Why did you join a VoluntEars trip?
“I’ve always loved volunteering and working with D/deaf people and D/deaf children especially. I thought it was a really exciting opportunity to be part of it.”
What were you most looking forward to?
“I was really excited to meet the volunteers and learn things from them and to experience Sri Lanka as a group.”
What have you learnt?
“Lots of things! I’ve learnt how to communicate with people in a different culture, how to eat with my right hand, working with the local people and experiencing a different way of living.”
Would you recommend these trips to D/deaf people?
“Definitely, it’s perfect. My Mum’s profoundly deaf and I know that back at home there aren’t many volunteering opportunities for D/deaf people. Here there’s a mixture of hearing and D/deaf people, there’s always a Communicator to help and staff from VoluntEars in case you have any worries or problems. It’s really supportive and I think D/deaf people will be excited to join.”
"I had the opportunity to help fellow D/deaf people"
“The best thing I’ve done in years”
“Valuable, memorable, fun, productive, amazing!”
“A specialised organisation that guarantees the right support - all my worries vanished”
“Working with turtles was the best thing!”
“Enlightening, rewarding, motivating, amazing”
“I grew in confidence and enjoyed helping people”
"I really enjoyed designing and painting the wall mural in one of the classrooms. It was a fantastic experience."
"An enriching and fulfilling experience with an opportunity to embrace Sri Lanka's way of life and culture"
"It's changed my way of thinking and seeing things. Join today because it's brilliant! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity"
"There was an equal balance of work, group activities and sightseeing"
“I knew this was a perfect opportunity”
“I made new friends and was able to use my sign language skills”
“I can’t fault VoluntEars - they run everything smoothly from beginning to end”