RENOVATION VOLUNTEER - HILL COUNTRY 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, see starting dates in the description, participation fee 175€ per week, culture week mandatory to start the programme: 245 €
- Code : G/LK/RVHC2017
- Dispo : 5M / 2F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
GREENLION SRI LANKA
According to an official census, there are 119 temples in and around Hanguranketha that require renovation and repair work. Our project is working to bring back to life 10 temples. Your work will include basic renovation, painting and restoration of artwork in and around the temples in the afternoons. In the morning, however, you will be working at a school teaching young monks. This latest projects are situated in the quiet little village of Hanguranketha, which is approximately one hour’s drive from Kandy. These new projects take you deeper into the rural parts of Sri Lanka away from the noisy and overcrowded cities. Previously known as Diyatileka, Nuwara and Sangyruwan Ketha, Hanguranketha is a village of tremendous historical significance. Although most of its palaces and temples were destroyed by invaders in the early part of the 19th century, there are still a large number of historical sites to be discovered. Temples of note in and around Hanguranketha include the Pothgul Maliga Maha Wiharaya which is built from the remains of an ancient palace and a library, the Vishnu Dewalaya, the Dadimunda Dewalaya and the Madanwela ancient temple. The village of Hanguranketha faces several problems such as the lack of clean drinking water, frequent power cuts, poorly staffed schools and run-down temples. We have already setup the following projects and look to add more in the near future based on the needs of the community. The objective is to bring back the lost glory of these ancient temples such that more and more people come to visit these forgotten temples.
You will be accommodated in our center which is located few kilometers away from the town center. Our rooms allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates. There is a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. We do not have Wi-Fi at the centre. You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables.
Hanguranketha is an ancient city had been a thriving paddy field in the ancient time and it was named “Sangaruwan ketha”, later the name changed to the present name Hanguranketha. The city was very useful for the kings of Sri Lanka, especially during the Kandyan period. It was used as the camp city during the troubled period for the kings and the country, due to the south Indian invasions. Many kings had abandoned the royal capital of Kandy in the past and used Hanguranketha as the temporary capital of the island. The city came to being mainly due to temporary occupation of kings in the past. The city was also known as “Diyatilaka” in the past. Our house is located few kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation. Gala Uda fortress: Diyatala Kanda is located near the city of Hanguranketha is a well known mountain with historical value. The summit of the mountain commands a panoramic view over the surrounding region. Potgul Maliga Maha Vihara: This Buddhist temple is one of the most visited religious sites in Hanguranketha. Some of the materials used for the construction are recovered from the Hanguranketha Palace, which was destroyed by the British. Kitulpe Ranpatge Vihara: This Buddhist temple is one of the several temples that are dating back to Anuradhapura (4 BC to 11 AD) period. Some of the artifacts recovered from the site are dating back to Anuradhapura period. Panchanari Getaya: Panchanari Getaya is an example of fine craftsmanship of the ancient Sri Lankan artisans. It is a stone carving depicting five female dancers. This rare piece of stone carving is located near the Vishnu Devala.
Participants with body tattoos need to be covered and those who have visible piercings must take the ring/studs/etc out while at the placement. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 175€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends), culture week mandatory to start the programme: 245 €. Compulsory starting dates for 2017: 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at BIA (Bandaranayake International Airport) on Saturdays and Sundays