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Volunteer in Special Needs in Sri Lanka

Overall Rating

10/ 10

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Green Lion Sri Lanka

My trip to Sri Lanka consists of 5 weeks and as my trip is coming to a close I just wanted to take a moment to say how incredible my experience was at the disabled orphanage. The Daya Nivasa orphanage was wonderful, the sisters are amazing and supportive and you have so many different options and classes to help with! They teach you and give you advice about how to best help the disabled. A week was not enough time to spend with those beautiful kind people. Your day would typically start at 9am in the meditation room where the sisters pick an uplifting passage to reflect on. Despite not being religious myself it is a nice time to relax in the morning. After meditation, you help with classes. There are multiple classes with groups of the similarly abled. Some colored, some did crafts, and others did basic math and abc's. Every class is unique and wonderful in their own way and at the very end there is a lovely song thanking all the kids for being there. After classes, is feeding time where you help some of the less abled or the young children eat. After that you are given a break from about 12 until 2pm where you can come back and just spend quality time with the people in the orphanage or some volunteers like myself went to volunteer at a different orphanage for girls in the afternoon. Overall, the sisters are extremely helpful and really care about you and how you feel. And they really appreciate you and all the work you do. I will cherish this experience for years to come!

  • International Volunteer HQ responded to this review October 15, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Hi Alicia, Thanks for sharing a little from your volunteer abroad experience in Sri Lanka. It sounds like you had a really memorable trip. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon.