What a privilege to be a part of the project restoring to glory ten precious temples in Hanguranketha! According to a recent survey, there are 119 temples in need of renovation and repair in the area. As a participant on a project working on just 10 of those temples, you will have the honour of repainting detailed artwork in and around the buildings. This really is a fantastic way to spend some free time during your gap year. In the mornings, your time will be spent in the wonderful company of young monks, sharing with them your knowledge of English and developing their skills in that, and other, subjects. Situated approximately an hour’s drive from Kandy, the project will take you away from the hustle and bustle of city life into the quieter rural areas. The number of temples at Hanguranketha suggests some of the historical significance of the area, although a large number of its buildings were destroyed during invasions in the early 19th century. There are many difficulties facing the local residents, such as poorly staffed schools, dilapidated temples, a lack of clean drinking water and regular power cuts. Renovating the temples is just one of the projects taking place in the area, aimed at raising the standards of living.
Monday to Friday
Each of your mornings will be spent teaching the young enthusiastic monks. They are eager to learn but will need you to prepare and deliver interesting and fun activities to fully engage them in the development of new skills. After lunch, you will spend time carrying out tasks to renovate a temple. You’re guaranteed to have immense satisfaction from the work you carry out at the project.