Calling all Upper Deeside 18-28 year olds...

SRI LANKA: Volunteering opportunity
SRI LANKA: Volunteering opportunity

Following the successful Big Ballater Night Out last month, Schoolhouse is asking for nominations for the trip of a lifetime.

The successful nominee will win a free volunteering placement in Sri Lanka this summer.

Schoolhouse wants to support a young person from Upper Deeside to participate in the annual Schoolhouse English Camp this summer.

The 3-week placement normally costs £690 and this will be paid by the Schoolhouse Award.

The successful applicant will still have to pay for flights and visa costs ( around £630 in total) and Schoolhouse will provide support for the successful applicant to fundraise for this.

Cathy Low, one of the local Schoolhouse organisers said: “If you (or someone you know) is aged between 18 - 28 years and would like to join a team of around 15 volunteers travelling to Sri Lanka this summer, we would like to hear from you.

“Volunteers should be keen to experience life in a different country and be interested in working with children.”

“Volunteers need not be teachers or students but should be enthusiastic and able to attend the camp from 27 June- 21 July.”

“English camp uses activities such as games, sports, drama, art, music, and dance to help the children learn spoken English.”

“Volunteers will gain valuable skills development and will receive excellent training and cultural orientation in preparation for the project.”

Sri Lanka has a documented history that spans over 3000 years.

Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II.

The country’s recent history has been marred by a thirty-year civil war which decisively but controversially ended in a military victory in 2009.

It is the land of the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils, Moors, Indian Tamils, Burghers, Malays, Kaffirs (Islam sect) and the aboriginal Vedda.

Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island.

Anyone interested in receiving more information should contact Cathy Low either by email on:, or by calling on 013397 56333.