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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: NPGP S1 (NICE-24S-0716A)

Dates

16/07/2024   -   25/07/2024

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Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

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EUR 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Jul. 16 and can leave there after 20:00 of the last days. 6 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

The project consists of two parts. First three days we are supporting domestic-level level small-scale income-generating activities for the selected 2 or 3 families in the village. Second four days we moved around villages to meet members of the women’s group/members of the self-help group, kindergarten, youths, etc., and share volunteer stories and cultures with family/ village youths/village level organizations members while supporting to do their daily work. On the last day morning volunteers visit the village kindergarten/village temple/church /Kovil.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers are going to stay at a village house with limited facilities. Electricity, clean drinking water, beds, pillows, and toilets are available. The Internet facility is good. But no Wi-Fi. Clothes can be washed by hand and can be hung outside to dry.

Location and leisure

Located at 134 km from Colombo. This is a rural area and is located among mountains. 620 m above sea level. People mainly depend on agriculture. It is close to ancient kingdoms called Kandy (24 km). This area has beautiful landscapes, mountains, ancient temples etc. Some tea plantations and man-made forest plots also can be seen here.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2023 in this place!). The total area was a tea plantation until Independence (in 1948) and after that government took the administration. Some parts were abandoned and some parts were distributed among people. This is a kind of traditional village; some families have been living here for more than 100 years. Agriculture and Tea plantations are the main livelihoods in this area. People who have no lands to cultivate are engaging in other livelihoods such as packing and distribute spices, mushroom plantations, etc. Very few people are working in the city or for government. This area is not a popular destination among the locals or foreigners because of the difficulty in accessing common facilities.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Nawalapitiya and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with rural people, adapt/ respect to local culture and rules. Desirable=language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining /coordinating international workcamps, some experience with agriculture, knowing some games for youths, children, etc.220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: NPGP S1B (NICE-24S-0716A)

Dates

16/07/2024   -   21/07/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Jul. 16 and can leave there after 20:00 of the last days. 6 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

The project consists of two parts. First three days we are supporting domestic-level level small-scale income-generating activities for the selected 2 or 3 families in the village. Second four days we moved around villages to meet members of the women’s group/members of the self-help group, kindergarten, youths, etc., and share volunteer stories and cultures with family/ village youths/village level organizations members while supporting to do their daily work. On the last day morning volunteers visit the village kindergarten/village temple/church /Kovil.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers are going to stay at a village house with limited facilities. Electricity, clean drinking water, beds, pillows, and toilets are available. The Internet facility is good. But no Wi-Fi. Clothes can be washed by hand and can be hung outside to dry.

Location and leisure

Located at 134 km from Colombo. This is a rural area and is located among mountains. 620 m above sea level. People mainly depend on agriculture. It is close to ancient kingdoms called Kandy (24 km). This area has beautiful landscapes, mountains, ancient temples etc. Some tea plantations and man-made forest plots also can be seen here.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2023 in this place!). The total area was a tea plantation until Independence (in 1948) and after that government took the administration. Some parts were abandoned and some parts were distributed among people. This is a kind of traditional village; some families have been living here for more than 100 years. Agriculture and Tea plantations are the main livelihoods in this area. People who have no lands to cultivate are engaging in other livelihoods such as packing and distribute spices, mushroom plantations, etc. Very few people are working in the city or for government. This area is not a popular destination among the locals or foreigners because of the difficulty in accessing common facilities.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Nawalapitiya and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with rural people, adapt/ respect to local culture and rules. Desirable=language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining /coordinating international workcamps, some experience with agriculture, knowing some games for youths, children, etc.220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: NP S3B (NICE-24S-0806A)

Dates

06/08/2024   -   11/08/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Manual Work
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Aug. 05 and can leave there after 20:00 of the last days. 6 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

The project consists of two parts, activities with youths and visits community. For three days we are working with youths in the village, youths in the vocational training center, and the orphanage. After that we visit to meet a family, members of the self-help group, kids at the kindergarten, etc. With youths, volunteers are going to share their lives, play games, etc. During the second part, sharing volunteers’ stories and culture with family/village level organization members and support to do their daily work. On the last day morning volunteers visit the village kindergarten/village temple/church/Kovil.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers are going to stay at a village house with limited facilities. Electricity, clean drinking water, beds, pillows, and toilets are available. The Internet facility is good. But no Wi-Fi. Clothes can be washed by hand and can be hung outside to dry.

