Nature of the project: Working with Disabled Children/Adults
Type of the Project: Social/Educational
Starting & Ending Date: 23 Apr – 06 May
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 15
This is one of the very emotional and emotionally rewarding experiences this project has in store for the young kind hearted GWC volunteers. Disabled people including children who fall into the most vulnerable category are the most neglected in Srilanka. Like in the past these people look up to volunteers like you for warmth, love and care besides other kind of interactions. At the project the volunteers could assist local staff in physical/occupational therapy sessions. You can also help the disabled children by feeding them, bathing them, playing with them, dressing and washing their clothes. You can help and support the blind people by guiding them to anywhere they would want to go. You can help the wheelchair users by helping them with the wheelchair for transport from one place to other. You can also help in developing creative programs such as art, music, and dance etc. You are also encouraged to help in the kitchen and serve lunch in the dining room. You being young and energetic have the amazing ability to motivate these disabled people and instill confidence in them. You may also help raise fund towards the welfare of these people. Join hands with GWC and be part of the change that the young like you can bring to the lesser privileged people of Srilanka.
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.