Sri Lanka 2011 Tour Vision

26 Dec

Friends,

Many of you know that in 2006 and 2007, I lived and worked in Sri Lanka for nine magical, unforgettable months. I was a volunteer at Rohana Special School, a school primarily for deaf children in Matara on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. I wrote extensively about my experiences at my blog, Found In Ceylon (www.foundinceylon.com).

Even years later it’s difficult to overstate the impact that Sri Lanka made on my life. I worked hard—both by myself and with other volunteers—to empower the students, the teachers, and the overall Deaf community in Matara. We made sports uniforms, retrofitted the classrooms with whiteboards, published a dictionary, found jobs for graduates, set up sign language classes for residential staff, and implemented Deaf education training programs for teachers. Together we transformed the school into one of the best special schools in the country. My journey in Sri Lanka has made me who I am now, a Deaf kindergarten teacher at P.S. 347, an ASL-English bilingual school in New York City.

But my nine months in Sri Lanka weren’t just about the school. The country has a wealth of amazing ruins, temples, monuments, wildlife, beaches, forts, and jungles. The New York Times called Sri Lanka the #1 place to visit in 2010. Millions have visited the country; many have kept coming back. People say the country is imbued with an extraordinary aura, a spirit of luck, serendipity, and loving-kindness. I believe them, because I’ve seen and felt it.

And now it’s your turn to see Sri Lanka. Leading a tour to Sri Lanka for Deaf and signing adults has been one of my dreams, and I’m doing it. Next summer is your chance to visit this island. This recreational trip will be about sightseeing, journeying, and relaxing. Check out the amazing itinerary below—you’ll be experiencing the best Sri Lanka has to offer.

But no trip is complete without some measure of “giving back,” and as guests, you will plan and provide two short workshops at Rohana Special School focused on sign language and arts & crafts. We will also visit deaf associations and meet Deaf people working in various professions.

Arthur C. Clarke, Sri Lanka’s most famous expatriate, wrote, “The island is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery and climate as some countries a dozen times its size.” What are you waiting for? Sign up now and get ready for an unforgettable experience—an intimate, all-signing group traveling through the Pearl of the Indian Ocean in July 2011.

Warmly,

Adam Stone

12 Responses to “Sri Lanka 2011 Tour Vision”

  1. Pepe 27. Dec, 2010 at 1:11 am #

    This is very exciting! I am thrilled to see you planning this trip. I wish I could go in 2011 but I have a young family to support. If you do this tour every few years or so, I will definitely join with my wife and JP. Let me know if you need any donations for supplies for the school for the Deaf. Would be more than happy to donate and help out in any way possible.

  2. Don G. 27. Dec, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Would love to go, but don’t have the money for overseas trips. Just one thing though — has P.S. 47 changed its name? Or was that a typo — “347”?

  3. barbara parker ratner 27. Dec, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Adam: How exciting for you. Hope it is everything you have dreamed of doing for the people and school you love. Have an amazing trip.

    xoxo Barbara

  4. Liz 27. Dec, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Will definitely consider this, especially that it includes giving back as well. Nice job in putting this together!!

  5. jilly 27. Dec, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Wow! this is fantastic! I’m sure the tour will be oversold!

  6. Hillary 27. Dec, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Adam, we always knew you would go far. We always knew you are a mensch. And here is one more proof of what we all know. Bravo!

  7. dulcie rosenfeld,grandma 28. Dec, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Sounds greaaat,Adam,
    Good luck in your recruiting efforts

  8. Liz-Sister 28. Dec, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    So proud of you for making this project happen. I know it took many hours to set up this. Kudos!

    xoxo,

    Liz

  9. Jeremy 29. Dec, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    *squeals*

    Sri Lanka, here I come!!

  10. Allison 29. Dec, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    Soooooo tempting!!! I love how you have stayed connected with your Sri Lanka experience and continue to create more opportunities with it :)

  11. Indrajit 26. Jan, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Sounds Great!

  12. Ginette 21. Feb, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    I’m proud of you, Adam. You have my 100% support of this project. If there’s anything you need, please ask. xoxox