Location and leisure

Located 114 km (and 157 km via Gampola) from Colombo. This is a rural area and is located among mountains. 590 m above sea level. People are mainly tea plantation workers working at the tea factories. Few families depend on agriculture, especially on black pepper and vegetable cultivation. It is close to two ancient kingdoms called Gampola (17 km) and Kandy (46 km). This area has beautiful landscapes, mountains, ancient temples, etc. Cardamom and Vanilla are also common crops here. Some big houses, constructed by British officers as well as rich people who lived here can be seen.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2023 in this place!). The total area was a tea plantation until Independence (in 1948) and after that government took the administration. Some parts of the estates were abandoned and some parts were distributed among people. During the development of hydropower projects in the nearby area, many lost their properties and were relocated to this area. Tea plantation is the lifeline of most people and still, some people work in fields. There are 3 tea factories still functioning. Very few people are working in the city or for the government. This area is not a popular destination among the locals or foreigners because of the difficulty in accessing common facilities. We got an opportunity to discuss with an officer who coordinates livelihood development activities of the village to the regional secretariat office and he suggested we visit and have programs with villagers.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Nawalapitiya and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with rural people, adapt/ respect to local culture and rules. Desirable=language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining /coordinating international workcamps, some experience with agriculture, knowing some games for youths, children, etc.220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: NP S3 (NICE-24S-0806A)

Dates

06/08/2024   -   15/08/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

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Manual Work
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Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

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EUR 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Aug. 05 and can leave there after 20:00 of the last days. 6 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

The project consists of two parts, activities with youths and visits community. For three days we are working with youths in the village, youths in the vocational training center, and the orphanage. After that we visit to meet a family, members of the self-help group, kids at the kindergarten, etc. With youths, volunteers are going to share their lives, play games, etc. During the second part, sharing volunteers’ stories and culture with family/village level organization members and support to do their daily work. On the last day morning volunteers visit the village kindergarten/village temple/church/Kovil.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers are going to stay at a village house with limited facilities. Electricity, clean drinking water, beds, pillows, and toilets are available. The Internet facility is good. But no Wi-Fi. Clothes can be washed by hand and can be hung outside to dry.

Location and leisure

Located 114 km (and 157 km via Gampola) from Colombo. This is a rural area and is located among mountains. 590 m above sea level. People are mainly tea plantation workers working at the tea factories. Few families depend on agriculture, especially on black pepper and vegetable cultivation. It is close to two ancient kingdoms called Gampola (17 km) and Kandy (46 km). This area has beautiful landscapes, mountains, ancient temples, etc. Cardamom and Vanilla are also common crops here. Some big houses, constructed by British officers as well as rich people who lived here can be seen.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2023 in this place!). The total area was a tea plantation until Independence (in 1948) and after that government took the administration. Some parts of the estates were abandoned and some parts were distributed among people. During the development of hydropower projects in the nearby area, many lost their properties and were relocated to this area. Tea plantation is the lifeline of most people and still, some people work in fields. There are 3 tea factories still functioning. Very few people are working in the city or for the government. This area is not a popular destination among the locals or foreigners because of the difficulty in accessing common facilities. We got an opportunity to discuss with an officer who coordinates livelihood development activities of the village to the regional secretariat office and he suggested we visit and have programs with villagers.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Nawalapitiya and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with rural people, adapt/ respect to local culture and rules. Desirable=language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining /coordinating international workcamps, some experience with agriculture, knowing some games for youths, children, etc.
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu M5 (NICE-24L-0820A)

Dates

20/08/2024   -   26/09/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 670 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Aug. 19 and can leave there after 22:00 of Sep. 26. 8 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Volunteers are going work at the home gardens maintaing by the members of the women's group. Some times thet have to work 2 or 3 days same place until finish the work. Evenings volunteers can teach languages (English/ Japanese /French etc) to village children according to their age groups. Saturday totally volunteers are staying with village youth group. They are going to work 5 days, including Sathurday. During this period you can meet a families, youths/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school etc.

