120. Julie Desperiez – France

120.	Julie Desperiez – France

Julie Desperiez at Pemaduwa Bazar, Mahawilachchiya

Julie Desperiez from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January and February, 2018.

Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School

119. Tali Motzkin – Israel

119. Tali Motzkin – Israel

Tali Motzkin, Israel

Tali Motzkin from Israel volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

“My Volunteering at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura

I would like to tell you about my volunteering experience. I arrived at the Horizon Academy at Thursday evening, straight to Ramanee and Udaya’s school, close to the Anuradhapura city. When I was at the bus station I called Ramanee and she sent her husband, Udaya to pick me with a tuk-tuk driver so I didn’t have any problems to find the place. At this day the students had a goodbye party for the formal volunteer (Susannah Horowitz) so it was very nice to see how they danced, laughed and shared respect for her and also for welcoming me. They prepared us a “queens feast” with a lot of fresh fruits and showed us a dance concert. Then, after this great welcome, my host family came to take me. There, I met my new sister: Hashini, her brother: Gihan, and my new parents: Anura and Kumari. At first it was so strange to walk into other people’s house but they made me feel like I am at my own house. They cook amazing food for me every day and treat me so nicely. During my stay, every day I have learned something new about them and about their traditions, they also took me to some really cool places like the washing reservoir, temple and the local market. Now, after one week with them I really feel like home and they are my new family.

In the matter of the Horizon Academy, I didn’t have much time with them because I arrived to the weekend and only for a one week, but with the time I had it was nice to see how Ramanee and Udaya teach the students with a lot of passion in all kinds of ways like through books, notebooks, movies, games, dance, etc. I was joining to Ramanee’s teaching class. At the class I was talking with the students, check their homework, teach them computer work and at breaks, I was playing and teaching them field games. At the beginning it was hard for me to let them know what I mean in my explanation (I don’t speak Sinhala), but then I found some ways to explain like with signs and drawings. Also, it takes time to get to know the students and how to approach them, but when I did and felt like I did teach them something new, it was a really good feeling. I also translated Horizon Lanka website into Hebrew as requested by Nanda, but I wished to contribute more with the kids like maybe teach them new dance moves and art, things which require a longer stay. Therefore, I think if someone want to volunteer here and really make some difference, at least stay one week and even more here as it is necessary for getting know the program, students and family.

For conclusion, I had a great time (my best Sri Lankan experience so far!!) and I want to thank to all people who welcomed me, I hope I will see you again soon.

Tali Motzkin, Israel”

Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy - Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.

118. Susannah Horowitz – The United Kingdom

118.	Susannah Horowitz – The United Kingdom

118.	Susannah Horowitz - The United Kingdom

Ms. Susannah Horowitz from The United Kingdom was the first volunteer in 2018. She volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

Sri Lankan fruits spread at Susannah's farewell party.
Sri Lankan fruits spread at Susannah’s farewell party.

117. Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam

117.	Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam

117.	Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam Nguyen Le Hoa from Vietnam volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation during December 2017 and January 2018.

Nguyen Le Hoa  with the French volunteer Thaïs de Gail and the students of horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Nguyen Le Hoa with the French volunteer Thaïs de Gail and the students of horizon Academy – Ralapanawa
Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Nguyen Le Hoa and Nadeeka Kumarasingha practising dancing with the students.
Nguyen Le Hoa and Nadeeka Kumarasingha practising dancing with the students.
Nguyen Le Hoa and. Thaïs de Gail with Nadeeka's family
Nguyen Le Hoa and. Thaïs de Gail with Nadeeka’s family

102. Thaïs de Gail – France

102. Thaïs de Gail – France

Thaïs de GailMiss Thaïs de Gail from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation from December, 2016 to January 2017.

Miss Thaïs de Gail with the students of Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail with the students of Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail teaching the adult students at Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail teaching the adult students at Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail and Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Miss Thaïs de Gail and Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School

100. Georgina Williamson – The United Kingdom

100. Georgina Williamson – The United Kingdom

Georgina WilliamsonMs. Georgina Williamson from The United Kingdom volunteer at Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa of Horizon Lanka Foundation in December, 2017. She was our 100th volunteer to grace Horizon Lanka. She came with her husband Jess Williamson and two sons, Dylon and Artor.

Georgina Williamson and her husband Jess Williamson teaching the children in Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Georgina Williamson and her husband Jess Williamson teaching the children in Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa