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.
When the young people develop a better understanding of computers, job opportunities open to them, which would not previously have been available. With IT skills, children also find themselves in a position where they can benefit from all that the worldwide web has to offer.
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 whizz to be helpful.
Volunteers may work in an IT centre set up by Projects Abroad in Panadura. Children come from miles around to take classes there - English and Sinhala are taught, as well as IT.
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.
Your free time is yours to use as you wish - many volunteers travel in the local area to see the sites.
This career break is perfect for you if you want to teach something a bit different, love a challenge and want to benefit the lives of kids - not just now, but in the future as well.