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, there is electricity and mobile phones are working. But no or less internet or WiFi. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying. At the night you can see lots of bright stars at the sky.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda. 256km from Colombo, suburb of Polonnaruwa, the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Many people depend on paddy farming and it is low population density area for Sri Lanka (122 people/ km2).

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDGs 02 (Zero hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2020 we are working here but Kumaragama is first time). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families brought to here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked them to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kind of sub cultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new sub culture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology is changed rapidly but it is not reached to these areas because of language barrier, unawareness, narrow perspectives and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of country’s development process but unfortunately these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packeting spices, maintain plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no lands to do agriculture too.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

High motivation to work while experiencing different type of life style, sharing experiences, accept challenges, adopt to local environment, respect and accept local life and culture
702 EUR to be paid on your arrivals. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu S5 (NICE-24S-0820A)

Dates

20/08/2024   -   29/08/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Social
Manual Work

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
 
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Aug. 19 and can leave there after 22:00 of the last days. 7 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Basically our projects consists with two parts. First three days we are working at the one place that is our main work, helping family to do their work in the workshop which making bags. Checking the finished bags, packing, cut the remaining strings are among the main work. Second four days, we are moving around the village to meet community to do our next part of the projects. During this week you can meet a family, youth/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school etc. Among work scheduled volunteers participating to, 1. Help to family to do their bag making activities 2. Cultural exchange programs with villagers including youths. 3. Activities with children 4. Work and assist to self-help group member’s activities 5. Visit village kindergarten

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, located close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and purified drinking water available. Mobile phone connections are working. Internet is available, but not strong and no Wi-Fi. You can use toilet papers here. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda is located at Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Lots of ruins are still there including stone carvings, palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, parks and lakes etc. and most of them are more than 1100 years old. This is a on the very populated destinations among the tourists. Total area is religious and thousands of pilgrimages visiting daily and for religious ceremonies. Lots of ruins still can see 27km around the city. Majority of the population is depending on paddy farming. Polonnaruwa is another low population density area recorded 122 people per square KM. Project site is located 256 km from Colombo.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2017 in this place!). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families brought to here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked them to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kind of sub cultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new sub culture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology is changed rapidly but it is not reached to these areas because of language barrier, unawareness, narrow perspectives and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of country’s development process but unfortunately these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packeting spices, maintain plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no lands to do agriculture too.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with people, some knowledge about nursery work, adapt/ respect to village life local culture and rules, Desirable = language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining/ coordinating international workcamps, team work some sports.
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu S5B (NICE-24S-0820A)

Dates

20/08/2024   -   25/08/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Social
Manual Work

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
Close

Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Aug. 19 and can leave there after 22:00 of the last days. 7 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Basically our projects consists with two parts. First three days we are working at the one place that is our main work, helping family to do their work in the workshop which making bags. Checking the finished bags, packing, cut the remaining strings are among the main work. Second four days, we are moving around the village to meet community to do our next part of the projects. During this week you can meet a family, youth/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school etc. Among work scheduled volunteers participating to, 1. Help to family to do their bag making activities 2. Cultural exchange programs with villagers including youths. 3. Activities with children 4. Work and assist to self-help group member’s activities 5. Visit village kindergarten

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, located close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and purified drinking water available. Mobile phone connections are working. Internet is available, but not strong and no Wi-Fi. You can use toilet papers here. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda is located at Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Lots of ruins are still there including stone carvings, palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, parks and lakes etc. and most of them are more than 1100 years old. This is a on the very populated destinations among the tourists. Total area is religious and thousands of pilgrimages visiting daily and for religious ceremonies. Lots of ruins still can see 27km around the city. Majority of the population is depending on paddy farming. Polonnaruwa is another low population density area recorded 122 people per square KM. Project site is located 256 km from Colombo.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2017 in this place!). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families brought to here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked them to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kind of sub cultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new sub culture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology is changed rapidly but it is not reached to these areas because of language barrier, unawareness, narrow perspectives and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of country’s development process but unfortunately these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packeting spices, maintain plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no lands to do agriculture too.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with people, some knowledge about nursery work, adapt/ respect to village life local culture and rules, Desirable = language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining/ coordinating international workcamps, team work some sports
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Medi S1 (NICE-24S-0903A)

