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Sri Lanka October 2023 Poverty Eradication. Social Justice. Global Engagement.

$2,650plus flight cost
Oct 20, 2023 Nov 4, 2023 Kegalle, Sri Lanka Corporate Trip Raise the Roof

Hand Up For EducationRefurbishing a remote school building

This DWC volunteer project will focus on Welikanda Primary School in Kegalle District in the Sabaragamuwa province. This remote area of the nation, has little, if any, support to address its unique and specific education challenges.

36 primary students up to Year Six learn at this school and are supported by eight teachers and one development teacher. Parents typically earn their living as labourers. There are some women-headed households.

All levels of classes are conducted in the same building. While the building is solid, different activities are currently partitioned by cardboard. Quality drinking water is available, and the four restrooms are shared by all. A make-shift hut, built by parents, is used by teachers as a transitional conference and learning area. The school is situated on 1/4 acres of land. The field, with a scenic view, is used for extra curricular activities and cultural events.

Both teachers and students alike, have shown great strength and capacity. By refurbishing the school, this learning environment will better serve the whole community. Teachers will benefit from dedicated staff facilities. Building capacity for more students to continue higher level studies at their local school will prevent early age drop-outs.

In Sri Lanka
  • Of Sri Lanka’s population of 19.3 million, 80% reside in rural areas. Currently, the incidence of poverty stands at more than 50%, having increased substantially due to the country’s unending economic crisis.
  • Kegalle, the town, has an agricultural-based economy and is the capital of the district. It sits about 78 km east of Colombo and 40 km west of Kandy.

What to ExpectA Typical Workday in Sri Lanka

DWC has sent numerous teams to volunteer Sri Lanka over the years and continues to work on projects to make life better for residents there. In late 2004, after a massive tsunami pummeled 14 countries and killed more than 230,000 people, a team was on the ground in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, to start rebuilding homes, lives and hope. Keep up the tradition and volunteer in Sri Lanka to help those that need it.

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 in Sri Lanka 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.

Sigiriya one of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

It's Not All WorkHike the Ancient Rock Fortress

Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this rock-top fortress dates back to the fifth century AD. Perched on a slab of rock that juts dramatically over the forests of central Sri Lanka. The experience is more spiritual than militant: in its time, it has acted as a royal palace and a Buddhist monastery.

Galle is a jewel and another Sri Lanka Unesco World Heritage Site, this historic city is a delight to explore on foot, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums. Wandering its rambling lanes, you’ll pass stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and impeccably restored hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers and designers.

Trip Details

  • Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 22 – Team travels to Sri Lanka; arrival at Colombo airport; transport to Kegalle; check in to hotel and acclimatize
  • Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27 – PROJECT WORK in Kegalle
  • Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, October 29 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, October 30  to Friday, November 3 – PROJECT WORK in Kegalle
  • Saturday, November 4 – Return to Colombo, travel home or continue travel
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.

What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.

How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. 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.

Meet the Trip Leader
DWC volunteer with children in Sri Lanka

Jennifer Baillie

Jen Baillie wants to live in a world where people have face-to-face conversations, make mistakes and grow from them, play outside, celebrate each others gifts, live inspired, find something to be grateful about everyday and every “thank you” note is scribbled by hand.

As a child and youth care practitioner, local and global volunteer, she’s been actively involved in her community since the age of 12. She has travelled to more than 20 countries and has led Developing World Connections teams to Rwanda, Peru, Guatemala and India.

When she’s not on one of her adventures around the world, you can find Jen lost in a stack of travel books and maps planning her next trip, volunteering in the community, devising her next random acts of kindness mission, sifting through inspirational quotes and unapologetically soliciting people to join her in getting involved, following their passions or hers. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller

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