This is a long established project, normally running Sports or Arts based activities as a summer camp for children at an SOS village in Sri Lanka. It runs for three weeks in August and takes an English language focus with communication being a key theme of all activities. The children are aged from 3-18 depending on the family units created within each village. Hope students and staff are sometimes asked to extend learning and social interaction outside the classroom and to include the mothers in the learning process which is linked to healthy eating, child wellbeing and learning.
Activities normally take place outdoors although there maybe indoor facilities for poor weather. The summer camp runs morning and afternoon sessions Monday - Friday with activities often being repeated for different groups of children.
There are also evening activities in the houses with the mother and children.
The SOS Village visited each year depends on the needs of the project as they have villages across Sri Lanka.
The aim of this project is to build self-confidence and self-esteem among children at SOS villages. More than 140 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents. SOS Children’s Villages work to give them a home and a family with siblings and a trained SOS parent.
Meals are often cooked by SOS staff or Global Hope participants themselves
Accommodation is in a simple guest hostel within the village with shared rooms and bathrooms.
Sri Lanka has many cultural and geographical highlights that can be visited during the weekends between teaching. Frequently the team will travel to stay by the ocean or to visit a city so as gain a more holistic experience.