Participating on a gap volunteer project is highly rewarding but it can also prove tiring. And that’s why a week at the beach is a perfect way to relax during or at the end of a project.
As well as the time at the beach, there will also be opportunities for sightseeing and shopping trips. You will also be further immersed into the Sinhala culture through a series of fun, organised activities. Most of these take place during the morning sessions allowing the volunteers free time in the afternoon to spend time at the beach or organise their own activities to visit further places of interest, with the coordinators’ help.
Located just south of Colombo at Ambalangoda, the beach city is close to the highly popular dutch port, known as Galle.
Each day of the week is packed full of interesting and enjoyable activities. The first of these is an exploration of Ambalangoda, focusing on visits to its most important temples, including the oldest. You will view South Asia’s longest sleeping Buddha statue and a very well-known wooden Buddhism statue. The afternoon session is free for you to choose whether to take part in organised activities, relax on the beach or organise new activities with the coordinators’ help.
Visiting one of Sri Lanka’s most popular destinations, the programme takes you on a River Safari. While there, you will see the incredible jungle plant-life, and come close to a variety of animals like crocodiles as well as various unusual species of fish. Mirroring Monday, the afternoon is free for you to choose your own activities.
A popular day. You’ll be participating in the Turtle Conservation project which involves helping with feeding and cleaning the turtles and their water tanks. The working day will run from 9:30am – 3:30pm with a long relaxing lunch break between 12pm and 2pm.
A trip to the famous city of Galle, you’ll visit the Tsunami Museum and step back in time at the dutch fort colonial style homes. Then its a trip to the Natural Silk Factory where you’ll learn about Silk manufacture. You can then choose to stay on at Galle beach or return by taxi to the centre. If you choose to stay on, the project will pay for the return bus journey.
Your final day will take you to see the process of cutting and shaping precious stones at the Moonstain mine. A unique opportunity to watch this fascinating, delicate process. Relaxation is the tone for the rest of the day. You’ll visit a waterfall walk to swim and admire the beautiful setting. There’ll be tea and snacks nearby so you’ll be well refreshed. Your afternoon is yours to unwind or make your own plans to visit other locations.