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A world-class intercultural educational organization; a global movement to develop and activate global citizens AFS Intercultural Programs India is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

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AFS INDIA IN 2017

2017

Issue - XII

As another wonderful year of 2017 ended, we are sharing our achievements and accomplishments of 2017 with all of you. We’re thankful to our volunteers, schools and well-wishers for giving their time, efforts, love and energy for making 2017 a successful year. Through this December Newsletter, we would like to share our valuable moments once again with everyone as you will get a glimpse of what happened in 2017. Enjoy reading!

JANUARY

JANUARY

Interfaith Harmony Workshop Implementation Project

Interfaith Harmony Workshop Implementation Project was conducted on 03 December 2016 at National office, New Delhi. The idea was simple where the hosted students and their counselor (volunteers) were invited to the session, brainstorm and discuss about interfaith and its necessity in the Indian community.

DECEMBER

HOSTING

STORIES & EXPERIENCES

Community Service Project

Beginning of January, hosted students got the opportunity to participate in a Community Service Project in Indore where they did construction, painting, interacted with kids and much more.

JANUARY

INTERSTATE

REGIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

14 students of Birla International School, Kishangarh along with the teacher participated in reciprocal interstate exchange programme at Choithram School North Campus, Indore, MP from January 18 to January 26, 2017.

​ AFS Intercultural Programs India Anand Bhawan, 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi - 110001 ​Phone Number -+ 91-11-42512498/41501672/41540827

Banner Image: Indian Student Abroad on AFS Program

Edited & Designed by Aadil F.

For any Suggestions or sharing stories & experiences, reach us at: aadil.fahim@afs.org

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FEBRUARY (Left) Facing Forward Together | Presidents’ Meet 2017 Presidents’ Meet took place from 24th-26th Feb’17 in which representatives from 22 cities participated. To see the growth of AFS India over the last one year, facilitators reflected on the last year’s achievements, accomplishments & activities while working on the calendar for 2017 where they committed to the future development.

FEBRUARY

TRAINING

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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1. Mexican Volunteers getting re-married in India 2. Trip to Taj Mahal accompanied by AFS India Staffers 3. Posing with an auto-rickshaw in their host city 4. With newly made friends in India 5. Cultural Outing in host city

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A group of 12 Mexican Volunteers visited India to explore and discover the cultures & traditions of the country. They were in India from 1st of February and stayed till 15th of February on Volunteer Exchange Program. Congratulations to Vadodara, Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad chapter for being a wonderful host.

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT

AFS INDIA CRICKET LEAGUE AFS Cricket League was kick started on National Level Cricket Tournament with the playoff matchers on 11th-12th Feb, in all four Host Ports, namely Gandhinagar, Varanasi, Chennai & Mumbai. Across pan India, there were 13 teams’ representations from 14 chapters, which led to six winners from all the 4 Host Ports.

PRINCIPALS' MEET

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT

REGIONAL VOLUNTEER EXCHANGE PROGRAM From Vadodara to Chennai

FEBRUARY Principals' Meet in Mumbai Principals' Meet took lace in Mumbai on 18th February 2017. This was an initiative by Mumbai chapter who put in their heart and soul to make it a huge success. In total 24 representatives attended the meet from 18 different schools and colleges and NGO’s. We thank Dr. B.B Sharma, Principal of V.G 5 Vaze college for his constant support in organizing the event.

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Trisha Ghatge participated in Regional Volunteer Exchange Program from Vadodara to Chennai in February 2017.

MARCH

TRAINING

1. Photo Above: With the loving volunteers & hosted student in Chennai

Winning Team

ICL Level W Training in Chennai ICL Level W training was conducted for 14 volunteers in Chennai on 12 March 2017. The alumni, Manshi Gala (YES’12) was one of the facilitator along with a senior trainer (Ajay Mehta, NQT). Core Committee Members

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MARCH

Alumni Engagement

MARCH

Alumni Achievements

PRINCIPALS' MEET

YES Alumni Small Grants

YES Alumni Social Entrepreneur Leadership Workshop YES Alumni Social Entrepreneur Leadership workshop was conducted in Washington DC from 20-26 March 2017. The alumna, Dhruv Thakkar (YES’13) from Gandhinagar represented AFS IND in this workshop.

Under 2017 YES Alumni Small Grants, few YES Alumni submitted their projects. It is great to share that the projects of Chintan Mehta (YES’13) and Akash Kumar (YES’14) have been approved for the grant. Chintan has been selected under individual category for The EduSol Project and Akash under group category for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Society. Akash Kumar: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Delhi-based alumni, studying in Chennai)

Akash as the group leader will lead the group to design, develop and carry out training modules and workshops on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the school children in Delhi which would focus on incorporating sustainable practices in day-to-day lives.

