WorldCup Championship

Filed under: India, Orissa volunteers, Indian Diary — evs global change @ 15:47

After the mid-term training we were eager to work.Ā  We got new impetus to prepare the schedule for the next months. Unfortunately, the visits to Khirisai were postponed, once because some riots were in the area and second time because of big religious event, called Ratha Yatra. As the plans are always changing, we changed also our schedule and now working on the new website, writing a comprehensive project documentation, prepairing a presentation to the local tourism department for the future cooperation.

Sunday evening we watched the Football Championship Final with Manu and his family. Just for 1 month, in India instead of Kricket everybody was talking about Worldcup Championship, that was amazing. For the final, we prepared some snacks like bacon-bite and aubergine-cream… something european, our host enjoyed it, at least they told that šŸ™‚ And Spain won, the team for which we were cheering! That was a good night.

Ami from Bhubaneswar/India



Photo album Picasa – Chilika lake, India

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For more pictures about our Project please click on the following link:


I’ll try to upload pictures to WordPress how much I can, but Picasa is still easier for me.

Greetings and enjoy the pictures!! šŸ™‚

Ami from Bhubaneswar

Mid-term training in Incredible!ndia

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For the mid-term training we were awaiting Bertrand from Pistes Solidaires. On 26th of June our little team (Zita, Chris, Ami) with Manu went to pick up him from the airport. Because we had just 2 full days for the training we thought to start at the evening with a dinner and informal discussion. After the delicious dinner we continued the discussion in the restaurant until mid-night when we were asked to leave because they were closing. Unfortunately in Bhubaneswar almost everything close at mid-night, so we had to continue the talk next day.

Next day everybody was fresh and fit, so we could start the meeting in the office. Manu gave a little presentation about JRP, then we discussed our project progress from the beginning until now.

As Bertrand hasn’t been here when we had our on arrival training, the presentation contained the project goals, the progress and where are we now.

After finishing some paperwork we had our lunch. Then Manu and Bertrand had a meeting while we planned the afternoon what to visit in the city.Budhist temple - Peace pagoda

The city sighteen tour started with a visit at Peace Pagoda on the top of Dhauligiri hill. After walking around we were entering to the nearby Buddhism temple when raining started. So the ā€œSpice Girlsā€ and B had been stucking in the temple for a while. This time of the year is the monsoon season when rain is expected very often. So this heavy rain was very normal but our plans were canceled :S. We had to skip Khandagiri and Udayagiri Jain’s cave but as another option we visited Iskon temple, which is a Khrishna temple and Sunday usually they have a festival. After watching this performance we picked up Manu and went to have the dinner at a nearby Restaurant. The evening continued in Bertrand’s hotel room :), where we shown him pictures took as yet.

The project area visit has been planned for the second day, especially the visit in Mahisa village and handicraft activity with another villagers who belongs to the Domo lowest cast.

We started at 7 o’clock not so fresh and fit that day and arrived in the last minute to Satapada to take the vessel to Jahinkuda. The delay was due to our little long breakfast at a favorite ā€œpuriā€ fast food place. I hope Bertrand enjoyed eating from the leaf plate and the traditional puri breakfast :).

After reaching the island an 15 minutes long footpath leaded to the place where a boat should waited for us. After 10 minutes the boat arrived and dropped us to the opposite bank of the lake. The women from the village were already waiting for us, they were cheering when we jumped out from the boat. All together accompanied by the women headed to the school where we had a short meeting with them. The well-practiced singing ritual was performed, we started with the Lion Sleep Tonight song which was not the best /we have to practice it more/ then 3 women started to sing their traditional song. That is very interesting, on some religious festivals they used to sing 2 days long without stopping.

After a half our meeting, where everybody was introduced and talking about our plans, we continued the trip with a walk on the island. Some tourist spots were shown to Bertrand to have an idea what would we like to develop in the village. Due to tight schedule, after a delicious homemade indian lunch we started the journey back to the mainland. The next stop was at the Domo people’s house, where they taught us how to make bamboo handicrafts. The Domo’s traditional source of living is from making and selling handicrafts.

We also wanted to show Bertrand the beach in Puri, which is a very famous City in India due to the very famous Jagganath Temple. Unfortunately foreigners are not allowed to go inside, so we skipped it and went directly to the beach. :). The water was amazing with big waves and strong current. We arrived back at mid-night to Bhubaneswar.

Bertrand had his flight next day morning at 10 o’clock, so before departing we had the breakfast together and a talk about our future plans related with work and personal plans also.