Dates

03/09/2024   -   12/09/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Sep. 02 and can leave there after 22:00 of Sep. 12. 7 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Our projects consist of two parts. First three days we worked at the one place that was our main work, helping the families to do their work in the workshop which making clay bricks. Mixing clay with water, making bricks, and placing it to dry are among the main work.
Second four days, we moved around the village to meet the community to do our next part of the project. During this week you can meet a family, youth/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school, etc. Among work scheduled volunteers participating, 1. Help to family to do their clay brick-making activities 2. Cultural exchange programs with villagers including youths. 3. Activities with children 4. Work and assist with self-help group member’s activities 5. Visit village kindergarten

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, located close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and purified drinking water available. Mobile phone connections are working. Internet is available, but not strong and no Wi-Fi. You cannot use toilet paper here. You have to wash your clothes by hand and hang them outside for drying.

Location and leisure

Meegaswewa is located in Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and is declared a world heritage site. Lots of ruins are still there including stone carvings, palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, parks lakes, etc. and most of them are more than 1100 years old. This is one of the very populated destinations among tourists. The total area is religious and hundreds of pilgrimages visit daily and for religious ceremonies. Lots of ruins still can be seen 27 km around the city. The majority of the population depends on paddy farming. Polonnaruwa is another low population density area recorded 122 people per square KM. The project site, Meegaswewa is located 285 km from Colombo.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger)and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (first time in this place!). Meegaswewa is a very rural area and 425 families. In 1986 they migrated here and established illegally. In 1993 they received legal permission to stay and do something for a living. More than 80% of the population depends on agriculture. Others are catching fish, making bricks, etc. for a living. According to the climate, they can work only for 6 months. Other 6 months all of them are working as temporary laborers. The village school accommodates up to grade 11 and after that, students have to help their parents or have to find a job elsewhere. The village is located middle of the forest and we can see elephants in the evening close to the village border. Public Transport system is very weak here. Almost every family has a motor bicycle or tuk tuk for transport. No foreigners are visited there and no locals visit this area for tourism because facilities are very low. There are very rich people, less than 2% are living here and all others are in deep poverty. It is time to explore the life of other countries and get an idea and education on the development and how it benefits common people. During the 21st century, technology has changed rapidly but it has not reached these areas because of language barriers, unawareness, narrow perspectives, and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of the country’s development process but unfortunately, these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of Meegaswewa and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with people, some knowledge about nursery work, adapt/ respect to village life local culture, and rules, Desirable = language skills of Sri Lankan, experience in joining/ coordinating international workcamps, teamwork some sports
230 EUR to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu M6 (NICE-24L-0917A)

Dates

17/09/2024   -   28/11/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 670 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Sep. 16 and can leave there after 22:00 of Nov. 28. 8 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Volunteers are going work at the home gardens maintaing by the members of the women's group. Some times thet have to work 2 or 3 days same place until finish the work. Evenings volunteers can teach languages (English/ Japanese /French etc) to village children according to their age groups. Saturday totally volunteers are staying with village youth group. They are going to work 5 days, including Sathurday. During this period you can meet a families, youths/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school etc.

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, there is electricity and mobile phones are working. But no or less internet or WiFi. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying. At the night you can see lots of bright stars at the sky.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda. 256km from Colombo, suburb of Polonnaruwa, the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Many people depend on paddy farming and it is low population density area for Sri Lanka (122 people/ km2).

