In late 2004, a massive tsunami pummelled 14 countries and killed more than 230,000 people. DWC sprang into action. Within weeks, a team was on the ground in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, to start rebuilding homes, lives and hope. DWC has sent numerous teams to Tangalle over the years and continues to work on projects to make life better for residents there.
About The Trip:
Sri Lanka was the first country that DWC ever sent teams to and that is why it has always been a location that’s special to the organization.
Volunteers have built homes for people who have with next to nothing and made improvements to schools (and played with the kids while they were at it) and other community facilities. They have made an impact in the lives of people struggling just to put food on the table and children who need an education to open doors for their futures.
On this trip, team members will work with the Navajeevana, a non-profit that helps the disabled. Specifically, volunteers will build a day care and bus shelter that will make a big difference to people needing Navajeevana’s services.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Sri Lanka Blog »
It’s Not All Work:
January in the Tangalle region is usually humid and hot, with daytime highs reaching about 32C. Being a tropical island, Sri Lanka never really gets cool. Tangalle is perched on the Indian Ocean, where you can go for a swim to get a break from the heat.
Sri Lanka offers a wealth of temples and beaches, but there’s also the Kudawella blow hole where sea water froths up through a hole in a rock cliff, Yala National Park, turtle watching, the Weverukannala Buddha statue, the historic city of Galle and the elephant sanctuary.
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Team members will be mixing concrete, hauling bricks or doing whatever other manual labour is required while building a day care and bus stop for the people who need Navajeevana’s services. Volunteers won’t be doing anything requiring specialized skills, so anyone is welcome to sign up and help out.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, January 21 – Team travels to Sri Lanka; arrive Colombo airport; transport to Tangalle; check in to hotel and acclimatize
- Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 26 – PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
- Saturday, January 27 to Sunday, January 28 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, January 29 to Thursday, February 1 – PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
- Friday, February 2 – PROJECT WORK and celebration
- Saturday, February 3 – Return to Colombo, travel home
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
DWC Team Leaders:
Cathy and John Greven
Cathy and John have enjoyed participating in four Developing World Connections trips. They’ve gone to Cambodia, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka. This time, they wanted to lead a trip back to Tangalle, Sri Lanka, to work on some dream fulfillment projects at the host organization, Navajeevana Centre, as well as continuing to distribute glasses with the team they trained in March.
John and Cathy thrive on these life-changing adventures. Each location involved a different project, and they’ve made unforgettable global family connections in each community.
Navajeevana is in Tangalle in south Sri Lanka. It was in the middle of the area hardest hit by the tsunami in 2004. It is a centre for people with disabilities. There is an elementary school on the property and a treatment centre for physical problems with medical staff. Centre employees are looking for ways to be sustainable, so part of the project work is expected to be constructing some facilities to support that goal.
Volunteers who join the Grevens will be appreciated for whatever interests and skills they offer. This is a trip where the abilities of the heart and soul are more important than physical strength and endurance.
To learn more about other teams’ adventures in Sri Lanka, visit: dwcvolunteersinSriLanka.blogspot.ca
Are You Ready To Go?
Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
We’re glad to have you join us.
Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.