Volunteer Teaching in Sri Lanka
Just like children throughout the world, Sri Lankan children are fascinated by computers and eager to learn how to use them. Teaching such a useful skill is invaluable, both to individuals and their communities. From developing a better understanding of computers, job opportunities that would not previously have been available present themselves. With IT skills, children also find themselves in a position where they can benefit from all that the worldwide web has to offer.
In the 21st century, computer literacy is a skill that is valued almost as highly as standard literacy! It is therefore a huge advantage to learn the basics of computer use and this is something which our volunteers can help with. By sharing their knowledge of IT with students and teachers alike, volunteers increase the prospects of each individual they help.
Volunteers are needed to help teach very basic computer programs like Word and Excel. However, if you are also able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work your help will be much appreciated. This IT project is suited to volunteers of all abilities; you don't need to be a computer whiz to be helpful.
Teaching Computer Skills in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad
Based in a tiny village on the coast near Wadduwa in the rural setting of Mawala, volunteers work in an IT center set up by Projects Abroad. Children come from miles around to take classes on the course we have established there. We have recently converted two bedrooms at the center into an English Classroom and a small IT classroom with five more computers.
Teaching IT is also available in some schools along the southwest coast, in Panadura and Negombo. Volunteers working at these schools have the option of teaching a variety of subjects in addition to IT.
Many people in this part of Sri Lanka have never used a computer before and helping them become computer-literate is invaluable for their future education and job prospects. Volunteers who wish teach IT should have a reasonable working knowledge of the main Microsoft packages - but you don't need to be an expert since it is just the basics that you'll be teaching most of the time.
Volunteers are required to teach a variety of computer skills ranging from how to switch a computer on and off and explaining what a mouse does, to teaching software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and how to use the Internet for research and communication. Children can also have fun with some educational games. When they complete the course at the IT center, the children receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement.
There is a curriculum to follow and you will benefit from the help of an English and Singhalese-speaking local. The help of volunteers teaching IT is always greatly appreciated; computers are a hugely useful resource and being able to use one is a great advantage.
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.