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDGs 02 (Zero hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2020 we are working here but Kumaragama is first time). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families brought to here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked them to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kind of sub cultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new sub culture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology is changed rapidly but it is not reached to these areas because of language barrier, unawareness, narrow perspectives and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of country’s development process but unfortunately these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packeting spices, maintain plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no lands to do agriculture too.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

High motivation to work while experiencing different type of life style, sharing experiences, accept challenges, adopt to local environment, respect and accept local life and culture.
702 EUR to be paid on your arrivals. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu S6 (NICE-24S-0917A)

Dates

17/09/2024   -   26/09/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Sep. 16 and can leave there after 22:00 of the last days. 7 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Basically, our projects consist of two parts. First three days we worked at the one place that is our main work, helping a family to do their work in the nursery. Mixing soil and composts, filling the bags, cutting flowers, and planting the branches are among the main work.
Second four days, we moved around the village to meet the community to do our next part of the project. During this week you can meet a family, youth/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school, etc. Among work scheduled volunteers participating, 1. Help to family to do their work in nurseries 2. Cultural exchange programs with villagers including youths. 3. Activities with children 4. Work and assist with self-help group member’s activities 5. Visit village kindergarten

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, located close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and purified drinking water available. Mobile phone connections are working. Internet is available, but not strong and no Wi-Fi. You can use toilet papers here. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda is located at Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Lots of ruins are still there including stone carvings, palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, parks and lakes etc. and most of them are more than 1100 years old. This is a on the very populated destinations among the tourists. Total area is religious and thousands of pilgrimages visiting daily and for religious ceremonies. Lots of ruins still can see 27km around the city. Majority of the population is depending on paddy farming. Polonnaruwa is another low population density area recorded 122 people per square KM. Project site is located 256 km from Colombo.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2017 in this place!). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families were brought here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kinds of subcultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new subculture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology has changed rapidly but it has not reached these areas because of language barriers, unawareness, narrow perspectives, and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of the country’s development process but unfortunately, these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packing spices, and maintaining plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no land to do agriculture.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with people, some knowledge about nursery work, adapt/ respect to village life local culture and rules, Desirable = language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining/ coordinating international workcamps, team work some
sports.
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu S6B (NICE-24S-0917A)

Dates

17/09/2024   -   22/09/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
Close

Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Sep. 16 and can leave there after 22:00 of the last days. 7 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Basically, our projects consist of two parts. First three days we worked at the one place that is our main work, helping a family to do their work in the nursery. Mixing soil and composts, filling the bags, cutting flowers, and planting the branches are among the main work.
Second four days, we moved around the village to meet the community to do our next part of the project. During this week you can meet a family, youth/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school, etc. Among work scheduled volunteers participating, 1. Help to family to do their work in nurseries 2. Cultural exchange programs with villagers including youths. 3. Activities with children 4. Work and assist with self-help group member’s activities 5. Visit village kindergarten

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, located close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and purified drinking water available. Mobile phone connections are working. Internet is available, but not strong and no Wi-Fi. You can use toilet papers here. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda is located at Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Lots of ruins are still there including stone carvings, palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, parks and lakes etc. and most of them are more than 1100 years old. This is a on the very populated destinations among the tourists. Total area is religious and thousands of pilgrimages visiting daily and for religious ceremonies. Lots of ruins still can see 27km around the city. Majority of the population is depending on paddy farming. Polonnaruwa is another low population density area recorded 122 people per square KM. Project site is located 256 km from Colombo.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2017 in this place!). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families were brought here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kinds of subcultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new subculture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology has changed rapidly but it has not reached these areas because of language barriers, unawareness, narrow perspectives, and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of the country’s development process but unfortunately, these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packing spices, and maintaining plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no land to do agriculture.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with people, some knowledge about nursery work, adapt/ respect to village life local culture and rules, Desirable = language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining/ coordinating international workcamps, team work some sports
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: NP S4 (NICE-24S-1105A)

Dates

05/11/2024   -   14/11/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Cultural

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Nov. 05 and can leave there after 20:00 of the last days. 6 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

The project consists of two parts, activities with youths and visits community. For three days we are working with youths in the village, youths in the vocational training center, and the orphanage. After that we visit to meet a family, members of the self-help group, kids at the kindergarten, etc. With youths, volunteers are going to share their lives, play games, etc. During the second part, sharing volunteers’ stories and culture with family/village level organization members and support to do their daily work. On the last day morning volunteers visit the village kindergarten/village temple/church/Kovil.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers are going to stay at a village house with limited facilities. Electricity, clean drinking water, beds, pillows, and toilets are available. The Internet facility is good. But no Wi-Fi. Clothes can be washed by hand and can be hung outside to dry.

