Volunteering in Sri Lanka

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN SRI LANKA

One of the ways to get to know a country is to volunteer, but not just any volunteering in Sri Lanka, for example. But a different volunteering experience; where you can know, live and feel the true essence of that place and its people. Go into the community and enjoy your volunteering, you will get to know the environment from the inside.

These initiatives such as the volunteer program in Sri Lanka allow you to dedicate your time to such important social causes as you will discover below.

EDUCATION AND TEACHING

Education is everyone’s right, and we aspire to guarantee it regardless of gender, status and disposition. You will have the opportunity to collaborate in several nursery schools, teach in a school for children with special needs in the mornings, and also teach children or adults in the afternoons. They are always happy to meet and interact with you.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate in different areas. We tell you a little about the different sectors in which you will provide your support.

  • Preschool education:

The project consists of working as an assistant teacher in one of our many pre-schools. This program helps village children improve their English language skills. You may be asked to assist in teaching drama, music and languages. You will also assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc. All centers are well managed and supervised by officials from public and private institutions.

All institutions are more than 5 years old. They all share the same values and aspire to create a better future for the children. Some of them also offer free education.

  • Special Needs School:

Spend your time at the Special Needs School, where you can work with students with different health problems. Your affection, attention and care will help these children gain the confidence and skills they deserve. You will support the teachers and staff in caring for the children and teach and involve them in various other activities.

You will enable them to lead as normotypical a life as possible.

  • Teaching English to adults:

The adult English language program aims to improve the English skills and knowledge of adults. The aim of this program is to increase their confidence and English language skills. Proficiency in English is one of the essential prerequisites for suitable employment in Sri Lanka. However, formal school education has failed to produce people competent in the use of English. Therefore, we strive to teach people who need help to learn English.

  • Village children:

In Sri Lanka, English language teaching is quite expensive and most village children are not able to attend private lessons to improve their English skills. Therefore, as part of this project, you will teach English to village children after their school hours.

The classes will be held at a community center or at the home of a parent who is willing to provide a space for the classes. Since this project will only take place for 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon, it is suggested to combine it with another project taking place in the morning.

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. So it is recommended that you arrive on Sunday between 5:00 am and 21:00 pm to be picked up.

You will collaborate from Monday to Friday for approximately 5 hours distributed during the morning and afternoon, according to your needs.

The project is open all year round except for the following dates when there are holidays and daily activities may be affected (ask for modifications on those dates):

  • January 6.
  • March 7th.
  • April 5 and 7.
  • April 10 to 15.
  • May 1 and May 5.
  • July 3.
  • August 1 and 30.
  • September 28th.
  • December 25 and 26.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Minimum English level: Intermediate (B1)
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: None, criminal record certificate requested
  • Appropriate attire is required during the project

No specific equipment is necessary. However, you are more than welcome to bring materials for activities such as games, crayons, coloring books, etc.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration that you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% that you will be able to deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the program will go to the partner organization that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can deliver it directly to the project.
WEEKSCOST
2630€
3840€
Adittional week210€

What is offered to the volunteer in Sri Lanka?

  • Welcome at the airport (Sundays from 5am to 9pm)
  • Lodging during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering (2 weekends)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Tax certificate for income tax deduction

What is not offered to the volunteer in Sri Lanka?

  • Flight to Sri Lanka
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

What are the requirements to volunteer in Sri Lanka?

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, no specific training is required, only:

  • Committed people, as you actively participate in educational and social activities that require your commitment.
  • Knowledge of English.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team. It is important, since you collaborate with other volunteers and with people from different cultures.
  • Be empathetic and have respect for their culture and way of life.
  • As a volunteer you have to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Good conduct and abide by the rules of the country and the organization.
  • Be of legal age or come with your parents.

In each project, you can check the specific requirements for volunteering in Sri Lanka.


When to do the volunteer program in Sri Lanka?

The volunteer teaching projects in Sri Lanka are open all year round, except for the school program, which depends on the school calendar. You can start your collaboration on a Monday, arriving on a weekend in the country.

Regular updates are made to ensure that the information is as accurate as possible, even though working in countries with scarce resources, it can always differ a little, especially in the months of July and August.

For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English.

ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK IN SRI LANKA

The volunteer house is located in one of our centers located 2-4 kilometers from the center of Kandy.

The accommodation has shared rooms for volunteers, with a capacity of 4-10 people per room (rooms distributed by gender).

In addition, the accommodations have enough space for volunteers to interact and enjoy their time.

In the volunteer’s houses you will find common areas to be, as well as to have meetings and meals together.

Volunteer accommodation in Sri Lanka

What is the volunteer accommodation like?

  • Bed in a secure room shared with other volunteers of the same sex.
  • 3 meals during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 2 during the weekend.
  • Shared bathroom.
  • No towels provided.
  • Access to laundry facilities.
  • No air conditioning.
  • Hot water.
  • WIFI.
  • Purified water.

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

The local organization will welcome you at the Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB), if you arrive on Sundays between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Depending on the time you arrive you will rest, and on Monday you will be given an orientation of the house, the project and the activities to be carried out. At that time the coordinator responsible for the project or area where you will be assigned will tell you the norms, rules and procedures to follow during your volunteering.

From Tuesday onwards you will be self-sufficient to develop your work as a volunteer.

