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Hier findest du Projekte von unserer Partnerorganiation „The Green Lion“ TGL) in verschiedenen asiatischen Ländern. Diese unterscheiden sich in folgenden Punkten von den gewöhnlichen Workcamps:

 

  1. Es handelt sich um fortlaufende Projekte, in die du i.d.R. jederzeit (bzw. jeden Montag) einsteigen kannst.
  2. Du kannst die Dauer deines Einsatzes selbst festlegen.
  3. Die Campgebühr wird in Wochen berechnet: Pro Woche bezahlst du 175 EUR. Die Voraussetzung ist die Teilnahme an einer Einführungswoche, die ebenfalls 175 EUR kostet
  4. Es handelt sich um Individualeinsätze, d.h. du bist nicht Teil einer festen internationalen Gruppe. Du selbst aber in einem Center von TGL, in dem die Freiwilligen aus sämtlichen Projekten in der Region untergebracht sind – d.h. du bist nicht allein, sondern hast immer Anschluss zu Gleichgesinnten.

 

Wir vermitteln in Projekte von TGL in Kambodscha, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippinen und Sri Lanka. Viel Spaß beim Stöbern!

 

 

Projekte in Kambodscha

Location:

All projects in Cambodia are in Samraong, whose name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”. It is a town located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. You will be located in a small, rural village located in the outskirts of town. This remote location will give you a taste of what rural Cambodia looks and feels like, while at the same time allowing you to explore some of Cambodia’s highlights, as Siem Reap is located only two hours away.

 

Accommodation and Food:

The accommodation in Samraong is simple and natural. There are no laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too at a small cost. There are bikes available, which you can use to explore the area during your free time! Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Snacks are available between meals too!

Sights and Surroundings:

There is a nearby park where you can relax or play volleyball with locals during your free time.

Further away is Siem Reap, which is two hours away from the accommodation. Participants often opt to head there during the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat and more!

 

 

Project 1: Construction Effort

 

Program Pofile:

On this project, you will get your hands dirty with construction assignments. Our main focus when constructing is working at our own school allocated to the poor. This school was built with the help of helpers like yourself, along with local tradesman. Today, over three hundred children attend it daily. Despite previous efforts, the work here is far from done and we continue to construct pathways, toilets, walls, etc.

Those with an artistic talent can help decorate the walls by creating murals and paintings of their home countries and cultures. We have a feeling that this will be a nice way of reflecting the good, hard work that has been done by people like you over previous years.

Other construction efforts might be carried out in the local village (renovating and building houses and sanitation facilities) or working on construction projects at the local hospital - this very much depends on the needs of the particular time and so you can expect to be using your construction skills wherever it is most needed!

Activities focus on light construction work and you will be expected to help paint the school buildings, make tables & chairs, construct and renovate the playground, make pathways, build toilets, repair the school walls and help build new classrooms. You can look forward to working out in the local community if construction and renovation jobs arise.

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Improve the quality of life for underprivileged citizens in and around Samraong

  • Assist the locals with construction and renovation efforts in an organized team

  • Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals

  • Give you some practical experience in light renovation work

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

After breakfast, you will head off to the construction project; this will mainly be at local people’s houses and local community facilities. There you will be briefed on your tasks by our coordinator about the day’s project. Expect to do construction and renovation work at the project location for 4-5 hours per day with a lunch break in between. Lunch can be at our accommodation or near the project site. Note: Schedule may change due to local needs or weather conditions.

 

Project 2: Greenway School

 

Program Profile:

Every day, over 300 children arrive at the Greenway School in Samraong. All of them are eager to learn and are extremely appreciative of those who can assist them with their educational development. The school was designed, built and completely operated by people like you under the guidance of our native Cambodian manager: Mr. Nuth Ya. Since beginning his work with the rural community of Samraong in 2008, Mr Nuth Ya has become a figurehead of the local community. His valuable efforts in developing local schools and hospitals, with the help of those like yourself, has had an unmeasurably positive effect on the community. In 2013, Greenway School was opened, offering free education and an extra learning option for those who can’t otherwise afford it.

Students attend a regular public school for three hours per day, where they don’t get the chance to learn a lot of English. The public school shifts are divided into a morning group and an afternoon group giving the children a chance to come to our school during their free time (e.g. the morning group can attend our afternoon shift and vice versa in order to get an extra push forward on their education).

