Ancient Temples Restoration Project

Contribute to renovating and restoring ancient temples in a quiet village and bring them back their former glory. You will also get a chance to renovate educational institutions, schools and community centres! Bring along your creative ideas and turn these buildings into something special for the local communities.

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Program Description

There are many temples, schools, and community centres in and around Kandy that require renovation, restoration, and repair work. Our project works to bring many of them back to life. Your volunteer work will include basic renovation, painting and restoration of artwork in and around the temples.

The projects take you deeper into the rural parts of Sri Lanka, for the chance to see the local way of life. Kandy is known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka and has many important temples. Although many of its palaces and temples were destroyed by invaders in the early 19th century, meaning your help will be greatly valued in restoring the broken ones back to life.

According to an official census, there are 119 temples in and around Hanguranketha that need renovation and repair work. You will get to restore some of these temples in the small and quiet village of Hanguranketha, around an hours drive from Kandy. Temples in this town include the Pothgul Maliga Maha Wiharaya (built from remains of an ancient palace); the Vishnu Dewalaya; the Dadimunda Dewalaya and Madanwela ancient temple. The village of Hanguranketha faces numerous problems like, lack of clean drinking water, frequent power cuts, poorly staffed schools and run-down temples. You will be helping the local community in restoring and saving these symbolic and cultural buildings.

You will also be involved in various other construction and restoration projects such as improvement of parks, painting local classrooms and putting up educational posters, making it a much more enjoyable environment for the school kids. You could also help create fun playground activities for the children and take part in enhancing the local town with creative activities and painting.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

To renovate, restore and paint ancient temples, bringing them back to life and creating a nicer environment for the community and future tourists. To assist with other construction projects in the community and local schools, to help brighten up the area.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Cleaning the surroundings of temple sites
  • Painting buildings and old temples
  • Creating mural work if available
  • Painting any artwork the temple may request

The work usually starts at 8.30 am and finishes around 2.30 pm.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Starting Dates

During 2019

This program starts every week.

During 2020

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:-

Maximum age:-

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Volunteers with body tattoos need to cover them and those with visible piercings (rings/studs/etc) need to take them out while at the project.
  • Volunteers below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Volunteers above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Location

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination, known for its tea plantations, sacred temples, spice plantations and cultural dance shows. It’s around 115 km from Colombo and sits at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth, it has a nickname as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. This bustling market town has a rich cultural diversity and plenty of things to for tourists, from handicraft markets to ancient temples and adventure activities. It also hosts the Kandy Esala Perahera festival each year.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

You will be accommodated in one of our volunteer houses, which are located 2-4 km away from the centre of Kandy. There is a refrigerator for volunteers to use to store food and beverages.

Available Room Types

Standard Room
All meals included Yes *
Free beverages Yes **
Persons per room 4-10
Wifi in public areas No
Laundry facilities Yes ***
Safety box Yes
Lockable rooms Yes
Hot shower Yes
Private bathroom No
Bed linen Yes
Towels No
Air conditioning No
Fan Yes
Mosquito protection No

* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
** Water, tea, coffee and milk
*** At an additional fee

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals will be a mix of Western and Sri Lankan style food, including mainly vegetarian dishes of rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities

The volunteer house is located 2 kilometres away from the Kandy city centre, where you can find anything you may need.

The closest ATM and supermarket to the accommodation are a 15-minute walk away.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On your first Monday, you will join our orientation day, to get acquainted with your new surroundings, as well as local culture. Your project continues as usual from Tuesday onwards.

Schedule

  • Welcome meeting, introduction to Sri Lanka and the various projects, general/ house rules, code of conduct and organising important documents
  • Sinhalese Language Lesson
  • Cultural Lesson- learn more about the do’s and don’ts
  • Kandy City Tour

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the project.

Sights & Surroundings

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are situated around 5. km to the West of Kandy. Once being only for the Kandyan royalty, they are now open to the public to wander around at their leisure. There’s 60 hectares of beautiful garden to explore, where you will see a huge Javan fig tree, pretty orchids and even monkeys!

Knuckles mountain range

This stunning mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts many walking trails. You will find small villages, beautiful waterfalls, numerous native wildlife and rice fields. This is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and adventurous hiking trails.

Sigiriya (Lion Rock)

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, this ancient rock is situated around 91km North from Kandy and is very popular with tourists, who can climb up to the top for some seriously stunning views. Along the way you will see antient rock carvings and paintings on the walls of this sacred rock. It will take roughly just over an hour to climb up.

Yala National Park

Located on the South coast of Sri Lanka, this stunning park hosts one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Not only that, you can also spot elephants, monkeys, birds, buffalo and more. There are numerous tours in Yala, from day tours to over several days of safari.

Adam’s Peak

Around 91km South of Kandy you can climb to the top of this sacred sight, just as the locals do for pilgrimage. It’s a bit of a trek up in the dark but totally worth it to see the sun coming up over the clouds, mountains and lush forest. You will be greeted by stunning views to reward your efforts!

Hortons Plains National Park

You can trek through this beautiful national park to ‘World’s End’, a 9.5km round loop trail, taking around 3 hours. This is a pretty easy walk, but you will be greeted with amazing views out over the countryside and above the clouds! It’s best to visit here early (before 10am) as the clouds can roll in after that and block the incredible views.

Udawatta Kele Reserve

Situated near the Kandy lake, this nature reserve is complete with monkeys and birds- fantastic for wildlife and nature lovers. Here you will find wooded forests, over 400 species of plants and 70 bird species. You can trek through the forest for a relaxing break away from the city.

Tea Plantations

Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are both popular places to visit a tea plantation, for a refreshing taste of some of Sri Lanka’s best fresh tea! Not only do they produce great tea, the landscape is stunningly green, with endless hills rolling off into the distance.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

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