For a small country it packs a punch.
With its diverse landscapes ranging from rainforest, to arid plains, to highlands and sandy beaches, Sri Lanka is truly magical.
Historically, this beautiful country has been run by the British, Portuguese and Dutch, gaining independence in 1948, all of whom have left their mark. It is now a democracy that continues to make economic progress, moving on rapidly from the 2004 tsunami and the tensions of the last decade. Sri Lanka is now a peaceful, safe destination for travelers and many international travel magazines have selected Sri Lanka as a go to destination.
You’ll arrive in the hip city of Colombo which is, we have to admit, one of the most beautiful cites in Asia. Think colonial architecture mixed with cosmopolitan style, breezy boulevards, markets and a hip cafe culture. Heaven, and one to explore at the weekends.
You will be based in one of the pretty coastal towns just south of Colombo, where you will live with a lovely English speaking host family and from here venture out to work in one of our projects based in a community centres or care home for disabled children.
Typical jobs will include creating visual learning aides, organising creative games, helping with homework, playing sport or providing one-to-one reading sessions. With the disabled children you will also be taught how to help with their physical rehabilitation.
Working in care is hugely rewarding as you will quickly see and feel the impact of your energy and kindness.
You will also receive support, advice, activity books and a box of arts and crafts resources and our in-country team organise regular ‘care’ workshops so you can gain an insight into the care system of Sri Lanka and the background of our projects.
Program Details & Costs
Very flexible – you can depart on the first Monday of any month and stay from 2 weeks up to 10. We highly recommend you consider going for longer than 3 weeks as it takes time to bed in and the longer you are there the more impact you can make. Expect about 3- 5 volunteers in each host house so your social life will be taken care of.