The ‘Sri Lanka’ Spice Girls took part in a community project, volunteering in a Government run rehabilitation centre for girls with special needs by providing the girls at the centre with fun, educational and creative sessions.

During their fortnight in Sri Lanka, as well as volunteering, the girls took many trips including spending time on the beach, going sari shopping, visiting botanical gardens and Budhist temples, and taking a jeep safari into Minnieriya National park to see elephants, wildebeest, peacocks and chickens in their natural habitat.

Laura from 1st Houghton Guides, Leicster, said that she’d enjoyed, ‘working with the 76 girls in the orphanage where we did mainly crafts, singing and mural painting’. Laura had been nervous about the food but has learnt to love curry and discovered how enjoyable life can be without a mobile phone!

They also met local members of Guiding and discussed projects they were working on and exchanged songs, dances and poems.

 You can read an account of their trip on the Projects Abroad website.