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RURAL VILLAGES Project

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OVERVIEW

This project operates throughout the year and places you at the heart of local communities. Our work with the villages is organised through the community leaders and supports the villagers to be economically secure, to maximise the benefits of their resources, and to support them in their vital roles as ecological custodians. We teach and coach English through conversation, grammar lessons, coaching sports, and the arts. We build infrastructure to support health and increase crop yields, develop conservation projects, and support the development of their rural based businesses for the modern economy and rural tourism.

About the Rural Village Project

These projects are set in rural areas east and north of Anuradhapura, amongst paddy fields, lakes, jungle, and woodlands. Wildlife abounds, including elephants.

We work with 2 communities. One, a traditional buddhist community, consists of 4 villages of 400 households. Here you’ll encounter traditional Sri Lanka, at the heart of which is the village temple housing 14 child monks and the chief priest who looks after them, as well as leading the community.  People cultivate rice – and during the growing season, cultivators sleep in tree houses at night on elephant, deer and wild pig watch. Some are wood carvers, furniture makers, metal workers and potters, and many women weave baskets and mats, make clothes, teach traditional dancing, cooking and know and use medicinal plants. Due to the nature of rural incomes some men and women leave their families and head to urban locations or the middle east seeking more regular incomes.

Another group of villages is a mixed Christian, Buddhist community, where we are beginning work in 2017. These people are very poor, relying on day labour, smoking fish, and cultivating to make a living. They also make bricks, which they sell for housing, but are too poor to afford these bricks themselves. Therefore a major project we will be doing is to raise the  money to build 50 brick houses to replace the clay and palm thatched houses that 50 families currently live in. The houses will have toilets and showers, which currently, none have. These houses have some major disadvantages over brick houses: the rains of the in the rainy season can cause the houses to collapse, and snakes can be attracted to the palm roofs.

The work of these projects includes teaching English, building infrastructure, supporting the villagers to develop their incomes through sustainable tourism, and ecology, as well as working with the local schools and hospitals.

If you’re hoping to teach or coach children or adults you will need as a minimum requirement a 20 hour TEFL course certificate so that you will be aware of the grammar that children are taught in school. See our website for details.

Impact

Your work with these communities can help to give these people genuine choices in how they develop their incomes, support their families, and manage their environments.

Children and students will perform better in school and their prospects enhanced through their knowledge of English, and home and community life will be enhanced.

100/450 households have no toilet. New toilets diminish health risks.

Water treatment plants will improve people’s health all round, which evidence suggest is being contaminated by fertilisers, and pesticides. We will be encouraging moves to organic farming too.

LOCATION

This Project is located in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka in North Central Province. The villages, hospital, and school are 20 km from our base in Anuradhapura,

 

PERFECT FOR

Participants benefiting from this placement include:

  • Individuals /  groups

As well as those interested in:

  • Art / photography / crafts / handiwork skills

  • construction work,

  • cultural experiences / a unique and safe community experience;

  • Teaching / TEFL teaching

  • Social work, health professionals; social anthropology;

  • Sustainable development; ecology, agriculture.

  • Conservation: forestry / wildlife

 

Interested? Apply today!