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Volunteering brings a matchless reward

Posted on: August 17, 2016

Before taking part in the project Monk teaching in Shi Subodaramaya started five months ago by Idex, Rev. Rathana Thero had a little or no idea how much he loved learning foreign languages. Rev. Rathana Thero is a fifteen-year-old boy who used to live in a village about 70 km far from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He became a Buddhist monk at the tender age of eleven and left his home, but before that he used to live with his family, his father Gunawatha is a farmer and mother Sumanawathi is a housewife, she also helps Rathana’s father in farming and...

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Vietnam success story

Education in Vietnam

Posted on: May 17, 2016

The Vietnam War, from 1955 to 1975, left Vietnam in ruins, with the North overtaking the South and faced with the task of creating one nation under communism. In the 50 years since the war’s end, Vietnam has worked to rebuild itself so it can find a place in the world market. However, it has a long way to go. One area where Vietnam struggles is education, which in theory is free and open to all, but in reality, excludes many because of life circumstances. We are in the landmark city of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam. We...

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Help in The Himalaya

Posted on: May 11, 2016

Beginning in Pakistan and running all the way to China, the Himalayas are home to some of the world’s highest peaks. These majestic landscapes are truly breath taking. With the world’s most famous mountain, Mt. Everestthere are many reasons for someone to choose to volunteer in Himachal, India. From world class trekking to awe inspiring climbing India is full of beauty. Scenic mountain towns combined with epic skiing makes this a destination where you could really enjoy life to its fullest, so why not take a trip there and spend some time volunteering as well. The best thing about volunteering...

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Mastering arithmetic: Sam’s success story with the help of our volunteers

Posted on: May 3, 2016

Nine year old Sam is pupil at Cathedral Boys’ College Cotenh. His father is Ahmed Khan and his mother Salma Beg. He has two sisters and lives in Koteha Colombo, A team of our volunteers went to Cathedral Boys’ College with the intention of helping the students there – and one of our female volunteers was allocated Sam to help him through with addition and subtraction for the six months that they would stay there. During her first encounters with Sam, she realized that he was very weak in these arithmetic operations and quickly found a solution to it –...

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August from Idex Sri Lanka Volunteer Program

Posted on: May 3, 2016

Who am I? Hello! My name is August and I am 20 years old. I am from Sweden and decided to come to Sri Lanka for a month to volunteer work because I craved adventure and an interesting experience. This is my first time in Sri Lanka and my second time going to Asia so it has truly been an interesting and learning experience. I decided to go to Sri Lanka because I wanted a warm, tropic, cultural and warmhearted country to travel to and that is exactly Sri Lanka had to offer. I booked my trip through a Swedish...

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Charlotte from Idex Sri Lanka Volunteer Program

Posted on: May 3, 2016

Who am I? Hello I’m Charlotte! I’m 19 years old and from Denmark. I’m in Sri Lanka with one of my friends because we would like to travel and experience another side of the world. I have never been to Asia before, so it is really different for me to be here. The reason why I thought that it would be nice to go to Sri Lanka, was because I had heard that it was a fantastic place to visit. But instead of just going on a vacation my friend Emma and I chose to do some volunteering because it...

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Giulianna from Idex Thailand Volunteer Program

Posted on: May 3, 2016

My name is Giulianna and I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. For 21 years that was the only place I lived and coming to Chiang Mai, Thailand to live here for 1 month was something really huge and new to me. Volunteer work was something that I always had in mind, and when I finally got the chance to do it, Idex offered me the combination between safety and what I was looking for in a social development project. My choice on coming to Thailand had many reasons, but one of the greatest was the religion. Buddhism always...

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Emma from Idex Sri Lanka Volunteer Program

Posted on: May 3, 2016

Hi, my name is Emma, I’m 20 years old and I come from Denmark. This summer I graduated from school and I decided to take a year “off” to travel around and see the world from new perspectives. As my first experiences from this travelling-year I went to New York City for almost two month. This was more than amazing. Now I’m volunteering with IDEX in Sri Lanka which is also really nice. I’m here with my friends from Denmark and we are going to stay here for 4 weeks, working at the boys collage project together. Afterwards we will...

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Adam Larsson from Idex Sri Lanka Volunteer Program

Posted on: May 3, 2016

My name is Adam and I’m from Sweden. I’m 19 years old and graduated from school last summer. After I graduated I decided to take a gap year before University so I could get more experience and explore more than I otherwise wouldn’t have done. One part of my gap year was to volunteer work in Sri Lanka for six weeks. And to make a choice what to work with, it wasn’t so difficult. When I read about that you can teach monk I decided quite quickly to do that. Now when I have worked with them some weeks, I...

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Education for children in the Elephant village community becomes stable

Posted on: May 3, 2016

(thanks to steady presence of volunteers and continuous efforts of the NGO called Saarthak) For a village that has never ever imagined of seeing its girls studying, it’s a dream come true when young teenage girls step out in groups headed to their daily school. This is the new reality of the famous (yet, poor)“Elephant village” close to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Elephant village is known for hundreds of people who raise elephants and earn their living through these animals.They are called “Mahaouts” and typically fall into the lowest income groups in the society. The children in these...

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