In the 1st week, we will work at the home gardens with the women’s group with local youth by cleaning the land, making beds, putting composts, planting seeds, etc. In the 2nd week, we 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 with a host family near the nice paddy fields. Meals will be provided, but you need to help preparation and washing dishes. Sleeping bag is necessary. There is electricity and mobile phones are working, but no WiFi. You can’t use toilet papers here and have to wash your clothes by hand. In the night, you can see lots of bright stars.
Deniyaya is 200 km from Colombo and 80 km from Galle 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.
Leisure : Organizing cultural exchange events, Excursion, Environmental Education, Expeditions, Farewell party, etc.
This workcamp has been organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2019 in this place!). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life.
Most of local people are less educated and youth possess less privilege. And South Indian Tamil community live here as a labor force to tea plantation. 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.