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We run the Tea Leaf Vision Centre for Professional Development
where we provide a high quality education for the 18 to 24 year olds of the
deprived tea leaf estates in central Sri Lanka.
The young adults of these disadvantaged communities suffer
from a lack of opportunities in education and employment which would allow them
to lead better lives. Local established systems ignore
basic human rights and take advantage of the intrinsic lack of education to
cultivate a dependent workforce.
The Centre provides a number of programmes which deliver
high-quality lessons in English Speech and Grammar; Business; I.T.; and Success
and Ethics. By improving the employability of the youth we increase their
employment prospects outside the tea estates, enabling them to reach their full
We also facilitate the personal development of our students
so they can deal with the complex social issues surrounding them. These include: Alcoholism amongst 85%
of the adult male tea estate community and domestic violence against 83% of tea
estate women (20% sexual violence). Our Emotional Health lessons raise awareness about common problems, such as addiction and
depression, with the aim of strengthening positive coping strategies.
These two elements stimulate their social consciences
so they can be 'Change Agents' within their communities and become the solution
to the generational poverty and oppression these estates have grown to accept.
Volunteer with us
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are
passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others.
As the Centre engages young adults
through a variety of programmes and activities, there are many ways you can
work to support it, at all levels, whether that’s with the students, staff,
management or all three. Some examples of the ways you can help are:
Teach in the school
Assist our lively Sri
Lankan Staff team in running the various programmes
Help maintain the standard
of English whilst interacting with our students in a friendly environment.
We have had volunteers with varying levels of
experience, from diverse backgrounds, many different fields and of all ages. There
is no limit to how our volunteers can contribute to the Centre. This is a
perfect chance to use your skills, experience and time in a way that’s
different and memorable.
As a Tea Leaf Vision volunteer, a homestay
with a local family in Maskeliya is made available for a small fee.
This provides a great opportunity for you to be immersed in Sri Lankan culture,
particularly Indian Tamil culture.
Maskeliya is surrounded by rolling hills of
lush green, neatly pruned tea plantations, tree-lined mountains, waterfalls and
lakes that are astoundingly beautiful. The town offers all basic amenities and
is a mere 15 to 20 minute walk from the Centre with stunning views of Sri Pada (Adam’s
Peak). Sri Lanka is a beautiful island to explore
however, the cost of in-country travel can vary according to your
travel preferences and your budget.
We will ensure that you are well informed and
supported before and during your stay with us.