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SRI LANKA

CULTURAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES AND ASSISTING ON VARIOUS PROJECTS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Start your volunteering adventure with a fun-filled week of cultural activities that will immerse you in Sri Lankan culture and give you an in-depth insight into this fascinating country. Then follow this with some much-needed assistance working with a local community to assist in a variety of ways, from temple renovation to caring for babies, orphans and the elderly.

The "Introduction to Sri Lanka" week is designed to ease you into the lifestyle and the culture of the country. At the same time, you'll also get to some sightseeing, cultural training and fun activities. You'll learn some language, meet the local people, and visit temples and fairs in the local region.

Your second and subsequent weeks will focus on assisting at one or more of these activities:

  1. Babies Centre
  2. Womens’ Project
  3. Elders’ Home
  4. Orphan Care
  5. Building and Renovation – or you could even help to rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

  • Price: £995 per person for 2 weeks. £200 for each additional week. Excludes flights.
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  • Duration: 2 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
  • Start Dates: Every Monday, all year round – you choose your start and finish dates
  • Requirements: Minimum age 17, unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • What's included:
    Arranging your Programme
    Full pre-departure support and assistance
    Payment Protection insurance
    Meeting you at the nearest Airport
    Accommodation
    Food
    Daily transport to and from your project
    Local in-country team support and backup
    24-hr emergency support
    Return transfer to the airport
    Certificate of Completion
  • What's Not Included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas.
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INTRODUCTION: CULTURAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES WEEK:

The best way to embrace Sri Lanka is in our Introduction and Cultural Immersion Activities Week in Kandy, where you will get familiar with the culture and people of Sri Lanka. During this week you'll get acquainted with Buddhism, the mysterious mythology behind this culture and you'll visit a few temples, including the famous Temple of the Tooth.

You'll receive an Induction into the do’s and don’ts regarding safety, transport and women travelers. Additionally, we'll enrich your experience with language sessions so that you're able to talk to the locals. You'll also find out what a traditional Ayurvedic massage feels like!

Amongst other things, you'll also witness an ancient Kandyan dance performance and, last but not least, you'll receive cooking lessons in wich you'll get to see, smell and taste Sri Lankan cuisine.

This is a week of activities, kicking back, exploring, relaxing ... and getting to know your exciting new home!

ASSISTING AT A LOCAL KINDERGARTEN FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN PROGRAMME:

During your second and subsequent weeks, you'll focus on assisting in the local community.

Our programme runs in Kandy, one of the most scenic cities of Sri Lanka located amidst the hills. It's also home to the Famous Temple of the Tooth. Help the local community by assisting in a broad range of activities. You can either choose to focus in one of the five areas or help at more than one during you placement.

Babies Orphanage:
Care for around 15–20 babies, all of whom are below 12 months old. You'll help to prepare baby food and feed babies, help the staff clean beds, change nappies, bed sheets and pillows and help keep the area clean and sterile.

Womens’ Project:
Volunteer at shelters for women between 8-25 years who have been physically and mentally abused. Most of these women are very shy, introverted and unwilling to relate to others. Our previous volunteers have been successful in building up trust and in encouraging them to come out of their shells and relate to others.

(Please Note: Volunteering at the women's project is open only to female participants).

Elders’ Home:
The Elders Home provides free food, shelter and medical facilities to 75 adults, both male and female, aged between 50 to 80 years. You'll care for the elderly by helping ot wash them; spending time with them – listening and talking; keeping them occupied by playing with them or reading to them; helping the staff to clean the home and prepare food. If required, you can also attend to sick elders by giving them medicines, etc.

Orphan Care:
This project works with 2 boys’ Orphanages that care for orphans between 4 and 18 years. You can teach the children English, help them with their homework, play games with them, assist the staff and also help in painting and renovation work within the Orphanage.

Building and Renovation:
Rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples in and around Kandy. Work includes construction, repainting temples, cleaning in and around temples, interacting with children and villagers and helping the temples arrange Community Centres for the youth of the village.

CULTURAL IMMERSION WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monday:
    1) Introduction regarding the culture and people of Sri Lanka
  • Tuesday:
    2) Sessions on safety, transport, women travelers and do’s and don’ts
  • Wednesday:
    3) Visit temples including the Temple of the Tooth, ayurvedic massage and traditional Kandyan dance performance
  • Thursday:
    Sessions on Buddhism and mythology, plus language lessons
  • Friday:
    Sri Lankan cuisine.
    Visit to a spice plantation
  • Saturday and Sunday: Weekends are free to relax and explore the local area.
  • Note: The schedule is merely an example and the order of the above activities will change depending on local conditions.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: SAMPLE WEEKLY ITINERARY

    • Itineraries will be different depending on which elements of the project you choose to help with.

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation in Kandy is included during your stay on our programme within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Living is comfortable and all volunteer houses and home stays have electricity and running water. Accommodation at the Volunteer House in Kandy comprises of dormitory style, shared rooms.

Private rooms and double rooms can be requested, plus there is also the option of staying with a local Sri Lankan family (home stay accommodation) in Kandy, but noth these options are subject to surcharges. Please speak to your Project Co-ordinator when making your booking.

FOOD:
Meals will be provided three times a day during the week and twice during the weekend (breakfast and lunch combine to become brunch during the weekend). Breakfast is self-service with toast, fruits, tea and coffee.

Sri Lankan foods include roti bread, dal (Lentil Soup) and curries, vegetables, salads, milk and yogurt. Meat is rarely eaten, except on festive occasions.

Weekends are free to relax, and to explore the local area.

Climate:
Dry Season (December to April) where the temperature is between 22°C to 30°C.
Monsoon (May to August) with the temperature ranging between 25°C to 29°C.
Inter-monsoon (September to November) where the temperature lies between 24°C and 29°C.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into Asia and the wonderful Sri Lankan culture!
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping the local community in many ways 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!

OBJECTIVES FOR YOU

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PROJECT OBJECTIVES

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

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!

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to protecting all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.