Global summer course in Sri Lanka
Join us on a trip to Sri Lanka and get an insight into the society, culture and the conditions and opportunities for Sri Lankan youth. This course in Sri Lanka offers a combination of fun, learning and amazing experiences. Together with the other global course participants you will experience the green nature and the white sandy beaches which Sri Lanka amongst many other things is known for. We will live nearby Kandy, which is located in the highlands on the middle of the island. However, we will go on trips around the country in order to experience the different parts of the society.
Interesting and inspiring classes
During the summer course you will learn about different aspects of being young in the Sri Lankan society. We will talk about religion and spirituality, and we will visit a temple in Kandy. You will also learn about women’s rights, the education system and UN’s sustainable development goals in a Sri Lankan context. We will also take a closer look at what lies behind the beautiful green landscapes when we visit a tea plantation and learn about the tea production which has played an important role in Sri Lanka’s history and today is important for the economy of Sri Lanka. Through the various themes and excursions, you will gain an understanding and unique insight into the Sri Lankan society.
An important part of the course is the cultural meeting and the meeting with Sri Lanka youth. We will have two full days together with a group of young Sri Lankans who will join us for discussions on some of the challenges and opportunities for young people in Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the participants in the course. Through conversations and discussions, we will gain an insight into what it is like to be young in Sri Lanka. What hopes and dreams for the future do young people have in Sri Lanka? You might also learn something about your own life as a young person by sharing experiences with Sri Lankan youth. We will also visit a local school where we will meet with the students. We might also get time for a football match with the students at the school!
You will have lots of interesting experiences during your stay in Sri Lanka. We will go on several excursions during the programme. One example is when we will go by train for an overnight trip to the town Ella. The train ride is known for its stunning views, and when we arrive to Ella we will go on a hike to Ella Rock. We will also go the southern coast where we will visit the town Mirissa. Here we will learn about the local environment while we help cleaning the local beach. However, we will also have time for swimming, relaxing and spending time together on the beach.
The trainers at the course have put together an interesting programme for us. We will both spend time at the training centre in Kandy, where we will learn about culture and society in Sri Lanka. However, we will also go on excursions to the surrounding area to experience more of the country. We have aimed to ensure that we will not spent all of our time at the training centre, but that we get to travel around in the country to experience the things discussed in the class room in real life. Every morning we will start the day with a re-cap of the previous day. This is in order to provide time for reflection and discussion of the things we experience. Our trainers at the course are from Sri Lanka. This means they are experts in the culture and society and will help us getting a good understanding of life for young people and the Sri Lankan society more generally.
Highlights from the programme
The course will start with an introduction on the 5th of June where you will participate via skype. Here you will get prepared for your stay in Sri Lanka.
Week 1: Culture and society
- Introduction to Sri Lanka: historically, politically and culturally
- Guided tour around Kandy
- Introduction to and discussion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Visit to a tea plantation where we will help in the field
- Introduction to and discussion of gender and feminism
- Religion and spirituality in Sri Lanka
- Meditation and yoga
- Work with forum theatre with Sri Lankan youth
Week 2: Environment and education
- Train ride to Ella, where we will explore the Sri Lankan landscape
- Excursion to Mirissa, where we will help cleaning the beach
- Focus on climate and environment
- Visit to a school and meeting the students
- Visit to religious sights in Kandy
- Fun, movies and much more!
NB: The program is subject to change.
Trainers at the course
Sachinda: I will be the primary teacher on the course and I will follow you throughout the programme. I have long experience teaching youth from across the world about social issues and voluntarism in Sri Lanka. I have worked for several years in various youth organisations, both in Sri Lanka and internationally. I am very interested in human rights and voluntarism – and then I love to play football!
A travel guide from MS Denmark will join the group throughout the course. The travel guide will be there, if you have any questions or concerns about any practicalities during the course.