Chintan Mehta: The EduSol Project (Rajkot-based alumni, studying in Bangalore)

(Photo Above: With Senator Richard Lugar )

APRIL Principals' Meet in Vizag Vizag is a new chapter for AFS India. With support from our new volunteer Mrs. Geeta Krishnan and guidance of Mrs. Angela Roye, AFS India Board Chair, this Principal’s meet was organized with four school participating in the event. Along with sharing information of AFS, we also conducted a short ICL training for the participants. Ms. Sarita Badhwar facilitated the same. The meet was hosted by DPS, Vizag. To share their experiences, we had Mr. Venkat Suresh Lolla, Principal of Global City International School and Mr. Janardhan Roye, senior volunteer of AFS India.

The EduSol project is designed to educate the middle school students about the emerging field of Renewable Energy with focus on the Solar Energy. The unfamiliarity of Renewable Energy among the school students is the primary target.

GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY APRIL This year for Global Youth Service Day, the new theme was Ecology: Caring For the Planet, where volunteers were asked to strategize plans to work towards saving the planet.

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INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

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APRIL

3rd Annual AFS AsiaPacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum AFS Intercultural Programs and the AFS Asia-Pacific Initiative (AAI) with the support of UNESCO New Delhi Office organized 3rd Annual AFS Asia-Pacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum in New Delhi India from 20-23 April 2017.

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AFS-AAI ICL & OD Responsibles Regional Meeting A regional meeting titled AFS-AAI ICL & OD Responsibles Regional was organized in India from 23rd-24th April 2017 where trainers from AFS International, Hazar Yildirim and Marika Strauss, trained 9 participants from various countries.

AFS-AAI Regional Partner Meeting Annual meeting of AAI was held in Delhi from 23rd to 24th April, 2017. The AAI meetings was attended by dynamic leaders from 10 partner countries. The 2 day meeting focused on interaction between the partners in form of P2P meetings on first day and more operations driven on the 2nd day.

APRIL

AFS-AAI Leadership Development Program AFS-AAI Leadership Development Program was facilitated by Lucas Welter from AFS International. The training took place in Delhi from 22nd to 24th April, 2017. Prior to the program, each participant had to attend a preparatory online course which became the base for the training.

APRIL

Trip to Kerela There were 48 hosted students along with 4 staff on the optional trip facilitated by AFS India, from 3rd to 9th April.

MAY AFS Meet 2017 | A World of Opportunities The AFS Meet 2017 | A World of Opportunities was held in New Delhi from the 18th - 21st of May’17 with 59 volunteers participating from Pan-India. It was the first time AFS India organized Process Training back-to-back for all departments (AFS Sending, YES Sending, Hosting, Finance & Sentio), and it was received well by all the Chapters. AFS Hosting Meet and YES Sending Meet was conducted from 18th-20th May wherein AFS Sending, Sentio and Finance Meet was from 19th-21st May, 2017.

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MAY

ORIENTATIONS

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End of Stay Orientation The End of Stay Orientation was successfully completed from 3rd to 8th May 2017. It was conducted in New Delhi. The focus of the Orientation was mainly towards preparing the participants for their return to their respective countries. For students, this becomes a common vantage point to join the dots of their exchange from the beginning and end of the journey.

JUNE

1 YES Re-Entry Orientation for 2016-17 Batch An enthusiastic group of 37 YES students of 2016-17 batch were welcomed at the Delhi airport on 16th June by AFS India staffers. All the students stayed till 19th June to be part of the re-entry orientation in New Delhi.

JUNE

YES & National Pre-Departure Orientation for 2017-18 Batch The YES & AFS Batch of 2017-18 came under one roof to attend a National PreDeparture Orientation Camp in New Delhi from 6th June to 8th June 2017 in New Delhi. The AFS Year Student Exchange Program students' orientation took place till 9th June, 2017. The YES program is sponsored by US Department of State.

JUNE National Arrival Orientation 2017 (Left) Arrival Orientation was conducted at National Level in Delhi for 44 participants from nine countries. Arrivals of the first batch of students started from early morning of 27th June’ 2017 followed with the rest. Staffers from AFS India office with volunteers from various chapters came together to facilitate the Arrival Orientation.

JULY

JUNE

PEACE Group

The PEACE Project Seminar The PEACE Project Seminar (18-24 June, New Delhi) brought together 16 European and Asian project participants from 14 countries to discuss the structuring of PEACE Program. A Steering Group Meeting was also held later after the PEACE Project.

JULY Indonesian Volunteer hosted in Bangalore in July.

AFS Programs Re-Entry Orientation of 2016-17 Batch AFS India conducted the AFS Re-Entry Orientation in New Delhi from 21st July to 23rd July’2017 for the AFS Students of 2016-17 batch. The orientation was facilitated by AFS-IND staffers.

