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NICE-20-1116A SRI LANKA Higurakgoda SOCI, MANU 16/11/2020 25/11/2020


Code Name Location Country Start End Type Vols. Min age Max age
NICE-20-1116A Higu 8 Higurakgoda Sri Lanka 11/16 11/25 SOCI, MANU 

1. Summary:Helping to make bags of the self-employed family whose father was victimized in 1989 by the
inner war! Back to 1,100 years ago to explore the ancient civilization.

Background: This project is actively working for SDG 1 (No Poverty), organized together with Green
Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (first year in this place!). GV4GF is a NGO to
promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life. GV4GF has
recently met an impressive family whose father was killed by leftists’ rebellions in 1989 and
have been struggling against poverty. They are trying to stand up by their own feet. We are
going to support the eldest of the family who is running a small scale bag making place
rented from the government. Partner NGO has been working since 2002 in a various sector
but this is the first time they are going to work with international volunteers.
*Outcome of this workcamp: We expect to appreciate his efforts and to encourage others
to do some work that need to growing countries economy.


In the 1st week, we will work at the bag making place as our main activity. We have to help
them to do their daily work. Making bags is time consuming work and they need human
resources to achieve their targets. In the 2nd week, we will visit around and do 1. Cultural
exchange with villagers and youth, 2. Activities with children and 3. Work and assist to the
self-help group members' activities.


Village house with a host family near the nice paddy fields. Meals will be provided, but you
need to help preparation and washing dishes. Sleeping bag is necessary. There is electricity
and mobile phones are working, but no WiFi. You can’t use toilet papers here and have to
wash your clothes by hand. In the night, you can see lots of bright stars.

Study theme: Local SDGs (2030 goals) of the family, Higu 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 Nov. 15th and can leave there after 22:00 of Nov. 25th. 9 hours by bus to the site.
You will meet at the bus station in the morning on the first day.

High motivation to work while experiencing different type of life style, accept challenges,
adopt to local environment, respect and accept local life and culture.

10. 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!)
Other: 7 days participation is possible only in 11/16-11/22. Please write this period on the
application form if you want to join only for 7 days.