One of my biggest travel fantasies of all time is to go some place like India or Sri Lanka and work in a media environment. Of course Bollywood has been on the very top of that list, but i-to-i offers some pretty mouth-watering volunteer programs for parties interested in working at the local newspaper in Colombo or with the Bangalore Magazine in India. Erik touched on this earlier. If media ventures are your sort of thing while traveling abroad I suggest you give it a glance. One of these days I’m going to actually buckle down and save to hang out in the Sri Lanka, but for now it’ll just stay at the top of my list.
ga ma – village
English is spoken by ten percent of the population and Sinhala is the official and national language of the country. I’ve actually never tried to learn this one much, but judging from the alphabet it looks like a challenge. Omniglot has a great starter page on learning all the characters and use of this English to Sinhala dictionary could slowly help in distinguishing common travel words. Let’s Speak Sinhala offers lessons at a very small and reasonable fee. They appear to be one of the better Sinhala language learning websites.