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Workcamp working on rehabilitation projects

Organization: FSL-India

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 many NGOs working for social inclusion projects where minorities or less fortunate people have been left behind in the race and struggle for economic and social justice. FSL-India makes efforts to motivate/support them by placing interested volunteers to help them in their office, field work or to bring in new innovative ideas to their work. The work varies from project to project. Therefore, it is important for the volunteers to clearly mention in the application indicating why they want to work on such projects and also how they can contribute to the projects. Following are examples of the different kinds of Rehabilitation projects:

• Projects where working children are given vocational training ;

• Projects where young people are given training in various trades ;

• Projects where Micro-finances are given to a minority community and we help them to become economically stable;

• Projects where computer education is given;

• Projects with disabled children and/or adults, in order to give them more autonomy and to eventually reintegrate them in the mainstream of society.

In the past volunteers have contributed in a lot of ways for instance – Photography and documentation work of local projects and helping them build a webpage of their own, at a vocational training centre help make a catalogue of all their products. Assist projects by implementing a good filing system; support in survey and data collection. In these projects creativity plays a major role, and prior experience is also very useful.

FSL-India also empowers less fortunate youth from slums or low economic backgrounds by providing them training in camp leading or office work. After completion of the training they work as camp leaders for a year. Thereafter, they go back to their communities and organize work camps for the next year and help bring development in their communities.

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