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10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers’ Exchange: Health on Stage

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
20 Aug 11 - 01 Oct 11 ASEF Education Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Bangalore (India)

21 enthusiastic volunteers from 14 ASEM countries were engaged in a 6-week project “Health on Stage”. Divided in three groups, the volunteers organised forum theatre performances with and for the local communities in South India. They worked closely with the slum-dwellers in Bangalore, workers from an industrial belt in Chennai and villagers in Mysore.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and Field Services & Intercultural Learning (FSL-India) were organising this project: the 10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange (AEYVE): Health on Stage, from 20th August to 1st October 2011.

Check out "Health on Stage" pictures here

Open Day

An Open Day public event was organised on 30th September in Bangalore. Participants and organisers shared their insights in the project with representatives from the media, NGOs and other interested parties.

This project is in the framework of the International Year of Volunteering +10 (IYV+10).

Project Updates

  • Health on Stage film

    Published on 13 Apr 2012

    10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers' Exchange (AEYVE): Health on Stage film is now ONLINE!

    The film showcases experiences of 'Health on Stage' volunteers and community members. What they learnt, how they learnt, what was so special about that learning - everything in motion pictures is available online for viewing.

    Share the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agAAfZQMydY and spread the word!

  • Health on Stage - video teaser

    Published on 09 Apr 2012

    10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers' Exchange (AEYVE): Health on Stage video teaser is now ONLINE! Share this teaser with your friends and colleagues as we bring you the full 'Health on Stage' film on Friday 13 April 2012.

    Share the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCqHrVsMTzk and spread the word!

  • Health on Stage: a new beginning

    Published on 31 Oct 2011

    Health on Stage participants“’Health on Stage’ has given me the opportunity to appreciate deeply the value of forum theatre in social transformation,” said Felimon Blanco, theatre practitioner from The Philippines. “It also proved that people from diverse cultural backgrounds can work together towards a common goal.” Felimon was one of 21 young international volunteers who participated in the 10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange (AEYVE): Health on Stage project in India.

    Six weeks after closely working with communities in South India, all ‘Health on Stage’ volunteers from 14 countries are now making a new beginning. They took back learning experiences to their respective countries and will continue with community development work in their own ways. As Otgontseren Osor, a volunteer from Mongolia, said: “I am a teacher. I would like to share my knowledge and experience to teach my students in a more creative way.”

    “Health on Stage” was also a networking opportunity for many. Noted Anupama M.P., one of the Indian volunteers: “I came here empty handed but I am leaving with a network of international volunteers. This will strongly help me with my future community development initiatives in India”.

    Participants used knowledge of forum theatre as a creative medium to promote public health dialogue in Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai. Public health, particularly water related diseases, is one of the main concerns in these underprivileged urban, sub-urban and rural pockets of South India. “Lack of adequate hygiene and sanitation facilities, open defecation and unclean environment have been some of the root causes behind such diseases,” noted Rubini Raghunathan, “Health on Stage” volunteer and local Self-Help-Group (SHG) member in Chennai.

    “It was difficult but in the end, we as a team did a great job performing short simple street plays that touched at least a few lives in the communities,” said Evelien Driessen, volunteer from The Netherlands. “I truly believe we were able to create awareness that people in the communities can have the power to change their living conditions and thus improve their lives.”

    Such field experiences from “Health on Stage” were shared by participants at the “Open Day” event in Bangalore, India (30th September). The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) with Field Services & Inter-Cultural Learning (FSL India) organised this event as the closing session of the “10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange programme: Health on Stage”. Representatives from civil society organisations, forum theatre practitioners, public health experts and the media participated in this occasion.

    See the pictures from the project,

  • Participants share after the training

    Published on 08 Sep 2011

    “Health on Stage” training phase is over. Let’s hear what the participants share:

    The training brought us out of our shells. It definitely worked!” - Anna Burgin from New Zealand

    Through small but meaningful experiences, we learnt how best forum theatre can be used to facilitate public health dialogue” -  Xerxes Seposo from The Philippines

    It was a challenging training that evolved me as a volunteer and as a person” - Helena Pinto from Portugal

    The games were good and the presentation was excellent” - Rubini Raghunathan from India

    An amazing group of people from many cultures and professional backgrounds. I feel confident we will make this programme a success” - Evelien Driessen from The Netherlands

    After the training I felt confident to perform with the communities” - Petra Jamnik from Slovenia

  • Health on Stage is underway in India

    Published on 05 Sep 2011

    After a week of inter-cultural exchanges and learning the applications of ‘forum theatre’, young volunteers of “Health on Stage” are now ready to perform. “Forum Theatre has been used mainly for protest art in India until now,” according to Jaya Iyer, Indian forum theatre trainer. “Health on Stage volunteers will now focus on public health, with all its social and cultural dimensions in the specific locations. The performances are unique, courageous, and, like all creative acts, offer the potential of real change.” Jaya is training the volunteers for the “Health on Stage” initiative.

    “Health on Stage” is the 10th edition of the Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange (AEYVE) programme. These volunteers have been trained since 20th August. They will now use the applications and methodologies of forum theatre along with creative team-building exercises which they have learnt and get an in-depth understanding of the issue of water-related diseases. This is one of the most pressing public health issues of the local communities where the participants will organise forum theatre performances.

