in your spare time.