What it’s like to Volunteer in Sri Lanka

We’re so excited to be bringing Sri Lanka onto our Volunteer Programme catalogue.  Just like Nepal, it’s the perfect programme for first time Volunteers and those of you who want to take a holiday with a difference.

We’ve got four great projects to choose from: Women’s Empowerment, Education, Childcare and Sports Coaching and demand for the programme is huge at the moment for people who want to get away at Christmas/New Year’s. It’s definitely a different experience to your typical turkey and stuffing Christmas, that’s for sure!

So to give you a taste of exactly what spending 2 weeks volunteering in Sri Lanka entails, we’ve put together a complete guide for soon to be volunteers and what they can expect to get from their trip.

Day 1 (Monday): You’ll fly to Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka where you’ll meet your local co-ordinator and be brought to your accommodation.  The Volunteer house is located 13 kilometres outside of Colombo and offers a quiet, relaxing environment with:

  • Common lounge with satellite television,
  • Internet access,
  • well-manicured garden,
  • Air-conditioned rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Dining area

You’ll be sharing with other volunteers from all over the World.


Days 2 – 3: You’ll go to an arrival orientation with the other volunteers where you’ll be given talks on –

  • Sri Lanka& its culture
  • Social development and the role of volunteers
  • How to do volunteer work
  • Project activities
  • Cultural responsibility
  • Personal safety & Code of Conduct
  • Project description and project allotment

You’ll also make a trip to local markets and get a tour of the local area.

Days 4 – 5: You’ll start working on the projects that you have chosen.  You’ll also have some spare time to do with whatever you choose!



Days 6 – 7 (Weekend): You’ll be able to take part in a weekend excursion to Kandy, where you’ll visit an Elephant Orphanage, Botanical Gardens and Buddhist Temple.  You’ll also camp overnight with the other volunteers in your group, so plenty of time to get to know eachother and share your travel experiences!



Days 8 – 12 (Mon – Fri): You’ll be working at your volunteer projects in the morning/afternoon (on average about 5 hours per day).  This week you’ll also take part in a cooking workshop as well as a dance class.

Day 13: You’ll be invited to take a trip with the group to Galle Beach South, which is crammed full of boutiques, cafes and surrounded by the Ocean.  Bliss!

Day 14: Hard to believe it, but it’s time to leave! You’ll be transferred to the airport where you’ll begin your journey back home.

Sri Lanka

Note: Most of your meals are covered during your programme as well as airport transfers.  There will be constant on-ground local assistance, with both a Location Manager and Support Staff (Cook, Cleaners, Drivers, etc).

The price for 2 weeks was €640 but if you book before 26th October (to travel between now and March 2015 you’ll receive 30% off, bringing your programme fee down to just €448 (plus flights, insurance, visa costs etc).

If you are interested in booking, just contact James, our Volunteer co-ordinator on 01 6021680 or james.kinch@usit.ie to arrange a call/meeting. You can also visit our website here to find out more about the projects on offer!

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