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Sandra O’Loughlin

Wolverhampton University - Sri Lanka – 2 Week Group Trip July 2016
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What words would you use to describe your experience in Sri Lanka?

“Challenging, thought provoking, fascinating, fun, tiring”

How do you think you benefitted from the experience?

“I think it was useful to see how a different culture treats its Deaf children. A school specifically for Deaf people is something that seems to be losing favour in the UK with more emphasis being put on mainstream education. It is always worthwhile seeing how other people live and things that we consider “normal” are definitely not the norm in Sri Lanka. In the group, it was good to meet up with people from different backgrounds and different ages. We all had one common aim.”

What did you learn?

“I think I learned more about myself than anything else. I learnt that I can rise to a challenge and shouldn’t be daunted – I need to be more confident in my signing – I can do it!”

What did you like about the VoluntEars programme?

“Being able to make a positive difference to the lives of the children at the Deaf school. I liked the opportunity to work alongside Deaf as well as hearing people.”

What did VoluntEars do well?

“The days were well organised and well structured. There was a good mix of tourist activities as well as school based activities. Information before departure was well timed and accurate.”

"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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