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Volunteer Abroad in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Volunteer in Sri Lanka with International Volunteer HQ on a wide range of volunteer abroad projects, including Childcare, Wild Elephant Conservation, Medical, Teaching, Cultural Immersion, Rural Community Development, Turtle Conservation and Construction and Renovation. The majority of volunteer projects are located in Kandy, while the Rural Community Development project is based in Hanguranketha and Dambulla, the Cultural Immersion project is based in Dambana, the Wild Elephant Conservation project is based in the Wasgamuwa area and the Turtle Conservation project is based in Ambalangoda. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization in Sri Lanka.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 10 meaningful project options including Teaching, Cultural Immersion, Wild Elephant Conservation and Turtle Conservation
  • Projects based in and around the sacred city of Kandy
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses and homestays
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from $315 for 1 week
  • A special Introduction Week is available
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
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.
IVHQ Volunteer - Taylor Bradford
Taylor Bradford
Nationality: American
Age: 19
Destination: Sri Lanka

Volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka

Childcare in Kandy
Volunteer on the Childcare project in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-4 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Provide assistance in understaffed and under-resourced childcare centers around Kandy, helping with lessons, playtime and general tasks wherever your help is needed.
Suited to:
Students Early childhood teachers Gap year Families Solo volunteers First time travelers High School students

Childcare in

Childcare centers can be busy environments when they’re well resourced, but when they’re understaffed, the business elevates to another level. Volunteers are needed in a range of different childcare placements in Kandy to help to provide better attention to children and ease the burden on local staff.

Childcare volunteers have an open brief to help wherever it’s needed. You can assist with teaching English, help with homework and organize games and activities. You may also help with routine tasks such as washing clothing, gardening, cleaning and painting.

Childcare volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

This project is well suited to caring and open-minded volunteers who are happy working in an unstructured environment with children ranging in age from 2 to 10 years-old. By providing attention and care, you can help build a positive and loving atmosphere in the centers, fostering development and confidence in the children.

As you will be working alongside the local placement staff, you don’t need to have childcare experience.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in childcare {% tt terms.centers %} for children aged between 2-10
  • Help to offer support and nurturing for local children
  • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who work well with children
  • Volunteer for up to 4 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Cultural Immersion in Sri Lanka
Cultural Immersion volunteers in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Supports community development
4-6 hours volunteering per day
Grassroots volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Teachers Mature volunteers Active volunteers Solo volunteers Independent volunteers

Cultural Immersion in

For those looking to experience the life and culture of a traditional tribal community in Sri Lanka, look no further! Not only will the Cultural Immersion project provide a unique insight into a way of life that locals normally only have access to, but you’ll help to actively improve the standard of living and wellbeing of the people who live there.

You’ll be based in a Vaddah community in Dambana. The Vaddah people are known as the earliest inhabitants of Sri Lanka. As a volunteer, you’ll stay with a local family, living life as they do, providing the benefit of cultural exchange and helping them where it’s required. You’ll develop a shared understanding as you learn from them and work with them to support the long term goals of the community.

Cultural Immersion volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

You could find yourself developing community buildings such as schools, temples and pre-schools, helping with English language lessons, childcare or education in general. The rural environment and nature of this project means that schedules and work can vary greatly, so it’s important to come with an open mind and a willingness to help where it’s most needed.

You should expect not only a slower pace of life, but a basic standard of living, with outdoor showers, squat toilets and a woodfire oven.

The project is well suited to the volunteers who are willing to support and know more about the Sri Lankan indigenous community. If you are someone who wants to get out of your comfort zone, is interested in anthropological studies, or wants to learn more about new cultural practices, then this project is a wonderful opportunity for you.

Please note this placement is located in Dambana, three hours from Kandy. You’ll need to be comfortable being in a remote setting with only basic facilities.​ Most villagers ​also ​don’t speak English, so you’ll need to be creative in finding ways to communicate.​

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Help locals with daily life in a rural Vaddah community
  • Get involved in a number of tasks, including teaching and construction
  • Suited to volunteers looking for a fully immersive cultural experience
  • Based in Dambana, three hours from Kandy
  • Volunteer for up to 6 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Wild Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka
Wild Elephant Conservation volunteering in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Protects animals
4-7 hours volunteering per day
Grassroots volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Active Volunteers Independent travelers Solo Travelers Spring Break Gap year Nature lovers

Wild Elephant Conservation in

Elephants hold great cultural and religious significance in Sri Lanka; however, they’re viewed as a nuisance by many rural people, as they invade farms looking for crops. The aim of the Wild Elephant Conservation project in Sri Lanka is to develop effective measures to resolve human-elephant conflict and to ensure wild elephants are no longer being killed by farmers.

