Camp Sri Lanka
£780 per person
Dive into an array of conservation projects and help the delightful local community. Experience the lifestyle of this Sri Lankan haven…
With a range of wonderful visits scheduled, including a trip to a tea plantation, Camp Sri Lanka will expose you to some of the world’s most eye-opening cultural phenomenons.
Visit magnificent temples and learn traditional batik painting. Explore the culture and heritage in the beautiful highland of Kandy and help conserve the precious wildlife during this truly unforgettable experience.
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NB: Activities during post-Camp travel are not included.
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Induction/Introduction to Sri Lankan CultureThe wait is over - it’s time to start your dream trip with Camp Sri Lanka!
Sitting snug in South Asia, Sri Lanka is a stunning country bejewelled in natural beauty; you won’t want to waste a minute in this majestic haven, so we’ll meet the coordinator at 9:00am for an induction and information session to get the essential information out of the way!
There are elements of Sri Lankan culture that will differ slightly from what you’re used to at home, so you’ll be given useful tips about local culture, as well as information about Kandy, a city located in central Sri Lanka where you’ll be staying during your visit to Sri Lanka.
Following the induction, prepare for a day brimming with excitement, with a language class and cultural show arranged for you and the rest of the group. As is the case in many countries, a willingness to try and to speak in the native tongue when possible is appreciated, so enjoy the session and take in as much as possible during the lesson - a basic understanding of the language will come in handy during your trip and enhance your overall experience at Camp Sri Lanka!
As is the case in many countries, a willingness to try and to speak in the native tongue when possible is appreciated, so enjoy the session and take in as much as possible during the lesson - a basic understanding of the language will come in handy during your trip and enhance your overall experience at Camp Sri Lanka!
In the evening, you’ll be given the opportunity to refine your language skills at a language class, during which time you’ll be given a riveting insight about the origins of the local language.
Spice and Ayurvedic gardens, Tea factory and a Gem MuseumReady to delve deeper into the delights of Sri Lanka?
After breakfast, we’ll meet the coordinator at 9:00am and prepare for a day basking in in the midst of some of the most phenomenal sites in the region.
Ayurveda medicines have origins stretching 3,000 years, having originally derived in India; the healing system has since been adopted within Sri Lankan civilisation, and today we’ll be visiting a garden where the medicine is developed.
Sri Lanka is also known for its culinary master class, with a repertoire of dishes, with the likes of kottu roti, a stir-fry comprising meat, vegetables and roti (bread) and a range of curries doused with a host of delicious spices. We’ll visit where these spices are made and also visit a tea factory and gem museum.
We’ll visit where these spices are made and also visit a tea factory and gem museum.
Hinduism is a religious practice adopted throughout Sri Lanka. Before returning back to the centre, we’ll visit a Hindu temple, the place of worship.
When visiting a Hindu temple, there is etiquette that must be adhered to - this is a place of worship and a sacred location, so be sure to wear respectful clothing and remove your shoes before entering. During your visit, the priest may offer you items; anything offered should be accepted with your right hand - avoid giving or receiving items with your left hand.
During your visit, the priest may offer you items; anything offered should be accepted with your right hand - avoid giving or receiving items with your left hand.
Sri Lankan Cooking & Buddhist TempleSri Lankan cuisine is considered by many as being one of the tastiest culinary surprises in the world.
The fusion of flavours inspired by multiple cultures has spawned a phenomenal range of dishes, packed full of flavour.
Sri Lanka boasts a melting pot of delectable treats and after breakfast, you’ll be given the chance to showcase your skills and learn how to cook traditional Sri Lankan dishes.
In the evening, we’ll head to a Buddhist temple to learn their practices and rituals.
Batik Art LessonToday, we’ll visit a Sri Lankan family and learn the art of batik painting.
Batik is a form of art whereby the artist decorates cloth using hot wax and dye; while the art form is a popular form of artistic expression throughout Indonesia, the skill is not new, with evidence of the first batik paintings stretching back 2,000 years.