Teaching takes place in a traditional classroom setting. However, we are very flexible and actively encourage you to be creative. You have the option to run your very own workshop in the form of drawing, art, singing or other educational and fun activities to broaden the children’s perspective on the world, gain new interests and discover unknown talents.

The children themselves come from the Pul village, as well as five other surrounding villages. Their age ranges from 6 to 15. They currently possess just a basic level of English. Classroom sizes are typically between 25-30 students. The classrooms are equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a blackboard and flash cards. You are highly encouraged to bring small learning materials and items to use in your class and/or donate to our school. These things are gratefully received and help to broaden the curriculum and teaching possibilities that we can offer.

The primary mode of transport to and from the accommodation will be on bicycles.

The core focus of the teaching project will depend upon the needs of the school at the particular point in time. Your main roles will be (but are not limited to):

  • Teaching English and other subjects

  • Preparing English lessons and weekly progress tests

  • Working with the children in their vegetable garden (for their own consumption)

  • Creating activities for the students including workshops about cultural exchange, art & handicraft activities, sports, environmental awareness activities, hygiene and health classes, etc.

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Improve the village children’s educational prospects and create a better future for them

  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching

  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand

  • Develop your child care and creativity skills through practical work

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts, with lunch and free time back at the accommodation in between. The first shift begins in the morning from 8-11 am while the afternoon shift is from 2-5pm. Note: Schedule may change due to local needs, weather or other conditions.

 

Projekte in Laos

Location:

All four projects in Laos are in Ban Houakhoua Village, which is located in the Naxaythong District, located about 25 kilometers from Vientiane, the country’s capital. This location allows for the best of both worlds, its rural nature will give you a taste of Laos while still being close enough to the city!

 

Accommodation and Food:

The accommodation is tucked away in the countryside of Laos, allowing you to get a true taste of Laotian sceneries. It has a sports area where you can play football or volleyball with other participants! It is surrounded by rice fields and lakes, which you can take advantage of through activities such as swimming and boating. We offer a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes accompanied with a lot of fruit.

Facilities:

Shops and Restaurants: You can find simple groceries and beverages sold in two local restaurants located next to the accommodation. There are also shops and a local market located 3 minutes and 10 minutes away respectively, by foot.There is a lake-side makeshift restaurant just for us, where you can enjoy the evenings and order Western or Laotian food at reasonable prices.

 

Transportation: Vientiane is located about 25 kilometers away and it is very easy to reach via public transport from our center and back. Anything that you might need can be found there, with its numerous shopping malls, a cinema and local markets to explore! There are also bikes available for you to use to explore the area during the afternoons.

 

Money: The closest ATM machine can be found on the main road to Vientiane, approximately 5 kilometers from the accommodation. We advise all participants to bring some local currency with them for personal expenses, although you don’t need a lot of money when you stay with us, participants can exchange money or use the ATM at the airport when they arrive.

 

Activities and Events:

These optional activities can be enjoyed by all participants of all programs staying at this location:

  • Tuesday Evenings: There is a BBQ night every Tuesday, which provides a perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with other participants on our lakeside restaurant!
  • Wednesday Evenings: Cozy movie night at the accommodation
  • Thursday Evenings: We will head to a local restaurant to enjoy one of Southeast Asia’s favourite activities - Karaoke! (or “sing a song”, as the locals like to call it)

 

Sights and Surroundings:

Vientiane City: A laid-back, French-influenced city situated on the banks of the Mekong River and is located only 25 minutes away from our center. This ancient city is different from any other capital city in Southeast Asia. With its authentic Laotian and French colonial style, it truly is ‘a pearl at the Mekong”.

 

Vang Vieng: A favourite go-to place for our participants during their weekends! The city is a major backpacker hub, made famous thanks to its nightlife and outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and kayaking.

 

Luang Prabang: Although a bit further afield it is still worth the journey for sure. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia thanks to its alluring mountainous landscapes and riverside location!

 

 

Project 1: Community Construction

 

Program Profile:

Schools, temples, roads, medical centers and houses are just a few of the places we have worked on in the tiny rural village we are set in. Work remains to be done and it’s the perfect chance to get yourself busy while giving something back to the Laotian people! You might end up constructing classrooms, renovating Buddhist temples, painting walls, building desks, landscaping, paving dirt roads and more! Work varies and we focus on working on what is needed most at the time. It’s not just all work! You’ll bond with as a hard working team, making new friends from Laos and all over the world!

