Daniel Burger Moya and Paula Sánchez González – Spain

Daniel Burger Moya and Paula Sánchez González – Spain
Daniel and Paula with the host family

Mr. Daniel Burger Moya and Ms. Paula Sánchez González from Spain volunteered at Horizon Academy – Werapitiya, Kandy operated by Horizon Lanka Foundation in August 2019

Our experiences in Sri Lanka

We volunteered about 2 weeks, from 16th August 2019 till the 2nd of September 2019, in a town near Kandy with an amazing host family teaching the kids near the town some English and some other practical skills.

About the town, it is near Werapitiya, Kandy. It’s an amazing place, so much nature and so much to visit there. The host family took us with their tuk tuk to waterfalls, rivers, mountains and everything surrounded by tea plantations. It’s a truly magical place.

Paula Sánchez González teaching the class

The host family was also incredible; their warm welcome was really something. They cooked for us very different and delicious food, I think we gained 10 kilos in our 2 weeks there. They gave us a really nice room, always were on handy to make a trip with us, talk, play some card games at night, explain to us their culture, etc. It was wonderful.

The Horizon Academy was sadly closed, and nobody warned us about this, I think this was the main problem. Vajira organized our host family and our stay. He is a tour guide and knew a lot about Sri Lanka, spoke also Spanish, however, we just saw him once in 2 weeks. Sadly, the local school was closed at the time we arrived. Actually, Vajira knew very little about the school and the town, so the organization could be done better.

With this problem, the family (and not Vajira) organized some teaching in their home or in the Buddhist temple with the kids, from 5 to 22 years old, from the town, but some days we didn’t know what to do. Because of the age difference and without any guidelines, it wasn’t quite easy to teach them. Despite this inconvenience, the kids really want to learn anything and are very curious about different cultures, so it was fun and enjoyable to teach/play with them.

After this time together, we had to say goodbye to all these great people, we traveled for two weeks in Sri Lanka. This was an amazing experience. Sri Lanka is a very beautiful country and, as said before, people are very kind and helpful. We can enjoy cultural and historical places, like mountains with tea plantations with nice landscapes and good hiking, as beautiful beaches to relax and swim!

To conclude, we would like to say we really recommend this experience, the people of Sri Lanka are really kind and the country has so much different nature and culture. Our volunteering experience was great, despite the school problem, the experience was fantastic and we are really thankful.

Answer from Nanda Wanninayaka, the Chairman of Horizon Lanka Foundation

Dear Dan and Paula,

I read your very interesting report and I am glad that you had mentioned both positive and negative remarks. Also, I apologize for the negative aspects. In fact, it was my fault than Vajira’s. I was expected to visit the village and make the right connections with the public schools, Sunday schools in temples, etc. But I fell ill a couple of times last year and this prevented me from doing so. I have not visited this village at least once as of yet. So, I will visit this village next week with Vajira and then meet the students, school principals, teachers, villagers, etc. and then explain what we do through Horizon Academy.

Yes, it was the public school vacation while you were in Werapitiya but usually, in other Horizon Academies, more students come to us during vacations. If I visited the village earlier, I could have easily arranged that.

Nanda Wanninayaka

EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School from Spain Donates 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) to the Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

Saying goodbye is never easy.

Saying goodbye is never easy.
Saying goodbye is never easy.

Mr. Qurro Lopez from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka in October, 2017. He taught Spanish language to the students and the students were very fast in learning this totally new language. In addition to teaching, he brought a lot of gifts to the students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya. Tharushika Rathnayaka and Pramodhya Gunarathna received one tab each and the junior students got toys from him. Before he left Sri Lanka, he donated 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) raised by EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School in Spain to be distributed among the students. This donation covers the academic and healthcare expenses of the students for the year 2017. (2017 was a bad year for the whole village as their parents’ farms did not yield any crops due to the drought. So, this financial assistance means a lot to them. It is the same for this year also since the village did not get sufficient rains for the third consecutive year.)

When asked to whom the credit should go for this generous donation, a delighted Mr. Lopez said, “Consider it came from God.”

The students, the parents and the Horizon Lanka Foundation appreciate Mr. Lopez and EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School in Spain for assisting the students in a big way. Thank You.

98. Paula Pazos Dopazo – Spain

Paula Pazos Dopazo from Spain

Paula Pazos Dopazo from SpainMiss Paula Pazos Dopazo from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in November, 2017.

