WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
Help the local community by assisting in a broad range of activities. Whilst you can preference which area of care you would like to be involved in, the main objective of this project is for volunteers to help out in the area that needs the most help when you arrive to Sri Lanka. Therefore your the area of care will be based on availability.
The areas of care that you could be involved with are:
- Child Care (Baby Care Centre, Day Care)
- Home for Children and People with Disabilities
- Village Kids
- Elders' Home
Baby Care - The baby care centre looks after babies and toddlers and provides them with food, clothing, childcare and medical care with the help of other private organizations and with the help of the participants. Participants will be required to care for around 15 – 20 babies and toddlers in the centre. Their duties involve helping the staff in cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets, and pillows and keeping the area clean and sterile. You will also have to help prepare food and feed the babies and toddlers.
Day Care – The daycare center looks after children of poor families of which both parents are working and have no option to take care of their children while they go out for work. The number of children at the day care center can vary, and usually the working hours are from aprox. 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. The work you have to do at the day center would involve, teaching English to children, cleaning the daycare center and helping the staff with a variety of work that is available at the time being.
Home for Children and People with Disabilities:
This home for children and persons with disabilities is run by Mother Teresa Foundation under the supervision of the Department of Probation and Childcare, Sri Lanka. The home accommodates more than 120 children, girls, boys, women and men with disabilities between the age 1 to 60 years. By joining this project, you can extend your support, love and care to all these people in need. The typical hours of working would be between 8.30 to 15.30.However, if you take part in this project, Thursdays would be project holidays. On Thursdays you may relax or you can join with another project if available.
In Sri Lanka, obtaining English education is quite expensive and most of the children in villages are not able to attend for private tuition classes to improve their English knowledge. Therefore, under this project, you will be teaching English for children in villages after their school hours are over. The teaching will occur either at a community center or a home of parent who would like to provide space to conduct the teaching related activities. Since this project will be carried out only for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon, it is suggested that you combine this with another project, which takes place in the morning.
We work with several elders’ homes in the area helping to provide a better quality of life to elderly people. Elderly people in these homes are being provided with food, shelter and medical facilities free of charge.
The number of elders can vary from home to home and in each place there are both male and female elderly people aged between 50 to 80 years. The home provides accommodation, food, clothing and medication with the help of private organizations and you. Elders’ Homes in Sri Lanka operate with minimal resources and a handful of staff. By placing you here we help the elders’ homes carry out daily operations without interruptions.
Local elders’ homes have their own methods of working with the elderly. The main idea of this project is to “GIVE LOVE AND CARE.” You'll help to care for the elderly in the following ways:
giving them a bath;
listening to what they have to say;
keeping them occupied by talking to them,
playing with them or reading to them;
helping the Sisters to clean the home and prepare food if required,
and attending to sick elders by giving them medicines, etc.
Sample Schedule - Monday to Friday
• Help the staff in cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets and pillows.
• Keep the area clean and sterile.
• Prepare baby food and feed the babies.
• Care for the elders.
• Cleaning them and give them a bath.
• Listen to what they have to say.
• Keep them occupied by talking to them, playing with them or reading to them.
• Help the sisters to clean the home and prepare food if required.
• Attend to sick elders by giving them medicines, etc.
Home for the Children and Persons with Disabilities:
• Cleaning the surroundings
• Supporting staff with the available activities
• Engaging in recreational activities with children
• Treating all the residents with love and care
• Feeding the residents.
• Teaching English to children
• Preparing lesson plans
• Organizing culture sharing activities
• Engaging in games and other interactive activities to improve their spoken and written English abilities.
You'll most likely start your project with an Introduction week to help you settle
into the culture so that you grow comfortable with your surroundings. The Introduction
week in Kandy is the best way to embrace Sri Lanka. During this week we will ...
- Explain the do’s and don’ts regarding safety and transport.
- Additionally you will get acquainted with Buddhism, the mysterious mythology behind
- You'll visit a few temples, including the Temple of the Tooth.
- We'll enrich your experience with language sessions to be able to talk to the
- You'll get to know how a traditional Ayurvedic massage feels like.
- You'll also witness an ancient Kandyan dance performance and, last but not least,
- You will get to look, smell and taste Sri Lankan’s cuisine during the cooking sessions.
Apr 09-14: Sinhala and Tamil New Year - All projects will be closed during this week.