Farming and educational support for local community empowerment
- Accommodation and food: 100.00 Euro
- Transportation: 25.00 Euro
- Activities: 25.00 Euro
- Hosting organisation support: 50 Euro
Description: First part : in a fishing village located in a rural area. The population of the village is marginalized by the other communities because of poor sanitary facilities and education. The challenge for the volunteers will be to organize educational activities for the children and youth in the village, in order to motivate them to attend school everyday. This will also bring much needed outside recognition and acceptance to the village community.
Second part : in another farmers village where rice cultivation is the main income. The water reservoir is the heart of the village which collects water during the rainy season and stores water for the dry season. There are two main issues : the elephants destroying some of the farmland and young people moving to towns for better opportunities.
Type of Work: First part : supporting educational activities for children (hygiene, english, mathematics, health).
Second part : the challenge for the volunteer is to help this community by cleaning the water tank and water canals and repairing the road destroyed by the elephants. Another objective is to encourage young people to take part in the farming work which is very important to keep the rice farming alive in the village.
Study Theme: Christianity and fishing communities, Micro credit industry and it's impact on financially illiterate and marginalized communities in Sri Lanka. Buddhism and Village life, Rice farming, Human-elephant conflict.
Accommodation: You will receive basic accommodation in people’s houses or in the church and community hall. Be aware that the facilities might not be like the ones you are used to : outside toilet / no running water / limited electricity supply / limited mobile phone signal. You must prepare to sleep on the floor.
The food will be mostly vegetarian : rice and vegetables cooked by volunteers with the help of villages.
Language: Sinhalese and Tamil are local languages that can be spoken between national volunteers. English will be the common language for both local and international volunteers, and the management team.
Requirements: Bring : a mosquito net, mosquito lotion, a sleeping bag or sheets, sunscreen and a personal pharmacy. Physical work : a cap, long sleeve shirt, shoes and gloves. Provide clothes which cover your body fully and white clothing for cultural reasons.
Finally bring some pictures of your family, your friend and your home, things to share your culture such as traditional clothes from your region.
Approximate Location: Sri Lanka, Northern central province, Anuradhapura district.
Notes: Visa cost for one month = 37 USD (easy online procedure to make at least one week before coming) Travel costs to Anuradhapura are not covered.
Sri Lanka is going through a major economical and political crisis these days affecting the daily life of Sri Lankans : increase of food, gas, petrol, electricity / power cuts / protests that can sometimes lead to imposed curfew by the government. Don’t worry, you will always be safe with SCI members. Also the workcamps are situated in small rural communities, far from the potential protests of the cities. Just keep in mind that this could affect your travel a little, after/before the workcamp (even if most of the time the curfew doesn’t apply to tourists).