RSIS Big Build Sri Lanka
Under the banner of "The Round Square Big Build", in December 2018 a team of Round Square Students and Adults will be working with a local community near Wasgamuwa in Sri Lanka.
This construction project will consist of building facilities for the local community, which will be used to educate them about elephant behaviour as well as for funeral services and festivities. They may also be involved in the re-construction of homes damaged by elephant herds.
Participants will take it in turns to be student leaders during the project, taking responsibility for the organisation of the day, briefing their peers, giving an overview of safety and risk management and organising a student rota to help with different chores at camp. Students will be given feedback by their peers and the adult leaders, and will all receive a personal report after the trip.
All participants will:
- Have the opportunity to lead a truly international team;
- Develop their problem solving, presentation, facilitating and communication skills;
- Grow in self-confidence, personal responsibility and self-awareness; and
- Test and hone their management and negotiation skills.
Big Build Projects are the perfect opportunity for Schools to provide targeted leadership training for potential future leaders including your next Head Boy or Girl, or students with other areas of responsibility in their school (eg sports captain, school prefect, committee chair.)
About Sri Lanka
The island is home to many cultures, languages and ethnicities. The majority of the population is from the Sinhalese ethnicity, while a large minority of Tamils have also played an influential role in the island's history; Christians in both groups are recent converts who have kept the traditional culture.
Sri Lanka's documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of pre-historic human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years. It has a rich cultural heritage and the first known Buddhist writings of Sri Lanka, the Pāli Canon, date back to the Fourth Buddhist council in 29 BC. Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to the modern Maritime Silk Road.
8th-21st December 2018
Participation fee £1020 plus flights
50 students. One cause. It's going to be BIG #rsbigbuild