A team of 12 Calder High Sixth Form (VI) students and three staff members returned to Sri Lanka during their summer break. The group spent a day travelling from Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, to Colombo, Sri Lanka where they were met by Projects Abroad volunteer co-ordinator, Helen Monaghan, who worked with the group during their two-week project.
The students spent their mornings with the children and teachers, teaching basic English, co-ordinating arts and crafts and engaging the children with songs, drama activities and games at two kindergarten schools named Sadae Kindergarten and Sri Sambuddhaloka on the outskirts of Colombo
In the afternoons, the volunteers were split into two teams working on a mural painting or teaching english to older children. During leisure time, the group were able to visit a turtle hatchery on the coast, Buddhist temples and experience whale watching on the North coast of the island.
In order for the project to take place, the Calder High Sixth Form students had to raise a collective total of £27,000 whilst also working hard towards their A Level exams. Fundraising included monthly sales of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, sponsored 24 hour Stay Awakes, a monthly car wash, raffles, bake sales and a generous donation from Hebden Bridge Rotary Club.