Sea Turtle Conservation
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.
For the past 15 years, the Sea Turtle population has been under threat from fishing and egg predation by local population. Three species of the protected Sea Turtles are nesting on
India’s West Coast and all of them are endangered species and increasing threats caused by humans could drive them to extinction.
With an effort to protect these endangered species, FSL-India is working along a 60 kilometre stretch of the beach in the south and north of Kundapur, Karnataka state. The work is focused on protection and conservation of Sea turtle, by promoting awareness about the eco-system and addressing related environmental issues.
The work involves
• Conducting surveys, gathering and analysis of data.
• Creating awareness generation amongst the local community, schools children, and harbours and fishing communities.
• You will also be required to build hatcheries and temporary information centres, as well as design and create promotional material.
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.
This project is seasonal and starts in August and runs until February, only for six months. The work requires high degree of motivation, interest and some knowledge in this particular field is useful. Please remember in the first month and the last month the majority of the work includes documentation. There is no guarantee that you will see sea turtles, hatchlings or eggs while working on this project.
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 from August to February and it is not possible to apply for half a month.