Trip Details

This project will be based at a Buddhist temple in a rural area named Hanguranketha where young monks are preparing to propagate Buddhism throughout the world for which they need to learn English. The main goal is to improve the proficiency of spoken and written English among them. You will spend most of your time teaching monks to read and write in English.

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.

Aims & Objectives
The main goal is to improve the proficiency of spoken and written English among young Buddhist monks.

Trip Itinerary

An amazing country to visit! Sri Lanka offers peace and happiness with its strong Buddhist teachings and philosophy.

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 goal of this project is to give an opportunity for the rural monks to improve their proficiency of spoken and written English.

A weekly schedule may look like this:

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at Buddhist temple
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday

The weekend is yours to relax or explore beautiful Sri Lanka 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Hanguranketha is an ancient city that had been a thriving paddy field in ancient times and was named “Sangaruwan ketha”, later the name changed to the present name Hanguranketha. The city was very useful for the kings of Sri Lanka, especially during the Kandyan period. It was used as the camp city during the troubled period for the kings and the country, due to the south Indian invasions. Many kings had abandoned the royal capital of Kandy in the past and used Hanguranketha as the temporary capital of the island. The city came to being mainly due to the temporary occupation of kings in the past. The city was also known as “Diyatilaka” in the past.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in our centre which is located few kilometres away from the town centre. There is a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants.The accommodation holds 4-10 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms can be requested and are subject to availability, please contact us before hand if you would like a private room.

Food Arrangements
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.

Facilities
Our house is located few kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Gala Uda fortress: Diyatala Kanda is located near the city of Hanguranketha is a well known mountain with historical value. The summit of the mountain commands a panoramic view over the surrounding region.
  • Potgul Maliga Maha Vihara: This Buddhist temple is one of the most visited religious sites in Hanguranketha. Some of the materials used for the construction are recovered from the Hanguranketha Palace, which was destroyed by the British.
  • Kitulpe Ranpatge Vihara: This Buddhist temple is one of the several temples that date back to the Anuradhapura (4 BC to 11 AD) period.
  • Panchanari Getaya: Panchanari Getaya is an example of fine craftsmanship of the ancient Sri Lankan artisans. It is a stone carving depicting five female dancers. This rare piece of stone carving is located near the Vishnu Devala.

 

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Modest Clothing

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa