5 kilometres outside of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, you will have the possibility of engaging themselves in a number of activities at local projects, and to get to know the local Srilankan society and culture. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and old historic colonial buildings and ruins that offers plenty of experiences.
Project fee from EUR 990
Your Role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer in Sri Lanka you will have the opportunity to work within different fields ot interests, and normally you will take part in more than one project during your stay. This is a perfect opportunity to share information with new friends and to experience a cultural exchange, since there are volunteers on site from various parts of the world.
Projects to be involved in:
- Women empowerment
- Teaching Monks
- Child care-Daycare
A variety of educational and confidence building activities are supported by volunteers for the benefit of adolescent girls and women of the local community. These activities are geared towards expanding the horizon for this section of the community with the purpose of giving them a sense of self-worth and empowerment.
Day to day activities may include:
- Teaching basics of English and computer
- Making women self-reliant through learning activities, creative workshops or vocational training
- Develop conversational skills
- Helping them in their household work
- Help create awareness amongst girls about their rights
The age group of the children from 8-25 years and they have different level of grade & education.
- Teaching English, Math and social skills
- Beatify the class room with teaching learning object
- Games and sports activities
- First – aid training and fun fare
- Teacher motivation and training
- Awareness activities.
Please note: This project is only available 2 hours a day. Rest of the day will be spend at a different project.
Child Care/Orphanage work
- Assisting the staff in their daily activities
- Assist the teachers in distributing the supplements
- Assist in mid-day meal- Teach table manners, eating together
- Songs, rhymes, shape concept- colouring of different shapes
- Teaching basic English
- Games and outdoor games
- Following the time table put forth by the centre
- Sensory development teaching
As a volunteer you will work around 4-6 hours a day from Monday’s to Friday. Leaving the weekends free, take the chance to travel and explore Sri Lanka.
The school will be closed from the 9th-24th of april and from the 30th of july to the 30th of august. Teaching the monks will not be available from the 9th-24th of april as well as the 4th of december to the 4th of january. The women empowerment project will be closed from the 10th to the 16th of april. The orphanage will be open all year.
The Project’s Mission
This project aims to engage the volunteers into the Srilankan society and to get to know this country in a deeper sence. You get to work with people from all over the world, which can be challenging, but challenges will also make you grow as an individual. When participating in this program you will get to know yourself better, i nthe light of a different culture. The mission is to promote a cultural exchange.
These projects are all run in collaboration with a local partner who has extensive experience with hosting volunteers. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer Travels can offer its volunteers a well-organized and safe experience for their volunteers.
Our partner has great experience in welcoming participants to their programme in Sri Lanka and can with confidence assure that they have happy travellers every week on their project placements. Their dedication to give the best experience for their participants is refected in the Complete Satisfaction Garantee that they offer to support each and every volunteer with comfort and quality.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of €200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
On arrival in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo you will be picked up at the airport by someone from our local organization. From here you will travel to Battara Mula, (13 km outside Colombo) where the accommodation is located. The project site is approximately 5 km from Colombo. During your first week, you will get introduced to your assignments and receive more detailed information about the goals, objectives and methods of the project.
Accommodation and Food
You live in a volunteer centre and the accommodation is situated about 13 km outside Colombo. At the centre there is a common room with a TV and you have access to Internet. You will share rooms with other volunteers during your stay, with up to three volunteers (same-sex), the rooms are air-conditioned. You will be provided with three meals a day while volunteering with this project.
When you are not working, you will be free to explore your surroundings.
About Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka or Ceylon is an island nation situated just south of India on the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is also called the pearl of the Indian Ocean and is one of the world’s largest tea producers. Emerald green tropical forests, aqua blue seas and white sparkling beaches are just some of the things that Sri Lanka are known for. This beautiful landscape together with the rich and colourful culture and culinary characteristics make Sri Lanka a great country to visit. The Portuguese discovered the country in the 1500’s, colonizing the island. The British took over in the 1700’s until 1948, where it became an independent state. During the first decade as a free nation, tensions increased between the country’s two main ethnic groups: the Sinhalese and the Tamil. In 1972, the country became a republic under the name of Sri Lanka. After continued clashes between the two ethnic groups, war ended in 2009 where the Tamil were defeated. Since then the situation has returned to be being peaceful, with most of the refugees returning home and the country was able to return to being prosperous.
Sri Lanka’s climate is tropical and warm. The average temperature ranges between 28˚C to 31˚C. In January, when it is colder you might even be able to wear a jacket. The rainy season lasts from April to June and then October to November. The monsoon season affects the south-western part of the country between May and September.
Your flight ticket is not included in the tour price. Once you have booked your trip with us, you will receive flight options from a partner travel agent. If you wish to continue the flight booking with them, feel free, otherwise you will have to look into getting your own flights.
Please book your ticket so that you arrive in Colombo on a Monday,the same day as the project start. Pick up is available from 10am to 6am the next day.
If you want to go home right after the end of the project, airport departure transfer is avaiable from midnight on sunday to 11:59 pm on monday, after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer.
Be sure to check that the arrival and departure dates on the tickets are right and that your names are spelled correctly. Tell us your arrival time and flight number as soon as you have them.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
You are responsible for your own insurance which should cover you for illness, injury and theft while working as a volunteer. Majority of travel agencies sell travel insurance which you can buy as a supplement to your home insurance. Included in your tour price is a liability insurance, which Volunteer Travels provides in case you unintentionally injure someone or damage someone else’s property while volunteering.
Please consult your general doctor or local vaccination centre to find out what vaccinations you need for traveling to Sri Lanka. Volunteer Travels always recommends that volunteers get both Hepatitis A and B and tetanus regardless of destination. Please also find out more about communicable diseases and any other epidemics that you might be at risk for.