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Improve the facilities of a local Laotion community

  • Develop your teamwork skills through practical work

 

Schedule (Mo- Fr):

  • Breakfast

  • Working in the placements

  • Lunch

  • Working in the placements

  • Dinner

Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions and weather conditions.

 

Requirements and Equipment:

Document(s) must be submitted 2 weeks prior to arrival date. Sturdy shoes.

 

 

Project 2: Teaching

 

Program Profile:

This teaching program may take place at a variety of schools, although our primary teaching location is situated in a local village primary school. Here, you will teach English to the approximately 100 children between the ages of 4-12 years. Even though we do aim to follow a curriculum, we also focus on informal teaching - the classes can vary widely in content - from playing games, sports and music to handicraft making, all whilst using the English language. This means you can get creative and teach them in the way you find best. These classes are meant to improve the English language skills of the children and develop their interests and ambitions in different fields.

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Improve the children’s education through the learning of English

  • Gain teaching experience, an invaluable life skill

  • Assist the local school staff with extra hands

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

  • Breakfast

  • English classes

  • Lunch

  • English classes

  • Free time to prepare the next lessons

  • Dinner

Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions and weather conditions. Be aware that the school has a government exam day, this is usually at the middle of January and end of May. During these days, lessons are organized for locals at the accommodation or for the monks at a nearby monastery.

 

Requirements and Equipment:

Document(s) must be submitted 2 weeks prior to arrival date. No specific equipment required for this program, but you are more than welcome to bring teaching materials for your classes such as: Interesting board games, books/comics, musical instruments etc.

 

 

Project 3: Childcare Special Needs

 

Program Profile:

During your time at the program, you will be caring for over 30 children and teenagers with autism as well as assisting the local staff with daily tasks. You will assist the local staff at this facility with their day-to-day activities such as:

  • Providing lessons and classes

  • Class management

  • Feeding during lunch hour

  • Organizing activities and games

  • Afternoon nap preparations

  • Any other requirements the center or the children may have!

This program is great for those looking to work with children that are in need of a high level of care and assistance. Strong organizational skills and the ability to improvise will be an added bonus on this project as providing care with limited resources to children with disabilities can be challenging. However, the children are incredibly happy with the attention they receive and you will receive big smiles in return!

Note: This program may restrict the number of participants at one time. Please note that when this facility is not available, for example during public holidays, you may be placed in another special needs child care facility.

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Broaden the children’s minds and improve their mental and motor skills

  • Give you practical experience in teaching as well as a hands on experience in how to help children with special requirements.

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

  • Breakfast

  • Caretaking and assisting staff at the centre

  • Lunch break

  • Free time while children nap

  • Back to the accommodation

  • Dinner

Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the program and local conditions.

 

Requirements and Equipment:

Document(s) must be submitted 2 weeks prior to arrival date. Modest clothing, covering shoulders and knees while on site.

 

 

Project 4: Kindergarten

 

Program Profile:

You’ll have the option to work in two rural kindergartens in a small Laotian village. The children that come to these kindergartens are between the ages of 2-4 and are always eager to spend time and learn from their new teachers! The tasks you will undertake depend on the needs of the kindergarten you choose to work in. In both kindergartens though, you will get to feed, play with the children, organize activities, and at times, help the staff with cleaning chores.

We aim to teach some basic English and life skills at both facilities through fun and engaging activities, however, the second kindergarten makes a bigger emphasis on this and will have you teaching English to the children as well as the full-time Laotian teachers, making it a more hands-on experience.

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Assist this understaffed facility and help reduce the work burden on local staff
  • Give you invaluable experience and skills working with preschool children

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

  • Breakfast

  • Teaching

  • Lunch

  • Sleeping time for the children / lunch time for you!

  • Feeding time

  • Activities and playing games

  • Dinner at the accommodation

Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions and weather conditions.

 

Requirements and Equipment:

Document(s) must be submitted 2 weeks prior to arrival date. No specific equipment required for this program, but you are more than welcome to bring teaching materials for your classes such as: Interesting board games, books/comics, musical instruments, etc.

