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NICE-20-1002A SRI LANKA Higurakgoda ENVI, AGRI 02/10/2020 11/10/2020

Code Name Location Country Start End Type Vols. Min age Max age
NICE-20-1002A Higu 7 Higurakgoda Sri Lanka 10/02 10/11 ENVI, AGRI 

Summary:Establishment of a plant nursery. Enjoy real essence of Sri Lankan rural life!

2. Background:

This project is actively working for SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDGs 15 (Life on Land),
organized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (first time
with the school!). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection
and improve rural life. This remote village was reestablished as a new settlement under the
development plan introduced in 1956. Families came all parts of the country and are poor of
all common facilities such as health, education, transport. Head master of the school got
interested in the program with their Environmental Protection Unit to do tree plantation and
stablish a plant nursery as a basic activity in the school premises and cultural exchange
programs with students.
*Outcome of this workcamp: We expect to create new experience to students and their
parents for making positive changes on their lives and community.


In the 1st week, we will make nursery and plant trees in school premises with students. We
will also assist their organizing cultural events at the school. In the 2nd week, we will visit
around and do 1. Activities with village children 2. Assisting self help group member’s
activities where we will establish and maintain a plant nursery with youth by cleaning the
land, making pots, planting seeds and seedlings, making composts, watering, etc.


Village house with a host family, close to nice paddy fields. There is electricity and mobile
phones are working. 3G/2G data connection is working, but no WiFi. You can’t use toilet
papers here that block the drainage lines. You have to wash your cloths by hand and have to
hang outside for drying. At the night you can see lots of bright stars at the sky.

Study theme: Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the community and Sri Lanka
Other activities:Organizing cultural exchange events, Excursion, Environmental Education, Expeditions,
Farewell party, etc.

Location:Higurakgoda. 256km from Colombo, suburb of Polonnaruwa, the second ancient kingdom in
Sri Lanka and declared as a world heritage site. Many people depend on paddy farming and it
is low population density area for Sri Lanka (122 people/ km2).
Terminal:Colombo - Volunteers need to arrive at Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport by
the end of Oct. 1st and can leave there after 22:00 on Oct. 11th. 9 hours by bus to the site.
You will meet at the bus station in the morning on the first day.
Requirement:High motivation to work while experiencing different type of life style, accept challenges,
adopt to local environment, respect and accept local life and culture.
Participation fee: 215/ 185 USD for 10/ 7 days to be paid on your arrivals. 20 USD less for repeaters of GV4GF
workcamps and vols. from less expensive countries. There is optional service of 45 USD to
pick up at the airport and one night stay in the guest house.

Language: English (Sri Lankan is also welcomed!)
12. Other: 7 days participation is possible only in 10/02-10/08. Please write this period on the
application form if you want to join only for 7 days.