In addition to their classes and local field trips, the students also went on several longer field trips during Session II of this year's ISLE Program, including a trip to Panwila in the northern Kandy district, and a tour of the southern part of the country. Following are photos from some of the highlights from those longer trips:
Professor Tudor Silva led the students to Panwila, an area in the northern Kandy district, where they were able to do field work in a predominantly Muslim town and in an Indian Tamil tea estate. The trip provided the students a rare glimpse into both communities.
A view of Panwila
Above left, students first check in with ADFA, a volunteer organization in Sri Lanka working on youth leadership and sustainable development. Right, the group holds an out of doors discussion.
Above, students engage Panwila's prominent Muslim leaders on questions of education, politics, and religion.
Above left, students head down to the housing complex where the majority of tea estate workers live. Above right, Professor Silva and Sasha chat while exploring the estate grounds.
Above students conduct interviews using Tamil translators in the homes of the estate workers.
Above left, Chantal and Josh and a student translator take shelter from the rain outside of the tea factory. Above right, Katy chats with university student translators while they wait for tea.
The group pose for a photo (from back left) Josh, Sasha, Rachael, Liza, Jen, Katie, Professor Silva, Chantal, University translators (front) Jess, Emily, Caitlin, Henry
The students, along with Professors Meddegama, Meegaskumbura and Jenkins, embarked on a three-day whirlwind tour to the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
The first stop was a visit to the Labukelle tea estate and factory.
Above left, Jess enjoys a quiet moment at Labukelle. Above right, the group grabs a quick lunch on the stairs of the Labukelle Tea Factory.
The group explores Dowa Cave Temple in Badulla.
The group made a quick stop at a beautiful Hindu temple said to be the place where Ravana held Sita captive.
The group then headed to Buduruwagala, a Buddhist archaeological site in Wellawaya.
The students catch their first sight of the beautiful beach at the seaside temple of Kirinda.
On to Kataragama
Above left: Professor Jenkins and Sumanasena work on cutting open melons for a quick snack on the way to Kataragama. Above right: Sumanasena helps Jess with her coconut smashing before entering the main area of Kataragama.
Professor Jenkins chats with Liza, Sasha, Justin, Jess and Jen inside a Kali kovil in the Kataragama complex.
Then it was on to the fort at Galle, where members of the group posed for some pictures. Above left: Justin, Jen, Katie, Josh, Caitlin, LIza, Emily (left to right); above right: Henry and Professor Jenkins.
Turtle hatchery visit
Caitlin, Josh, and Sasha check out turtles of various sizes.
Jen chats with a director at the Kuwait Hospital in Puttalam, one of her potential options for volunteer work during her independent study.
The group poses at Kelaniya Royal Temple near Colombo on their way back to Kandy. Left to right: Professor Meegaskumbura, Jess, Justin, Jen, Katy, Rachael, Caitlin, Emily, Sasha, Liza, Henry, Josh, Chantal, Professor Meddegama, Professor Jenkins.