Nature of the project: Working with Orphans
Type of the Project: Social Change
Starting & Ending Date: 10 Oct – 23 Oct
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 15
Assisting at orphanage homes is a remarkable opportunity for those who have a passion to help the lesser privileged children. GWC works in close collaboration with local NGOs who are involved in bettering the lives of people who were devastated by the tsunami in late 2004. The killer waves of this tsunami took away the lives of many people resulting in thousands of children orphans. Many more became orphans after losing their parents to the dreaded HIV AIDS. These children are deprived of the very basic necessities of life like education, good health and dignity of humane life.
As a GWC volunteer you will provide the orphan children with the much needed love, care and attention. You would help teach the children with basic English conversation skills, play with them, help them do their homework and studies, organize extracurricular activities for them such as story telling, singing, dancing, performing puppet shows, painting and solving puzzles etc . Volunteers will also use your skills and talent in teaching different vocational skills to the children such as painting, beautician, sewing, typing and other related skills. You may also be asked by the orphanage staff for additional help in arranging day trips, sanitation, cooking, serving children, fundraising and administration etc. 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 (Working with Orphans) 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.
Volunteers traveling to host country are suggested to arrive one day before the start of program. The weekly work camp fee will cover expenses at beginning of the first day of the program (Refer to date in the table) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program and/or stay beyond the last day of the program, expenses will be the responsibility of the volunteer (usually $30-$50 per day for room/food at the hotel).
If you are delayed or miss your flight, it is highly recommended that you call our offices or your coordinator and make alternative arrangements with them. In the event that a volunteer gets lost, then we suggest them to go to the specific contact hotel (provided within the pre-departure package) using a pre-paid taxi service. There is an office offering pre-paid taxi services inside the airport. Please do not use outside taxies. Once participants make contact with GWC’s representative or in-country coordinator, they will then be transferred to GWC’s respective offices/hostel.