Paula Pazos Dopazo from Spain with the students of Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya
Paula Pazos Dopazo from Spain with the students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

Miss Paula Pazos Dopazo at Mahawilachchiya Reservoir, Mahawilachchiya.
Miss Paula Pazos Dopazo at Mahawilachchiya Reservoir, Mahawilachchiya.

Miss Paula Pazos Dopazo teaching the students of Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya
Miss Paula Pazos Dopazo teaching the students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

A smiling Paula Pazos Dopazo at Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya
A smiling Paula Pazos Dopazo at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

Miss Paula Pazos Dopazo at the first host family
Miss Paula Pazos Dopazo at the first host family

Sanduni's parents' farm in Mahawilachchiya
Sanduni’s parents’ farm in Mahawilachchiya

Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School
Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School

 

Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School
Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School

Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School
Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School

Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School
Paula Pazos Dopazo with the students of Paniyankadawala Public School

 

 

 

 

92. Qurro Lopez – Spain

Qurro Lopez – Spain

Qurro Lopez – Spain

Mr. Qurro Lopez from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in October, 2017. Mr. Lopez taught both English and Spanish to the children. Though there had been volunteers from Spain before, it was Mr. Lopez who started teaching the children Spanish first. The students, especially the younger students caught the language very fast. Mr. Lopez and his friends and his students in his yoga school in Spain collectively donated 90,000 LKR (585.70 USD) to be distributed among the students as scholarships money for their expenses in 2017. Prabodha Kalotuwawa got 20,000 LKR  (130 USD) while others will get the rest of the money depending on their achievements by December 31, 2017. Mr. Lopez also donated two used tabs to be used by two of the students, Pramodhya Gunarathna and Tharushika Rathnayaka of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya.

Qurro Lopez teaching the students at Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya.
Qurro Lopez teaching the students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya.

Qurro Lopez at Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya
Qurro Lopez at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

Quro Lopez with the kids in Mahawilachchiya
Quro Lopez with the kids in Mahawilachchiya

Toys for junior students at Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya from Mr. Qurro Lopez.
Toys for junior students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya from Mr. Qurro Lopez.

Qurro Lopez donating a used tab to student Pramodhya Gunarathna
Qurro Lopez donating a used tab to student Pramodhya Gunarathna

Qurro Lopez donated a used tab to student Tharushika Rathnayaka
Qurro Lopez donated a used tab to student Tharushika Rathnayaka

A friend of Mr. Qurro Lopez donated 20,000 LKR (130 USD) for the student Prabodha Kalotuwawa.
A friend of Mr. Qurro Lopez donated 20,000 LKR (130 USD) for the student Prabodha Kalotuwawa.

Mr. Qurro Lopez and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka enjoying dancing with us at the Farewell Party of Mr. Lopez.
Mr. Qurro Lopez and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka enjoying dancing with us at the Farewell Party of Mr. Lopez.

Saying goodbye is never easy.
Saying goodbye is never easy.

A Tab for Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres from Spain

Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres

Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres

Horizon Lanka Foundation’s 92nd foreign volunteer, Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres brought two tabs for the students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya. The first tab was donated to Pramodhya Umayangani Gunarathna of Grade 8. The second tab, a bigger Samsung tab was given to Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka of Grade 10. She was selected to make a presentation in Cape Town, South America this year but was denied the visa. But we are hopeful she would get another chance next year. Now that she has this tab she has to teach how to use the tab to other students and share it with others whenever they need it. Thanks Qurro for this generous gift.

Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres
Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres

Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres
Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres

Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres
Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres

Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres
Tharushika Sujani Rathnayaka getting a Samsung tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres

A Tab for Pramodhya Umayangani Gunarathna from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres from Spain

Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez as a gift.

Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres as a gift.

Horizon Lanka Foundation’s 92nd foreign volunteer, Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres brought a Nevir tab for the students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya. Since Pramodhya Umayangani Gunarathna of Grade 8 has been selected to go to Mumbai, India to represent Sri Lanka on a karate tournament, the administration of the Foundation decided that the tab should go to Pramodhya for her communication before, during and after the tour. (She is expected to teach how to use the tab to other students and share it with others whenever they need it.) Thanks Qurro for this generous gift.

Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres as a gift.
Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez Torres as a gift.

Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez as a gift.
Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez as a gift.

Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez as a gift.
Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez as a gift.

Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez as a gift.
Pramodhya Umayangani getting a tab from Mr. Qurro Lopez as a gift.

83. Mario Ortiz Casado – Spain

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in July, 2017.

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale
Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale
Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale
Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale
Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale
Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale
Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain teaching the children at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale

Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain
Mario Ortiz Casado from Spain