18 Jun

Sri Lanka – orientation day #1

Sri Lanka - orientation day #1

I overslept today and was late for the breakfast. Nevertheless, Chandra, our nice housekeeper, gave me and other oversleepers our food.

The coordinators are very nice and open, though assertive. When explaining the house rules, they asked to keep quiet after 21:00 because the neighbors, especially women, are getting up at 3:30 – 4:00 in the morning and we need to respect their privacy.

First orientation day started with the program overview, the rules, Sri Lanka cultural overview and Sinhala language lesson. We went to Kandy center by bus, had 1 hour of shopping (local SIM card prices are ridiculously low) and then walked through the city to the dancing show. The local people are generally nice (more about people). I’ve got to know other volunteers from all over the world (Taiwan, China, New Zealand, USA, Australia, Germany, Chile, Holland, Greece, Portugal).

After talking to Michelle, who is already placed in the Special Needs program, I’ve decided to skip several days of the orientation week and to start the actual volunteering day tomorrow.

I’m very excited and a bit nervous. I never experienced working with people with special needs before. Although I’ve heard and read about other people experiences, I don’t have a clue how will I feel. Will it be “the most rewarding” and “the hardest” experience or something else? Will see tomorrow!

Sri Lanka - orientation day #1

Learning about the Buddhist flag

Sri Lanka - orientation day #1

The Kandy Lake

Sri Lanka - orientation day #1

The Kandy Lake

Sri Lanka - orientation day #1

The dancing show

Sri Lanka - orientation day #1

Would you walk on fire? 😱😎

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