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Bert during workshop

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Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication Sarita Badhwar, Volunteer of AFS Indore chapter attended SIIC in Portland in July 2017

PRINCIPALS' MEET

SENTIO | Global Competency - Guiding the Way into the 21st Century

Bert Vercamer, Chief Program Innovation Officer of AFS Intercultural Programs and Sentio General Manager came to India on 27th August, 17. During his time here, he facilitated two whole-day AFS and Sentio Workshop, Global Competency - Guiding the Way into the 21st Century, on 29th and 30th August, 17 for Corporates & Universities. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the participants about various components of culture, share knowledge of Global Competency with focus on creating awareness about Sentio & its programs.

AUGUST National YES Gateway Orientation 2017 (Left) The National YES Gateway Orientation of 2017-18 was conducted from 5th – 7th August 2017. The 36 selected participants arrived on 5th, which marked the beginning of the orientation.

Dr. Sumer at Principal’s Meet, Chandigarh

AUGUST Principals' Meet in Chandigarh Under guidance of Dr. Sumer Singh, Board Member of AFS India, the meet was hosted by Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh and facilitated by AFS India Staff along with Dr. Sumer Singh. The successful event had 21 principals/heads and representatives from 15 schools. AFS Think Tank was also introduced during the meet.

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

AUGUST AFS Interstate Regional Class Exchange Program During August 2017, ten students along with one escort teacher, Dipti Mishra from Choithram School, North Campus, Indore participated in Domestic Class Exchange with Anand Vidya Vihar, Vadodara.

12th Annual Volunteer Meet 2017 12th Annual Volunteer Meet began on 29th September, 2017 to 2nd October, 2017 in New Delhi.

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER AUGUST-SEPTEMBER Staff Exchange Program to Russia During August-September, India Staff Member, Nikhil Bhatnagar & Suraj Sharma went to Russia on Staff Exchange Program AFS Intercultural Programs India | December 2017 | Page No - 6 www.india.afs.org | india@afs.org

Mid-stay Orientation Mid-stay orientation happened in September-October in various ports throughout India.


NOVEMBER

AFS India Day Celebrations 2017 Community Service Theme - Feed the Hungry We at AFS India do series of activities and events on different occasions throughout the year and the most special day is of course 8th Nov i.e. AFS India Day. We celebrate AFS India day at two fold level i.e. by marking the week through doing community service followed by get together & reconnecting of the volunteers for joyous moments. This year the theme of the Community Service was Feed the Hungry where all volunteers including hosted students participated.

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER EXCHANGE

NOVEMBER

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER-NOVEMBER Czech Republic Volunteers in India. They were hosted in Pune & Mumbai in November-December.

Birth Anniversary of Karnatak State Karnataka State celebrated its birth anniversary on 1st Nov at AFS Bangalore Chapter volunteer Kashmira Kole's apartment complex. Kashmira and the LC invited host students from Chennai and Bangalore for the big do.

Association with YES Foundation The association between AFS India and YES FOUNDATION started because of our AFS Alumni (AFS’09), Nishita Mehta. YES FOUNDATION has given great opportunity to our outstanding alumni so that they get a chance to engage in social causes while being a socially conscious youth leader.

Hungary Volunteers in India. They were hosted in Delhi & Indore during September-October.

ADAM Exchange Program to Adana, Turkey Indian Volunteers participated in ADAM Exchange Program to Adana, Turkey in the month of September October

Swetabh Kumar and Akash Kumar (YES’14) have been selected for YES FOUNDATION Media for Social Change Fellowship & YES!. Swetabh was placed in Bangalore while Akash did his fellowship in Delhi.

Convocation, Bengaluru Cohort

Russian Volunteers in India. They were hosted in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad in November. AFS Intercultural Programs India | December 2017 | Page No - 7 www.india.afs.org | india@afs.org


DECEMBER

National Community Service Trip 2017 in Indore AFS India conducted its first Community Service Project at National level from 18th-23rd December 2017 with 39 volunteers representing 10 chapters. Each volunteer took the initiative to be part of this six-day project in Indore with great enthusiasm and energy. With the various activities sketched down and planned by the working group in Volunteer Strategic Plan with the aim of appreciating them and engaging them, Community Service Project is one of them. For the Project, AFS India partnered with an organization named Round Table, a nonprofit entity doing community Service project to Build Infrastructure for Education of Underprivileged Children. The Community Service Project undertook in three Gramodaya Schools (Government Schools) at three different locations in the outskirts of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. All the Volunteers were grouped into different wings of community activities such as: - Personal Hygiene for Girls, - Education with focus on English & Computer Science, - Painting (of Classrooms & Washrooms) and - Construction (of Classrooms & Washrooms).

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AFS Intercultural Programs India Newsletter | December 2017  

Newsletter 2017 As another wonderful year of 2017 ended, we are sharing our achievements and accomplishments of 2017 with all of you. We’re...

AFS Intercultural Programs India Newsletter | December 2017  

Newsletter 2017 As another wonderful year of 2017 ended, we are sharing our achievements and accomplishments of 2017 with all of you. We’re...