Tea Leaf Trust
What We Need
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact upon the lives of others. This is an amazing opportunity for you to experience the wonders of the tea estates – their beauty, the amazing smiles and generosity of the communities, as well as developing your own skills and expertise. From first-time volunteers looking for a life less ordinary, to serial offenders looking to develop a specific skillset, if you are committed and positive, with a big smile… you are definitely in demand!
As the Centre engages young adults through a variety of programmes and activities, there are many ways you can work to support it, at all levels, whether that’s with the students, staff, management or all three. Some examples of the ways you can help are:
Support the staff team/teachers or teach classes depending on your experience and confidence
Provide conversational English support in small groups
Take responsibility as part of our lovely staff team
Attend Community English Programme sessions and chat with local children to help them improve their confidence
Mentor a group at our Business Fair to ensure they make the most/learn as much as possible from the opportunity
Mentoring for the Talent Show
Help with our staff development
Get involved with community projects
Run team-building activities
With specific skills such as HR or IT, you can build our staff team in these areas
We have had volunteers with all kinds of experience, from diverse backgrounds, many different fields and of all ages. There is no limit to how our volunteers can contribute to the Centre. This is a perfect chance to use your skills, experience and time in a way that’s different and memorable.
As a Tea Leaf Vision volunteer, a home stay with a local family in Maskeliya is made available for a small fee. This provides a great opportunity for you to be immersed in Sri Lankan culture.
When & Who
What we Provide
Volunteers are responsible for their own accommodation, meals, visa and travel costs. Our funders give us money to support young people from the tea estates, and therefore we ask volunteers to take part in a sponsored tea pick to ensure that all management costs for both pre-arrival and during stay, are covered
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Other Ways to support us
Books - if you bring them, otherwise we prefer to buy locally as there are good quality English books available.
Pens, whiteboard markers and other office admin equipment
Professional clothes for students in good condition - for when they graduate and attend interviews
Stickers for the children's programmes we run
Sweets... the staff will do anything for you if you bring sweets
Additional Info about Us
We work hard every day to deliver high quality, accessible educational programmes, both full-time and part time, to young people and children from the tea estates surrounding the Maskeliya and Nuwara Eliya areas of Central Province, Sri Lanka.
One of the main ways we help to create change is to improve the employability of youth and choice of employment options outside the tea estates by facilitating the development of high-standard English language skills and professionalism.
We were struck by the prevalent social issues on tea estates. Alcoholism and substance abuse, domestic and sexual violence, self-harm and suicide are all common issues that many young people live with on a day-today basis. In the face of significant and multi-layered problems in these communities, we are committed to, and facilitate, the development of the emotional health of young people to enable them to strengthen their positive coping strategies to deal with the complex societal issues that exist in their communities.
Conversations with the young people of these tea communities revealed a feeling of apathy and sadness – most felt they had nothing of value to offer society and this has had a huge affect on their self-esteem and confidence.
We want every person on the tea estates to realise that they are valuable members of society, and can help transform the communities they live into places of happiness and hope.
As a result we are committed to help effect social transformation in tea estate communities by highlighting the importance of community service, and instilling it as a core value in youth through a series of practical programmes. By these programmes we develop the skills of young people to give back to their communities.