It's the final countdown..

Trip Start Mar 06, 2014
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Trip End Apr 21, 2014


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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Southern Province,
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As these were the last couple of days we had in the units we let them decide what they wanted to do.
The girls on Tuesday taught me lots of Sri Lankan dance moves. It was so much fun! It was like learning to break dance but harder.
I love it when Sri Lankan people teach me stuff- the language, dance moves and also how to drive a tuk tuk!

With the boys we played games and did lots of drawings to make their unit more colourful and welcoming. I'm going to miss the boys a lot when we leave! The social worker which works there explained the other day why the boys were in the remand unit. To me, their crimes, were pointless. These poor boys are kept in this home until they are 18, against their will, due to the petty crimes they have committed.

Saying goodbye was really difficult. I felt a little lump in my throat and felt my eyes welling up. I loved getting to know the boys, they were such characters and I will always remember them and their individual personalities.

I didn't think I'd enjoy spending time in the boys remand unit as much as I did. With the girls, they get so many volunteers helping out and wanting to spend time with them. From this they can decide when they want to join in with activities, therefore it wasn't very consistent. But we always did get certain girls who always joined in.
Personally, I feel that the bots appreciated our time and effort more as they never got any visitors, not even their family or other volunteers who wanted to work with them. I'm so glad we decided to work in the boys unit and weren't put off by the murderer who was supposedly amongst the boys!

If I was able to spend more time in Galle, I'd want to return to schools and work more with older children (as now their term tests are over) and then in the afternoons visit the boys and progress with their english learning.
During my time in Sri Lanka, I've worked with children and young adults aged 6-19 and I can honestly say I've had the most amazing experience of my life. I can't wait to do more volunteer work in the future, travel new places and meet new people. These past 6 weeks and 4 days have been the most amazing days of my life!

I'm looking forward to these next few days where we can travel the country a bit and get a feel of what it's like to be a tourist in Sri Lanka. Tomorrow we travel East towards Tissa, visiting the Yala National Park. And then in Friday we head up to Nuwara Eliya to the hill country, where it's supposedly cold like Scotland! Then on Saturday we descend to Kandy, visiting the Tooth Temple and watching some traditional Sri Lankan dancing then finally heading towards Negombo on Sunday, visiting an elephant orphanage, before flying home in Monday.

I feel excited to be travelling home soon and seeing everyone, but at the same time I don't want this adventure to end. It won't be long until I'm up and going again, watch this space....

Ellie
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