Children found on Street
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.
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- India mobilizes movement of 1500 and more youths from across the globe with the support of International Partners and local NGOs.
It is estimated that more than 400,000 street children in India exist. FSL – India like many other NGOs and local initiatives in India, work for the welfare of these children often
termed as “working children”.
The focus is to take these children away from the streets and from their working place in order to give them a chance to live a decent and accepted standard of life. The effort is to try and place as many of these children in centres, boarding schools and day-care shelters etc. and help them return to the regular schooling system, where they are provided vocational education and training skills that would help them find a decent job in the future and keep them away from exploitation.
Much of the development work these projects is based on education known also as “alternative education”.
Therefore, the volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they work with street children. Hence, an interest in teaching and love for children is of utmost importance to the project.
Other work activities will involve supporting the staff in the daily activities of the schools.
• A creative approach to work and dealing with the children will be useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You need to have a flexible approach to work with children and be prepared to undertake a variety of tasks.
• In some cases the volunteer will be required to go amidst the “tent community” comprised of families of migrant labourers, to raise awareness of the teaching program and to motivate parents to enrol their children in schools. If you have a lot of ideas in teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this type of project is best suited for you!
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.
Once a month, FSL-India organizes a LTV Cultural Event for all volunteers to discuss their progress, share their experiences and challenges encountered. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with volunteers and to use them as a resource network on how to act within their own projects. We also have one-to-one supervision between LTV coordinators and volunteers to ensure that any challenges are tracked and dealt with at the earliest. In case the monthly monitoring visit from the LTV Coordinator does not take place, the Cultural Event is a good opportunity for the volunteer to discuss and resolve any challenges.
We will provide an opportunity to all volunteers to meet some of our Host Families who will share their past experience of hosting volunteers and also to clarify any questions volunteers may have about living with an Indian Host Family.
Bangalore or Kundapur
Arrivals: Volunteers arrive at Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month.
The Info sheet will contain all the information that volunteers need to prepare for their journey and stay in India.
A minimum of three fields of work as choices are requested from all the applicants in order of preference in their application form. Also required is a Motivation letter accurately describing themselves, their skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses etc. This information assists us to match the project and the volunteer as accurately as possible.
Minimum application for Street Children Teaching is for three to six months.
The Participation Fee is 15,500 Indian Rupees for each month (approximately 210 Euros per month, depending on the exchangerate)
All volunteers are requested to bring items from their home such as photos, music, food, handicrafts, etc. that will help them present their country and culture to other volunteers as well as to the local youth and your Host Family.
Please note that this project is available all year long and it is not possible to apply for half a month.