In the 1st week, volunteers will help to local community/ members of the women’s group to establish/ maintain home gardens. In the 2nd week, volunteers will visit around and do 1. Cultural exchange with villagers and youth, 2. Activities with children and 3. Work and assist to the self-help group members’ activities.
Village house at nice location, close to the main road. There is electricity, so volunteers can charge our mobile and cameras, but internet is weak and let’s enjoy simple life without internet in the indigenous community. Host family will cook different kinds of local foods with fruits and volunteers should wash our dishes and clothes by hand.
Deniyaya is 200 km from Colombo with a lot of tea plantations close to Singharaga Rain Forest, the world heritage. Many English sign boards are remained due to the colonization by the UK in the past.
This workcamp has been organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (Third time in this place!). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life. Forests occupied 50% of the national land 20 years ago, but now only 30%. Most youth in this area are less educated than to urban ones.
Most of the GOs and NGOs do not want to implement programs due to less facilities, damaged roads and unavailability of luxurious life. People are suffered by poverty, but there are actually rich natural resources to have better life, even though it is also degraded by the deforestation. They have no proper guidance to change the distinctive attitudes.
High motivation to work while experiencing different type of life style, accept challenges, adopt to local environment, respect and accept local life and culture.
*Study theme: Volunteers can learn about environment, culture, livelihood, traditional agriculture and industries as well as history, old more than 2,500 years.
*Other activities: Volunteers can visit nearby temple, historical sites, some other attractive points located around the area.
*About fee, 20 USD less for Repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and those from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 45 USD to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house.