 

 

Projekte in Malaysia

Location:

The two projects in Malaysia are located in Sarawak, which makes access to Borneo’s natural wonders and cultural riches a breeze. Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is simply unique. No other city in Malaysia has such a romantic and unlikely history, nor displays its charms with such an easy grace. Kuching goes about its own business in a relaxed manner that hasn’t changed in 160 years.

 

Accommodation and Board:

Accommodation is a standard semi-detached house in a residential area called Kali Garden in Kuching. This is one of the typical homes. A small park behind the house is where residents jog and exercise. There is a Malay village and a fishing village within the vicinity.

Our rooms allocate 4-8 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates. We provide for 3 meals during weekday (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 2 meals during the weekend (breakfast and dinner). Malaysian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during your stay. Typical dishes include mee kok lo (noodles and vegetables either dry or soup), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or roti canai (is a type of Indian influenced flatbread found in Malaysia). Breakfasts are varied and include toast, cereals, fresh fruit, etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink water straight from the tap.

 

Facilities:

Supermarket, gym, swimming pool, saloon, laundromat, cinema, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop, and photocopy shops are all located within a 2 kilometers radius.

 

Sights and Surroundings:

Join our “Explore Borneo” Program

 

 

Project 1: Teaching

 

Program Profile:

The children from the rural area of Kuching will love to meet people from overseas and the exposure to the different cultures. Teachers, with or without experience, can make very significant and worthwhile contributions to the student community in Kuching. You must love children and understand their behavior, as you will be surrounded with loads of them every day and their friendliness can sometimes become over exuberant, but they are children after-all.

 

The Aims and Objectives:

The aims and objectives is to help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

 

Schedule (Mo - Fr):

You will leave the center between 8 and 9 in the morning depending on the timings at the school. You will be teaching at the schools for 3-6 hours. Lunch will be served at the school and you will leave the school each day at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Please take note of the school holidays (12 to 16 Mar, 28 May to 12 June, 10 to 18 Sep & 26 Nov to 31 Dec) as well as public holidays. During such times, painting or renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community.

 

 

Project 2: Kindergarten Project

 

Program Profile:

Support will be given to several kindergarten projects in Kuching for local children of about 4 to 5 years old who are right at the start of their school careers, all mainly from poor villages. They will all be excited to see you and exceptionally welcoming, due partly to the natural and genuine friendliness of all Sarawakian, especially children, but also the fact that you will be one of the few Westerners they have met!  The kindergarten is informal, same as kindergartens worldwide, and the children will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’ in a formal sense. Your help and assistance will help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

 

Aims and Objectives:

The aims and objectives are to help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

You will leave the center between 8 and 9 in the morning depending on the school. Expect to teach for 3-6 hours. Lunch will be served at the school and you will leave the school each day at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Please take note of the school holidays (12-16 Mar, 28 May-12 Jun, 10-18 Sep and 26 Nov-31 Dec) as well as public holidays. During such times, painting or renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community.

 

Requirements:

Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. However, no-see through clothes or low cut tops are permitted.

 

 

Projekte in Myanmar

Location:

You will be staying at an authentic Buddhist monastic school located in Northeastern Mandalay. The monastery is the home to over 1,000 children aged 7-18 whose parents are unable to care for or whose homes are too far from Mandalay. Monks and novices reside here as well.

The students are friendly and always curious to meet newcomers. Many are pre-university students, which will allow you to interact and make new friends. This is a great chance for an authentic cultural exchange!

 

Accommodation and Food:

During your participation in the program, you will be staying in an authentic monastery school. There is a school library where you can relax as well as family-owned shops where you can buy basic things. Food served is basic and Burmese inspired, which consists of lots of rice, vegetables, meat, egg, etc.

 

Facilities:

The accommodation is at the same place where programs take place. It is located fifteen minutes walk from the northern gate of Mandalay Palace. While not located in the center, it is still a busy hub with plenty of restaurants, traditional coffee shops and markets around! The accommodation is located inside the city of Mandalay, and anything you might need is located close by!

Inside the school, you’ll find plenty of family-owned restaurants and shops. Moreover, you just need to walk outside the main gate to find anything else you might need, including ATMs, locals shops, tea shops, a modern supermarket, restaurants, local bars and more! The city center is located a 10 minute drive away and you can reach it via public transport or by hiring a taxi from the taxi stand located right outside the main door.

 

Activities and Events:

We currently have no activities scheduled regularly outside of what’s already in your program. However it is common for meditation and yoga sessions to take place at the school, guided by Buddhist monks. The schedule for this varies, so ask on arrival about them.

