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 or Ambalangoda. You can join from a short term 2 weeks program up to 8 weeks. Most projects start every Monday except for the experience projects. You can combine different projects easily with us without any extra costs!

Join this program from only £540, US$655 or €595 with discounts available of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40 per person for when you book with someone else or if you are one of our many returning customers!

Sri Lanka Program Summary

Location: Kandy, Mawanella, Hanguranketha or Ambalangoda in Sri Lanka
Start Dates: Start every Monday throughout the year
Arrival: Colombo International Airport on Sunday
Duration: 2-8 weeks
Price: From only £540, US$655, AU$915 or €595

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.
Program Info & Location

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.

The first week of the program will be the Sri Lanka Introduction Week. This week is the first step towards a comfortable stay in a new country. After this week you will start your project. 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!

* The project & accommodation details are subject to change according to local circumstances, also the projects are not available on local holidays

Arrival Details

Your program will start with an airport pickup at Colombo International Airport (Bandaranayake International Airport). 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
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details

Testimonials GapXperience

“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

This program is organized in cooperation & partnership with The Green Lion, our trusted partner for over 14 years
Click here to check out their Blog for wonderful feedback & reviews

Projects in Sri Lanla

You will start your program with the Introduction Week. This week is designed to ease participants into the lifestyle and pace of Sri Lanka. After the this week you will start with your project. 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!

All projects start with the Introduction Week in Kandy. For most projects you can start evey week, except for the experience/travel programs, see details in the brochure below.

For the holidays in Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka Holidays

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. Travel around this amazing country to experience and get introduced in-depth knowledge of the ancient traditions, culture, language, temples, and Buddhist Monasteries. Witness an ancient dance concert, taste amazing food, experience yoga and much more!
Click here for full details and brochure

Education and 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. The kids are in the age group of 3 to 5 years and enthusiastic with high level of energy. They are always glad to meet you and interact with you. Help them learn Basic pronunciations, rhymes, numbers and puzzles which will strengthen their mind.
Click here for full details and brochure

Community Project in Kandy

Take part to work along with underprivileged local communities to improve the quality of the local communities of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has various communities affected due to poverty and unemployment and also the slow pace of development.You will have the opportunity to work with various age groups of different communities.Take care of babies, spend time with the elderly, and take care of children and teach them basic values and education.
Click here for full details and brochure

Meditation and Teaching for Monks in Kandy

An amazing country to visit! Sri Lanka offers peace and happiness with its strong Buddhist teachings and philosophy. 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. The main goal of this project is to give an opportunity for the monks to improve their proficiency of spoken and written English.
Click here for full details and brochure

Restoration and 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 centres. This project will give you the opportunity to participate in efforts to bring temples, schools, and community centers in the city of Kandy back to their previous glory and get your creativity flowing to capture the imagination of the local communities.
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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! You will also be visiting the highlands of Sri Lanka famous for its tea plantations. Work at a Sri Lankan Hospital, learn the medical system, medical techniques and procedures by observing alongside vastly experienced and knowledged hospital staff in one of the biggest hospital in Kandy.
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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. Work at a leading hospitality brand in Sri Lanka and receive an ultimate training for your career. Brush up your skills and get new knowledge and hands on experience. Learn from the best in the field and standout everywhere you go!
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Body and Mind in Kandy

Indulge yourself in an exciting special week especially designed to relax your body and soothe your mind. The Body and Mind week combines Yoga and Meditation with Ayurvedic treatments and start you off on a journey towards achieving a fitter, healthier and more positive you. This is a perfect week to relax and tune up your mind and body after tiring weeks of your projects. This week enables you to experience ancient methods of meditation, yoga, and massages in this beautifully set-up spa.
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Trekking Week in Kandy

The Trekking Week is an adventure packed week interspersed with treks and other exciting activities. Take time off for a week to experience the flora and fauna, exoctic temples in the forests, take in amazing sights and surroundings from hill tops, taste local cuisine, and immerse yourself in this island culture. The Sri Lankan forests are beautiful and gives you all the space to need to find ourself in the tranquil nature beauty.
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Teaching Project in Hill Country in Hanguranketha