Location and leisure

Located 114 km (and 157 km via Gampola) from Colombo. This is a rural area and is located among mountains. 590 m above sea level. People are mainly tea plantation workers working at the tea factories. Few families depend on agriculture, especially on black pepper and vegetable cultivation. It is close to two ancient kingdoms called Gampola (17 km) and Kandy (46 km). This area has beautiful landscapes, mountains, ancient temples, etc. Cardamom and Vanilla are also common crops here. Some big houses, constructed by British officers as well as rich people who lived here can be seen.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2023 in this place!). The total area was a tea plantation until Independence (in 1948) and after that government took the administration. Some parts of the estates were abandoned and some parts were distributed among people. During the development of hydropower projects in the nearby area, many lost their properties and were relocated to this area. Tea plantation is the lifeline of most people and still, some people work in fields. There are 3 tea factories still functioning. Very few people are working in the city or for the government. This area is not a popular destination among the locals or foreigners because of the difficulty in accessing common facilities. We got an opportunity to discuss with an officer who coordinates livelihood development activities of the village to the regional secretariat office and he suggested we visit and have programs with villagers.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Nawalapitiya and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with rural people, adapt/ respect to local culture and rules. Desirable=language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining /coordinating international workcamps, some experience with agriculture, knowing some games for youths, children, etc.
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: NP S4B (NICE-24S-1105A)

Dates

05/11/2024   -   10/11/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Cultural

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
Close

Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Nov. 05 and can leave there after 20:00 of the last days. 6 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

The project consists of two parts, activities with youths and visits community. For three days we are working with youths in the village, youths in the vocational training center, and the orphanage. After that we visit to meet a family, members of the self-help group, kids at the kindergarten, etc. With youths, volunteers are going to share their lives, play games, etc. During the second part, sharing volunteers’ stories and culture with family/village level organization members and support to do their daily work. On the last day morning volunteers visit the village kindergarten/village temple/church/Kovil.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers are going to stay at a village house with limited facilities. Electricity, clean drinking water, beds, pillows, and toilets are available. The Internet facility is good. But no Wi-Fi. Clothes can be washed by hand and can be hung outside to dry.

Location and leisure

Located 114 km (and 157 km via Gampola) from Colombo. This is a rural area and is located among mountains. 590 m above sea level. People are mainly tea plantation workers working at the tea factories. Few families depend on agriculture, especially on black pepper and vegetable cultivation. It is close to two ancient kingdoms called Gampola (17 km) and Kandy (46 km). This area has beautiful landscapes, mountains, ancient temples, etc. Cardamom and Vanilla are also common crops here. Some big houses, constructed by British officers as well as rich people who lived here can be seen.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2023 in this place!). The total area was a tea plantation until Independence (in 1948) and after that government took the administration. Some parts of the estates were abandoned and some parts were distributed among people. During the development of hydropower projects in the nearby area, many lost their properties and were relocated to this area. Tea plantation is the lifeline of most people and still, some people work in fields. There are 3 tea factories still functioning. Very few people are working in the city or for the government. This area is not a popular destination among the locals or foreigners because of the difficulty in accessing common facilities. We got an opportunity to discuss with an officer who coordinates livelihood development activities of the village to the regional secretariat office and he suggested we visit and have programs with villagers.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Nawalapitiya and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with rural people, adapt/ respect to local culture and rules. Desirable=language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining /coordinating international workcamps, some experience with agriculture, knowing some games for youths, children, etc.
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty Zero Hunger
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu S7 (NICE-24S-1119A)

Dates

19/11/2024   -   28/11/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 220 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
Close

Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Nov. 18 and can leave there after 22:00 of the last days. 7 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Basically, our projects consist of two parts. First three days we worked at the one place that is our main work, helping a family to do their work in the nursery. Mixing soil and composts, filling the bags, cutting flowers, and planting the branches are among the main work.
Second four days, we moved around the village to meet the community to do our next part of the project. During this week you can meet a family, youth/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school, etc. Among work scheduled volunteers participating, 1. Help to family to do their work in nurseries 2. Cultural exchange programs with villagers including youths. 3. Activities with children 4. Work and assist with self-help group member’s activities 5. Visit village kindergarten

