Volunteer in Sri Lanka
About the program in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka we have 21 Gap Year & Volunteering Programs available. Doing a volunteer program in Sri Lanka provides a unique & worthwhile experience and is a great way to gain new experiences and skill sets while learning about the local culture and people. Our volunteer program in Sri Lanka is based in Kandy, Mawanella, Hanguranketha, Dambana or Ambalangoda. Most projects start every Monday except for the experience projects. You can combine different projects easily with us without any extra costs!
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Join the best volunteer trips in Sri Lanka with various volunteer abroad opportunities for short term 2 weeks up to long term or on a gap year for young people, students, couples and adults international volunteers who want to help to make a difference and give their free time and effort to local children and people with ethical volunteering work programs in developing countries with legitimate development organisations overseas in summer and throughout the year with no qualifications required.
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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 20 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 18 years to join
- Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
- You need to have your own travel insurance, including health and 3rd party liability coverage
- 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.”Sissel Engholm
“The whole experience has really opened my eyes to the world and I definitely would love to volunteer again. “Tyler Chalker
Projects in Sri Lanla
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 projects and create your own program!
Here are all the projects in Sri Lanka. You can combine these projects at no extra costs!
You can start with the Introduction Week in Kandy but you do not have to. For most projects you can start every week, except for the experience/travel programs, see details in the brochure below.
For the holidays in Sri Lanka :
About the accommodations :
For info on the accommodation in Kandy, click here.
For info on the accommodation in Ambalangoda, click here.
For info on the accommodation info in Mawanella, click here.
For info on the accommodation in Dambulla, click here.
For info on the accommodation in Hanguranketha, click here.
Here are all the wonderful options in Sri Lanka :
Introduction Week in Kandy
Travel to visit this beautiful island country located in the Indian Ocean. Surrounded with beautiful beaches and exotic Buddhist temples, this is the place to be in.
Education & Teaching Project in Kandy
Work as an assistant teacher in teaching little kids in the beautiful highland of Kandy. You will have the opportunity to work at various kindergarten schools in and around Kandy.
Community Project in Kandy
Take part to work along with underprivileged local communities to improve the quality of the local communities of Sri Lanka.
Meditation & Teaching Monks in Kandy
An amazing country to visit! Sri Lanka offers peace and happiness with its strong Buddhist teachings and philosophy.
Restoration & Renovation in Kandy
Contribute to renovate and restore ancient temples and bring back their glory. To top it off, you will get a chance to renovate educational institutions, schools and community centers.
Medical Project in Kandy
By joining the medical project in Kandy, Sri Lanka, you will be able to observe the patients at one of the oldest and the largest hospitals in Kandy!
Hospitality Internship in Kandy
Join world’s one of top ten hospitality industries and earn a valid qualification to enrich your career in hospitality in this exotic island.
Body & Mind in Kandy
Indulge yourself in an exciting special week especially designed to relax your body and soothe your mind.
Trekking Week in Kandy
The Trekking Week is an adventure packed week interspersed with treks and other exciting activities.
Teaching in Hill Country in Hanguranketha
Invest your precious time in supporting the underprivileged village kids in Hanguranketha.
Teaching Monks in Hanguranketha
Participate to teach young Buddhist monks English and various other subjects and interact with them in a serene and calm place which will soothe your mind.
Renovation in Hill Country in Hanguranketha
Take part in renovating to bring back the glory of ancient temples, painting and relics.
Sigiriya Rural Community Development in Dambulla
Discover the rural Sri Lanka amidst the historical settings and contribute to the lives of local people to improve their lives and livings standards.
Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda
Travel the pristine blue waters and white sands of Ambalangoda and take part in conserving sea turtles.
Elephant Experience in Mawanella
Visit to work at this amazing elephant camp project which will get you as much closer as you could with these gentle giants.
Sri Lanka Road Trip
Get to visit three vastly distinctive regions of this exotic country and experience their unique and exciting culture.
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 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). 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 : 495 Pounds
3 weeks : 665 Pounds
4 weeks : 825 Pounds
+1 week : 185 Pounds
Prices in US$
2 weeks : 695 US$
3 weeks : 895 US$
4 weeks : 1125 US$
+1 week : 245 US$
Prices in Euro
2 weeks : 545 Euro
3 weeks : 725 Euro
4 weeks : 895 Euro
+1 week : 190 Euro
* There is an extra cost per week of £235/US$295/€245 for these projects :
Culture Week, Internship, Road Trip, Turtle Conservation, Elephant Experience, Trekking Week, Body and Mind, Medical Project
There are NO EXTRA COSTS with us such as registration, application, credit card, bank, admin or any extra costs, just one fixed price!
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
How to Book your Program
Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these different currencies: £145, US$175 or €150.
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.