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NICE-18-10221 SRI LANKA Gami Sewa Sewana AGRI 22/10/2018 04/11/2018

NICE-18-10221 Gala 07 Gami Sewa Sewana 
Sri Lanka 10/22- 11/04 AGRI AGE:18- 99 
Summary 
Working to revive the abandon training center for promoting organic farming. Enjoy real essence of Sri Lankan rural life! 
Background 
This workcamp has been organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2013 in this place). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life. GSS (Shelter for villagers) was made as an integrated organic farm in 1977 with the donation from some international agencies that suddenly stopped in 2012, so most of the activities were collapsed. Then, another group has taken the responsibility and runs an animal husbandry (cattle and goats), biogas unit, vegetable plantation plots including leafy vegetables, tea plantation, banana plantation and cinnamon plantation, all by the organic way, as well as a training center to train local youths as organic farmers 
Work 
We will 1. (first week) make demonstrative vegetable gardens or plots with self help group members such as making composts, planting seeds and plants, renovation or removing old buildings, repairing or reestablish live fences and harvesting, 2. assist the other farming activities at their home gardens, 3. make/ replant live fences, 4. support village children society’s work and 5. assist village children’s English class.  
Accommodation 
Training center at the farm with electricity, water, beds, pillows and toilets, but no hot water or internet. Some mobile connections are working. Meals will be cooked by the host, but you need to help it by turns. Sleeping bag is not necessary.  
Study theme 
We can learn about history of agriculture and hydro civilization existed more than 2,000 years ago. And culture and ancient kingdom as well as history. 
Other activities 
Organizing cultural exchange events, Meditation, Excursion, Environmental Education, Farewell party, etc. 
Location 
It is a mountainous area and elevation is 1,100 m a.s.l. with cool, windy and low humid climate, located at 130km from Colombo. The area was used for tea plantation by British people till  late 19th century, then abandoned. Tamil people are the majority. 
Terminal 
Colombo - You need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by the end of Oct. 21 and can leave there after 20:00 on Nov. 04. 7 hours by bus to the site. 
Requirement High motivation to work and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization! 
Participation fee 
255 USD to be paid on your arrivals. One week participants should pay 180 USD. 235 USD for Repeaters of GV4GF workcamps or is from less expensive countries. 
Language English (Sri Lankan is also welcomed!) 
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