Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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This was an amazing experience being able to work with the kids in the orphanage and the monks. I was really able to make a difference in their lives and learn more about what they go through everyday. Micheal made sure that all are needs were met and never hesitated to help make us feel comfortable. The home stays were incredible, being able to live with a traditional Sri Lankan family was a life changing experience. Eating Delicious Sri Lankan local food was a highlight and being able to connect with the families was great. Overall was an incredible experience!

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Posted: November 27, 2016
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9
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10
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9
By: tralex360
Age:
18

This was my first time in Sri Lanka and I have not been disappointed. Michael made sure everyone had everything they needed. I stayed with Michael's daughter in her and her family's beautiful home and I immediately felt like I was apart of the family. The language lessons our first week with Michael were really helpful and the afternoon excursions to the safari, batik factory, and other places around Sri Lanka was so cool. Our last week with Michael and his family was spent volunteering at an orphanage and teaching young monks. Spending time with these little ones has been my favorite part since coming to Sri Lanka. They're smiles and laughter will melt anyone's heart. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to stay with an amazing family, volunteer at great organizations, and see the beauty of Sri Lanka.

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Posted: November 27, 2016
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10
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10
Age:
20

Our group was warmly welcomed from day one with support and kindness. Micheal and his family had made themselves available to support our needs in whatever ways possible. Our introduction to Sri Lanka was filled with different site seeing, historical lessons, exploration of the local towns and morning classes that debriefed Sri Lankan culture and the countries language. I felt as if everyday I learned something that I would be taking with me to the next day. There was also plenty of free time woven into everyday that was helpful to get academic work done and to explore the local beaches and cities. Our second week was spent working with a government based orphanage and enrichment center for girls who have been court order to be there. It was such a privileged to be able to offer my support in anyway that these places could need it, and to see the impact that was created by bringing our own curriculum, games, and innovative ideas. The opportunity to volunteer is a good chance to be creative in your own ways to work with children and young women from a different culture. Within the language barrier there is a challenge to find activities that can best serve their needs and many ways one could do so. This being my first time in Sri Lanka, these past weeks have held space for historical lessons, cultural immersion, service and space available to explore the surrounding areas individually.

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Posted: November 27, 2016
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8
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9
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9
Age:
18

Staying these past two weeks with Michael and his family has been absolutely wonderful! This was my first time in Sri Lanka and he made it feel at home. He would always ask how we were and if we needed anything. He also always made sure we were feeling safe while we were here, and he would always check up on us. His hospitality was great. They would make home made traditional meals for us which were delicious! His home was beautiful and right by the coast. It was also in walking distance from the town so it made it very easy to be able to do things. Michael took us on so many different and fun tours around Sri Lanka, while teaching us about history and culture. The volunteering part was also amazing. I loved being able to work with the kids. I really enjoyed Sri Lanka, and it would have been a totally different experience if it wasn't for Michael.

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Posted: November 27, 2016
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10
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By: mwilcher
Age:
18

I had a great time while my stay in Sri Lanka. Michael made us feel very welcome in his home as well as made sure we felt very safe while traveling. He was always asking what he could do to make our stay better and he helped me with some independent travels outside Galle which was very helpful. I got to catch my first express bus to Mirissa which was amazing and Michael helped me through it all. I also had a couple days of being sick and he helped me get to the right clinic and get the best care needed. Very thankful to Michael and all he has done for this group.

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Posted: November 27, 2016
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9
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8
Value:
7
Age:
22

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