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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 organisation 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 US$315 (approximately £241) 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

Increases access to education

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £241

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

Provide assistance in understaffed and under-resourced childcare centres 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 £241

  • 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 £773

  • 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 £241

  • 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 £241

  • 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 £241

  • 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 centres, helping to care for children and adults with a range of challenges. Help with education and socialisation, organizing activities and providing a fun environment during the day.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from £241

  • 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 £241

  • 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 £436

  • 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.

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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 organisation 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, organisations 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 travellers 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!