Volunteer and Intern in Sri Lanka

Volunteer and Intern in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Map

Sri Lanka is the teardrop-shaped island off the tip of Southern India. Famed for its palm-fringed beaches, tea plantations, and biodiversity, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country where you can make an impact as an international volunteer or intern abroad.

Teach children in Sri Lanka

Projects Abroad’s service projects in Sri Lanka are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a college summer break, gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation. We offer work in Teaching, Care, Sports, and Medicine and Healthcare - including Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Midwifery.

Projects Abroad’s office in Sri Lanka is based in the capital city of Colombo. Most of our volunteers work in towns located along the coast within a couple hours of Colombo, between Negombo and Kaluatara.

As with most of the international volunteer programs with Projects Abroad, you will normally stay with a local host family, which will give you a rounded insight into Sri Lankan culture and lifestyle.

Volunteering Abroad in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has been run by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, gaining independence in 1948. It is now a democracy that continues to make economic progress, moving on from the devastation of the 2004 Tsunami and past political tensions. It is now a peaceful, welcoming destination for travelers and becoming a “must visit” country

The food in Sri Lanka is a real pleasure. Enjoy the delights of sampling a jackfruit curry accompanied by the sweetest mango juice you have ever tasted. You will be amazed at the range of fresh fruit and vegetables available and don't forget to try some of the fresh fish, straight out of the boat.

Another Sri Lankan passion is cricket. Whether you are talking to an orange-robed Buddhist monk or a young school student they will want to find out what you think of their heroes and which team you support.

Volunteer Vacations and Voluntourism in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka provides many opportunities in a small space. Like most capitals, Colombo can be hectic, but it’s full of heritage. You may want to visit the mass of Hindu temples across the city, but equally you’ll get a taste of Sri Lankan life simply by strolling through its modern avenues and narrow, crooked streets. You can people-watch in the Pettah bazaar, or take in the sunset from Galle Face Green.

Volunteer with orphans in Sri Lanka

The town of Galle is a sea port with a strong Dutch heritage and plenty of old colonial buildings to explore. Venture inland to hike in the hills, refresh yourself in the cool waterfalls and stop off at quaint little hill towns.

Sri Lanka’s national parks include safari parks where you can spot leopards and elephants and wetland sanctuaries that are particularly good for bird-watching. There are also rainforest reserves crammed full of tropical biodiversity.

The beach resorts stretching along the south coast offer the opportunity to dive, snorkel, and relax at reasonable prices. In all areas you will find the Sri Lankan people extremely friendly to tourists.