 

Sights and Surroundings:

Mandalay: A favorite among those who visit Myanmar as it has a great number of attractions, including the Golden Palace Monastery, the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mingun Temple, the Bargaya Monastery, to name a few. The city center of Mandalay is close to your accommodation and the possibilities for sightseeing during your free time are endless! Also close to the monastery is a bridge that is a must visit for those who love watching spectacular sunsets or sunrises.

 

Mandalay Hill: Another recommended attraction that you can visit during the weekends. In fact, the city of Mandalay got its name from this hill. Mandalay Hill is famous for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries and for being a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Getting to the top of the hill is a rewarding experience and once there, you will be greeted by a panoramic view of the city and the Sutaungpyei Pagoda (“wish-fulfilling” pagoda).

 

Bagan Temples: Myanmar’s most famous attraction, a good option to visit during the weekend. They can be reached by bus, plane, train and even a boat from Mandalay.

 

Inle Lake: Another famous destination, known for its unique beauty and adventure possibilities, including hiking, boat riding and more!

 

Kalaw: Another option close to Inle, but a bit less developed. It has become a favorite among backpackers escaping the crowds but still wanting to get a taste of the nature that Myanmar has to offer. If you have time, it is possible to go on a three-day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake!

 

 

Project 1: Monastery School Teaching

 

Program Profile:

During this program, you will be teaching English at a monastery school. The school offers free education to orphans as well as children whose families cannot afford standard education. With a total of around 6,000 students, you will find yourself teaching from primary to pre-university levels. Our program focuses on the teaching of English to students, especially considering how tourism in Myanmar has risen in the last few years. Speaking English fluently will give the students a chance to communicate as well as get a higher paying job in the future. However, you are welcome to teach any subject you wish as long as you try to implement the English language and prompt the students to speak English during your class. Upon your arrival, you will be shown the teaching and subject schedule in order for you to choose your classes.

 

The monastery school is situated in Nanshe, a residential suburb in Northeast Mandalay. Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma as well as the economic hub of Upper Myanmar. It is also considered the center of Burmese culture. The monastery school was founded in 1993 by two monks whose aim by opening up the school was to support children from poor families as well as orphans. Today, the school teaches over 6,000 students between 7-18 years and different religious backgrounds. The monastery is also a home to many, with over 1,000 people (from monks to orphans) calling it their home.

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Help children to improve their English language skills and employment opportunities

  • Assist the local staff with quality support

  • Give you an experience of intercultural exchange and valuable teaching skills

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

It is difficult to provide a schedule as you will get a choice to teach different classes at certain times, sometimes you will be placed by staff in a class that needs your help the most. However, you are expected to teach at least four 45 minute-long classes every day. The school runs from 8am to 4pm, but there are also night classes available for the live-in students. Lunch is given out every day at around midday in the school kitchen. Note: This program may be adjusted due to weather and/or local conditions. This program starts every Monday.

 

Requirements:

Modest clothing - covering your shoulders, legs and down to your knees. You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your class!

 

 

Project 2: Career Mentor Program

 

Program Profile:

We have partnered with a local monastery school looking for teachers of different work experiences/backgrounds. Do you have any practical skills you could share with the students?

Examples of what you could teach are:

  • Cooking/Culinary skills

  • Basic programming

  • Basic website design

  • Hair dressing

  • Carpentry

  • Tailoring

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Inspire and broaden the minds of local students by teaching them new skills

  • Supply teaching manpower in order to support the monastery and its staff

  • Provide you with practical experience in teaching, an invaluable skill!

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

Monday

  • Orientation

  • Lesson sit-in

  • Group meeting about your first day

Tuesday to Thursday

  • Lesson planning and class preparation

  • Your workshop lessons

Friday

  • Lesson planning and class preparation

  • Program Evaluation

Note: Schedule may be adjusted due to weather and/or local conditions.

 

Requirements and Equipment:

This program is only available to those with experience in a related trade or profession. You will need to submit your document(s) to the monastery. Modest clothing - covering your shoulders, legs and down to your knees.

 

 

Projekt auf den Pilippinen

Location:

All projects on the Philippines are located in Palawan, which is a special island dotted with fishing villages and surrounded by beautiful blue sea. The scenes contrast perfectly with the emerald green jungled mountains which form its landscape. Our accommodation is located in Tigman Village in Aborlan District, a small and laid back area just outside of Puerto Princesa City.