Wild Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

This unique and exciting project gives you the chance to directly help wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Together with the local wildlife conservation society, you’ll assist in observing the behavior of wild elephants and carry out research-related tasks within the Wasgamuwa region, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

By volunteering with elephants, you’ll help with a range of tasks, including:

  • Observing wild elephants and human-elephant interactions
  • Monitoring the behavior of wild elephants and observing birds and other wildlife
  • Trekking to observe wildlife and birds, looking for signs of leopard and elephant activity
  • Observing various habitats and visit forest hermitages
  • Birding and observing nature around the volunteer camp
  • Monitoring electric fences erected to stop elephants from raiding village homes
  • Meeting with community leaders and members to monitor human-elephant conflict resolution projects
  • Gaining experience in the use of GPS
  • Getting involved in initiatives such as ‘Project Orange Elephant’ and using honey bees as an elephant deterrent.

These initiatives all aim to develop conservation strategies focused on mitigating human-elephant conflicts and conserving elephants, leopards, other wildlife and their habitats in the central and north-central provinces of Sri Lanka

It’s important to note you won’t be interacting with elephants directly, but rather observing their movements in the jungle.

The Elephant Conservation project has a minimum duration of 2 weeks. All volunteers take part in introduction week in Kandy from Monday to Friday, before traveling to the project site on Sunday. You must apply for the Elephant Conservation project no later than 2 weeks before you wish to begin.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Help to boost the numbers of Sri Lankan elephants by preventing conflict with humans
  • Monitor elephant and other wildlife {% tt terms.behavior %} in the wild
  • Suitable for fit volunteers who are passionate about animals
  • Based in Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Minimum duration of 2 weeks
  • Volunteering for up to 7 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Medical in Kandy
Volunteer on the Medical project in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Medical students Nursing students Gap year Spring break Solo travelers

Medical in

Training hospitals have huge benefits both for budding medical professionals and members of the community. They provide opportunities for students to see and experience healthcare first-hand, while locals have better access to affordable treatment.

Medical volunteers in Sri Lanka are placed in a training hospital in an observational capacity, shadowing local staff and providing assistance where necessary. Local regulations prevent volunteers from working alone, so you should not expect independent tasks. For this reason, this project is only for medical students; qualified professionals will find their skills better utilized on another medical project.

Medical volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

You can volunteer in a range of different departments and get an insight into many different medical fields. If you have a specific area of interest then please indicate it on your application, though this is not a guarantee you’ll be able to volunteer in that area.

All Medical volunteers are required to provide the following once you’ve registered, no later than four weeks before your program start date:

  • Proof of current level of study
  • CV/resume specific to medical skills and experience
  • Letter of recommendation from a medical tutor or supervisor
  • Letter of intent, outlining why you’re volunteering and what you are hoping to gain

Prospective volunteers must apply for the medical project no later than six weeks before you wish to begin. If the above documents are not received by our local staff at least four weeks prior to your program start date, you ​cannot be guaranteed a Medical placement and should expect to work on another project.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in a training hospital, observing local staff in routine duties
  • Opportunities to volunteer in a range of medical departments
  • Suitable for medical students only
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Rural Community Development in Sri Lanka
Rural Community Development volunteers in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Supports community development
4-6 hours volunteering per day
Grassroots volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Teachers College students Mature volunteers Active volunteers Solo volunteers Independent volunteers

Rural Community Development in

Rural communities in Sri Lanka are still largely underdeveloped, with a lack of access to resources, skilled staff and economic development. Volunteers can provide great help in assisting with the long term development of these communities and the education of local villagers. This is a unique opportunity to experience traditional Sri Lankan village life and leave a legacy.

Rural Community Development volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

You’ll help with a range of activities based on what’s most important to locals during your time there. Duties often revolve around providing education, childcare and renovation in pre-schools, high schools, monasteries and temples.

You’ll be based in rural villages in Hanguranketha in the Nuwara Eliya district or in the surrounding areas of Dambulla, in the Central Matale District (depending on availability).

This project is perfect for volunteers wanting an authentic experience of rural Sri Lanka, with its quieter pace of life and friendly locals.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in traditional, rural villages, helping locals wherever it’s needed
  • Get involved in a number of tasks, including teaching, childcare, renovation and gardening
  • Suited to enthusiastic volunteers looking for an immersive cultural experience
  • Volunteer for up to 6 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Special Needs Care in Kandy
Special Needs Support volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
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.
Suited to:
Active volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers High school students

Special Needs Care in

Children and adults with physical and mental disabilities are often not well cared for in Sri Lanka due to a lack of knowledge and cultural acceptance within their communities. As a result, many are taken to special care facilities and/or schools where they are able to receive appropriate treatment, care and education during the day.

Special Needs Care volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

As a volunteer, you’ll help to entertain and educate people with a range of of mental and physical disabilities. This can be a particularly experience, helping people to overcome different challenges and seeing the joy on their faces when they do.