The training was short but meaningful. This time we had the opportunity to meet Bertrand, another member of Pistes Solidaire, to share ideas related with the project and to make a brief overview for the second part of EVS and last but not least we spent a good time together.


Bhubaneswar – The Temple City

Filed under: India, Orissa volunteers, Indian Diary — evs global change @ 11:38

Hello from India! Itā€™s nice to have contact with you all through this blog, to read about all your experiences in other countries even if we havenā€™t met each other yet. Zita, Chris and me ā€“ Ami, we are in Bhubaneswar, India, working on Sustainable Tourism project. The name of the hosting organisation in Jeevan Rekha Parisad an NGO organization. They are working with rural and tribal communities to educate them on environmental justice, Human Rights and Sustainable Development. For JRP, this is a brand new project, they have never had this activity. Because of this, at first we had to explore the potentialities in the project area in Chilika-lake, which we have already started. In the next months, our challenge will be to build and develop Sustainable Tourism in Orissa state.

The Chilika lake is 70km away from Bhubaneswar. This is the biggest salty water lake in India, separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of islands and sand-flats. In the peak season, it is literally a paradise for birdwatchers. Irrawaddy Dolphins are a very rare type of dolphins which attract a lot of tourists year by year. The main occupation for local people is fishimg, catching prawns, mackerel and crabs for a living. In the last years, the number of fishes decreased effecting the incomes of villagers. With help of JRP, in village Moisa was given a prawn farm, helping the local people to earn their living.

I have visited 4 villages in the area so far. One big school, where the children maintain a Kitchen Garden, a women self help group in Moisa and one little village situated on sand-flat between the sea and the lake. The last one was Gangadharpur, where the men are fishermen and the women are packing snacks and making some handcrafts for selling. They all are living under the poverty level struggling for a living.

In the first few weeks we met the staff and found out more information about the other running projects. On 2nd March, we had the opportunity to participate on the Inter cultural Evening, where we had the opportunity to meet all the staff, JRP volunteers who are going now to Europe and supporters of JRP. One lady from the guests invited us to a round table discussion in women rights topic to the University. Few days later we attended this meeting, the students were very nice, they talked about womens position in political and social life. The womenā€™s situation in India is not the same like in Europe. This is a very traditional country, where the women in general are housewives but despite of this the President of India is a woman.

Bhubaneswar is also called ā€“ The Temple City, because there are a thousands of temples. Lingaraj is one of the famous temples, but unfortunately foreigners are not allowed to enter. Near to Lingaraj is Bindu Sagar, a saint pond, in the middle with another temple.

As part of the ā€˜Golden Triangleā€™ we visited also Konark ā€“ Sun Temple and Puri ā€“ The Golden beach. Another highlight of the state is Bhittarkanika Sanctuary Park where we enjoyed a lot the beauty of nature, the wild life and especially the boat trip watching crocodiles and birds.

More about the life in Bhubaneswar next time!

Iā€™m looking forward to hear from you :)



Khandagiri (Broken hill) & Udayagiri (Hill of the sunrise)

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The Golden Beach in Puri

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I will survive

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Christiane from France, March 1

/…/14h35: My plane leaves at this hour. But before it’s time the last SMS, I decided it sends to all those who are important to me, and mostly English, if so, to train! When I put off the music and then I wonder what’s made me decide to leave again, and India too! I told (by the way is like scrubbing process, lol) I do have a grain! I think back to all twho dear to me, thisĀ is crazy what they fail me at this point … let’s go go go!/…/

/…/23h35: Arrived Dubai after 6am flight. 5h50, I have to wait in this airport, so I think I can sleep a little, they have more seats recliner type here. I try but can not. Yet my eyes are tired. I note with their young ordis, while also trying to connect, and, miraculously, it works! H looks like, here they are rich, so it’s normal to have a “free internet access. So I do notĀ realise the time and it is already time to proceed to boarding/…/

/…/Tuesday, 9:20: I’m in Delhi. I put one foot in India! I’m real! There I will have to apply for my visa extension and the “free bus” but there is no panic, I’m redy to dialogue in my head several times, and I’ll do! That is, it’s my turn to take control, I launched. Ula, the words were hard to leave, yet they are so clear in my head! And then the old gentleman does not seem to understand English, unless it is “my” English that he can not understand, lol. So he called his colleague, and then we understand. Saved! So for my visa extension is not here, he’ll have to go to the chief of local police in Bhubaneswar to register, then request an extension. So Ok! Now the “free bus” is where? This time I get very nice Indian, and the more I understand perfectly! I get my bag super fast, and I think right now where I must take the “free bus” and I am very lucky because a bus leaves in just a few seconds ago. I shall embark on a bus many Indian (yes, with steps of 1m high, mini fans attached to windows, in which he must climb through the rear), escorted by a soldier armed to the teeth. Besides, it’s crazy the number of soldiers there from here. It’s a little pinball. Note, it is surrounded with a soldier for 4 people in the bus XD. I was told he had 45 minutes to reach the “domestic airport” but in fact the route is faster, so he is 10:15 ET I’m already there, which means I’ll have to wait there for 8am ! If I had known before I almost could almost take the earlier flight, deg! So I try to do a little sleep since Monday morning because I’m of a wink than 30 minutes to break everything. 16h: my flight is announced as “delayed,” I think it means he will be late, I check … yes, that’s it, it will be 2 hours late, pffff. 19h50: Hop, that’s it I’m in the air for Bhubaneswar, it was time, I can not wait to get to your destination/… /

