photo: Hinimama; a local farmer on the edge of Uduwalawe national park
Sri Lanka is a unique place to visit for A level field work in Geography, Development Studies and Environmental Studies, even History and Archaeology There is so much to see and do.
Possible topic areas
you can get a clue from the range of articles in the blog, but these are just the first that come to mind; you can get site visits and talks for all of them with a bit of help.
- Study of an NGO, Sevanatha
- Gender based development; The women’s cooperative bank
- The Sri Lankan Tea Industry
- Rebranding Colombo and the new initiatives to create a mega growth pole in the Colombo region
- Low income settlements in Colombo
- The Sri Lankan textile industry
- The impact of the tourism industry: Unawatuna, and Mirissa on the south coast
- The human /elephant conflict: Uduwalawe National Park
- measuring beach profiles : Hikkaduwa and Bentota
On top of that there is also the possibility to add in some more “touristy” stuff; A walk in the Cloud Forest of Horton Plains, the train ride from Colombo to Ella, an elephant safari, tea plantations and a climb up on to Sigiriya.
I accompanied my old school, The Sixth Form College, Colchester on highly successful trips in 2014 and 2015..and in fact ended up doing a large part of the organising and teaching.
- How Long to go for? ideally allow 10 days plus 2 for travel either end
- Expense? always an issue but Colchester SFC charged students around £1500 for a 10 day tour which seems about right
- Accommodation: hotel base in Colombo, up in the hills and on the South Coast; “clamping” in Uduwalae
- Transport? coach
- Contacts? ask me
- Safety? not really an issue
- Health? malaria is not an issue, although dengue fever can be in Colombo. However, with the right precautions should not be a problem; hotels etc are all ok for people with food allergies etc
- When to go; the monsoon periods are early June and October-November; best to avoid. Dec – Feb is high season so best weather but maybe more expensive
- Lead Time? allow 12 months at least
Each student will need an entry visa which they buy themselves online for approx. $35
Arranging tours abroad is always challenging but we found hotels and other organisations in Sri Lanka to be really very efficient and very helpful. There are tips I am happy to share if people are interested;
Local contacts are necessary to get the best out of a trip like this and you can get them through your own research or by contacting me.
Happy to help
If a school is interested in planning a trip to Sri Lanka but would like to find out more then do feel free to contact me via e mail; email@example.com
I would be happy to help you with the planning process, and with suggestions for an itinerary, how to handle communications with parents and students and parents evenings if needed. I might even be available to accompany you on your trip around the island.
Phil Brighty; May 2016