Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4-10
  • Wifi in public areas No
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

Babycare

This babycare center was started under the Child and Labor Department of Sri Lanka.The baby care center in Sri Lanka operates with minimal resources and a handful of staff.By placing participants here we help the baby care center carry out daily operations without interruptions. Participants are required to strictly follow the rules and adapt to the conditions of the center and not compare them to Western standards.Local centers have their own methods of working with children.The babycare care center looks after babies and toddlers and provides them with food, clothing, childcare and medical care with the help of other private organizations and with the help of the participants.Participants will be required to care for around 15 – 20 babies and toddlers in the centre.Their duties involve helping the staff in cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets, and pillows and keeping the area clean and sterile.You will also have to help prepare food and feed the babies and toddlers.

Elders’ Home

We are working with several elders’ homes in the area helping to provide a better quality of life to elderly people.Elderly people in these homes are being provided with food, shelter and medical facilities free of charge.

Number of elders can be varied from home to home and and in each place there are both male and female elderly people aged between 50 to 80 years.The home provides accommodation, food, clothing and medication with the help of private organizations and you.Elders’ Homes in Sri Lanka operate with minimal resources and a handful of staff.By placing you here we help the elders’ homes carry out daily operations without interruptions.You are required to strictly follow the rules and adapt to the conditions of the elders’ home and not compare them to Western standards.Local elders’ homes have their own methods of working with the elderly.The main idea of this project is to “GIVE LOVE AND CARE.” You are required to care for the elderly in the following ways: Cleaning them; giving them a bath; listening to what they have to say; keeping them occupied by talking to them, playing with them or reading to them; helping the sisters to clean the home and prepare food if required and attending to sick elders by giving them medicines, etc.

Home for the Children and Persons with Disabilities

This home for children and persons with disabilities is run by Mother Teresa Foundation under the supervision of the Department of Probation and Childcare, Sri Lanka.The home accommodates more than 120 children, girls, boys, women and men with disabilities between the age 1 to 60 years.By joining this project, you can extend your support, love and care to all these people in need.The typical hours of working would be between 8.30 to 15.30.However, if you take part in this project, Thursdays would be project holidays.On Thursdays you may relax or you can join with another project if available.

Village Kids

In Sri Lanka, obtaining English education is quite expensive and most of the children in villages are not able to attend for private tuition classes to improve their English knowledge.Therefore, under this project, you will be teaching English for children in villages after their school hours are over. The teaching will occur either at a community center or a home of parent who would like to provide space to conduct the teaching related activities. Since this project will be carried out only for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon, it is suggested that you combine this with another project, which takes place in the morning.

Aims & Objectives

The project aims to give the local communities a good education and basic knowledge of good health and care in order for them to gain a better and secure future.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Babycare:

  • Help the staff in cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets and pillows.
  • Keep the area clean and sterile.
  • Prepare baby food and feed the babies.

Elders Home:

  • Care for the elders.
  • Cleaning them and give them a bath.
  • Listen to what they have to say.
  • Keep them occupied by talking to them, playing with them or reading to them.
  • Help the sisters to clean the home and prepare food if required.
  • Attend to sick elders by giving them medicines, etc.

Home for the Children and Persons with Disabilities:

  • Cleaning the surroundings
  • Supporting staff with the available activities
  • Engaging in recreational activities with children
  • Treating all the residents with love and care
  • Feeding the residents

Village Kids

  • Teaching English to children
  • Preparing lesson plans
  • Organizing culture sharing activities
  • Engaging in games and other interactive activities to improve their spoken and written English abilities
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Living & Location

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities.Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign power, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

You will be accommodated in one of our centers which are located 2-4 kilometers away from Kandy center. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities

Our house is located 2 kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plains national park and the railway museum.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Population:        20 million

Capital:        Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo

Language:        Sinhalese, Tamil

Currency:        Sri Lankan Rupee

Time zone:        UTC +5:30

Country Information

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak - a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Climate

Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations to visit year-round as the rainy seasons hit the island in opposite locations at different times of the year. That being said, Sri Lanka is a country that can be visited if you know where to go in search for the best weather.

Southwest

The south-western monsoon hits between May and September and the dry season occurs from December to March.

North and coastal regions

The monsoon season happens between October and January while the dry seasons takes places between May and September.

Culture

Sri Lanka is known for its distinct cuisine, its indigenous holistic medicines, its cricket practices and export of tea, cinnamon and gemstones. Moreover, the country boasts a rich artistic tradition which includes music, dance and visual arts.

Sri Lanka has been shaped by many aspects. The first and most obvious being the heritage of Theravada Buddhism passed from India. Furthermore, the colonial period left a big mark in the country’s traditions and culture, with British elements being featured in every corner as well as Dutch and Portuguese.

Sri Lanka, better known as the “nation of smiling people”, is a paradisiac island that Napoleon described as a world-like biodiversity in a tiny piece of land on the Indian ocean. Multicultural, multi-religious and multi-coloured country, formerly named Ceylon, is known for its delicious black tea, it’s heart-warming inhabitants and its history-filled corners.

Gastronomy

Sri Lankan cuisine has been heavily influenced by many factors such as the British colonization, its closeness to southern India and more. Some stables of Sri Lankan food are rice, coconut and spices - many spices.

Kottu Roti, a blend of chopped roti, vegetables and meat is a unique dish served in Sri Lanka and one that everyone must try while here! Another staple dish are hoppers (appa), based on batter, coconut milk and spices.

Sri Lankans eat with their right hands, which can be hard to adjust to at first. However, many restaurants will provide cuttery if requested.

Key Dates

January: Duruthu

Celebrates the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. During Duruthu, thousands of people attend colorful parades, which consist of three processions on the nights before the full moon. The processions consist of fireball performers, drummers, dances, decorated elephants and the most important - a gigantic tusker treading a white carpet.

April 13th or 14th: Avurudda (New Year)

Avurudda celebrates the Sinhalese New Year in Sri Lanka. According to Sinhalese astrology, the new year begins when the sun changes from Meena Rashi (Pisces) to Mesha Rashi (Aries).

June: Poson Festival

Poson Festival takes place on the full moon day of June and celebrates the arrival of Buddhism, which occurred when Arahat Mahinda, the son of the emperor of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism.

October or November: Diwali (Festival of Lights)

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and good over evil. It is celebrated with millions of lights shining over houses, temples, and buildings. Diwali is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November, on the darkest, new moon night of Karitika.

In Sri Lanka, it is tradition to take an oil bath in the morning, wear new clothes, exchange presents and visit the Koil a Hindu Temple. In the evenings, oil lamps are lit to invite the blessings from the goddess of wealth.