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My name is Rainy, and I am a volunteer from the States. The program I joined was working with orphans, and Michael as the coordinator in Sri Lanka has been very helpful to me. I made the decision to come 1 week ahead of the time, but Michael has been responding my email and arranging everything for me with a very effective time manner so I was able to make it. The orphanage program itself locates in a very beautiful seaside town, I would recommend the program for a lot of people.

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Posted: December 30, 2015
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By: rainy
Age:
23

I'm Julia from Sweden. I've been working at the orphanage in Galle during 5 weeks and it's been a field study for me since I'm studying social work in Sweden. It's been a good experience even though it's been really emotionally frustrating at some times. The family I stayed with was amazing and that was like half of the experience, to stay with a Sri Lanka-family. At first I thought it was expensive but considering you get some place to stay and lovely food for every meal it's worth it! And to be with the kids is just worth it all!

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Posted: December 7, 2015
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By: Juliaholm
Age:
25

My experience volunteering in Sri Lanka has been amazing! I volunteered for 3 weeks in the Ruhunu orphanage in Galle and stayed with Michael and his family who were most welcoming and kind. The accommodation was good with 3 homemade tasty meals everyday. Going to the orphanage in the mornings was a very rewarding experience although hard work. I felt that I was contributing to the children's lives a little by making the smile, laugh and taking care of them. I got to know most of the kids very well, adored every single one and was amazed how much love they have to give and how happy they are. I will miss seeing them but will definitely be back to see how they have grown. Staying with Micheal was great because he was very helpful if I had any questions, always felt i could ask him any advice and solved any queries. I have made great friends with all the other volunteers and have met some lovely people. Staying in Galle was fantastic because there was always a beach to visit or something to see and definitely time to surf Unawatuna! I also went on a four day tour to see the highlights of Sri Lanka like Sigiriya and Kandy which was is a must do. I would say this journey has changed my life and I 100% encourage everyone to do some volunteering in Sri Lanka. Happy travels, Riley

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Posted: November 16, 2015
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Age:
18

I've been in Costa Rica for just under 3 weeks and I absolutely fell in love with it. I was hectic and nervous coming into a new country not knowing anyone, but I'm so glad I did! I got to meet so many great people and see the breathtaking views that Costa Rica has to offer. Volunteering in the Hogar Cristiano in Puntarenas was such a life changing experience, where you learn so much alongside these little kids. I became so attached to these children in such a short time. It feels great knowing that they look forward to seeing you every week and really do appreciate the small things you do for them. The experience is completely worth it and I will definitely do this again in the future.

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Posted: October 27, 2015
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By: zgissel
Age:
19

I'm Marc, and I traveled to Sri Lanka expecting a life changing experience. I taught the monks for three weeks and they were a blessing. The country is beautiful, the people are kind, and the activities are innumerable. I stayed with Micheal and his family. There were many other volunteers whom were helpful and very welcoming to my ignorance of traveling alone. The monks were eager to learn and very easy to teach, but be careful because it is very easy to get attached to them! During the weekdays I worked at the monastery, and on the weekends I was able to plan excursions with the other volunteers and visit places around the country. I went surfing at Arugam Bay, and then went back to teach in the weekdays. I also witnessed the many cultural festivals and met many of the locals. If you plan to travel here and do what I did I have some recommendations: don't waste time, be social with the other volunteers, travel as much as possible, and overall enjoy yourself. The country is beautiful, the people are a joy, and the monks are the cutest little kids you will ever meet in your life.

The host family was very kind and the food was great. They were very helpful with all of the volunteering and made my stay very easy. Overall it was a great trip and I recommend anyone who is looking to have a cultural and inspiring experience to travel to Sri lanka and volunteer.

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Posted: August 1, 2015
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By: marcdkeok
Age:
17

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