Application: Volunteers must apply to our partner organizations in their own country.
Placements: We will complete the placements of volunteers within a week of receiving the application. Volunteers can apply for an L/MTV program for a minimum of one month.
Information: FSL-India will send the required Information to the volunteers – including a pre- arrival letter, project profile, info sheet, general information and travel details. This information will be sent to the volunteers at least one month in advance.
Participation Fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees for each month
Arrivals: Volunteers arrive at Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month.
Accommodation for Volunteers: accommodation for volunteers can either be at the project, in a local host family, as a Paying guest, in a hostel–depending on the project, location and availability.
Orientation week: The program will start with a week-long orientation. Depending on the volunteer’s project location, the Orientation will be held either in Kundapur or Bangalore. This information will be sent to the volunteer at least a month in advance.
Registration: The registration will be completed during the first week of arrival.
Projects: Following the orientation week, volunteers will join their respective projects in different locations, depending on the placement.
Monitoring: Each volunteer is allocated a LTV Coordinator on his/her arrival who is a staff of FSL- India and he/she supports the volunteer in their project, and monitors the progress during their voluntary service through monitoring visits, LTV Cultural Meet, one to one sessions, emails, phone calls, reports etc. Monthly Project visits are also made by the LTV Coordinators during the placement where ever possible.
There are several ethnic minorities in India whose faces several issues like lack of proper education, infrastructure and medical facilities along with isolation due to the interior nature of living, illiteracy of parents and lack of livelihood development. Various NGOs are working towards community development of these ethnic tribes with a prime objective of preparing them to participate and compete within the mainstream society.
Working in this field requires a high degree of flexibility, and volunteers should try and get involved with the local community and with the staff of the project. These projects with the tribal communities are located in rural and remote areas, near to or within the communities and since you will be working with them, therefore it is important that you are prepared for bare minimum and simple living conditions. Strong language barrier could also pose a greater challenge for anyone working in this field.
Most of the development work carried out by NGOs is aimed at community development through education, awareness, livelihood promotion and health improvement. Volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they will work with tribal children. Therefore an interest in teaching and love for children is crucial. However, you could also be supporting the staff in the daily activities of the centre, whilst the children are away attending Regular schools.
A creative approach to work is useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You will have to be prepared for a flexible approach to the work and be willing to undertake a variety of tasks. If you have many ideas of teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this type of project is for you!