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CARE FOR CHILDREN IN CHILDREN AND ELDERS HOME NEAR JA ELA IN SRI LANKA

SRI LANKA

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN A CHILDREN AND ELDERS HOME NEAR JA ELA IN SRI LANKA

Make a difference in an Orphanage, Children’s Home and Elderly Persons Care Home. This is a small Home with around 12 boys and 15 elderly ladies. You'll help by playing with the children and caring for them.

Your love and care is the most important contribution you can make to their well-being.

The types of activities you can also get involved in with the children include sewing & handicrafts, English lessons, Maths classes ... and lots of games!

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Price From £795, excluding flights.
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Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements No qualifications or experience required, just lots of enthusiasm and a love of children.
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food 
Meeting you at Colombo airport

►Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Free T-Shirt.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or short break in Sri Lanka or South-East Asia, or for those interested in TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the fascinating culture of Sri Lanka

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

WORK CONTENT:
Volunteer with disadvantaged children and elders on this varied project. The Care Centre is home to children who have been removed by government agencies from their family situations for a number of reasons, such as abuse, being orphaned, etc. The aim is to give the children a safe home. The children live in the Home and attend the local schools.

The Care Centre is also home to elderly women who need a safe place to live.

 Some of the time you'll work with the children, some of the live you'll care for the elders, and some of the time you may teach in the local school.

You'll assist at the Centre from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, on Monday to Friday. In the morning you will assist with the old ladies while the chldren attend the local school. If you prefer, you can use these hours to teach at the local school near the volunteer house intead, thus giving variety to your project. 

When the children arrive back from school, usually around 12.00 noon, your attention  will be given to them. You'll help by playing with the children and teaching them various skills. Love and care is the most important job required. The types of activities the children do include sewing & handicraft, music, English lessons, Math's classes, and so on. Each day has a different programme.

If you have specific experience or interests that you'd like to incorporate into your programme, such as in teaching, counselling, care work, handicrafts - you will be most welcome to put them to good use here!

You'll stay in our volunteer house in Ja-Ela and you'll leave your accommodation at around 7:45 am. Lunch and tea are provided at the Care Centre/Orphanage so that you may stay all day – there is much to help with!

Getting there:
The Orphanage is about 38 kilometres from the Volunteer House in Ja-Ela that is shared with our Travellers volunteers on other projects in the Ja-Ela area. The commute time to the Care Centre is roughly 45 minutes each way. It’s a beautiful journey with very little traffic on the road to the project.

ABOUT THE CARE CENTRE / ORPHANAGE:
The orphanage/home is based just near the town of Gampaha, the house itself is in quiet shady grounds. The orphanage currently houses around 12 young boys aged between 6 and 11, each with their own background story. The orphanage aims to offer them a caring and safe environment to grow up, develop and learn in.

Due to the small nature of the orphanage, you will be able to work with the children on a very personal basis and really give them the care and attention they deserve. You will work along side the small network of staff that are based there. There is a very important focus on them learning English, so you will be able to do this with the children on a daily basis as well as taking part in other activities such as handicrafts.

The orphanage is made up of separate houses, one of which acts as a dormitory where the boys sleep. All the buildings are based in beautiful shady grounds, giving the boys a great area to run around and play in.

In addition there is an old people’s home within the same grounds. This is a great set-up as it means the boys are constantly under the watchful eye of the old ladies, whilst the old ladies get to be surrounded by the energy of the young boys. The old ladies love the attention from our volunteers as much as the boys do, so even if you've chosen not to work with the, do take a moment to go over and say hi!  You'll be greeted by huge grins!!

ACCOMMODATION:

You'll live in a quaint bungalow in a residential area surround by lush Sri Lankan landscape in the Gampaha region. The bungalow is airy and is typical of the modern styling of Sri Lankan houses. The bungalow can comfortably accommodate more than 6 volunteers, whilst still allowing you to keep a sense of having your own space. The bungalow has living and dining area and plenty of outdoor areas, including a garden, making it the perfect setting for sociable evenings with the other volunteers or reading a book in peace in tropical surroundings.

Travellers' Volunteer Coordinator, Niranjala, lives in a separate close by, with her family. Many of our past volunteers who have stayed there have commented that the place offer the opportunity to get fully immersed in the wonders of Sri Lankan culture. Niranjala is a very chatty and extremely friendly and always gets the volunteers involved in her lively community activities.

You will have all necessary facilities such a comfortably furnished living area with TV and DVD player in the lounge area. Sri Lanka is a great place to buy DVD’s.

