In the 1st week, we will establish and maintain a plant nursery with youth by cleaning the land, making pots, planting seeds and seedlings, making composts, watering, 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.
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 (since 2017 with this community). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life. Project area is based on paddy farming. When there are no paddy fields works, most of farmers are working as unskilled labors. Project area is belonging to dry zone, so they experienced the harshness of the life. Very few people were moving to outside of the village and others stay around. Partner NGO has been working since 2002 in a various sector. Working with volunteers will make a kind of positive changes on their lives and way of their thinking, we expect.
High motivation to work while experiencing different type of life style, accept challenges, adopt to local environment, respect and accept local life and culture.