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Newsletters from Sri Lanka

Our staff in Sri Lanka regularly put together a newsletter which is sent to volunteers working in Sri Lanka at the time, those signed up to join a project in Sri Lanka and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in Sri Lanka and much more. If you're considering overseas voluntary work the newsletters are a great way to gain a better idea of what to expect.


1,78MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - January 2015
In view of identifying diabetic and hyper-tension patients in rural villages in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, Projects Abroad conducts a medical camp on a monthly basis.

4,77MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - December 2014
I am Marie Pierre, volunteering at the orphanage "Vajira Children Development Centre" in Colombo from the 4th of November to the 4th of December. It was a great experience for me.

4,88MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - November 2014
This month was special for the Projects Abroad team in Sri Lanka as we gained two new staff members. They are Daniel and Daniela, a nice couple. They will be working in Sri Lanka for six months with Daniela will be the Operations Manager whilst Daniel works as the volunteer coordinator. Here is what they wanted to tell us about themselves.

5,08MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - October 2014
Projects Abroad Sri Lanka conducts free IT courses to the less fortunate children in the Panadura area through our own IT centre which is located in Panadura city. Any student can come and register for IT courses for free, and attend classes and practical sessions presented by Projects Abroad Sri Lanka volunteers, under the coordinator's guidance.

4,73MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - September 2014
This month's social outreach was held at the Moratuwa Home for the Differently Abled Girls near Moratuwa with the help of twenty volunteers doing a painting event, with the aim of painting a dormitory where the residents stay.

5,31MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - August 2014
To support the new collaboration between St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney and the National Cancer Institute in Maharagama, our medical volunteers helped Sri Lankan paramedical staff to improve their English. The staff are due to go to Sydney in February for training on bone marrow transplatation techniques, and our volunteers helped to teach them English medical terms and prepare them for their trip to Australia.

1,36MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - July 2014
There was a lot to learn as a medical intern. I learned how local doctors treat patient. I could study about the medical reports as all of them were in English. I could help with giving medication like antibiotics, injections to the patients. Working in the in padiatric wards gave me an opportunity to help and take care of the kids. It was a memorable experience.

1,43MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - June 2014
The activities involved washing their fruits before eating, washing their hands before the meals and after using the bathrooms, how to wash their bodies and how to brush their teeth correctly. It was so adorable when the children were enjoying every activity that the volunteers started. It was a memorable day for the volunteers too. That ‘mass tooth brushing ‘with thirty pre-school children and volunteers was also amusing to see. Everyone enjoyed it! We hope these children will continue practicing these healthy habits!

3,78MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - May 2014
Breakfast generally includes rice and curry, bread, noodles, Pittu, hoppers, String hoppers etc...At the pre-schools the volunteers do helping out with the activities with the kids, helping out the local teachers, initiate new group activities such as coloring. They always enjoy the life with the kids.

4,44MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - April 2014
“I wanted to help people with midwifery and I loved travelling in Asia. So Sri Lanka stood up as a good combination of them as well as to com-plete my internship”. With that inspiration, 26 year old Salwa El Kasmioui , a Belgium student volun-teered in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad.

2,64MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - March 2014
The Projects Abroad Sri Lanka vol-unteers helped to conduct a medical camp in Gorakapola, a remote area in Panadura, on the 15th of March. The program was initiated by the MOH (Medical Officer of Health) in Pa-nadura and our medical volunteers were also invited to get involved with the camp.

4,07MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - February 2014
It is wonderful to welcome you to the February newsletter! In Sri Lanka, the work kept us busy and so were the volunteers. We had several programs during the month. The medical outreach program which was held in Panadura was an amazing program with the help of our medical interns and the doctors.

5,06MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - January 2014
We had our small dirty day at the Dutch Anne Preschool on 24th January. Our aim was to paint the desks, chairs and the inside walls. The pre-school started the new term for 2014 and they have newly enrolled children, so a color wash was needed to look more appealing to the new children.

6,30MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - December 2013
“ I needed to do something good for the people and see what practicing medicine in Sri Lanka is like. I also needed to trust my instincts to stand on my own feet while doing something on my own” with that inspiration, 18-year-old Jula Theresa Wagner, a German student volunteered in Sri Lanka with the Projects Abroad.

3,85MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - November 2013
“I wanted to learn how to be independent when my family is not around and do completely new things out of my comfort zone,” said 18-year-old Camilla Brag on why she decided to travel to Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad to volunteer at their Care Project.

849KB Sri Lanka Newsletter - October 2013
We had a wonderful time with the social outreach at Dutch Anne pre-school and Welipitiya Montessori. Before leaving to the place of happening, Volunteers gathered under the clock tower in Panadura town which is now a usual place to meet the volunteers on regular basis.

1,96MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - September 2013
When I was having my roti-breakfast this morning in our dark but lovely dining room, trying to wake up and prepare myself to face about 35 children, I couldn’t believe what the Calendar was telling me.

2,07MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - August 2013
I was lucky to join Aruni (our care-and teach-ing supervisor) on the trip with our last and lovely batch of 2 week specials. Aruni who has been spending almost day and night with these lovely “kids” as she calls them even though they object to that term and I’m sure she loved every minute of it!

2,19MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - July 2013
Last weekend I was lucky to get to take our lovely 2 week special group to Kandy! Kandy is placed in the beautiful hill country in the middle of Sri Lanka.We started off early Saturday and bussed all the way to Kandy...

2,09MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - June 2013
Every month we arrange a Social Outreach where we gather all the volunteers to do some helpful work at one of our lovely placements. Friday the 21’st of June we had our monthly Outreach at Dutch Anne which is a preschool placed in Modarawila Tsunami Housing in Panadura.

2,15MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - May 2013
Each month, our Teaching and Care vollies get together for a workshop with me. In each of the placement towns, Kandy, Bopitiya, Panadura, Wadduwa, Kalutara, Balapitiya& Galle (currently), vollies meet with me in one of the areas to talk about issues that affect them at their placements, host families and generally in Sri Lanka.

2,12MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - April 2013
From the moment you get off that plane, you notice the massive differences firstly as the blast of hot air hits your face as you walk down the stairs, then to the evergreen scenery you will pass as you get taken to your host family (who by the way will have spicy foods kept made ready for you to have).

2,33MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - March 2013
This month’s medical camp was held in the seaside village of Wadduwa. There were more than 250 patients, so all of the medical volunteers had a great opportunity to help our local community while gaining some real hands on expe-rience. At the start of the day the volunteers checked the patient’s fasting blood sugar levels, measured the blood pressure levels and then wrote down the results.

2,32MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - February 2013
It was quite an experience. The Sri Lankan people are lovely. Helpful and charming – just as I had heard they were – I saw a little of the rest of the island and wished I could have seen more – but a bad knee prevented me from doing climbs and going to places such as Adams Peak and Sirigiya.

2,77MB Sri Lanka Newsletter - January 2013
Bosco Sevana is located between Colombo and Negomboand is about 15kms away from Colombo and less than 3 km to Negombo. A new placement, new volunteers, the first time it’s by the coast, with the azure waters of the Luccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean sloshing away at hot, white sands; fun, cheery and welltravelled Fathers with a wonderful sense of humor pace around the centre, watching and taking care of the daily needs….best of all‐the centre has children.

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