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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Restore, rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples in local communities in and around Kandy. You'll also assist community development and learn about Sri Lankan construction using traditional methods

Work includes renovation, repainting temples, cleaning in and around temples; interacting with children and villagers and helping the Temples arrange Community Centres for the village youths. You'll also assist with the restoration of paintings and sculptures inside the temples.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Programmes start every Sunday.
Requirements:
Minimum age 18. You don't need any qualifications or experience to do this project, just lots of enthusiasm.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Meeting you at the nearest Airport
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Daily transport to and from your project
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in community development, Buddhist culture, hands-on renovation and DIY, painting.

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PROJECT CONTENT

Our programme runs in Kandy, one of the most scenic cities of Sri Lanka located amidst the hills. Set around the beautiful Kandy Lake, the town still has many important temples and is also home to the Famous Temple of the Tooth. You'll help to rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples using traditional manual methods.

Apart from restoring broken temples, you will also be involved in various other restoration, reconstruction, and beautification activities in and around Kandy. Activities such as beautification of parks, beautification of schools such as painting the classrooms with educative posters which will make the children return to schools every day with enthusiasm, creating interesting play ground activities for growing children, also take part in beautification of the town in many creative ways.

The work is extremely varied with lots of opportunities to learn new skills. You can get involved with:

  • Renovation and maintenance of a range of temples
  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites
  • Painting buildings
  • Engaging in mural work if available
  • Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests

This is a fantastic project for anyone who looking for something a little different, getting their hands dirty and getting involved with the local community, especially if you're artistic and have handyman skills. You'll help to bring back the lost glory of these ancient temples such that more and more people come to visit these forgotten temples and to create and aesthetically educative ambience for children at schools.

Hours of work are generally from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

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ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation in Kandy is included during your stay on our programme within the schedules/itineraries provided. Living is comfortable and all volunteer houses and home stays have electricity and running water. Accommodation at the Volunteer House in Kandy comprises of dormitory-style, shared rooms.

Private rooms and double rooms can be requested, plus there is also the option of staying with a local Sri Lankan family (home stay accommodation) in Kandy (these options are subject to surcharges).

Wi-Fi / Internet: Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi / Internet facilities at time of writing, but you will have access to internet cafes during your free time.

FOOD:

Meals are provided three times a day during the week and twice during the weekend (breakfast and lunch combine to become brunch during the weekend). Breakfast is self-service with toast, fruits, tea and coffee.

Sri Lankan foods include roti bread, dal (Lentil Soup) and curries, vegetables, salads, milk and yogurt. Meat is rarely eaten, except on festive occasions.

Weekends are free to relax, and to explore the local area.

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HOW THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BENEFITS FROM YOUR VOLUNTEERING:

As a result of your volunteer work, the community benefit directly or indirectly as follows:

  • They get the opportunity to interact and learn about foreign cultures.
  • They have access to your invaluable help and assistance.
  • They improve their own traditional knowledge, skills and ideas on renovation work as these will be supplemented by any initiatives that you and other volunteers come up with.
  • The restoration of the Temples is progressed much quicker and better than it would have been without your help, and as these temples are so important to their culture, this achievement is invaluable to them.

This is an amazing opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the Sri Lankan culture and the temples that hold spiritual significance through interacting with the local community.

2018 HOLIDAYS:

Apr 09-14: Sinhala and Tamil New Year - All projects will be closed during this week.

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