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Esther Haines

Sri Lanka – 2 Week Group Trip – December 2015
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Describe your trip

“It was a really interesting experience with Sri Lankan people and Deaf students from school. Some of them taught us basic Sri Lankan sign language like tea, coffee, milk and others. I think it was a worthwhile trip & visiting different places in Sri Lanka like elephant/turtles and cute baby turtles. I didn’t realise Sri Lanka haven’t any equipment or special machines but when I saw people used their own hands to pull in fishing net on boats.”

How did you benefit from the experience?

“Learning about different cultures. I also interested in meeting D/deaf student and staff.”

What did VoluntEars do well?

“The VoluntEars leader was a good organiser and visiting different places e.g., Negombo, Colombo and others. In the daytime we were renovation and afternoon/evening go out.”

What was your most memorable experience?

“On 31st December 2015 we went to a nice restaurant & party on the beach, and the same time watched firework before new year 2016.”

"I had the opportunity to help fellow D/deaf people"

Tom Gerrard

“The best thing I’ve done in years”

Blanche Coy

“Valuable, memorable, fun, productive, amazing!” 

David Hutchinson

“A specialised organisation that guarantees the right support - all my worries vanished”

Karolina Pakenaite

“Working with turtles was the best thing!”

Omar Mahmood

“Enlightening, rewarding, motivating, amazing”

Keegan Hall-Browne

“I grew in confidence and enjoyed helping people”

Jodie Winter

"I really enjoyed designing and painting the wall mural in one of the classrooms. It was a fantastic experience."

Stephan Pretorius

"An enriching and fulfilling experience with an opportunity to embrace Sri Lanka's way of life and culture"

Katherine O’Grady

"It's changed my way of thinking and seeing things. Join today because it's brilliant! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity"

Ashley Hill

"There was an equal balance of work, group activities and sightseeing"

Clair Murray

“I knew this was a perfect opportunity”

Saira Shabbir

“I made new friends and was able to use my sign language skills”

Stephanie Denison

“I can’t fault VoluntEars - they run everything smoothly from beginning to end”

Kimberley Bruce

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