University of Sussex

Natalie Constantinides
Advanced Placement
SLV.SriLanka - June 2015

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"Whilst sitting at my home in London speaking to my family about my time in Sri Lanka, my eyes fill with tears reminiscing about the six weeks I have spent there. I realise I will miss everything from the constant unnecessary beeping of buses, to the continual curiosity of people asking why I am in their country, to the delightful bread man waking me up every single morning at 5am, to that not so cute bird chirping all day everyday. To being served curry 5 times a week for five weeks. To even having to eat curry at the weekends sometimes because we didn't trust any western food places. To the minimalistic breakfast consisting of bananas, bread and jam we were served every single morning for five weeks. To the excruciatingly cold showers I had everyday worrying if a cockroach is going to fly in. To the constant haggling you have to do, giving shop owners your final price which is well below their initial price-them refusing it, you walking off saying you'll find someone cheaper to them running after you accepting your offer. To the terrifying bus and tuk tuk rides having to hold on for dear life, to the ridiculously cheap transport and food prices. To all the colourful tropical fruit that is sold on the side of the street. To the hilarious English spelling mistakes you see advertised in shops and especially on food menus. To the long 8/9 hour journeys we decided to undertake to reach our destinations at the weekends. To the weird, funny and sometimes vulgar conversations we'd have on our long journeys. To the breathtaking views I was lucky enough to experience. To the amount of mosquitoes that bit me and different insects I have come across. To all the interesting and sometimes challenging projects I was involved in, and all the sweet and ever so smiley children I worked with. To all the volunteers I met on projects, chatted to for hours finding out things about them along the way, to the staff members I had the chance of meeting. To the most amazing week I spent travelling around Sri Lanka, meeting interesting and funny people I may never see again, listening to their stories that I will never hear again. To my homestay mum who smiled at everything we said. And most importantly to my most amazing homestay who made every single minute worthwhile. My experience in Sri Lanka would have been nowhere near as good if it wasn't for them and all our banter. And finally SLV.Global thank you so much for this opportunity."

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