It’s every Child’s right to have a joyful childhood and grow up in a safe and nurturing environment with protection and guidance from their guardians. Whether in the cities or in villages, at home or in schools, every child deserves a childhood free from exploitation and abuse. Children are the hope and future of a nation. Yet, there are millions deprived children in our country who have never known a normal, carefree childhood.
The problem of child labour is a serious social matter that needs to be addressed sooner. With an officially estimated 4.3 million children engaged in hazardous occupations (2011 Census), India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world.
They are employed in many industries and trades, including garments, footwear, brick kilns, stainless steel, hotels, and textile shops. glass blowing, fireworks and matches, brassware, electro-plating, lead mining, stone quarrying, lock making and beedi rolling (indigenous cigarette in which tobacco is rolled in a tendu leaf).There are legislations that have been enacted to prevent child labour in India.
Many NGOs across the country are working for elimination of child labour and promotion child rights. Prevention strategies adopted include rescue, relief and rehabilitation interventions designed by NGOs and other actors with education, health, alternative livelihoods.
As a volunteer you will be associated with a community organisation that is involved in:
• Special health care programs for children living on the streets,
• Exposing exploitative child labour practices, and Ensuring children join residential bridge schools and vocational training programs for children above 14 years.
• Conducting awareness campaigns.
• Facilitating training and capacity building for the parents and community workers.
• Prevention/rehabilitation of child labour & Counselling.
• Conducting surveys, documentations, designing appropriate IEC (Information, Education and Communication).
The Info-sheet will have more information regarding the individual projects with schedules, and activities.
Note: Limited projects are available, and most require a minimum application of two months
Logement et nourriture
You could be staying with local families near to the project. You could be sharing rooms with 2-3 volunteers or staying on your own. Sometimes, projects provide accommodation for the volunteers. The project will provide a room that is shared by other volunteers or with the staff of the project.
Our projects are spread out across different regions in South India. Your project location could be in any one of the following locations - Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kundapur, Udupi, Mangalore, North Karnataka or Pondicherry. You will be notified of the location of your project a month prior to your arrival. During the Orientation week, one can find out the leisure activities around your area. There are lots of things to do in south of India.
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- Indi a mobilizes movement of 1500 and more youths from across the globe with the support of International Partners and local NGOs.
Point de rendez-vous
The starting date of the program is the First Monday of Every Month. The on-arrival Orientation will be held in Bangalore or Kundapur, depending on the location of your project. Volunteers whose projects are located in Bangalore, Mysore, Pondicherry and Chennai will have their Orientation in Bangalore. Volunteers whose projects are located in Kundapur, Udupi, Mangalore and North Karnataka will have their Orientation in Kundapur. You will be notified of your Orientation and project location one month prior to your arrival. Participants should make sure that they arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore for the Orientation on the first Monday of the month. Kundapur is well connected by train and bus. All volunteers will meet at a common meeting point, where they will be picked up. Specific information regarding your arrival and meeting point will be sent to you in a pre-arrival letter. Best way to come to Kundapur is to fly directly to Bangalore and then take a over night bus to Kundapur.
Visa Requirements: According to the new Visa Regulations, volunteers coming to India to do voluntary service with/through a registered Indian organization need to apply for an “Employment Visa” ( to work with NGO / Non-Profit organization). No other visa is acceptable. In order to apply for an Employment visa, you’ll need proof of employment with an organization in India, such as a contract that states the terms and conditions. FSL India will provide necessary documents for your visa application on request. For more information, please visit the following websites: http://goindia.about.com/od/visas/tp/Guide-To-Indian-Visa-Types.htm http://www.immihelp.com/nri/indiavisa/categories.html
What is needed to be an LTV! We welcome anybody who is interested to participate in our voluntary programs regardless of age, sex, religious belief, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Most of our programmes do not require any specific skills. But as the work is humanitarian in nature, we encourage volunteers to be:
Ø Open Minded: It is essential to be open to new ideas, situations, morals, values and ways of doing things. Things may be different from what you are used to or your existing expectations. If you remain open minded then you will be flooded with new opportunities. Broadening the mind is at the heart of inter-cultural exchange.
Ø Flexible: Remaining flexible to ideas, people, situations and encounters is important. While working at social projects, you will be dealing with people – and people are unpredictable. Taking a flexible approach is often the best way to deal with such situations.
Ø Creative: Taking a creative approach to your volunteer placement and work maintains motivation and, prevents routine and boredom for yourself and the project. When you start to think creatively it is amazing what can be achieved.
The Participation Fee is 15,500 Indian Rupees for each month (approximately 238 Euros per month, depending on the exchange rate)