VISA IN SRI LANKA

It is necessary to get a tourist visa. You can process it at the Sri Lankan embassy, easily get the eVisa or do the visa on arrival. It costs 30 U.S. dollars and is valid for a maximum of 30 days of travel in the country. It is also necessary:

  • Valid passport with a validity of at least six months.
  • Round trip ticket.

SECURITY IN SRI LANKA

As in any country, you must take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain zones and areas.

In general, tourist areas are safe, but we still recommend you to take these details into account:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying.
  • Avoid giving out information about the place where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers.
  • Avoid leaving things on the sand while swimming.
  • Do not bring anyone from outside the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transportation services.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets.
  • Never get into an unfamiliar vehicle with someone you do not know.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  • You will give the 1st installment of €245 as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association, this will allow you to sign up to be part of this project. 

  • The remaining portion of the program cost will go to the counterpart organization that we will send on your behalf as a replacement.
WEEKSTEACHINGCONSTRUCTIONAGRICULTURE
2€420€490€490
3€630€735€735
Additional€210€245€245

What is offered to volunteers in Sri Lanka?

  • Welcome at the airport and accompaniment on Saturdays (from 5 am to 9 pm)
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering (2 weekends)
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Guide, advice and management in choosing the program
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Tax certificate for income relief

What is not offered to volunteers in Sri Lanka ?

  • Flight to destination
  • Entry fees to the country
  • Vaccines, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance

What does it take to volunteering in Sri Lanka?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form to the program, we will confirm your place in 24 hours if everything is correct.

STEP 2

You pay the registration before 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed and you will be part of the family.

STEP 3

We send you the volunteer guide, mandatory insurances and the international volunteer agreement.

CLIMATE

Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations to visit all year round, as the rainy seasons hit the island in opposite places at different times of the year. That said, Sri Lanka is a country to visit if you know where to go in search of the best weather.

Southwest: The southwest monsoon lashes between May and September, and the dry season runs from December to March.

North and coastal regions: The monsoon season occurs between October and January, while the dry season takes place between May and September.

CURRENCY

The currency used in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee.

1 Sri Lankan Rupee is equivalent to 0.0029 EUR (March 2023).

FLIGHT

The most popular airlines you can find to travel during your volunteer in Sri Lanka are: Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, among others:

  • Flights range from approximately 700€ to 850€.
  • You can find good flight deals on google flights or skyscanner.
  • Volunteers must travel to Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB). You must arrive on Sunday between 05:00 and 21:00 to be met.

EMBASSY

We recommend that you check the Sri Lankan embassy website if you are planning to volunteer.

TOURIST SITES

Since weekends are free, you can go wherever you want. Here we tell you a little about this wonderful destination.

Sri Lanka’s more than 2,000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and in the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and short distances between major attractions, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked on itineraries, has left travelers in awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, stroll through the colonial architecture of Colombo, sunbathe on the pristine beaches that surround the territory, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, head to the hills for cooler temperatures and lush natural vegetation, visit 2,000-year-old temples or marvel at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

As you travel through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and coldest mountains, such as the famous Adam’s Peak – a stepped mountain considered sacred in three different religions – through elephant lodges, to the quieter northern beaches near Trincomalee and its tiny one-story lodges facing the tranquil sea.

Sri Lanka is known for its distinctive cuisine, indigenous holistic medicines, cricket practice and prestigious exports of tea, cinnamon and gemstones. In addition, the country boasts a rich artistic tradition that includes music, dance and visual arts.

Sri Lanka has been shaped by many aspects. The first and most obvious is the heritage of Theravada Buddhism transmitted from India. In addition, the colonial period left a large imprint on the country’s traditions and culture, with British elements in every corner, as well as Dutch and Portuguese.

Sri Lanka, better known as the “nation of smiling people,” is an island paradise that Napoleon described as having the biodiversity of the world on a tiny piece of land in the Indian Ocean. A multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-colored country, formerly called Ceylon, it is known for its delicious black tea, its endearing inhabitants and its corners full of history.

The Duruthu festival celebrates the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. During Duruthu, thousands of people attend colorful parades, consisting of three processions on the nights before the full moon. The processions consist of fireball performers, drummers, dancers, decorated elephants and, most importantly, a giant tusker treading a white carpet.

On April 13 or 14, Avurudda celebrates the Sinhala New Year. According to Sinhala astrology, the new year begins when the sun changes from Meena Rashi (Pisces) to Mesha Rashi (Aries).

In June the Poson Festival takes place, the full moon day of June, which celebrates the arrival of Buddhism, which occurred when Arahat Mahinda, son of the emperor of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated in October or November. Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair and good over evil. It is celebrated with millions of lights shining on houses, temples and buildings. Diwali is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November, on the darkest new moon night of Karitika.

In Sri Lanka, it is tradition to take an oil bath in the morning, wear new clothes, exchange gifts and sweets and visit the Koil, a Hindu temple. In the evening, oil lamps are lit to attract the blessings of the goddess of wealth.

Is it safe to do a volunteering in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is considered a safe country for tourists and for volunteering in Sri Lanka. As in any destination, you should be careful and keep your belongings in sight.

It is important to be very cautious with traffic and crowds of motorcycles and cars in the larger cities.

Can I use my credit cards in volunteering in Sri Lanka?

Most major credit cards are accepted, such as: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.

Can I have WIFI while volunteering in Sri Lanka?

It is not very common to have wifi in public areas, so it is advisable to buy a sim card. Wifi is available in the accommodation.

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