About the local hosting organizationFSL-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. Founded in the year 2000 and legally incorporated in 2001, FSL-India is a Trust under Indian Trust Act 1882. 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-India is headquartered in Bangalore, with regional offices in Karnataka (Bangalore, Mysore and Kundapur), Tamil Nadu (Chennai), and Pondicherry and is well equipped with experienced associates who support developmental activities across the country with the help of Local and Regional Partners. Annually, FSL- Indi a mobilizes movement of 1500 and more youths from across the globe with the support of International Partners and local NGOs.
About the volunteer workThis project has been set up by FSL-India in collaboration with local NGOs with a primary aim to educate lower economic and social groups, the local community, youth and children about environmental issues and good practices. In this project a volunteer main task would be to develop and support through creative education about nature and ecology conservation. By doing so, you will educate the local community on the economic and social benefits of environmental protection and conservation of nature and natural resources. You will have to visit schools, colleges, and youth groups and organise environmental educational workshops and disseminate information to various stakeholders on environment protection. As a volunteer your task will be • To design and run the Eco-club sessions in the schools with the help of other volunteers, a field assistant and teachers. • Being creative, innovative and loving towards children is important to work in this project. You will also get the chance to work with the local community in order to organize some outdoor events for the children. • There is an ample opportunity to work with the local community where our volunteers try and create model streets. The local community is introduced to Solid waste management, building of compost pits and the separation of biodegradable material. There is a lot of scope for interested volunteers who have prior experience to bring in their ideas and implement them in the project. The Info-sheet will have more information regarding the individual projects with schedules, and activities. Note: Minimum application for Environmental Education is for two months
Local accommodationYou could be staying with local families near to the project. You could be sharing rooms with 2-3 volunteers or staying on your own. Sometimes, projects provide accommodation for the volunteers. The project will provide a room that is shared by other volunteers or with the staff of the project.
About the project locationOur projects are spread out across different regions in South India. Your project location could be in any one of the following locations - Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kundapur, Udupi, Mangalore, North Karnataka or Pondicherry. You will be notified of the location of your project a month prior to your arrival. During the Orientation week, one can find out the leisure activities around your area. There are lots of things to do in south of India.
RequirementsThe Participation Fee is 15,500 Indian Rupees for each month (approximately 238 Euros per month, depending on the exchange rate)
Extra info about the projectVisa Requirements: According to the new Visa Regulations, volunteers coming to India to do voluntary service with/through a registered Indian organization need to apply for an “Employment Visa” ( to work with NGO / Non-Profit organization). No other visa is acceptable. In order to apply for an Employment visa, you’ll need proof of employment with an organization in India, such as a contract that states the terms and conditions. FSL India will provide necessary documents for your visa application on request. For more information, please visit the following websites: http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/tp/Guide-To-Indian-Visa-Types.htm http://www.immihelp.com/nri/indiavisa/categories.html What is needed to be an LTV! We welcome anybody who is interested to participate in our voluntary programs regardless of age, sex, religious belief, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Most of our programmes do not require any specific skills. But as the work is humanitarian in nature, we encourage volunteers to be: Ø Open Minded: It is essential to be open to new ideas, situations, morals, values and ways of doing things. Things may be different from what you are used to or your existing expectations. If you remain open minded then you will be flooded with new opportunities. Broadening the mind is at the heart of inter-cultural exchange. Ø Flexible: Remaining flexible to ideas, people, situations and encounters is important. While working at social projects, you will be dealing with people – and people are unpredictable. Taking a flexible approach is often the best way to deal with such situations. Ø Creative: Taking a creative approach to your volunteer placement and work maintains motivation and, prevents routine and boredom for yourself and the project. When you start to think creatively it is amazing what can be achieved.