Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Travel in Sri Lanka for a life-changing experience !

Also called Ceylan, Sri Lanka is the place where you will find the best teas in the word.


This beautiful country opens its arms for an unforgettable experience during an international humanitarian programme.


By joining our volunteers in Sri Lanka, you can teach English to Buddhist monks, help disadvantaged children in orphanages, work with medical staff or to take care of elephants.



The country was hit particularly hard by the tsunami in 2004 and some places are still affected by this tragedy.


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More information about Galle in Sri Lanka !


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Discover the Sri Lanka culture

The city of Galle :

Capital of the south province, Galle is a city with a rich history. Its natural harbour has served as a pier for the Portuguese, the Dutch as well as the British, whom each influenced the architecture and the surroundings. For more than 400 years, the administrative centre of the colony was located here.

Classified at the world heritage of UNESCO with the biggest colonial fort build by the Dutch, and thanks to its proximate beaches, Galle attracts an important number of tourists every year, who come to admire the history and the savage beauty of the nature.

The volunteer programme in Sri Lanka !

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The volunteer programme starts every 2d and 4th Monday of the month and lasts between 3 and 12 weeks.

You will be welcomed at the international airport of Colombo the day before the mission starts. Galle is situated at approx. 5 hours drive from the airport.

If you arrive late (after 5pm), you will spend the night in a hotel near the airport and the journey to Galle will be done the next day.

To make sure the culture chock is not too important, we organize a week of introduction including the learning of a basic vocabulary and the discovery of the local culture to will avoid misunderstandings with the population. 

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You will also be informed about your project, the accommodation, the living conditions and the lifestyle of Buddhists. The coordinator remains available in case of any doubt or questions you might have.

Non exhaustif example of the first week's programme:

  • Arrival - Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the accomodation 
  • Day 1 - Orientation and introduction to the programme, culture, host family, safety, religion etc. 
  • Day 2 - The language and culture classes start, followed by a visit in Galle and a local turtle protection project (entrance fee not included - approximately 4€)
  • Day 3 - The classes continue, followed by a visit to the "Dutch Fort", one of the nine world heritage sites in Galle
  • Day 4The classes continue, followed by a visit to the beach and the Stilt fishing area
  • Day 5The classes continue, followed by a visit to a pagoda and a batik factory

Globalong volunteering in Sri LankaIt’s very important to be aware of the local culture and to be respectful and understanding in your behaviour as well as in the way you dress. If you participate to the voluntary program at Sri Lanka, you will receive a complete file of information about the country the mission and some useful advice.

Special programme in an "elephant orphanage"

(Click here to discover our program of voluntary work with elephants).

You can mix the projects and do some weeks with the elephants before or after your program of social volunteering.

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Examples of tasks:

  • Taking care of the elephants
  • Brushing them during their bath in the river
  • Cleaning their shelters
  • Feeding and taking care of their babies


Useful information to your volunteer programme

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Meals and accommodation in Sri Lanka :

You will have 3 meals per day. Breakfast is mostly made of bread; fruit and tea, the lunch and dinner are made of rice, lentil soup, vegetables with curry (depending the season) and sometimes meat.

During the week of training, you will be accommodated with other volunteers at the coordinator’s house or in a house at maximum 20 minutes walk. You will be sharing your bedroom with 2-5 other volunteers.

After that, the accommodation will be depending on the mission you choose; either in a host family, or directly on the work placement.

Sri Lanka's programme of volunteering with Globalong

The majority of the accommodations have electricity, but power-cuts are frequent. The accommodations as well as the toilets are basic but generally well maintained. The host families are trained to receive foreign volunteers, and generally at least one member of the family speaks English.

Included in Sri Lanka's programme :

Initial membership fee (200 €) enrolment as a member of the GlobAlong Association is valid for a period of 9 years (renewable).

Program, follow-up and customization :

  • Pick-up at the airport before 5:00PM  If you arrive after 5pm, you will have to stay one night in Colombia at a hostel or with a host family (you will pay directly to them).
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Transfer to the accommodation
  • Class Room in Sri LankaAccommodation
  • In-country intro days to prepare for your project
  • Full board for the duration of your stay (depending on the project)
  • Customization of your programme
  • Discovery of Galle and surrounding area
  • Daily transport to and from your volunteer placement
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay
  • 7/7 support from the local coordinator
  • Support from the Globalong team during your entire stay
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Advise on how to get a visa (if needed)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller’s guide
  • Globalong volunteering programme in Sri LankaCertificate of attendance to a volunteer programme
  • Donation for a project
  • Organization fees
  • Administrative costs related to the work permit in the elephant orphanage

Not included in Sri Lanka's programme :

  • Extra outings
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to and from Sri Lanka
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay (optional)
  • globalong volunteer abroad in Sri LankaTravel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Visa fees
  • A night in the hotel if you arrive after 5 :00PM

Bank Holidays 2017/2018 in Sri Lanka :

  • 19 October 2017 : Dewali
  • 04 November 2017 : Buddhist Feast
  • 01st December 2017 : Prophet’s Birthday
  • 03 December 2017 : Buddhist Feast
  • 25 December 2017 : Christmas
  • 15 January 2018 : Pongal Day
  • 04 February 2018 : Independence Day
  • 13 February 2018 : Shivaratri Day (Shiva)
  • 01st March 2018 : Buddhist Feast
  • 30 March 2018 : Good Friday
  • 31 March 2018 : Buddhist Feast
  • globalong volunteer abroad in Sri Lanka 14 April 2018 : Traditional New Years Day
  • 1er May 2018 : Labour Day
  • 29 May 2018 : Buddha’s birthday
  • 09 June 2018 :  Buddhist Feast
  • 15 June 2018: End of Ramadan
  • 27 July 2018 : Buddhist Feast
  • 22 August 2018 : Hadji Festival
  • 6 September 2018 : Buddhist Feast
  • 24 October 2018 : Buddhist Feast
  • 7 November 2018 : Dewali
  • 1er December 2018 : Prophet’s Birthday
  • 25 December 2018 : Christmas
  • First two weeks of April
  • From mid-August to the first week of September
  • From the first week of December to the first week of January

Climate in Sri Lanka :

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For further information, feel free to contact us at info@globalong.com

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