Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 12
  • 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

Renovation

If you select this program, you will be working in one of the temples in Dambulla village by painting the walls and cleaning the surroundings of the temple. This would be a great experience, if you want to take a taste of the traditional food served in Sri Lanka since the hospitable villagers will serve you delicious food for the work you are doing to support them.

Farming

Through this program, you will be working at a local farm where you will be able to pick the freshly grown vegetables and taste some of them during your stay. You will also work to plant different varieties of vegetables and fruits, water them and look after them. This farm belongs to the temple of the village and all the vegetables grown there are sent for the use by the temple and the villagers.

Preschool teaching

If you select the program during a time in which the preschools are operating, you will be able to support the local children by teaching them some basic English words and phrases, playing with them and coming up with creative ways to make their learning process more interesting. The preschool teaching would usually take place in the morning. You can use the afternoon hours for preparing lessons plans.

Most of the time, you will be riding bicycles when you are visiting the project locations. Furthermore, you will be able to select one of these projects depending on availability.

Aims & Objectives

The project aims to develop and help the local community in the everyday farming activities and also by renovating the monasteries to bring back their lost glory.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Renovation:

  • Cleaning the surroundings of the temple
  • Painting the walls and other required areas in the temple premises
  • Painting and restoration of artwork (Only if required, under the permission of the head monk)

Farming:

  • Planting
  • Watering the existing plants
  • Harvesting
  • Weeding

Preschool Teaching:

  • Teaching basic English lessons for children
  • Support the local teachers in organizing activities
  • Coming up with creative lesson plans to make the learning process interesting
  • Teaching songs and poems to children
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

Dambulla is a village located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is quite popular both among locals and foreigners for the beautiful cave temples. However, the area in which we operate is not touristy and the locals in this area lead simple lifestyles. The majority of the people living in Dambulla are Buddhists and thus the area consists of many temples that require development.

Your accommodation in Dambulla will consists of two big rooms which are separated for males and females. Each room can facilitate a maximum of 12 persons per room and each room consists of 2 bathrooms. Since the accommodation is bordering a river, you will be able to spend your free time relaxing at the huts specially built for you to socialize with each other.

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.

Facilities

Grocery shops will be available at a 10 minutes walking distance to buy basic items. The closest town would be Dambulla main town which is approx. 30 minutes away by bus. The bus stop is available at a 10 minutes distance by walkl. Bicycles will also be available for you to use only for the project visits.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Sigiriya Rock Castle should be a must visit destination if you select this program. This is an ancient castle built on the top of giant rock and when you reach the top of the rock, the view would be spectacular. This place also boasts about some important wall paintings and ruins with archeological significance.

Dambulla cave temple is another place you can visit during your stay in Sigiriya. This Buddhist temple is also a popular destination among tourists due to the presence of around 80 caves in the area.

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.