Coorg or Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu) means “dense forest on steep hill”. It is a rural district located near the city of Mysore (Karnataka State) amongst scenery of misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea, coffee and spice plantations, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views.
The Camp: Due to the heavy rainfall in Coorg earlier this year, the devastation to the landscape, homes and lifestyle of the local people was tremendous. This time, FSL-India’s work camp focuses on rehabilitation of the land of the Kodavas. The activities planned along with local environmental organisations will help to avoid landslides and ensure reforestation as well as environmental protection.
In addition, our volunteers will work with different local NGOs to spread health and hygiene awareness among the tribal villages. This work camp also involves assisting various underprivileged schools by teaching Basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene, physical renovation work like building playgrounds and visiting the nearby Tibetan settlement, farms and estates.
Environmental awareness creation
Interact with local farmers to understand environmental issues
Work in the fields – pruning, harvesting and drying on various farms
Visit other model farms around the campsite to study and understand the methods and techniques of farming
Visit coffee estates, learn about other popular plantations of the region such as pepper, cardamom and wild fruits
Participate in wall paintings and educational pictures, construction, teach basic English and spread health and hygiene awareness among the children of the tribal community
Accommodation : At a rented guest house or hostel, with shared rooms. You will be provided with bunk beds. Toilets and bathrooms are separate, with shower facilities. Hot water will be made available.
Food: South Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Safe, filtered water is available for drinking.
Location: The project village is located in the district of Coorg, 120 km west of Mysore
Explore more on Tibetan culture and the different issues related to the exile of its people and re-settlement in the region
Cultural activities and exchange with the Tibetan youth with support of the Tibetan Welfare Office. Have the opportunity to interact with estate workers and tribals, to learn about the hilly lifestyle and livelihood
FSL-India has been running workcamps all over India since 2001. Over the years, FSL-India has developed a strong network of local partners and local volunteers in the regions where we conduct our camps. In every workcamp, FSL-India works in partnership with local NGOs – since they are able to identify the problems and needs of the locality. This helps us achieve sustainability and a larger impact in the work that we do. Partnering with a local NGO also helps in reaching out to the local community. In addition, FSL-India works in various fields in cooperation with Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Ministry of Health, Education, Forest and Wildlife Departments and Local Self-governance Bodies.
The participation fee has to be paid on arrival to our Team Leader in Indian rupees.
VISA – The participants should come on Tourist visa