Help on this education program by teaching Monks in the temples, and children in pre-schools in the villages. The objective is to help them improve their English language. You’ll primarily teach English, but you can also help to teach Drama, Music and other foreign Languages. You’ll assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc.
WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
Our programme runs in Kandy, one of the most scenic cities of Sri Lanka located amidst the hills. It’s also home to the Famous Temple of the Tooth. This Education programme has two aspects in which you can help:
Teaching Children in Schools:
You’ll have the opportunity to teach either of the options listed below, and possibly even at a different school. Where you teach will depend on where the greatest need is at the time when you’re there and also on the availability of the monks or children at the time of your Programme. When you arrive, you’ll be allocated to where your help is needed most:
- In the local pre-schools, teaching English, Drama, Music and/or foreign languages.
Or teaching English to Buddhist Monks in the local temples.
In Pre-School you’ll primarily teach the children English, but you may also be asked to help teach Drama, Music and foreign Languages. Generally, the ages range from 4 years old to approximately 8 years old. You’ll assist other teachers and staff and you may have to create teaching plans.
Working hours are Monday to Friday. You’ll have 2 or 3 periods of lessons (45 Minutes each period) in the school. You also need time to observe the lessons and put together your teaching plan.
The project aims to give children a good education in order to give them a better and secure future.
Teaching Buddhist Monks in the Local Temples:
Here you’ll teach young Buddhist monks English and various other subjects and interact with them in a serene and calm place which will soothe your mind. The main objective of this programme is to provide a good English education for local Monk students, particularly for those who are unable to afford the payments for private English classes.
You’ll teach three different groups, with each class running for one and half hours. The education efforts you provide are greatly appreciated and are extremely valuable to these students!
This project is almost 2 years old. The project was started with the intention of increasing proficiency in written and spoken English among Buddhist monks. Over time, we have noticed a vast improvement in the communication skills of the monks. The monks also really enjoy being a part of the program!
You’ll most likely start your project with an Introduction week to help you settle into the culture so that you grow comfortable with your surroundings. The Introduction week in Kandy is the best way to embrace Sri Lanka.
During this week we will …
- Explain the do’s and don’ts regarding safety and transport.
- Additionally you will get acquainted with Buddhism, the mysterious mythology behind this culture
- You will visit a few temples, including the famous Temple of the Tooth.
- We will enrich your experience with language sessions to be able to talk to the locals.
- You’ll get to know how a traditional Ayurvedic massage feels like!
- You’ll also witness an ancient Kandyan dance performance and, last but not least …
- You’ll get to look, smell and taste Sri Lankan cuisine during the cooking sessions. You’ll bring home some skills you never knew you had!
All accommodation in Kandy is included during your stay on our programme within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Living is comfortable and all volunteer houses and home stays have electricity and running water. Accommodation at the Volunteer House in Kandy comprises of dormitory style, shared rooms. Our house is located 2 kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need.
Wi-Fi / Internet: Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi / Internet facilities at time of writing, but you will have access to internet cafes close to the Volunteer House. The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.
FOOD: Meals will be provided three times a day during the week and twice during the weekend (breakfast and lunch combine to become brunch during the weekend). Breakfast is self-service with toast, fruits, tea and coffee. Sri Lankan foods include roti bread, dal (Lentil Soup) and curries, vegetables, salads, milk and yogurt. Meat is rarely eaten, except on festive occasions.
Weekends are free to relax, and to explore the local area.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing Asian culture first-hand!
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!