    Working in three groups, the 21 volunteers will visit the slum-dwellers in Bangalore, workers in an industrial belt in Chennai and villagers in Mysore. They will explore hygiene and sanitation-related concerns in these locations. By closely interacting with the local communities, the volunteers will raise awareness of the main public health issues. Who knows? Perhaps by the end of their performances, the local communities may arrive at their own solutions for mitigating their problems.

    The three groups of volunteers will converge in Bangalore on 26th September to review their experience in the field. They will make recommendations on how to make the best use of forum theatre to promote dialogue within local communities on water-related diseases for improving their living conditions.

  • “This project in India is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about forum theatre and its relevance to public health,” says Suzanne Prak from the Netherlands. She adds, “It is about intercultural learning and communication, allowing us to practice in field situations, to meet people, to create intercultural collaborations and together contribute to more education on public health by using creative methods”. Suzanne is one of the 21 volunteers from 15 ASEM countries who will participate in the 10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange (AEYVE): Health on Stage - Enhancing Cultural Competencies for Public Health Dialogue.

    This ASEF initiative, co-organised with the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), is hosted by the Field Services & Inter-Cultural Learning (FSL India). It will take place in India (Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore; 20 August - 1 October 2011).

    Health on Stage marks ASEF’s decade-long dedication and commitment to the promotion of International Voluntary Service in the ASEM area. It is taking place to commemorate the United Nations Volunteers’ (UNV) 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteering (IYV+10) and the European Year of Volunteering. An innovative and creative approach, it also engages communities in ASEM countries. “It reaches out on issues that are closely linked to their everyday lives,” says Mr Zhang Hongtie, Director of ASEF’s People-to-People Exchange department.

    During the first phase of the programme (20-28 August, Bangalore), the volunteers will be equipped with necessary skills by experts from the fields of forum theatre and public health. This will be followed by field activities in the next phase (28 August - 26 September). Divided into three groups, the volunteers are sent to Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore, where they will perform with and for the local communities. They will go to the slums in Bangalore, industrial belt in Chennai and tribal village in Mysore.

    For the evaluation phase, all participants will converge in Bangalore (27 September - 01 October). Based on what they will have experienced in the field, recommendations on how to make the best use of forum theatre in promoting dialogue on water-related diseases will be explored.

    “Water related diseases are common in all three locations where Health on Stage will take place,” says Rakesh S Soans, President of FSL India. He adds, “The most challenging as well as exciting part of the project will be when international volunteers and local participants communicate this public health concern through forum theatre.”

    An Open Day will be organised on 30th September. Participants and organisers will then share their insights about the project with representatives from the media, NGOs and other interested parties. More details about the registration will be shared later at www.asef.org

  • Health on Stage : Participants Speak

    Published on 04 Sep 2011

    21 young volunteers from 14 ASEM countries will be participating at the 10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange programme: Health on Stage.19 out of 21 are already selected who will learn, share and experience to promote public health dialogue through forum theatre.

    Health on Stage marks ASEF’s decade-long commitment to the promotion of International Voluntary Service in the ASEM area. It is commemorating the United Nations Volunteers’ (UNV) 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteering (IYV+10) and the European Year of Volunteering.

    To know the volunteers and hear what they have to share, visit our Facebook page...

  • List of selected participants

    Published on 03 Sep 2011

    Out of 82 promising applications, the organisers selected the following 21 young volunteers:

    Margarita Meri NGO EstYes Estonia
    Morgane Nicolas Concordia France
    Dimitrios Kolotouros Service Civil International Hellas Greece
    Mu’alimah Hudatwi Indonesia international Workcamp Indonesia
    Pramudita Widiatmoko Dejavato Foundation Indonesia
    Mithil Muthanna FSL India
    Dinesh Saranga FSL India
    Nagoor Kani FSL India
    Takeshi Mizuguchi Never-ending International workCamps Exchange (NICE) Japan
    Aiva Roga Culture and Art Centre Nātre Latvia
    Otgontseren Osor Kharkhorin Secondary School #2 Mongolia
    Evelien Driessen Stichting Internationale Vrijwilligersprojekten The Netherlands
    Suzanne Prak Stichting Leesmij The Netherlands
    Anna Burgin Lattitude Global Volunteering New Zealand
    Felimon Blanco Zambosur Arts Center The Philippines
    Xerxes Seposo Center for Health Development IVB The Philippines
    Helena Pinto Centro de Promoção Social Portugal
    João Rodrigues Institute for University Cooperation & Solidarity Portugal
    Petra Jamnik Zavod Voluntariat – SCI Slovenia Slovenia
    Huy Tran Solidarités Jeunesses Vietnam
    Thu Pham Volunteers for Peace Vietnam
  • Call for participants: Health on Stage

    Published on 02 Sep 2011

    Are you between 20 and 35 years old? Actively involved in International Voluntary Service and Intercultural Learning? Interested in Forum Theatre and Public Health topics?

    Participate in Health on Stage! This August-September for 6 weeks in India.

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) bring this platform to young volunteers from across Asia and Europe to enhance cultural competencies to foster dialogue on public health. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from the experts, share with peers and experience with communities.

Partners

  • The Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS)
  • Field Services and Inter-Cultural Learning India (FSL India) 

Sponsors

  • Government of Japan
This project is sponsored by the Government of Japan.