 

Accommodation and Food:

This center houses all participants in their programs around Palawan. It is built with many natural elements and has a tropical beach look to them! You’ll be sleeping on bunk beds and we have limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand, unless you’d like to use the laundry service here for a small fee. The food will consist mainly of local Philippine cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, egg and rice) and will be served on site at this accommodation.

Facilities:

There are many forms of local transportation such as jeepneys, buses and vans which depart every hour to the town of Aborlan or to the next town Narra. There are ATM’s & Western Union transfers available in the town of Nara which is about 30 minutes away by car. Here, you can also find all necessary amenities.

 

Sights and Surroundings:

Coron Bay: Found at the northwest of Palawan (between Busuanga and Culion islands) is known for being one of the best wreck diving locations in the world.

 

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: Located 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa and has recently been voted one of the new 7 wonders of nature

 

 

Project 1: Teaching

 

Program Profile:

We have noticed that the children within the community don’t have much chance to learn or practice the use of English. That’s where you can help! You may find yourself contributing to a primary, secondary or high school in and around the municipality of Aborlan on Palawan Island. This means your potential students could range from grade 1 to grade 12 and are between the age of 7-18. The teaching program is organized as an informal English class which allows you to arrange a variety of activities such as music, songs, playing games, arts, sports, conversation exercises and grammar exercises. Get creative but always keep in mind that everything should be based on teaching practical English for everyday situations in a fun and engaging way!

 

An important component of this program is the cultural exchange that will occur. The children at the school are always very interested and keen to learn more about your family, country, culture and way of life. Therefore, we highly encourage you to bring a lot of pictures from home as they will be very much appreciated by the kids!

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Improve the village children’s educational prospects and widen their cultural interactions

  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching

  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand

  • Develop your teamwork and creativity skills through practical work

 

Schedule (Mon – Fri):

  • Breakfast

  • Teaching English at the school and arranging activities

  • Lunch

  • Teaching English at the school and arranging activities

  • Preparing lessons/activities for the next day together with the local coordinator

  • Dinner

Note: Schedule may change due to local needs, weather or other conditions.

 

Additional equipment

Optional: You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your class! Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required for school. You should wear normal shoes or sandals, no flip-flops are allowed.

 

 

Project 2: Kindergarten

 

Program Profile:

During this program, you will partake in the day-to-day operations of a childcare facility. Not only will this give you an insight into authentic Filipino life, but you will also get engaged into the day-to-day operations of the kindergarten. The kindergarten is located in the Tigman area of Palawan and the children who attend are between the ages of 3 and 5.

Your primary task will be to communicate with the children using English and teaching them the language in a fun way. Besides teaching, you will also support the local staff with the caretaking of the children. This task can range in activities, from organizing classes, playing games and guiding activities to feeding, cutting nails, combing hair and so on. The children are always interested in learning more about foreign lands and you are encouraged to bring pictures from your country, friends, family, etc or objects that highlight your culture in order to promote intercultural exchange. The children will learn from you, but you will also leave the project having learned from them!

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Widen the Island children’s cultural interactions

  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching

  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

  • Breakfast

  • Arrange activities with the children (game, song, coloring, writing, basic English teaching) and support the local kindergarten staff with disciplining, managing and caretaking.

  • Lunch

  • Preparing activities for the next day

  • Dinner

Note: Schedule may change due to the needs of the project or other local conditions. This program starts every Monday.

 

Additional Equipment:

 

  • Optional: You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your class!

  • Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required in the kindergarten

  • No flip-flops are allowed inside the kindergarten

 

Project 3: Construction Effort

 

Program Profile:

There are many people living on the Island of Palawan who don’t have the funds to upgrade their living conditions. With this project, we are trying to assist these people with their housing and help renovate, upgrade and construct communal places and institutions such as schools, healthcare centres, hospitals, community centres and so on.

In this project, you will work alongside local Palawan people and this will give them a unique insight into the lifestyle and culture of the population of this beautiful island. Moreover, you will join other participants from all over the world to jointly work on these construction efforts. The main construction and renovation activities will consist of painting, building walls, renovating furniture, gardening and so on. Construction experience is not required, anybody can join and give a helping hand to the local people of Palawan!

