In June i will be heading to Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka as part of a group of volunteers to teach English. I am really excited to have this opportunity to help with the project, and hopefully I will be able to contribute to making these childrens' futures a little easier.
In Sri Lanka the ability to speak english is growing in importance as two of the main sources of income for the country are tourism and migrant workers, both requiring the ability to speak English. In schools the classrooms are cramped and teachers' English is by no means perfect. Only the middle and upper classes can afford private tuition, leaving the other children at a disadvantage. Our aim is to give the poorer children of Ambalangoda, the same opportunities so they too have the chance to develop their english speaking skills.
I will be Volunteering in the Tsunami village project, a free after school education programme aimed at developing the English skills of children in a community displaced by the Tsunami. As a volunteer I will be working with other volunteers to plan and teach lessons. The idea is to try and make the lessons engaging and interactive, helping not only to teach english but also to help the children understand different cultures.
As this is a volunteering project, it is completely self-funded. It is organised through a non-government funded company called Plan My Gap Year who provide accommodation and food for the duration of my trip. Volunteering comes at a big price so any contribution, big or small, would be much appreciated.