Period: Please note that due to school holidays, these projects will remain closed during the following months: March until May; in the month of October; and sometimes in December.
During these months, FSL India organises Summer Projects (in March/April/May) and Winter camps (in October). These camps are offered to our LTVs in ‘Teaching projects’ which remain closed due to school holidays.
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.
An Anganwadi (meaning ‘courtyard shelter’ in Hindi) is in many ways a day care centre for children below 6 years of age and were established around the country in 1975 as a part of the Government of India’s Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). One of their main functions is to provide non-formal, pre-school education to children between the ages of 3 to 5.
Volunteers will be expected to teach children in this age group through various interactive and creative activities that will help improve the cognitive skills of the children. The pedagogical approach to teaching should be in accordance with standards employed in kindergartens around the world. Anganwadis were also envisioned as a part of the Indian public healthcare system. Along with providing pre-school education, one of their main functions is to act as primary healthcare centres in villages and raise awareness of health and hygiene in their locality. Volunteers can also help these workers in providing health, hygiene and nutrition education to families. This will include teaching them about family planning, educating parents on child growth and development, among others. The volunteers should bring in creative ideas to initiate new activities in the school. It is important for the children to be felt loved and cared for by you, as you will be surrounded by them every day. This type of project is perfect for you if you are someone who has many ideas in teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to! You will be teaching a variety of subjects depending on your personal interests and skills. Volunteers should have a good level of spoken English, and previous experience in teaching children will be useful.