Help me volunteer to support children in Sri Lanka to develop their English
Sri Lanka has one of the highest literacy rates in South Asia, and a relatively good standard of education. However, rural communities often struggle to access funding and lack the facilities and equipment they need to give children a fair start.
Two of Sri Lanka's main sources of income are generated from tourism and remittances (nationals working overseas and sending money home). Both require a strong, if not fluent level of spoken English. Many rural school children can understand and speak the basic words in English; however, their comprehension and conversation skills are usually underdeveloped. For that reason, I want to provide English classes in rural areas of Sri Lanka in order to help unprivileged students reach their potential and improve their future employment prospects.
Who am I?
My name is Mia and I am a second year student at the University of Manchester, studying Law, with a desire to become a qualified solicitor. I have an interest in languages and and can speak Serbian, English, German, Russian and I am currently learning Hungarian. I have already taught English as a volunteer in India in 2015 and I would like to do it again as I am very passionate about helping individuals and improving their future prospects. Below is a photo of me volunteering in India!
I will be travelling to Sri Lanka with Travelteer Impact, a non-profit charity which has the aim of providing support to local communities in Sri Lanka.
I will teach English in schools as part of Travelteer's ‘English Development’ programme , which complements the English syllabus used in the Sri Lankan school curriculum. I will help students aged from 6 to 17 years old work through their tasks in teams or as individuals. I will also be helping students with their O-Level preparation, getting them ready for the exams by practising and testing them.
During my two week trip, my schedule will firstly include,planning some creative and interesting lessons as I will have the opportunity to input my own interests into the programme. Each day during school hours (8.30am-1.30pm) I will assist in the classroom, working alongside the full-time English teachers. Occasionally, the teachers do not come to the school so I will teach by myself. The English lessons will consist of writing, reading, listening and speaking activities aiming to give the students a broad understanding of English. After the school hours (at 2pm), I will work in groups of two people or more, putting our lesson plans, which we created at the start of the two weeks, into action. The first hour of the programme will consist of English lessons aligned with the Sri Lankan syllabus.
During the second hour of the programme, I will be given the discretion to teach any topics that I wish to share with the children. These could include drama (playing various drama games and rehearsing plays), arts and crafts (helping the students create their own pieces of art), geography (teaching the children about all the countries) and dance (teaching the students various dance choreographies). During the course, I will be using various teaching tools such as picture cards (to teach English words), role plays (acting different scenarios with students to practice their speaking) and education games (such as spelling games). The lower years will cover alphabet and basic words while the higher years will focus on sentence building. At the end of each week, I will report all progress and feedback into the programme’s database. This will allow us to identify individual student’s strengths and weaknesses so we can focus on key areas to help them reach their full potential. Finally, I will be responsible for registering every session and for recording and saving all session plans and reports.
Nowadays, education is so important for people to be able to make a living later in life, especially in disadvantaged areas like rural Sri Lanka. Funding this project will be a great help in allowing me to play a part in contributing to these young people developing vital skills for their futures.
Where will the money go?
The money I raise will go directly towards the costs for teaching materials and improvement of schools which is £150 in total.
If I raise more than my minimum target, the money will be used to help improve the facilities of the schools and purchase more school resources and teaching materials in order to aid more schools.
When you donate, you may receive a reward as a way of me thanking you for your support! See the right hand side of the page to see what you can receive as a thank you!
Find us here
To find more information about the 'English Development' project, visit http://travelteer.co.uk/english-development
Help us succeed!
Any help would be appreciated, you don't have to give money! I would really appreciate it if you could share this project with anyone - on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat, on your blog. The more people know, the more likely it is I will be able to help these children in achieving their dreams.
Even though you don't need to give money to help me, I'd love it if you did! Please sponsor me and help me make a difference!