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Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s exhilarating Sri Lanka volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Sri Lanka volunteer projects, including Childcare, Wild Elephant Conservation, Medical, Teaching, Cultural Immersion and Turtle Conservation. Volunteer work in Sri Lanka is located in Kandy, Hanguranketha, Dambulla, Dambana, Ambalangoda and the Wasgamuwa area. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 116,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Sri Lanka.

Highlights:
  • 9 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from CA$408 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses and homestays in Kandy and other regions

  • A special Cultural Immersion Introduction Week is available as an add-on

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from CA$408
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in Kandy & other regions
Discover jungle, beaches & wildlife
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization

Volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka

Increases access to education

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$408

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in childcare centers
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Provide assistance in understaffed and under-resourced childcare centers around Kandy, helping with lessons, playtime and general tasks wherever your help is needed.

Supports community development

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$408

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in Dambana
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

A rare chance to be immersed in a traditional Sri Lankan Vaddah community. Based three hours from Kandy, you’ll help locals with education, building and general day-to-day tasks to increase their productivity and cultural understanding.

Protects animals

4-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$1310

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in the Wasgamuwa region
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help to preserve the local elephant population by preventing conflict with humans. Observe elephants and other animals in the wild, collect information and help to educate farmers about non-harmful ways to prevent elephants invading crops.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$408

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Training hospital in Kandy
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project for medical students, where you’ll assist local staff in a teaching hospital in Kandy. Duties are observational and include the opportunity to get experience in a range of medical departments.

Supports community development

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$408

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in rural villages
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Based in a rural community, this is a rare chance to be part of an authentic traditional culture, helping out on a range of projects including teaching, childcare and renovation.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$408

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in special needs facilities
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist in special needs schools, homes and care centers, helping to care for children and adults with a range of challenges. Help with education and socialization, organizing activities and providing a fun environment during the day.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$408

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Temples, monasteries and schools
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help to teach English to those who can’t afford to pay for private language classes. Assist in a range of settings, including in monasteries, pre-schools and village homes.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$408

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based at temples, schools and pre-schools in Kandy
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help to restore local temples, schools and pre-schools to their former beauty by painting and cleaning them. Learn about the local culture as you go and see your progress in front of your eyes!

Protects animals

4-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$739

  • Duration: 2 - 4 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in Ambalangoda
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist on government-backed turtle conservation projects aiming to help boost local turtle populations. Help with feeding and cleaning turtles, protecting and maintaining hatcheries and promoting recycling in local communities.

”Both my placements for Teaching and Temple Renovation were perfect. It was awesome to actually see the work we had done. Volunteering with IVHQ has changed me as a person. Before I went to Sri Lanka I had never left the US, and truly did not understand how people lived in other countries, but after I volunteered it really opened my eyes and showed be a new way of life.”

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