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gap year experience

Back in 2011 friends of Lanka Kade, Sam & Adam were looking for a real life experience and challenge having just finished school. They had saved their own money for the trip but were in need of a helping hand to find a unique experience…

This is where the Lanka Kade Suppliers and their Educational Foundation came together.  We put them in touch with primary school; Sumanajothi K.V Primary, located in rural Sri Lanka and organised for the boys to live with a supplier whilst supporting the teaching staff with English language activities on a daily basis.

'Mr Sam' and 'Mr Adam', as they were to become known by their students, armed with a suitcase full of football shirts but not a word of Sinhala (the local language), took the long trip across to the Indian Ocean into the unknown.

From England to Sri Lanka: A journey we won't forget!

During their time at Sumanajothi, the pair taught lessons, organised activities, and helped transform an unused classroom into the spectacular English room you can see pictured. Of course, when time allowed, they also took on the Sri Lankans at their beloved cricket!

Before they said farewell, Sam and Adam presented football shirts to the children as prizes, making for some fantastic photographs and a memento of their time there for the school children.

Upon returning from their trip, Sam and Adam created a book of their time at the school - click here to view this, it's worth it!

"We miss you all and hope that you are enjoying school and have found good use for the English activity room!"

When Diane and Jason from the Lanka Kade team subsequently visited the school, the transformation of the school was amazing. The school was positively thriving, the students, teachers and community had been inspired and motivated by Sam and Adam's efforts. Classrooms were full, parents were participating and the English room had been maintained to remain a very special classroom. Everyone wanted to know when 'Mr Sam' and 'Mr Adam' would be returning...

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