What will I do on this project?
Childcare Projects have a wide scope for you to get involved. Here are just some of the activities you can do as a volunteer working with children in Sri Lanka:
- Promote early childhood development through fun activities
- Provide specialised care to children with special needs
- Create educational resources for learning
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Promote early childhood development through fun activities
Help children master basic educational skills such as counting and the alphabet. This forms the basis of their future learning and will ensure that they are prepared for formal schooling. You can really be creative, finding ways to teach through games, songs, dance, or art.
Provide care to children with special needs
Children with special needs often require additional support so that they can learn basic skills and reach developmental milestones. You’ll provide them with individual attention; playing games, teaching them to do certain tasks, and simply interacting. You might also need to assist with more practical needs, such as getting children ready for the day.
Create educational resources for learning
Make visual aids that can be used for lessons and games, such as flashcards, alphabet cards, and more. These handmade resources are ideal as they can still be used at the placement after you’ve left.
Where in Sri Lanka will I work?
You will be based in one of several small coastal towns situated within two hours of Colombo. Sri Lanka has an extensive and affordable public transport network, so it is easy to get around.
You have a wide variety of placement options to choose from, such as kindergartens, special needs schools, day care centres, and community centres. The conditions vary between them. Some are quite basic.
The country is famous for its natural wonders, so do take advantage during your time off. Visit a wildlife sanctuary, relax on the beach, or take a hike through the lush green surroundings.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
Sri Lanka is well-known for its diverse landscapes. From beaches to tropical jungles, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant country.
The buzzing Pettah Market is a must-see. You can chat to friendly vendors, buy handmade products, and enjoy the electric atmosphere around you. For cultural enrichment, you can spend an afternoon in the National Museum of Colombo. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is also a highlight, with its vast collection of artefacts.
The town of Galle is a sea port with a strong Dutch heritage and plenty of old colonial buildings to explore. You can also venture inland to hike in the hills, swim in the cool waterfalls, and visit traditional hill towns.
Sri Lanka's national parks include safari parks where you can spot wildlife like leopards and elephants. Or spend an early morning bird-watching in one of the wetland sanctuaries. There are also rainforest reserves crammed full of tropical biodiversity.
You’ll be sharing this unique experience with many other volunteers. This means you can travel solo or spend your free time with the friends you make during your trip.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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