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Kandy - Restoration and Renovation Project

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Kandy - Restoration and Renovation Project

About Your Location

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last center of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

Aims & Objectives

To bring back the lost glory of these ancient temples such that more and more people come to visit these forgotten temples and to create an aesthetically educative ambience for children at schools.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Introduction Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule for Introduction Day
Welcome, introduction to Sri Lanka and projects, House rules, Code of Conduct and handling of documents
Sinhalese Language Lesson
Cultural Lesson
Kandy City Tour

Monday to Friday
Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites
Painting buildings
Engaging in mural work if available
Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests

School & Public Holidays

The project is closed on public holidays.

2024
17 & 21 June
20 July
19 August
16-17 September
17 & 31 October
15 November
14 & 25 December

***Please note that during New Year Holiday Week in April all the projects will be closed. New arrivals will not be accepted on 8 or 9 April 2023.***

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Travel & medical insurance
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Passport copy required on arrival
Copy of online Visa approval
Participants with body tattoos need to cover them and those who have visible piercings (not ears) must take the ring/studs/etc out while at the placement

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

Optional Culture Week

This program can also include a Culture Week which is highly recommended but not mandatory - just inform your travel advisor if you wish to include it. This week introduces you to the culture and people of Sri Lanka. You will be given an orientation and taught about safety, transport, religion and told about other culturally acceptable practices. You will visit several temples including the Temple of the Tooth, have an Ayurvedic massage and witness a traditional Kandyan dance performance. The Culture Week also includes language lessons, a Sri Lankan cooking lesson and learning Sri Lankan traditions by practice. Apart from all the sights you take in, this week will also have you eating lots of delicious Sri Lankan food.
Overzicht

Wat is inbegrepen?

Extra kosten tijdens tour
None

Activiteiten

Weekends are free to relax and to explore the local area.

Accommodatie

You will be accommodated in one of our centers which are located 2-4 kilometers away from Kandy center. The basic, dorm style rooms are shared by 4-10 people on a single-gender basis and bed linens are included. You can also choose private double/twin rooms. The rooms have fans, no air-conditioning is available. Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared, and hot water showers are available. There is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings, just bring your own padlock. There is also a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with your fellow volunteers. Wi-Fi is not available (internet cafes are available close to the volunteer house and in the city). Mosquito nets, toilet paper or washing powder will not be provided by us. Accommodation is not included if arriving on a Saturday, additional nights cost EUR 43 per night.

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Arrival Information
If your flight arrives anytime Saturday or Sunday until 21:00 only, we will pick you up from the relevant airport. Look out for the coordinators holding a signboard with the Green Lion Logo on it. If you arrive any other a day, a transfer can be requested and will cost EUR 50, which is paid directly to the person picking you up. If we are not picking you up at the airport, you must contact us when you are in the country at the latest on the Friday before your arrival to arrange your pick-up accordingly. If you can't find the coordinator stay at the meeting point and try calling the coordinator.

Please note that if you arrive on Saturday your transfer is included but you will need to pay for an additional night's accommodation.

Transfer Coordinator
Mobile: 00947-1065 6506
If you are lost or have any major concerns regarding the transfer, please try to contact the coordinator at the airport first.

Tourist Police: Dial 011-2421052
The Tourist Police of Sri Lanka are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.

Departure Information
The latest check-out time from the accommodation on the last Saturday is 12:00. Departure transfer is not included as due to the many different personal plans and return flight times, it's logistically simpler for you to make your own way. Our coordinator can help you with the different transportation options, but you will have to cover the cost.

Maaltijden

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

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What to Bring
Toilet paper, towels, soap, washing powder, mosquito nets and mosquito repellant are NOT provided so you will have to bring these along with you. Make also sure to pack a first-aid kit, hat, hiking shoes, a small padlock to secure valuables, tidy clothes for temple visits and an umbrella/raincoat. Please also take care of malaria precautions.

Visa
Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.

Internet Access
There is no Wi-Fi at the volunteer accommodation. You can find internet cafés close to the volunteer house and in the city, but the internet connection can be unreliable.

Money & Shopping
The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15-minute walk away from your accommodation.

SIM Card
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM Card for your whole time in Sri Lanka, not only for your own personal safety, but also for easier and cheaper communication with the other volunteers, staff and family back home, and especially if you are traveling to us by yourself. You can usually get one at the airport for free or at a low cost.

Sights & Surroundings
The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Mountain Range, Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Hortons Plains National Park and the Railway Museum.

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