Deaf People from the UK to Volunteer at Deaf School in Sri Lanka

Summarized by Julia Lynn Rubin, staff writer

“Being profoundly deaf myself I am lucky to have had access to an excellent education in the UK, and I believe that everyone, deaf or hearing, deserves the right to an education,” says Aliya Gulamani, a recent graduate of a UK university. In January 2012, Aliya and group of fellow deaf volunteers from the UK will be traveling to Sri Lanka where they will be assisting staff at a deaf school in Colombo. The volunteer project is being organized by SL Volunteers, which will be providing the volunteers training in Sri Lankan sign language beginning this month. Since their founding in May 2010, SL Volunteers has sent over 100 UK volunteers to Sri Lanka to teach spoken English in orphanages and youth centers.

The staff of the deaf school have asked for the volunteers to assist the older children with their computing skills in order to better prepare them to enter the job market. Currently SL Volunteers is seeking more people, both deaf and hard of hearing and those interested in teaching or working with people with special needs, to join their team. Applications for their January projects are still open.

Contact Information

SL Volunteers
Lucy Nightingale

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