/…/22h: Finally arrived. I leave the plane, there’s fog and it is very hot. IĀ remember the preparationĀ e-mail. Manu said it was now quite cold, I laugh. I found the same feeling I had the first time. I’m off the plane in Benin: I glue! I retrieve my luggage and went out, and there I saw Amy and Zita, and Manu and his wife. They are smiling, it’s good! We take the car, and Manu brings us to the house. For now it resides in the same room, and we have 2 Indian collocations. The girls speak much better English than me, and being very tired, it does not help! Tonight I’ll love my bed! But before that, I stick some photos of Best and family on the wall beside me/…/

/…/Wednesday, I wake up at 13h. 13h30: first Indian meal. This is our flatsmates meal together. It’s good. Then we go out, we go to the office, and I can finally check my email. Phew, there are a lot of mosquitoes here! Grrrr. Then we’ll drift a little to see what it is like India. And then, surprise! Some things look a lot that I saw in Africa: the brushes are the same, they also eat coconuts, there are the same banana, the same streets in red … Strange feeling! But fortunately there are some things that show that it is in India/…/

/…/Thursday, If yesterday we had the privilege to sleep, now it seems to have been abolished! At 9.15 am we had the right to a lectures, lavished by our “charming” Indian collocations. They came over our heads and hit hard in their hands while we shouted “Wake up, breakfast! . Grrr, it was better known as an alarm clock. Seeing that they put a little time to emerge, they are returned to the charge for the misfortune of Zita, the Austrian voluntary. For them the small-DEG seemed to be a state affair. In any case it’s officially the strangest clock that I have been lavished, although not necessarily the most pleasant /…/

/…/I Check in the kitchen for the breakfast, I want my ‘Harrap’s Conversation Guide “(which if you did not know it yet, will surely be my best friend in India), to read a little and, oh it’s gone! I looked everywhere, impossible to get hold of it, so I asked two other volunteers, but last night they have not seen either. On this, I decided to go ask our Indian collocations if by chance they have not seen, first told me that no, while the second will come out of his bag of blow … I have to explain that I searched everywhere for long minutes, and if they want to borrow it no problem but they have yet to come ask me … International incident avoided with a nice smile (very good deterrent to the smile XD)/…/

/…/15h: B2 offered us sweets to be “the good ones” but apparently it did not really taste the same because sweets pepper and curry I do not want to say but it’s pretty special … =) If anyone is interested here are the names of these sweets: Hajmola Pudin/…/

/…/16h: We went to go buy SIM cards with Indian Subas (I remember his name because he is a man with a mustache, but also because the name is B2 “Serious Romeo” (his initials are RS) )/…/

/…/17h: I know the God of Indian gods, Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhatra through an icon on one wall of the office. Finally it is too late to go to the police, then we will certainly tomorrow morning. In the evening we left the general market with both Indian Smooty and Jjachmila and then Smooty was cooked, I looked on, and suddenly I have a recipe: “the gobica curry. And it’s super good! It is eaten with “roti”, a kind of unleavened bread, pancake-shaped (see photos, it will be easier). Today we also learned that if you want to go dance a little box that it will go between 19 and 22h with a staff member of the association, because then it’s too dangerous, there are many drug addicts and you might have trouble with some people and the police, so it will “dance” after work “LOL/…/

Christiane from France, March 30

/…/On Sunday 5 volunteers arrived! I Wonder, we all live together (then 9) in the same apartment. The last weekend I did Ā training on “sustainable tourism” to the staff of JRP. Now they know the lines, principles and role of each stakeholder in this type of tourism, everything should be easierĀ šŸ™‚ My analysis of Ā potential tourism and socio-cultural elements of the Chilika Lake area. I finished my reading, but the data collected from various sources are not at all sufficient, field work is essential. I hope it will be possible…/…/

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