Our Exciting summer plan

If you had asked me a month ago what we have planned for this summer it would have gone something like this- hang out around our new place in Israel, go to the beach, hear some music,and maybe go away to some nice European destination for a few days.

Well part of that has not changed. WE are in fact going to Vienna for a week in May, and I have already booked tickets to a classical concert in period costume and a performance of the Vienna boys’ choir, and booked our cute little air b nb  accommodation (Anton Herzl’s apartment ). But then a little ad on the EFL teachers’ website   Dave’s ESL cafe caught my eye- teaching Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka for one month. Well, not being one to pass up an opportunity I popped them off my CV and sure enough a few days later I was having a Skype interview with a lovely man called Paul. Paul works for a Volunteer Not for Profit organization called  Give a Fig . They were looking for two teachers to teach at the only Buddhist University in the world the Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka . The job would be for 30 days but only the first 20 days are the teaching program. At the end of 20 days you are taken on a tour of the heritage sites and historical interest places on the island. Also, the students are not undergraduates, but are lecturers at the University. They lecture on many different topics including Buddhist philosophy.

From here on, things started to move pretty fast. We had another two talks to Paul on Skype and today we received a draft contract which we were asked to approve/ suggest any changes. We will now get the signature of the Vice Dean, after which we can book our tickets! The tickets will be reimbursed at the end of our stay. Plus, we get free accommodation and a cook, and driver! All this is rather exciting, not to mention overwhelming. Paul and the Reverend Mediyawe Piyaratana , head of the English program, assured us not to worry about a thing. They will make sure the accommodation is to our satisfaction, with portable a/c unit and they will fix the wifi.


By the way, the name of the place we will be based is  Anuradhapura, a UNESCO world heritage site.

WE have no clue how this is all going to turn out, and like when we went to China, we have no expectations, either positive or negative. But to say we aren’t excited – well, I ain’t gonna lie! Stand by for online visa and innoculations!





18 thoughts on “Our Exciting summer plan

  1. Wow– leave it to you to find the ideal summer vacation. Can I stand in line for next summer? I seem to have done well following in your footsteps. Chag sameach and dash from shim

    • Sure,Aliza come on over! I thought I gave you as a reference but clearly they didn’t contact you! Anyway will definitely update you and you can follow us. D is claiming he is on a diet. I told him that was exactly what you guys did in Xiamen, haha!

  2. Way to go, Ruth!
    You are literal proof that the maxim “when one door closes another opens” really works!
    It should be a great experience and I can’t think of anyone better for the job – they will adore you!
    Enjoy every minute!

  3. Wow! You’ve done it again. Congratulations! I know you will have fun. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it. “Hi” to Danny. 📚😘✈️

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Wow Ruth, looks like you really had the adventure of a lifetime,…. and not only that, you got to do it by giving your talents and abilities as an English Teacher! Kudos to the miracle of giving and to all the marvelous people you met along the way that prospered .. I enjoyed reading your blog very much… may your adventures continue onward and wayward 🙂

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