Volunteer and help to support our local development foundation in beautiful Weligama, Sri Lanka

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello Workawayers 🙂
    We are searching for open-minded and passionate people to help run fundraising events and projects for our local development foundation. Nestled just outside the busy surf town of Weligama on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, this is a peaceful guest house within nature. The guesthouse is created to help the Foundation.

    OUR MISSION:
    Raising money for our development foundation.

    We would love to accept caring volunteers, who have a passion for:
    - Fundraising
    - Creating classes (whatever interests you, from DIY to ecstatic dance or Yoga, feel free!)
    or whatever tickles your beautiful brain!

    Current situation:
    We had our big event of the year on December 27 where the money raised by the foundation was used to provide school supplies to 100+ local kids. Our next big event is in the middle of April, where we will invite some local kids and their families to enjoy a day of playing and, if we have enough money, we will also provide school supplies to the kids on this day. Until then, the focus is to organize events such as cooking classes or Yoga. The money raised from these events will go to the foundation. Therefore, Workawayers need to be ready to promote these events and be innovative to come up with new events that can help gain revenue for. Besides this, you can connect with the local neighborhood with advice from Janaka, the owner of the place, and get help from your fellow workawayers to create your fundraising campaign.
    There is not a specific schedule planned out for each day, so you must be independent and figure out in which way you’ll be able to help out in the best way.
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    Regarding our local development foundation - We want help to make Weligama people 'to stand up and stand tall'. We’re aiming to do this as far as we can and in the best way possible without getting into any cultural problems.

    If we during the time that you’re here do not have enough income to arrange events, it would be a great gesture if you’re willing to help share covering some of the costs.

    We offer an authentic cultural exchange, a rare privilege for many travellers in Sri Lanka. You will be spending lots of time with the family of the place (a perfect opportunity to learn and practice your Sinhala, and to master Sri Lankan cooking!). Due to the nature of our work, we ideally prefer long-term volunteers. Having said that, we can absolutely accommodate shorter stays as well.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a real cultural exchange, you will see our lifestyle, and you will be part of our local community.
    As you will be in daily contact with Sri Lankans, you will have a great opportunity to learn and practice Sinhalese, to learn to cook Sri Lankan dishes, play carrom (a mixture between air-hockey and pool), and meet our local community.

  • Help

    Help

    Possible projects:

    - fundraising online for the Foundation
    - event management (yoga and cooking classes, dancing shows, jam sessions, etc.) + promotion on social networks and on Weligama beach. It is especially important to keep our social media active with daily posts.

    - yoga teacher: yoga classes
    - musicians: perform at live events

    Before you start to do any work or new projects here , please inform Janaka on WhatsApp. Afterwards, you can discuss whether it’s an idea that fits in with the rest of the things being done to raise money.

    If you during your stay have any other questions, it’s always a possibility to get in touch with former volunteers.

    You can also combine your online studies or online home office and volunteer with us.

    Regardless, as long as you're willing to help and bring new ideas, you are welcome to join us!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Sinhalese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You’ll most likely be staying in the dorm room, where we have 6 double beds with mosquito nets. If there are no guests in one of the private rooms, you can stay there until the next guest arrives. We have a huge garden and a nice terrace, where you can watch monkeys, peacocks and big lizards.
    We have space for up to 3-4 volunteers, couples are welcome. There are also 4 dogs on the premises. Whenever the mosques call out their prayers, the dogs like to sing along.

    If you feel like this sounds good for you, then come and be a part of something really special. You will experience community life where people share and learn from each other.

    Dinner is included on the days when cooking classes are arranged. On other days, the volunteers might buy groceries together. Breakfast and lunch are not included.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located 2.5 km from the Weligama beach, next to the river in the jungle.
    Waves, turtles, ocean… you can enjoy sport activities during your free time like surfing, swimming, snorkeling and yoga.
    Sri Lanka has its own Ayurvedic system based on a series of prescriptions handed down from generation to generation over a period of 3000 years. If you are interested in alternative medicine this is your place.
    Tropical fruit, fresh vegetable, oriental spices… enjoy the Sri Lankan gastronomy.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    It has plenty of space for digital nomads, we have a good internet connection and a quiet space overlooking our beautiful gardens.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a big garden where you can park safely.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week- no food

Host ref number: 529858785841

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