gap & Volunteer programs
Explore Sri Lanka with GapXperience
Join the Gap & Volunteer Programs in Sri Lanka where we have several wonderful programs available including teaching English, construction work, cultural, elephant and meaningful travel programs. Our programs are some of the most affordable quality programs and you can combine different programs easily without any extra costs. You can join from 17 years old. Join from only €565, £535, $670!
Sri Lanka Program Summary
Start Dates: Start every Monday throughout the year
Arrival: Colombo International Airport on Sunday
Duration: 2-8 weeks
Why Join with GapXperience ?
- Experienced and Trusted Organization – Established over 14 years ago, we have grown to become one of the world’s leaders for Gap Year & Volunteer Abroad Programs with over 200 programs in over 30 countries around the world, having placed thousands of participants abroad.
- Most Affordable Prices – Our fees are the some of the most affordable for quality volunteer travel that you will find with just one low fixed fee without additional registration or application fees.
- Responsible Projects – Our volunteer projects are run responsibly and have a positive impact on local needs.
- Great Support – Before you go and throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our team and the local partner’s team who will provide you with assistance. Checkout our reviews to see the wonderful feedback we have received from our participants.
- Participant Safety – Safety is a top priority for us, with trustworthy projects, partners and coordinators that have been fully trained to deal with safety issues.
- Make Friends – Meet up with the friendly locals and like-minded travelers during your program.
- Explore on Weekends – You have the weekends free to explore and travel and create great travel experiences.
- Self Development – We see volunteering as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills.
You can join this program from 2 to 8 weeks. The program starts every Monday. You can combine any of the projects in Sri Lanka. You can build your own schedule and choose which project(s) you want to do each week as you wish.
Throughout your stay in Sri Lanka, you will have the support and guidance of our the team of local coordinators of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need. On your first day you will start your program with an introduction to the area, accommodation, facilities and a cultural introduction.
The minimum duration of the program is 2 weeks. You can start your program with the culture week but this is not compulsory.
There are different projects to choose from in Sri Lanka and you can create your own schedule from a short term 2 weeks program up to 8 weeks!
Your program will start with an airport pickup at Colombo International Airport (Bandaranayake International Airport) before 21.00. You need to arrive on the Sunday before your start date. The coordinator will be there to meet you at the airport and you will be taken to your volunteer accommodation. Departure day is on Saturday of your last week.
Accommodation and Meals
There are three meals included from Monday to Friday and two meals during the weekend.
Participants share a room together with other participants in single-gender rooms in volunteer accommodation.
Requirements to Join
- Participants need to be minimum 17 years to join
- Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
- You need to have your own travel insurance
- Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details
“I was a volunteer with GapXperience. It was an awesome experience, and I would love to do it again.”
“The whole experience has really opened my eyes to the world and I definitely would love to volunteer again. “
Programs in Sri Lanka
You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project you want to join and you can also combine different programs. For most projects you can start every week, except for the road trip. Here are all the projects in Sri Lanka. You can combine these projects at no extra costs!
Culture Week in Kandy
Get introduced to the traditions, culture, language, temples, and Buddhist Monasteries of Sri Lanka.
Community Program in Kandy
Help as a volunteer to improve the quality of life of the local communities of Sri Lanka.
Teaching Program in Kandy
You will have the opportunity to work at kindergarten schools in and around Kandy,
Teaching Monks in Kandy
Teaching young Buddhist monks English and various other subjects in Kandy,
Restoration and Renovation in Kandy
Help to bring temples, schools, and community centers in the city of Kandy back to their previous glory.
Body & Mind in Kandy
The Body and Mind week combines Yoga and Meditation with Ayurvedic treatments.
Fitness Boot Camp in Kandy
Daily physical training and activities to boost your fitness are combined in this program.
Wellness Camp in Kandy
Join this week with full of adventure, thrill and peace of mind!
Trekking Week in Kandy
The Trekking Week is an adventure week with treks and other exciting activities!
Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda
Be a part of the community involved in the conservation of marine life and its habitat.
Sri Lanka Road Trip
Get to visit three vastly distinctive regions of this exotic country and experience their unique and exciting culture!
Sri Lanka Experience
Visit 3 vastly distinctive regions and explore their exotic, unique and exciting culture.
Holidays in Sri Lanka
13 September, 12 November, 11 December, 25 December
School Holidays 2019
5 April – 22 April, 2019
1 Aug – 05 Sep, 2019
29 November – 02 January, 2020
Teaching monks will not be available during April, July, August and November.
10 January, 15 January, 4 February, 21 February, 9 March, 7 April, 10 April , 11 – 17 April, 1 May, 7 May, 8 May, 5 June, 31 Jully, 3 August, 1 September, 1 October, 29 October, 30 October, 25 December, 29 December
School Holidays 2020
Beginning of April – End of April
Beginning of Aug – Beginning of September
End of November – Beginning of January, 2021
No arrivals will be accepted for April 11 and 12.
Teaching monks will not be available during April, July, August and November.
Please note that during April New Year Holiday Week all the projects will be closed. New arrivals will not be accepted for this week
Please note that these school holidays can be changed by the government without prior notice.
in Partnership with The Green Lion
For over 10 years we have worked in close partnership with The Green Lion. They are the world leaders in the field of developing meaningful travel programs according to the principle of XCeLLeC. Our successful partnership for many years has enabled thousands of participants to have an exciting and life-changing experience abroad. Check out their Blog for wonderful stories of participants!
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.
Are the program fees subject to change?
When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.
What is the average age of participants?
We have participants of different ages. Most are between 17 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older. The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.
What is the support like overseas?
We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.
Can I also join my friend or family member?
Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.
Can I participate for a short period?
Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.
How well should my English be?
Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.
Is travel insurance mandatory?
Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.
Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?
Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.
Are your programs suitable for an internship?
yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.
Can I combine different countries?
Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.
Can I still travel around after the program?
Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.
Will other volunteers be present on the project?
The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.
Do I have to reserve my flight myself?
Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.
What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?
In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.
When can I register?
The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.
Prices of the Program in Sri Lanka
Prices in Pounds
2 weeks : 535 Pounds
3 weeks : 710 Pounds
4 weeks : 875 Pounds
+1 week : 185 Pounds
Prices in US$
2 weeks : 670 US$
3 weeks : 895 US$
4 weeks : 1085 US$
+1 week : 240 US$
Prices in Euro
2 weeks : 565 Euro
3 weeks : 750 Euro
4 weeks : 915 Euro
+1 week : 195 Euro
The Sri Lanka Road costs 1555 Pounds, 1875 US$, 1695 Euro
The Sri Lanka Experience costs 1615 Pounds, 1955 US$, 1755 Euro
There is an extra cost per week of 190 Pounds/245 US$/195 Euro for the Culture Week, Turtle, Trekking, Body & Mind and 320 Pounds/425 US$/325 Euro per week for the Fitness Boot Camp & Wellness Camp
What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses