Volunteer IT Projects in Sri Lanka
- Placement locations: Panadura, Negombo
- Role: To help teach computer programmes like Word and Excel. You will also be able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work
- Type of Placements: IT centre, schools
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
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 the communities they live in. From developing a better understanding of computers, job opportunities which 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 which 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 programmes 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.
Voluntary Work in IT Centres and Schools Teaching Computer Skills with Projects Abroad
Volunteers can work in an IT centre set up by Projects Abroad in Panadura. Children come from miles around to take classes on the course we have established there. There are three rooms at the centre. The largest room is used for teaching IT. The smaller rooms are used for teaching English and Sinhala. We have recently converted two bedrooms at the centre into an English Classroom and a small IT-tuition room with five more computers.
Teaching IT is also available in some schools along the south west coast, in Panadura and Negombo. Volunteers working at these schools have the option of teaching a variety of subjects in addition to IT.
Volunteering Abroad on an IT Project in Sri Lanka
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 to help in the IT centre or schools 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 explaining software such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and how to use the Internet for research and communication. Children can also have fun with educational games and at the IT centre they receive a certificate when they complete the course.
There is a set curriculum to follow and you will benefit from the help of an English and Singhalese-speaking teacher. The help of volunteers on the IT project is always greatly appreciated; computers are a hugely useful resource and being able to use one is a great advantage.
You can join the IT project in Sri Lanka for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a 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 volunteering for a longer period.
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