You’ll be placed in special needs schools, homes and care centers throughout Kandy, many of which are under-resourced and can really benefit from your time and involvement. Volunteers assist local staff in classroom based activities, general care, play time, and meal breaks.

As you’ll be assisting local staff, you don’t need to have prior experience working with people with special needs.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Volunteer in special needs schools, homes and care {% tt terms.centers %}
  • Help to teach, {% tt terms.socialize %} with and entertain children and adults with a range of special needs
  • Suited to caring and compassionate volunteers
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Teaching in Kandy
Volunteer on the Teaching project in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Supported volunteer experience
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.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Teaching in

Private language lessons are often the best way for Sri Lankans to learn English, however the price can be too much for many. By bringing your skills as a fluent English speaking volunteer, you’re not only providing access to lessons, you’re bringing your skills as a language expert.

Volunteer teachers in Sri Lanka help in a range of temples, monasteries, pre-schools, disabled schools and village homes, where you will usually take one class per day with students ranging in age from 5 to 50 years old.

Teaching volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

You’ll generally be teaching under the supervision of local teachers. You’ll have guidance into exactly what you’ll be teaching and it’s expected you’ll set time aside each day to prepare your lessons.

As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Help to teach English in local temples, pre-schools, schools and village homes
  • Teach classes on your own, with supervision from local staff
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Construction and Renovation in Kandy
Volunteer on the Construction and Renovation project in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Supports community development
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Hands on volunteer work
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!
Suited to:
Active volunteers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Spring break College students High school students

Construction and Renovation in

There are many stunning Buddhist temples throughout Sri Lanka, but while locals commonly help with cooking for monks, there aren’t enough hands to help keep the temples in good order. Similarly, local schools and pre-schools are hugely important for the next generation of locals, but without regular upkeep they can fall into disrepair. By helping to renovate these buildings, volunteers not only keep them looking their best, but you can also get unique insight into the local culture and construction methods.

Construction and Renovation volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ

Volunteers help with whatever tasks are required to bring temples, schools and pre-schools back to their former glory. It often involves painting and cleaning, and those with illustration skills are also able to help to restore paintings or paint something new. If you’re interested, we recommend you spend time thinking about what you could do.

All materials are provided and there is an onsite coordinator to provide guidance to volunteers. The exact project you’ll be contributing to will depend on the local priorities at the time of your volunteering.

It’s important to note that during the monsoon season when it is wet, work may be disrupted and volunteers will be offered alternative project work.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Help to restore and renovate Buddhist temples, schools and pre-schools
  • Assist with painting, cleaning and other renovation tasks
  • Suited to volunteers who like working with their hands and learning about new cultures
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka
Turtle Conservation volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ
Protects animals
4-7 hours volunteering per day
Nature based volunteering
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.
Suited to:
Active volunteers Solo volunteers Independent travelers Spring break Gap year Nature lovers

Turtle Conservation in

The Indian Ocean is a popular area for sea turtles to live and breed in, however the turtle population in popular coastal areas is struggling to combat the effects of climate change and human population. Volunteers can help with intervention efforts helping to assist injured turtles and boost conservation around the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

You’ll be based in the town of Ambalangoda, contributing on conservation projects that are certified by the Sri Lankan government. Your focus will be caring for disabled turtles, promoting conservation and recycling awareness among locals, with an overarching goal of increasing the turtle population.

Your tasks can include cleaning turtles and their tanks, sourcing and preparing food, feeding the turtles, assisting with beach cleaning, maintaining hatcheries, relocating eggs to protect them from predators and releasing hatchlings. Duties are often seasonal so will depend on the time of year you’re in Sri Lanka. It’s important to be flexible and open to helping wherever it’s required.

Accommodation is an easy 5-minute walk from the beach and volunteer placement in a dormitory-style volunteer house, with comfortable but basic living facilities.

This project is open to all volunteers with an interest in conserving sea life and is well suited for those who are prepared to work hard and don’t mind getting dirty.

The Turtle Conservation project is open for between 2-4 weeks. All volunteers take part in Introduction Week in Kandy from Monday to Friday, before traveling to the project site on Sunday.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $315 for 1 week
  • Help to boost the numbers of endangered sea turtles
  • Assist on government-backed conservation projects
  • Contribute to seasonal activities including feeding and cleaning turtles, and helping local hatcheries
  • Suitable for turtle-loving volunteers who enjoy hands-on work
  • Volunteer for between 2-4 weeks
  • Volunteering for up to 6 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Based in and around the city of Kandy, with some projects run from rural locations
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house or local homestay
  • Between 10 and 40 volunteers start in Sri Lanka each month
Also available in Sri Lanka
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Cultural Immersion Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Medical Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Rural Community Development Volunteering in Sri Lanka Special Needs Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Teaching Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Sri Lanka to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Sri Lanka will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Sri Lanka with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!