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Volunteer Tea Pick

As part of our amazing volunteer programme, we offer volunteers the chance to live the life of a tea picker for half a day.Volunteers visit a local, private and ethical tea estate where they are allocated a tea picking lady as their mentor. They work alongside the tea pickers, developing their skills and understanding just how tough life is on the tea estates.After lining up with the workers to weigh their tea, volunteers are told how much they would have earned – this is, of course, shockingly little. The amount earned is added to their mentor’s pay packet, a lovely bonus.If possible, our friend and the owner of the Kelaniya Tea Estate, Mr Balendran, will then organise a tour around the working tea factory (and maybe even a cup of tea!)Volunteers gain an incredible insight into life on the tea estate and fundraise to support the work of Tea Leaf Vision centre – a massive win/win.This fundraising initiative allows us to cover all costs associated with planning and managing our volunteer programme, whilst enabling volunteers to help and support us without paying through the nose for the opportunity.

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Tea Leaf Trust's general work

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 area of Central Province, Sri Lanka.

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ADVANCED DIPLOMA

This free, full time one-year Diploma is offered to 20 graduates of the Main Diploma that have shown an aptitude and passion for teaching during the Community English Programme, and dedication during their first year of study. Its focus is on the further development of spoken and written English, teacher training and key soft skills essential to the working world. These include management, communication and leadership skills. The subjects taught are; Advanced Grammar, Advanced Reading and Speech, Critical Thinking, Advanced I.T., and Teacher Training.The programme was developed as a response to the lack of suitably qualified teachers in crucial subjects, such as English. It is designed to ensure a practical learning experience for ‘Interns’ to teach in the English medium and engage with students in a positive and supportive way. Interns must complete a teaching placement with the Centre and also support staff with the management of all key events and programmes, playing a vital role in the Centre’s day-to-day operation. The Advanced Diploma ensures sustainability for the Centre as it enables TLV to employ promising and committed teachers who understand our ethos.

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