Boys Town - Kilinochchi

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Program Description

In 1950, the Children Home was established in Kilinochchi, a beautiful area in Northern Sri Lanka. The Children Home benefited the local community by creating an orphanage and taking in 117 boy and 40 girls. These children were tragically affected by war and the aftermath of the tsunami. War has taken a terrible toll on the region and has even hurt the Children Home, which suffered from shortages of food, clothing, and even some of the building shelter. We appreciate all help that you can provide to bring relief and aid to these children. We currently have 326 orphans, although this number fluctuates daily.

The orphanage is situated on 50 acres and has three different groups: boys, girls, and small children. All of these groups live in different areas and go to school each day. Donations by generous patrons, INGOs and NGOs help to care for our children as well as some of the local projects we have launched to generate a modest income including dairy farming and coconut, paddy and vegetable cultivation. While these donations and our own food-growing cover our subsistence, and so the orphanage has continued to launch initiatives for income like planting teak trees and kajureena trees. These will be used for wood in order to minimize expenses. We also offer vocational training such as sewing, tailoring, beauty school, envelope meaking and ICT training.

We currently have around 28 teachers and 10 volunteers who teach classes in the orphanage. They cover math, English, Sinhalese, and other important subjects.

Highlights

Work closely with the staff under the guidance of the Director
Teach the children English, German or French
Work with a variety of children in helping them to get over the issues they face during daily tasks
Provide recreation and sports
Help the orphanage staff to design new and innovative programs
Help staff keep the dormitories clean
Assist staff with class work

Qualifications

Have experience with informal and community education
Able to demonstrate an ability to work independently
Able to show a passion for using education for development
Have the ability to successfully manage their time and prioritize tasks
Be fluent in English
Be capable and comfortable to adapting to life in a less developed country with basic living conditions
Be able to adjust to life in another country surrounded by a different culture and language, as well as to be able to use a high degree of cultural sensitivity
Ideally have previous experience living, working or travelling in a developing country (though is not essential)
Be able to financially support themselves

Volunteer Types

Childcare/children

What`s Included

Visa paperwork (for projects over 24 weeks)
Airport pick up
Accommodation during orientation and entire project time
Breakfast every morning
Lunch every work day
Free Orientation
Free sim Card
Sri Lanka travel Guide
Map of Sri Lanka
Onsite Coordinator
24 hour emergency assistance
Written record of service completion (for volunteers that successfully complete their project)

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Program Locations

Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka

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Program Details

Provider:
SWARNABHOOMI
Location
  • Sri Lanka: Kilinochchi
Terms:
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months
Languages:
English
Participants:
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
Cost:
USD 500

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