46. Zhang Yinyin (Naomi) – China

Zhang Yinyin with the host family

Zhang Yinyin with the host familyMy three weeks’ volunteering life in Horizon Lanka was an important experience in my life. This time I went to Horizon Lanka with my boyfriend Colin. He is good at teaching, so he helped me a lot about teaching kids.

My host was a 13 years old girl. Her name is Prabodha. She was really nice. Everything I needed there, she always said “come, come.” She kept looking at me. I can feel how much she likes me. Her innocent smile at the first night I met her, I will remember forever.

When I saw Horizon Lanka, it was small but so meaningful to local students. Students study English, computers, sports, dancing. Everything they learn there is really useful to their future. So when I taught there, that was a real challenge for me. Because I didn’t teach these many kids before. For the first class I wasn’t fully prepared. And I was told that I need to teach immediately. I was nervous, but I tried to use my entire mind to think how to teach, what to teach them. The things became clearer while i was teaching. That was not bad. The students listened to me. At least they learned some. At school, I taught English and computers to them. Dancing with them with the local music and dances are really awesome. Many students like dancing. I learned 2 songs and danced at the farewell party. That was really meaningful to me. Playing sports at the natural green playground when the sun was going down, which was a really happy time with them. Nanda always took us to some places to visit, ancient temples, ancient legend places, Wilpattu National Park. Unforgettable tree house place. Life there was colorful.

Every class I need to organize by myself. This was a good thing to me. I learned how to manage time and manage my class, I mean all ideas came from my own mind. That was a challenge and interesting. After that, i know how to think things by my own. That things I didn’t learn in China. Mostly do as what u have been told in China.

So here I want to say students are smart and talented. Some students learned computers a lot, So I suggest the volunteers who wanna come, you would better prepare more skilled English books, like how to do Photoshop, how to make videos, how to use MS Excel (more difficult.) About English teaching, Students know many English words, but they don’t know how to say in one sentence and their grammar is not too good. So i suggest that volunteers can bring some English learning tools, like pictures, games things. Students like reading, so can bring many small very simple English story books.

I was really glad I could live with the local people there, that’s what I look for while I travel, experienced local life, local culture, local people. The people there always smiled with us. The family i lived with was a woman who lived alone, Probadha’s aunt. Her husband died at civil war when their son was very young, and her son is at boxing school. Her family was affected by the war, she cried a lot every time she talked about her parents, husband. But she is so strong. She always showed me her family’s picture, her son when he was at school, her working pictures. She likes pictures. And she was really happy to teach me local language. I hope she can always smile. I can’t forget how sad she was when we left, she and Probodha’s mother cried a lot, they are really kind. The kind of feeling of love was priceless.

About living environment there, I think I can get used to. I think since we have come, let us stay and enjoy it, but remember to bring more toilet paper for yourself, haha. No worry, there are a lot fresh and cheap tropical fruits for you to eat.

I really love my life there. I learned a lot. I will better cherish the life I have now.

Zhang Yinyin (Naomi) – China

Girls dancing at Horizon Lanka
Girls dancing at Horizon Lanka
Zhang Yinyin with the host family
Zhang Yinyin with the host family
Zhang Yinyin's "Sri Lankan mum" Jeearani
Zhang Yinyin’s “Sri Lankan mum” Jeearani
Zhang Yinyin with the second host family
Zhang Yinyin with the second host family
Zhang Yinyin, Colin, students and the staff at Tantirimale
Zhang Yinyin, Colin, students and the staff at Tantirimale
Zhang Yinyin with the staff and the students of Horizon Lanka.
Zhang Yinyin with the staff and the students of Horizon Lanka.

27. Yan Hao – China

27. Yan Hao – China

Yan Hao

Horizon Lanka Foundation has been maintaining a healthy relationship with AIESEC Sri Lanka Chapter for a long time. We have got foreign undergraduates from various countries to teach English and ICT at Horizon Lanka from July 20, 2009 with the arrival of our first AIESEC volunteer Miss Xin Li from China. Yan Hao was the last in the list. We hope to continue our partnership with AIESEC.

Yan Hao (Harry,) a university undergraduate from China volunteered at Horizon Lanka in February, 2015 and stayed in Mahawilachchiya village for a month. He taught English to the students of Thakshila School, a public school in the village, during morning sessions and at Horizon Lanka Foundation after school. Since he came during the sports season of the public schools, we could not get as many students as we used to for after school classes in the evenings but he was kept fully occupied in the morning sessions at the public school. Yan Hao rendered an admirable service to the students in both Horizon Lanka and Thakshila School. We thank him and AIESEC for making this possible.

Yan Hao from China with a student at Horizon Lanka
Yan Hao from China with a student at Horizon Lanka

We invite both local and foreign volunteers to visit us and teach English and ICT to the students. We can provide food and lodging for you totally free of charge during your full stay in the village. If university undergraduates want to come through AEISEC, you can contact them and other volunteers can directly contact us through wanni@horizonlanka.org or nanda.wanninayaka@gmail.com.

Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students

14. Niki Li Ke – China

Niki Li Ke

Niki Li Ke with teenage students at Horizon Lanka

Miss Niki Li Ke from China volunteered at Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya in February, 2009. She was our first Chinese Volunteer leading few others from China to come. She came through AIESEC, Sri Lanka. She was also our first AIESEC volunteer.

Niki Li Ke’s Report

As I was walking down the small path surrounded by coconut trees and crops, a bright color building house came out. That is the computer lab of Horizon Lanka- the unique Internet-access building in Mahawilachchiya area, Anuradhapura. Horizon Lanka Foundation was founded by Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka and aims at teaching local students English and computer skills. Because of low entrance rate of university, student who speaks fluent English and being familiar with computer skills becomes more competitive. In Horizon Lanka Foundation I met two groups of students who came from Mahawilachchiya village, teenagers and junior students. The teenage girls were very shy but showed strong eager to learn, as I showed them how to use Facebook they were excited and registered one by one. Although they sometimes found hard to speak in fluent English but they tried hard to express with words and postures. Looking at their beautiful and satisfied smile I can image a bright future of them. The other group consists of pupils who were lovely and learned fast. I taught simply MS Word and PowerPoint skill and found them performed creatively beyond my imagination. I lived with Mr. Wanninayaka’s wife’s family there I experienced open-air bath and saw family-owned bus for the first time. I was warmly welcomed by Mrs. Wanni’s whole family and make new friends. I like their peaceful lifestyle and enjoy starry night very much. Mr. Wanni’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law also showed me around the Anuradhapura city that was full of historical and religious atmosphere. Thanks to Mr. Wanni’s creative idea that introduce Internet and English class into Mahawilachchiya village that provide local students more opportunity to go to university and compete in job market. My trip is short but harvest and I will keep these memories forever.

Niki Li Ke, Beijing, China – January 31, 2009

Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
Miss Niki Li Ke from China with the Horizon Lanka students
With junior students
With junior students
With junior students
With junior students
in Anuradhapura
in Anuradhapura
In Anuradhapura
In Anuradhapura
In Anuradhapura with Nishanthi
In Anuradhapura with Nishanthi