Partner Organization: Field Services & Intercultural Learning
Location/Country: Kerala, INDIA
From - To: 08-Apr-2013 - 28-Apr-2013
Type: Short Term: 2-3 weeks in an international group
Work: Cultural Heritage Work
Age: 18 - 75
Total Vols: 15
FSL-India, (Field Services and Inter-cultural Learning) is a youth development organisation focused towards Inter-cultural Learning through Voluntary Services. It is a non-political, non-profit making voluntary organisation.
FSL-India was 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.
FSL-India was founded in the year 2000 and legally incorporated in 2001 as a Trust under Indian Trust Act 1882. FSL-India was formed with the support of like-minded National and International Organisations with a primary purpose to bring about Global transformation, progress and growth through youth exchange programs.
The culture of Kerala is a synthesis of Dravidian and Aryan cultures, developed and mixed for centuries, under influences from overseas lands. Ayurveda is a 5000 year old Indian health care system that is widely practiced even today. "Ayur" in Sanskrit means "life" and "Veda" mean "science". It is a perfect Science of health and longevity. This holistic science is the knowledge of complete balance of the Body, Mind and Spirit, including the emotions and psychology, on all levels. It includes in its consideration, longevity, rejuvenation and self-realization therapies through herbs, diet, exercise, yoga, massage, aromas, tantras, mantras, and meditation. According to Ayurvedic tradition, health is the balance of the elements air, earth, fire, and water and illness is an excess or deficiency of any particular element. Ayurveda treats illness at its source, rather than at the level of symptoms, and helps an individual to take responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing. Ayurveda is also known as 'Ashtanga Veda' (the word literally means 'Eight branches of knowledge') as it is divided into eight specialized branches.
Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world encompassing the entire Body, Mind and Spirit. It is the union between a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness. The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5000 years. The word Yoga means "to join or yoke together," and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.
During this workcamp, the volunteers will participate in learning the Basics of Yoga and Ayurveda. Every day there will be topics covered by a professional master (the person in charge of yoga and Ayurveda classes), which will be practiced by the volunteers. Yoga will be practiced every day. Apart from this, volunteers will also help in creating awareness among the school children on issues like Health and Hygiene, environmental protection, solid waste management etc. Volunteers need to be creative in their approach to give out the message through dramas, puppet shows and street plays. The volunteers will also take part in Cultural visits to learn more about the culture of Kannur.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD:
At the FSL-India Guest House, in shared rooms
LOCATION & LEISURE ACTVITY:
Kannur (also called as “Cannanore”) is located in the state of Kerala. The nearest convenient airport is located at Mangalore, around 125 km from Kannur town. Frequent trains are available from all major cities like Cochin, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Goa. Trains and buses operate on an everyday basis from almost all major towns/cities in South India. The exact Meeting Point will be mentioned in the info sheets.