Travel to Sri Lanka with people from around the world and team up to volunteer with children in Sri Lanka as a group. You’ll support local teachers and caregivers at care centres, kindergartens, or special needs centres. Here, your team will focus on early childhood development and do renovation work.
In Sri Lanka, the care centres we work with are overcrowded. Teachers need extra helping hands to make sure that each child learns the skills they need to help them cope when they start school. This is a great way for you to work with others to support local communities, and gain practical childcare experience.
You’ll live and work with your group in one of five locations in Sri Lanka, and stay with a local host family. When you’ve finished your work, we’ll have social and cultural activities lined up for you to enjoy. We’ll also take you on an exciting weekend trip. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates throughout the year
Anyone aged over 18 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A free cultural awareness course
Organised weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I be doing?
Your team will work with children at care centres, kindergartens, or special needs centres. You’ll also assist with community work and renovations. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:
- Assist local teachers and caregivers with early childhood development activities
- Help with light renovation work in local communities
- Explore Sri Lanka with your group and immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life
The activities in this project can be divided into three main categories:
Help with early childhood development
In Sri Lanka, your group’s main role will be to support local teachers and caregivers at care centres, kindergartens, or special needs schools. You’ll focus on early childhood development, and teach kids the skills they need to thrive at school and later in life. You’ll do activities like:
- Read stories to help improve literacy
- Play ball games to improve hand-eye coordination
- Sing simple English songs to teach new words
- Play a game to learn how to count from one to ten
When you are not working with children, you’ll do light renovation and maintenance work. What you do depends on what the community needs at the time. This could include tasks like giving a building a fresh coat of paint, painting a mural, or planting a vegetable garden.
This is a wonderful way to give back as a group. In the short time you’re in Sri Lanka together, you’ll be able to accomplish a lot and create something that will benefit your placement for years to come.
Explore and experience Sri Lanka
With your group and our staff beside you, you’ll travel Sri Lanka and experience the incredible views, tropical beaches, and amazing wildlife this country is home to. You’ll do this during your weekend trip to Kandy.
Staying with a local host family will also give you direct insight into what daily life is like in Sri Lanka, and what the culture and traditions are like.
Where will I be working?
You and your group will work in several small towns around Colombo, on the coast. Sri Lanka is a gorgeous tropical island that has become a popular tourist destination over the past few years. This is because of its beautiful beaches, mountains, and wildlife reserves, as well as its fascinating history and culture.
You’ll work with your group at care centres, kindergartens, or special needs schools. Most of these placements have limited funding and resources, and conditions are basic.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in Sri Lanka
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