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, located close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and purified drinking water available. Mobile phone connections are working. Internet is available, but not strong and no Wi-Fi. You can use toilet papers here. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda is located at Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Lots of ruins are still there including stone carvings, palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, parks and lakes etc. and most of them are more than 1100 years old. This is a on the very populated destinations among the tourists. Total area is religious and thousands of pilgrimages visiting daily and for religious ceremonies. Lots of ruins still can see 27km around the city. Majority of the population is depending on paddy farming. Polonnaruwa is another low population density area recorded 122 people per square KM. Project site is located 256 km from Colombo.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2017 in this place!). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families were brought here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kinds of subcultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new subculture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology has changed rapidly but it has not reached these areas because of language barriers, unawareness, narrow perspectives, and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of the country’s development process but unfortunately, these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packing spices, and maintaining plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no land to do agriculture.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with people, some knowledge about nursery work, adapt/ respect to village life local culture and rules, Desirable = language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining/ coordinating international workcamps, team work some sports
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: Higu S7B (NICE-24S-1119A)

Dates

19/11/2024   -   24/11/2024

Feedback from 48 volunteers

Tags

Agricultural
Social

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 180 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
Close

Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Colombo (CMB)
Nearest bus/train station
Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Nov. 18 and can leave there after 22:00 of the last days. 7 hours by bus to the site. You will meet at the Colombo Government bus terminal in the morning on the first day.

Work

Basically, our projects consist of two parts. First three days we worked at the one place that is our main work, helping a family to do their work in the nursery. Mixing soil and composts, filling the bags, cutting flowers, and planting the branches are among the main work.
Second four days, we moved around the village to meet the community to do our next part of the project. During this week you can meet a family, youth/children society members and watch their activities, women’s/farmers groups, visit village school, etc. Among work scheduled volunteers participating, 1. Help to family to do their work in nurseries 2. Cultural exchange programs with villagers including youths. 3. Activities with children 4. Work and assist with self-help group member’s activities 5. Visit village kindergarten

Accomodation and food

Village house with a host family, located close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and purified drinking water available. Mobile phone connections are working. Internet is available, but not strong and no Wi-Fi. You can use toilet papers here. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to hang outside for drying.

Location and leisure

Higurakgoda is located at Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Lots of ruins are still there including stone carvings, palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, parks and lakes etc. and most of them are more than 1100 years old. This is a on the very populated destinations among the tourists. Total area is religious and thousands of pilgrimages visiting daily and for religious ceremonies. Lots of ruins still can see 27km around the city. Majority of the population is depending on paddy farming. Polonnaruwa is another low population density area recorded 122 people per square KM. Project site is located 256 km from Colombo.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2017 in this place!). Higurakgoda is a settlement, established in 1956, under the government development plan. Families were brought here from different parts of Sri Lanka and asked to settle here while doing paddy farming. Different parts of Sri Lanka have different kinds of subcultures. In here all of them are mixed and emerge a new subculture. Now 3rd generation is living here with their 2nd generation parents. During the 21st century, technology has changed rapidly but it has not reached these areas because of language barriers, unawareness, narrow perspectives, and so on. As a country, everyone should be a part of the country’s development process but unfortunately, these rural communities are somehow rejected by the administration. But actually, communities’ active participation is essential to overcome the burdens and to establish a just society. Some families are doing other activities to live. Making bags, packing spices, and maintaining plant nurseries are among them. We are working closely with paddy farmers as well as other families who have no land to do agriculture.

Additional comments

Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu and Sri Lanka

Requirements

Necessary = High motivation to work with people, some knowledge about nursery work, adapt/ respect to village life local culture and rules, Desirable = language skills of Sri Lankan, experience of joining/ coordinating international workcamps, team work some sports
220/ 180 EUR for 10/ 6 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 EUR less for repeaters of GV4GF workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 50 EUR to pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house, following day breakfast and moving to the meeting point are included.

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Sustainable Cities and Communities