Volunteers

Chloe Sorel

February-April 2016
  • Accompaniment of FIN research team in focus group discussions in the Nilgiris district.
  • Statistical analysis of school survey conducted by Sangeeta Venkatesh.
  • Presentation along with FIN team on school sanitation in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Analysis of data on toilet construction compiled by Dr. Ramani.

Zoë Heritage

July-September 2016
  • Accompaniment of FIN Kameshwaram team and analysis through direct observation and interaction
  • Testing out of Pro-poor innovations – the sand fridge
  • Organization of the bus painting project
  • Creation of a garden in front of the FIN office
  • Teaching about the process of composting
  • Supervision of a research project on women’s entrepreneurial development undertaken by Susila and Ponnumani of Bharathi Dasan University
  • Analysis of the waste management data compiled by Sumathi
  • Helping in the organization and implementation of workshops in Ooty and Kameshwaram.

Shanmugarajan

Since Februrary, 2016
  • Accompaniment of FIN Kameshwaram team and discussions about planning of work.
  • Monitoring and motivating progress in projects
  • Helping in the organization and implementation of workshops in Ooty and Kameshwaram in August 2016.
  • Accompaniment of FIN Kameshwaram team to Delhi for the World Toilet day conference (November 19, 2016)

Manon Palomo

June-August 2015

What I learnt:

  • The importance of having only a few but clear and specific objectives, so we are able to achieve them.
  • The necessity of others; to work in a team is very efficient in terms of division of labour. Each person has particular capacities and fields of expertise: to understand these differences and to mix them lead to a better work.
  • Within teams, the ability to listen and to adapt are essential to progress.
  • That the most important is the passion we put in a project. To overcome the – numerous – obstacles, it is fundamental to love and to believe in the work we do.

Pranay Jain

June-August 2015

What I learnt:

  • A common goal can unite people speaking different language, from different countries and following different cultures. Work ethics also play a key role here.
  • It is more important to find one’s passion, the work done accordingly would automatically be more efficient.
  • Every person has his/her own comfort zone and the way to work with them would differ. Success of a project depends sometimes more on inter-personal skills than technical know-how.
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Lucile Rogissart

June-August 2015

What I learnt:

  • How important & efficient synergy is in team work. The recipe for it is a subtle balance between hard work and chill time, individual and common work, as well as a good knowing of each member’s capabilities and aspirations.
  • Cultural differences are mainly affecting the software of people’s mind, but the hardware (the values, the ethic…) can be very close between two people from opposed parts of the world.
  • How to work in very autonomous way, under numerous constraints and how it can improve creativity among the team and the individuals.
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