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Volunteer and Intern in Sri Lanka

  • Location: Coastal towns within 2 hours of Colombo
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Local languages: Sinhalese
Country Info

Sri Lanka, a country emerging from decades of civil conflict, is a country where you can make a significant impact as an international volunteer or intern with Projects Abroad. Our projects in Sri Lanka are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, including those on a university summer break, gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation.

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 travellers and becoming a “must visit” country.

Although the gap in income equality has shrunk in recent years and many families now have access to electricity and clean water, there is still a need for volunteers to contribute to the communities that remain disadvantaged. Children are especially vulnerable and volunteers can have a hugely positive impact on the lives of children living in orphanages and special needs centres, as well as teaching disadvantaged children in schools or monasteries.

Where You Will Live in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad

Volunteer with orphans in Sri Lanka

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 Kalutara. 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.

Sri Lanka’s population is multi-religious and multi-ethnic, and its cultural heritage is equally as rich and diverse. Its countryside is lovely and teeming with varied and exotic wildlife species. There are more than ten national parks in Sri Lanka, and the Sinharaja Rainforest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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 favourite players 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.

Monks 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.

Projects for All Ages in Sri Lanka

High School Specials for Teens in Sri Lanka

Projects for professionals available in Sri Lanka

Most recent blogs from Sri Lanka

Medical Camp in Malamulla-30-Nov-2014

Yet another medical camp was organized with the view of helping rural communities in the Panadura area on the 30th of November 2014. The camp was organized with the help of the district secretary of Panadura. The camp was started after the doctor’s briefing to volunteers on how to use the medical equipment. ...

Volunteer story- Marie Pierre

I am Marie Pierre, volunteering at the orphanage “Vajira Children Development Centre” in Colombo from the 4th of November to the 4th of December. It was a great experience for me. At first I was assigned to care for the youngest children, doing sports in the afternoons as I am a retired sport teacher. ...

the farewell

 So now I'm in the bus on my way home, after a lovely evening with one of my best friends and this was the last plan I had before I leave... It's not vary fun is it? Even though I'm excited to in to Sri Lanka, I don't like to say goodbye/see you to my friends, family's and everything that feels like ...

Now it's real!

Hello! Finally starting my blog! Before I booked my flight and got vaccinations, but now it's real!I received my project and accommodation details today! I'm very excited!I will be staying in Panadura, from 26 february until 26 may.I'm looking forward to meeting everybody there and to starting in Dutch ...

Sightseeing in Galle

On Saturday the 27th of September a few volunteers came down to visit Galle. Although it is only a 10 minute tuctuc ride from where I live I've never done any sightseeing in Galle and since Lars was new anyway we decided do join them. Finally it was Charlie's birthday and she came down with the two French ...

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