Follow in the footsteps of batik founders from the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia and India, embrace your inner artist, and leave your own mark on history!
Visit to Kandy/Forest Range/Temple Visit
Strike a pose and snap an Insta worthy pic fit to grace your beloved social media page and strike envy into your friends back home!
Later in the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore Kandy, located in central Sri Lanka.
Kandy Lake, otherwise known as Bogambara Lake, is a popular amongst locals and tourists, due to an abundance of stunning wildlife and fish.
The city is also famous for its sprinkling of sacred Buddhist sites, such as The Temple of the Tooth shrine; the temple contains the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
Days 6 & 7
Free DaysThese are free days to spend how you like and are a great opportunity to head out and discover more of antiques of Sri Lankan culture; prepare for a barrage of beauty!
NB: Free day activities and transport are not included
Days 8 - 12
Community ProjectsWhile you will uncover truly magical moments exploring stunning shrines and temples during your time at Camp Sri Lanka, moments of personal enlightenment are not confined to the four walls of worship.
During days 8 - 12, you’ll be provided with a choice of two community projects, a great opportunity to help within the local community and truly make a significant contribution to improving the Sri Lankan society.
Community Project – Kandy Schedule:
8.00am – Breakfast
9.00am – Teach English to local school children in the local area or partake in a renovation project 3.30pm – Finish the program for the day and return to the accommodation.
Wildlife Rescue Project – Dambulla Schedule:
8.00am – Breakfast 9.00am – During your time at the Wildlife Rescue Project, you’ll constructing enclosures to look after injured wild animals. Moreover, we’ll clean the enclosures of the injured animals and ensure that they are fed and looked after; if you choose to work at the Wildlife Rescue Project, you’ll also be assisting the team in rescuing wild animals if required.
Moreover, we’ll clean the enclosures of the injured animals and ensure that they are fed and looked after; if you choose to work at the Wildlife Rescue Project, you’ll also be assisting the team in rescuing wild animals if required.4.00pm – Finish the program for the day and return to the accommodation.
Free DayToday is a free day for you and the Camp Sri Lanka campmates to explore the local area and see the sights!
NB: Free day activities & transport are not included
Beach TransferSri Lanka is a beach lover’s paradise - a haven covered in blankets of silky sands and cascading blue waters. Today, we’ll embark on a journey to the coastal region of Sri Lanka, in preparation for the turtle conservation project.
Days 15 & 16
Turtle Conservation ProjectThe next two days of your Camp Sri Lanka experience promise to be amongst the most fulfilling moments of your life. Sri Lanka is home to multiple breeds of these adorable animals, such as the Loggerhead Turtle.
However, such breeds are becoming diminishing, and it is essential that they receive the care they need in order to prosper, before it’s too late.During our time at the conservation, we’ll help clean the turtles, maintain the tanks, as well as the turtle conservation centre and even feed the turtles. The importance of a clean and hygienic space for these animals cannot be underestimated; as such, we will also be partaking in beach cleaning activities. The days spent at the conservation promise to be hugely rewarding, but it is tiring work!
Therefore, during the evening, enjoy some free time and relax on the beach in the tranquil surroundings.
Days 17 & 18
Beach Day/Free TimeAfter two days working hard at the turtle conservation project, it’s time to sit back and relax on the beach. Apply your sun tan lotion and prepare for two days enjoying the tropical sunshine. Explore the neighbourhood and uncover the cultural phenomena of southern Sri Lanka.
Galle CityToday, you’ll visit the Galle City, one of the UNESCO world heritage cultural cities, as well as Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist destinations.
Regarded as a glistening jewel in the Sri Lankan crown, Galle City is glistening in a serving of historical mosques, charming churches and archaic mansions.
During our visit to Galle, we’ll visit Olden Dutch Fort, as well as Colonial style houses and other Dutch architectural buildings.
A delightful city where quirkiness and tradition collide, Galle is a highlight of the Camp Sri Lanka trip!