You will likely share your room with one or more other volunteers. The bedrooms are basic but comfortable. Bedrooms normally have single beds, mosquito nets, a clothes rack, and a ceiling fan (some rooms have standing ‘pedestal’ fans only). Bedding in Sri Lanka is very basic and for some reason sheets never seem to be large enough to tuck in, so you may want to consider bringing your own bed linen with you (sheet/pillowcase).

Although we supply bed linen, towels aren't provided! You can either bring your own with you or buy one from a local shop. A tip about washing your clothes – Sri Lanka has a red dust which gets into everything – with your white washing being most at risk – you have been warned!

Facilities include shower, sink and western toilet. The showers are cold water showers here I’m afraid – it can be quite refreshing first thing in the morning before the water tank has been warmed by the sun - although with the climate being predominantly hot and humid for most of the year, taking a shower can be great way to cool off after a day spent in the Sri Lankan sun.

"I just wanted to let you know, that I had the time of my life in Sri Lanka. It was FANTASTIC, I wish the entire experience had never had to end. I would just like to say thank you to your team of organisers for organising the spectacular trip." Rajni Kanda

Volunteer accommodation on projects in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide

Volunteer accommodation on projects in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our Sri Lankan staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling and sight seeing.

  

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

1-Wk Elephant Orphanage
Meditation Course

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Sri Lanka, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

We cannot BEGIN to tell you how beautiful this paradise island is! Nor how cheap to live and get around.  It is almost too good to be true! But it is true. 

Towering Pagodas, Hindu temples and ancient fortresses to holy rivers and sacred mountains. The local people are very welcoming and friendly, especially in the rural areas. The tea plantations are a must, the lace making, monuments and architectural splendours, etc., but the most appealing is the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Not to be missed! It's an emotive sight that you'll never forget!

SRI LANKA'S FANTASTIC BEACHES!
Sri Lanka has miles and miles of amazing beaches. Some of our favourites are:

MIRISSA: Perhaps a contender for the most beautiful beach in the world. Long, deserted and hot. You know you have got away from it all as you sit and watch the sunset over this horizon…The snorkelling is also incredible here.

NEGOMBO: To the north of Colombo lies Negombo, a busting fishing town with golden beaches and a pallet of colour provided by sails and boats against the deep blue of the ocean. 

UNAWATUNA: A sleepy peaceful cove with deep still water and a temple overlooking the bay from the protecting cliffs.

HIKKADUWA: A long stretch of beach with plenty of hostels, restaurants and some nice bars, not forgetting the impromptu beach parties held on the beach front bars blaring Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led Zeplin and many other classics! Sri Lanka is a conservative island brimming with culture and Hikkaduwa offers an exciting opportunity to holiday for the odd celebratory weekend! Many a volunteer birthday has been seen in over Hikkaduwa cocktails. You can also body board and even surf on this beach.

ARUGAM BAY: This tiny fishing village is Sri Lanka’s newest hot spot and hosts the best surfing and an easy going happy party atmosphere. With its wide sweeping beach in front of the village and year round gorgeous swimming it is no surprise that this bay has developed into a low budget travellers haunt.

"Thank you for the experience you gave me, it was stunning and a memory that always always always
brings me warmth"
Tim Hancock

ADRENALIN JAUNTS:
White Water Rafting:Sri Lanka’s boulder stream rivers are the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer. Many tours are available and many begin with days of action, rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for fish time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike.  Rafting has become a very popular exciting yet safe adventure sport option.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering: Mountaineering is an adventure sport that requires skills and levels of fitness that few other adventure sports can match. The mountain ranges in Sri Lanka offer breath taking, enthralling, climbing routes. Climbing is all about discovering the natural world around and with you.

Hiking and Trekking: There’s no better way to explore the natural scenic beauty of this island with diverse climatic zones. Trekking is an excellent way to explore a country, people, their traditions and beliefs. Paths and campsites have been set up to give nature lovers the experience of a lifetime. All possible steps are taken to ensure local community benefit and nature conservation in keeping with all international camping guidelines.

Canoeing & Kayaking: This relatively new sport is rated as the most adventurous of all adventure sports. It involves descending a stream as it drops over waterfalls and boulders. In Sri Lanka they have low waterfalls for beginners and some as high as 700 feet for the very experienced - all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Climate:
The driest and best seasons are from December to March on the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May to September on the east coast. December to March is also the time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them escaping the European winter.

The coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the eye can see. The Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or the masked devil dances. Then there are the ruins, ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to satisfy any archaeologist.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.







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