- What is the accommodation like?
You will be accommodated with other volunteers and the staff members in an open and rustic guesthouse. The house is very basic and offers only the most necessary things. It is located on a hill near a lake and the Knuckles mountain range. There are six plain dorm rooms for two to three volunteers each and three bathrooms with washbasin, shower and toilet. Moreover, there is a kitchen, a lounge area and a dining room in the guesthouse. Electric fans, mosquito nets, pillows and clean bed-sheets are provided, but you should remember to bring your own towel. Clothes can be hand-washed in tubs.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
In general it is possible to be accommodated with a partner or a friend if a room is available at the time. Therefore you should let us know in advance so that your wish can be considered.
- How is the food provided?
Every day you can eat three freshly prepared meals with the other volunteers in the dining room. Moreover there will be refreshments and you can drink tea and water throughout the whole day.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
It is possible to follow a vegetarian diet as most of the dishes are vegetarian anyways. Nevertheless, please inform us beforehand about possible needs and wishes concerning your diet.
- How are work time and free time divided?
In general after breakfast you are working from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm during the week. During lunch hours, the hottest time of the day, you will return to the guest house and have time for lunch, personal activities, relaxing and refreshing. On some days activities like birding and bird studies will start before breakfast. After your return in the evening you will have time for dinner, data inputting as well as relaxing. Moreover you can enjoy some social as well as private time. In general weekends are off so you can use the free time for your own activities.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
On site you will work with staff members of our project partner so you will always have a contact person who will help you with questions or problems. Moreover you can also contact the NATUCATE team back in Germany.
- What expenses do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
During the project you will have no further expanses, as food and accommodation are provided. Nevertheless you can plan with expanses in the range of round about 40-80€ a week for excursions, trips, as well as snacks and beverages on your journey. The amount of money you should bring will vary according to your personal wishes and standards. The currency in Sri Lanka is called Sri Lanka Rupee but also Euro, US Dollar and the British Pound are widely accepted. If you want to withdraw cash you should do so in cities like Colombo or Kandy as ATMs are generally not located in remote areas.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
At the project site you will be able to get a signal so you can use your mobile phone to keep in touch with family and friends.
- What's the climate like?
As Sri Lanka is located near the equator, temperatures are constantly relatively high at around 30°C throughout the whole year. Moreover Sri Lanka lies within a tropical region so that humidity is in general also quite high. Weather can be quite changeable in times of the monsoon.
- Is there a prohibition regarding alcohol?
In general there is no prohibition regarding alcohol, but it is not allowed to consume it during the working week. Therefore the consumption is limited on your free weekends.
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