In the 1st week, volunteers will establish a plant nursery at the temple premises with the youth by cleaning the land, making pots and composts, planting seeds and seedlings, watering, etc. 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.
Subrub of Higurakgoda, located at 231km from Colombo, with a lot of legendary stories. It is a rural area with low facilities, but lot of kind and friendly people. Surrounding are lakes and paddy fields with fresh breeze, you can feel.
This workcamp has been organized with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2017 with this community). 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%. Sri Lanka is colonized by Portuguese, Dutch and British that left lots of social unrests and destroyed tradition. Strange plans were introduced incl. agricultural and educational systems called as development, but we are now suffered by these effects. We need human, sustainable and participative development to change the lives into positive and productive way. We are trying to do this with volunteers without destroying our tradition, culture and environment.
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.