Sri Lanka Care and Community

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where?Near Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Projects Abroad Care volunteer, Madeleine Westley from New Zealand, dresses up with young children at the Care project in Sri Lanka
Projects Abroad Care volunteer, Madeleine Westley from New Zealand, dresses up with young children at the Care project in Sri Lanka

Your group will be working in a school, preschool or day care centre in a small town on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka leading games or educational activities such as helping children learn the alphabet or organising arts and crafts. In the afternoons you will assist in other activities including helping with homework, organising and playing sports and games or reading with a child individually.

A group of children from a preschool pose for the camera
A group of children from a preschool pose for the camera

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit a Tsunami affected area. Work has been ongoing since the Tsunami hit in 2004 and thankfully most of the affected families have been re-housed. Still, a lot of work is needed to regenerate local communities and provide extra educational support to children affected by the tragedy. These projects will give you a great chance to continue the good work done by our past volunteers. You might be helping with basic conversational English lessons or organising a sports day where children from local communities can get involved.

Sri Lanka's population is multi-religious and multi-ethnic, and its cultural heritage is equally as rich and diverse. Sri Lanka is teeming with varied and exotic wildlife species and with national parks, wetlands, rainforest reserves and stunning beaches, her landscape couldn’t be more diverse. The food in Sri Lanka is a real pleasure and wherever you go, you will find the Sri Lankan people are always extremely friendly.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

 

Sample Itinerary

  • First week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    1 Sunday Depending on Time of Arrival Arrival in Colombo and meeting a member of staff to go to accommodation
    2 Monday 9:00 –13:00 City and Sukitha Children’s Care Placement orientation: introduction to work and information about available resources / Say hello to children
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    15:30 - 17:00 Kalutara Temple Visit
    17:00 – 19:30 Rest and relax
    19:30 Dinner at accommodation
    3 Tuesday 07:30-10:15 Help regular teachers take class
    10:15 -10:30 Break time
    10:30- 12:00 Activity 1: Chinese Lantern Train whistles made out of empty half-liter bottles
    12:00-12:30 Prepare tomorrow’s activity
    12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (at Sukitha)
    14.00 – 17.00 Refurbishment work (paint upstair) and Prepare a veggie garden (downstairs)
    17:00 - 19:30 Go back to accommodation & Recreation
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    4 Wednesday 07:30-10:15 Help regular teachers take class
    10:15 -10:30 Break time
    10:30- 12:00 Activity 2:Papier-Mâché Balloon, Making Pin wheels
    12:00-12:30 Prepare tomorrow’s activity
    12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (at Sukitha)
    14.00 – 17.00 Refurbishment work (paint upstairs) and Prepare a veggie garden (downstairs)
    17:00 - 19:30 Go back to accommodation & Recreation
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    5 Thursday 07:30-10:15 Help regular teachers take class
    10:15 -10:30 Break time
    10:30- 12:00 Activity 3: Hand printing, wax designs
    12:00-12:30 Prepare tomorrow’s activity
    12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (at Sukitha)
    14.00 – 17.00 Refurbishment work (paint upstairs) and Prepare a veggie garden (downstairs)
    17.00 - 19:30 Go back to accommodation & Recreation
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    6 Friday 08:30 - 12.00 Help at the centre - Clean, Scrub, cook, Serve & wash up
    12.00 – 14.00 Back to accommodation for lunch
    15.00 – 17.00 Help at the centre - Clean & Scrub & play ball games with the residents
    17.00 - 19:30 Recreation
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    7 Saturday 5:00-9:00 Breakfast on the way and depart for Peradeniya
    9:30-12:00 Botanical Gardens
    12:00-14:00 Lunch
    14:00-17:00 Travel to Kandy city-Temple of Tooth Relic and watch traditional dancing show
    19:00 Dinner
    20:00 Rest and relax
  • Second week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    8 Sunday 6:00-12:00 Breakfast and travel to Pinawala Elephant Orphanage
      Lunch
    Afternoon Travel back to Kalutara
    19:30 Dinner at accommodation
    9 Monday 08:00 Public holiday (Poya day) Get-together for all 2WS volunteers
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    10 Tuesday 07:30-10:15 Help regular teachers to take the class
    10:15 -10:30 Break time
    10:30- 12:00 Activity 4: Making clown hats, paper plate activities
    12:00-12:30 Prepare tomorrow’s activity
    12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (at Sukitha)
    14.00 – 17.00 Refurbishment work (paint upstairs) and prepare a flower garden (downstairs)
    17.00 – 19:30 Go back to accommodation & Recreation
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    11 Wednesday 07:30-10:15 Help regular teachers take class
    10:15 -10:30 Break time
    10:30- 12:00 Activity 5: Summer Outdoor Collection Collage
    12:00-12:30 Prepare tomorrow’s activity
    12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (at Sukitha)
    14.00 – 17.00 Refurbishment work (paint upstairs) and prepare a flower garden (downstairs)
    17.00 - 19:30 Go back to accommodation & Recreation
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    12 Thursday 07:30-10:15 Help regular teachers take class
    10:15 -10:30 Break time
    10:30- 12:00 Activity 6: Base of Bottle-Printing, Baa Baa Sheep
    12:00-12:30 Prepare tomorrow’s activity (last day activities)
    12:30-14:00 Lunch Break (at Sukitha)
    14.00 – 17.00 Refurbishment work (paint upstairs) and prepare a flower garden (downstairs)
    17.00 - 19:30 Go back to accommodation & Recreation
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    13 Friday 07:30-10:15am Last day at School/Common Room: Help regular teachers take class, Mask Making, Farewell Games and singing
    10:15am -10:30am Creative movement to music…..and big Cake
    10:15am -12:00am Activities continued…
    12.00-13:00 All together for lunch and “together time”
    14.30 – 18.00 Colombo Tour: Gangarama, Rock Church, Independence Memorial etc, Curio shopping in Bambalapitiya
    19.30 Dinner at accommodation
    14 Saturday   Departure to Airport according to the flight time

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