Nikola Tillova from the Czech Republic volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation during the months of July and August, 2017.
Volunteering at Horizon Lanka
It was interesting experience. I taught at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya in the afternoon after teaching at public school in the morning. We taught English, played some games and danced. Also we did some presentations about countries and we worked with them. Children are full of joy and happiness. They all the time wanted to dance.
“Volunteering at a public school
Volunteering at a public school in Mahawilachchiya was the best experience that I ever had. It was totally different from Czech system. The main difference is that these children want to learn and they want to spend their time in school. They are smiling all the time. We played some games and we learned English every school day. I was in classes from age 6 to 10. Children here are really amazing.
Life with hosts
I spent 2 weeks in a local family with three children. I had my own room and I had everything what I needed. Family was really kind and nice. They tried to do their best. We were in a local temple for a few times. There were lot of ceremonies and it was really interesting, something that I will probably never take a part in. Also, we visited a local market with vegetables and clothes in city nearby. I learned how to cook roti with pumpkin curry and one evening we did our typical Czech food.
It was the best experience ever. Their life is so different. Everyone is smiling and they are so kind to others. I felt like I am at home.
Life in Mahawilachchiya
Life in Mahawilachchiya is so different from other cities or countries. People know each other. They are smiling all the time and they were so kind to me. Everyone tried to help me all the time. We also were in Wilpattu National Park for all day trip. We saw a lot of animals and also, we were on the beach. It was really amazing day. Also, we were in a catchment area of a reservoir in Mahawilachchiya to watch wild elephants. We saw almost 60 wild elephants in one place! And the last trip was to Tantirimale temple, we were kayaking and then we went to the tree house and had a dinner there and also we spent night there. It was the first time that I slept in a truck under the star. It was the best night ever.
Life in Sri Lanka
After my volunteering I travelled around Sri Lanka for 2 weeks. I visited many famous places. I said to everyone who asked that I am here in Horizon Lanka Organization. Every single place that I visited was really wonderful. People are kind all around Sri Lanka and they try to help everyone. After all I can say that this experience change my view of the world and also my life. It was the best choice to spend my summer in Sri Lanka.” – Nikola Tillova – the Czech Republic