In the 1st week, we will work at the bag making place as our main activity. We have to help them to do their daily work. Making bags is time consuming work and they need human resources to achieve their targets. 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.
Higurakgoda. 256km from Colombo, suburb of Polonnaruwa, the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Many people depend on paddy farming and it is low population density area for Sri Lanka (122 people/ km2).
Leisure : Organizing cultural exchange events, Excursion, Environmental Education, Expeditions, Farewell party, etc.
This workcamp has been organized with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (first year and third time in this place!). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life.
GV4GF has recently met an impressive family whose father was killed by leftists’ rebellions in 1989 and have been struggling against poverty. They are trying to stand up by their own feet. We are going to support the eldest of the family who is running a small scale bag making place rented from the government. Partner NGO has been working since 2002 in a various sector but this is the first time they are going to work with international volunteers.
High motivation to work while experiencing different type of life style, accept challenges, adopt to local environment, respect and accept local life and culture.