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Assist the locals of Palawan with construction and renovation efforts in an organized team

  • Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals

  • Give you some practical experience in light renovation work

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast

  • Assist the local village community with construction and renovation efforts

  • Lunch

  • Assist the local village community with construction and renovation effort

  • Dinner

Note: Schedule may change due to weather or local conditions.

 

 

Project 4: Experience

 

Program Profile:

Many Palawanians support themselves by working in their traditional professions of the region which are mainly fishing and farming . On this program, you will assist local villagers when they go out for fishing, repairing their fishing tools and making fish products like salted fish. You will also help the villagers in the fields with: the planting of rice and vegetables, cutting of rice and vegetables and other chores related to working in the fields. The particular activities you end up carrying out will depend a lot on the weather and the season at that point in time.

The program is set in the main island of Palawan, where many fisherman villages exist. You will get the chance to get close to locals and learn about their culture and established traditions.

 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Facilitate cultural exchange between the participants and local people of Palawan

  • Assist the communities of Palawan in their daily practices

  • Give you hands on insight into local lifestyle of the Palawan community

 

Schedule (Mon-Fri):

  • Breakfast

  • Assist the local village community with fishing, repairing fishing tools, other chores related to fishing and working in the fields/plantations, etc

  • Lunch

  • Assist the local village community with fishing, repairing fishing tools, other chores related to fishing and working in the fields/plantations, etc

  • Dinner

Note: Exact day-to-day activities vary depending on the weather and the season. The schedule may change due to local needs, weather or other conditions. The project can be joined every Monday.

 

Projekte in Sri Lanka

Location:

All four projects in Sri Lanka are located in Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, is a major tourist destination. It is located about 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign power, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

 

Accommodation and Food:

You will be accommodated in our center which is located 2 kilometers away from Kandy center. Our rooms allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates.

 

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. We do not have Wi-Fi at the centre.

 

Facilities:

Our house is located 2 kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

 

Sights and Surroundings:

The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plan national park and the railway museum.

 

 

Project 1: Community Volunteer

 

Program Profile:

Babycare: This babycare center was started under the Child and Labor Department of Sri Lanka. All the children could not receive the needed care at home and are provided with better living conditions, shelter and food. The baby care center in Sri Lanka operates with minimal resources and a handful of staff. By placing participants here we help the baby care center carry out daily operations without interruptions. Participants are required to strictly follow the rules and adapt to the conditions of the center and not compare them to Western standards. Local centers have their own methods of working with children. The babycare center looks after babies 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 all of whom are below 12 months old. 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 baby food and feed the babies.

 

Elders’ Home: The Elders home is more than 15 years old and provides a better quality of life to elderly people. They provide food, shelter and medical facilities free of charge. At the moment, they house 75 adults both male and female 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. You are required to strictly follow the rules and adapt to the conditions of the elders’ home and not compare them to Western standards. 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 are required to care for the elderly in the following ways: Cleaning them; 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.

 

Child Care: Both child care centers are run by Catholic organizations. St Joseph’s Orphanage is more than 40 years old and the Beth Shalom Boys Home is approximately 10 years old. Child care centers in Sri Lanka operate with minimal resources and a handful of staff. By placing you here we help the center carry out daily operations without interruptions. You are required to strictly follow the rules and adapt to the conditions of the centers and not compare them to Western standards. Local centers have their own methods of working with children.

 

Home for the Children and Persons 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 am to 3.30 pm. However, if you take part in this project, Thursdays would be project holidays.

 

Aims and Objectives:

The project aims to give the local communities a good education and basic knowledge of good health and care in order for them to gain a better and secure future.

 

Schedule (Mo –Fr):

Babycare:

  • 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

Elders Home:

  • 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.

Child Care:

  • Teaching the children English

  • Helping them with their homework

  • Playing with them

  • Assisting the staff

  • Painting and renovation work

  • Building and renovation

  • Repainting the temples

  • Cleaning in and around temples

  • Helping with the construction work

  • Interacting with the children and villagers

  • Helping the temples arrange community centers for the youth of the village

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

     

     

Project 2: Medical Project

 

Program Profile:

After your introduction week, you will be observing patients alongside a doctor or a nurse at one of the oldest and largest hospital in Kandy, Sri Lanka. By joining this project, your main task would be to observe or monitor the patients, treatments, techniques, etc. alongside the local staff working at the hospital.

The fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815, lead to establishment of Western (English) Medicine and initiation of hospitals throughout the island. Dr. John Davy was an army surgeon and physician to Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg from 1817 to 1819. He came to Kandy with the British troops and lived next to Diyawadana Nilame resident in Malabar Street. (At present it is named as Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha). A military hospital was built in a renovated existing building and was located at the site of the present “Kandyan Art Association”. Later it served both military and civilians especially for cholera and smallpox.

After 1821, Indian labourers came to Sri Lanka for coffee and later tea enterprises. Civil hospitals were needed due to poor nutrition, cholera and malaria. Once the civil medical department was separated from the military service, colonial surgeons were appointed to central province. This medical board appointed vaccination officers who were responsible for vaccinating the public against small pox. In 1861, there was an infectious disease hospital in Deyyannewela (the small pox hospital). This pauper hospital was later expanded to become the General Hospital Kandy. One of the very first buildings of the Kandy Hospital was the cholera ward in 1866.

Teaching Hospital Kandy with strong links to the University of Peradeniya, conducts undergraduate training programmes for the university students studying at the Medicine and Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) which is a national institute attached to the University of Colombo. PGIM appoints post-graduate trainees, registrars and senior registrars to this hospital on a regular basis as this is one of the oldest hospitals which provides the entire range of medical and surgical specialties under the administration of a single institution. Teaching Hospital Kandy is a training centre for the student nurses who are coming from the Nurses Training School in the hospital. It also provides teaching facilities for foreign students who seek exposure on tropical diseases. This hospital has over 2200 beds.

Aims and Objectives:

The project aims to give understanding and learning for participants interested in the field of medicine and get exposed to various methods of treating patients in need.

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

The program functions from Monday to Friday and the normal hours at the hospital will be from 08.00 am to 1.30 pm. Working hours can be changed according to the medical department's requirement.

 

Requirements and Equipment:

Minimum age: 20

For this placement, it is a must that participants are medical students. You should get a prior confirmation from us 4 weeks before your arrival. You should email the following documents 4 weeks prior to your arrival.

  • Detailed CV

  • Certification letter from the university stating that you follow a medical degree.

  • A letter from you (addressed to the Kandy General Hospital) requesting the hospital to grant permission for you to take part in the medical project.

Please note: Nursing students or qualified medical personnel are not accepted on this program.

Equipment: A complete uniform set and a stethoscope should be brought with you.

 

 

Project 3: Education and Teaching Project

 

Program Profile:

After your introduction week, your project is to work as an assistant teacher at one of our many kindergarten schools. This program helps children in the villages improve their English language skills. You will primarily be teaching English. You may be called upon to help teach drama, music and foreign languages. You would also assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc. All the institutions are well managed and are supervised by officers from government and private institutions. All the institutions are over 5 years old. They all share the common values and aim to create a better future for them. Some of them provide free education to the children.

Aims and Objectives:

The project aims to give children a good education in order to give them a better and secure future.

 

Schedule:

  • Primarily teach English, but also teach drama, games, music, art and foreign languages.

  • Encourage children in academic work and promote all round development of the child

  • Assist teachers and other staff

  • Create teaching plans

 

 

Project 4: Restoration and Renovation Project

 

Program Profile:

There are many temples, schools, and community centers in and around Kandy that require renovation, restoration, and repair work. Our project is working to bring back to life many of them. Your work will include basic renovation, painting and restoration of artwork in and around the temples in the afternoons.

These latest projects are situated in the quiet but yet active and vibrant city of Kandy. The projects take you deeper into the rural parts of Sri Lanka away from the noisy and overcrowded cities. Kandy, the nucleus of Sri Lanka's hill country, was originally the main Sri Lankan kingdom. Set around the beautiful Kandy Lake, the town still has many important temples. Sri Lankans as well as tourists make their way to Kandy's temples, offering prayers and flowers. Although most of its palaces and temples were destroyed by invaders in the early part of the 19th century, there are still a large number of historical sites to be discovered.

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.

 

Aims and Objectives:

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.

 

Schedule (Mo – Fr):

Monday to Friday

  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites

  • Painting and renovating

 

Participant Criteria and Requirements:

Participants with body tattoos need to be covered and those who have visible piercings must take the ring/studs/etc out while at the placement.