WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Our Community Volunteer programme is a fantastic opportunity to be a responsible traveller and make a positive contribution during your stay in Sri Lanka by working on a variety of important and worthwhile projects. After your initial introduction week, you will then get the opportunity to spend time on a number of the community projects on offer, so with a little adaptability and flexibility you are sure to benefit from an all round Sri Lankan experience.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Sri Lanka, and of course Kandy, with visits to local sites of special interest such as nearby markets, sample the local cuisine, familiarise yourself with Sri Lankan customs and meet the local people, as well as hopefully learning some key phrases to help you get by. Following this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings, your briefings for the volunteer work will begin along with language classes and cooking lessons throughout the week.
Your work programme and schedule will vary depending on the time of your visit and any personal interest or experience, but with a little flexibility and enthusiasm you are sure to have a wonderful experience. Upon arrival in Sri Lanka you will meet your local coordinator to design the ideal project for you personally. All volunteers are encouraged to leave their own personal mark on the project work, and the range of activities available to you includes:
Experience the heartbeat of the future generation of Kandy, as you bring your own teaching style to the classroom. Make a difference to the lives of the children who will hang on your every word, and make friends for life with the teachers and students alike.
Elderly care work
Contribute to the everyday running of a local care home for the elderly with maintenance and improvement work, decoration and gardening work, and learn about the Sri Lanka of days gone by from the residents who will be equally as eager to learn about your life and home.
If you prefer some hard work and like to be hands-on, throw yourself into the construction programme which focuses on improving and maintaining local temples and nursery schools. Your involvement will depend upon the needs of the project at the time and what stage the renovations are at, but working on such integral community projects is sure to win you lots of friends!