Invest your precious time in supporting the underprivileged village kids in Hanguranketha. Under this program, you will be working as a teacher for village kids and help them to improve English language skills. Most of the kids in rural areas in Sri Lanka do not have access to gain proper knowledge on English language. Therefore, your main role would be to teach them English using fascinating teaching techniques to gain their attention.
Click here for full details and brochure

Teaching Monks in Hanguranketha

An amazing country to visit! Sri Lanka offers peace and happiness with its strong Buddhist teachings and philosophy. 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. The main goal of this project is to give an opportunity for the rural monks to improve their proficiency of spoken and written English.
Click here for full details and brochure

Renovation Project in Hill Country in Hanguranketha

Take part in renovating to bring back the glory of ancient temples, painting and relics. To top if off, you will get to chance to teach young monks in schools. This project will give you the opportunity to participate in efforts to bring temples in the village of Hanguranketha back to their previous glory. Moreover, you will be spending your mornings teaching to young monks at schools.
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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. Contribute to the development of the rural community in the ancient settings of Dambulla. Dambulla is one of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka due to the beautiful yet ancient cave temples. Under this program, you will be able to work to support in rural community development by engaging in renovation work and farming.
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Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda

Travel the pristine blue waters and white sands of Ambalangoda and take part in conserving sea turtles. We are located very close to the Indian Ocean which is famous for the sea turtle nesting grounds. Unfortunately, many of the species are going extinct due to various factors. You will be a part of the community involved in conservation of marine life and habitat.
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Beach Week in Ambalangoda

Spend the week relaxing on the seaside and forgetting the rest of the world. The fun activities of this week will become unforgettable. Our beach program is perfect for those who want to take some time off from working on the rest of our programs and just relax and brush the stress away. Surrounded by pristine beaches, you will spend the week worry-free and have enough time to relax, sightsee and even shopping!
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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. The Elephant Experience enables you to spend time working with domesticated working elephants and their handlers in their day to day activities. This program is designed to give a short holiday for the hard working elephants by removing their chains as much as possible.
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Sri Lanka Road Trip

Get to visit three vastly distinctive regions of this exotic country and experience their unique and exciting culture. On this road, trip visit the world-famous former Dutch colony of Galle, the beautiful botanical garden, tea factories, marvel at various architecture and famous relics. This road trip is guaranteed to give you an amazing and unforgettable adventure!
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Sri Lanka Experience

Get to visit and experience the grandeur of this vastly distinctive regions of this exotic country. As part of this unique experience you will visit 3 vastly distinctive regions and explore their exotic, unique and exciting culture. By selecting this program, you will be able to witness the regional and cultural diversity across Sri Lanka. Starting from the Hill capital of Sri Lanka – Kandy, you will travel up to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country located in the South.
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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 : 540 Pounds
3 weeks : 715 Pounds
4 weeks : 885 Pounds
+1 week : 185 Pounds
Prices in US$
2 weeks : 655 US$
3 weeks : 875 US$
4 weeks : 1095 US$
+1 week : 215 US$
Prices in Euro
2 weeks : 595 Euro
3 weeks : 795 Euro
4 weeks : 985 Euro
+1 week : 195 Euro

* There is an extra cost per week for these projects :
£30/US$40/€35 for medical/construction projects
£145/US$195/€165 for Beach Week, Turtle Conservation, Elephant Experience, Trekking Week, Body and Mind, Hospitality projects
£295/US$395/€315 for Sri Lanka Road Trip, Sri Lanka Experience Green Lion, Wild Elephant Experience, Sri Lanka Wildlife Rescue Project

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, 4% international banking fee

Why book with GapXperience

Lowest and Affordable Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Book Together with Friend

Book together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Combine Different Countries

Combine programs in different locations/countries and get 5% discount from the second location/country.

Returning Customers

Many of our customers join us again and they get a discount on their program of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

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!

Application Form
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 currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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