Nature of the project: Teaching English to the Monks
Type of the Project: Educational/Social
Starting & Ending Date: 23 Jul – 05 Aug
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 15
Galle is a place with lot of monasteries and Monks. This will truly be an amazing experience where the GWC volunteers will get to interact with the Monks and help them learn English Language. And in return you will experience the Buddhist rituals and meditations carried out inside the monastery. This will be a truly spiritual enlightenment for the volunteers. The state authority is not able to give training to these monks due to limited resources. Volunteers will also use your skills and talent in teaching different vocational skills to the monks such as painting, sewing, sports, story telling, typing and other related skills. You will also part with knowledge in the field of Math, Computer and health or wherever necessary.
Monks are like the life line of the community due to religious and social sentiments. The volunteers would be required to interact closely and actively with the local community and at the orphanages to maximize the impact of good work. The suffering people including children do not get enough attention from Government and this is where volunteers leave their mark. Volunteers can take a break from the work by visiting near by Parks and tourist spots for relaxation. GWC believes the young has the power to bring in change smoothly, so please come forward and join hands with us for this noble cause.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Colombo International Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can stroll around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Sri Lanka Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Elephant Conservation Project) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Sri Lanka along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Srilanka will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a Home base. You will be served with 3 meals a day which includes Dal, Bhat, Curry, Bread, and Pickle etc with occasional supplement of chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Srilankan culture and lifestyle closely.