Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Travel to Sri Lanka for a life-changing experience!

Formerly known as Ceylan, Sri Lanka is the place where you will find the best tea in the world!

This beautiful country will welcome you for an unforgettable experience throughout your 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 (if you are a medical student or professional) or look after elephants.

The country was hit particularly hard by the tsunami in 2004. Unfortunately, some areas are still affected by this tragedy today.

Have a look at our volunteers' photos of Sri Lanka or Galle!

More information about Galle in Sri Lanka !


Local time in Sri Lanka:

Bénévolat en Asie avec Globalong The city of Galle:

The capital of the Southern province, Galle is a city rich with History and culture.

Its natural harbour used to serve as a colonial sea port for the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, who each influenced local architecture.

For over 400 years, the administrative centre of the colony was located there.

A volunteer in Sri Lanka - GlobalongGalle is on the UNESCO World Heritage List with the Galle Fort (the biggest colonial fort built by the Dutch).

Because of the beaches located nearby, the city attracts many tourists every year, who come to admire the wild natural beauty of the island.

Everyone can volunteer in Sri Lanka! You must be at least 18 years old to enrol and have a good level of English.

The volunteer programme in Sri Lanka !

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Volunteer programmes in Sri Lanka start on a Monday and can last between 2 and 12 weeks.

You will be welcomed at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo on the Friday, Saturday (ideally) or Sunday before your mission starts. 

You will then be taken to Galle, which is a 4 hours drive from the airport.

To best handle culture shock, there will be an induction meeting for all new volunteers to learn about the local culture and traditions. This can help prevent any misunderstandings with the locals. 

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You will also be informed about your project, accommodation, living conditions as well as the lifestyle of Buddhists.

Your local coordinator remains available in case any doubt or questions arise.

Being respectful and understanding of local customs is a must - please adapt your behaviour as well as the way you dress to Sri Lankan ways.

If you take part in a volunteering programme in Sri Lanka, you will receive a complete guide about the country, the mission plus some useful advice.

Volunteering programme in an "Elephant Orphanage"

You can mix both projects : you could support our local teams for a few weeks at the elephant orphanage before or after supporting our social volunteering projects !

Please contact us for further information at info@globalong.com.


Useful information to your volunteer programme

Volunteer in Asia - GlobalongVolunteering projects take place in the south of Sri Lanka. Programmes vary according to actual current needs as well as your qualifications and wishes.

Meals and accommodation in Sri Lanka:

You will have 3 meals per day. Tea and coffee (with biscuits) are also available.

Breakfast (around 7am) includes: bread, jam and spreads, eggs, fruit, yoghurt, cereals.

Lunch (around 12.30am) is a traditional Sri Lankan meal such as rice and a vegetable curry.

Volunteers in Sri Lanka - GlobalongDinner (around 7.30pm) is a 3 course meal - made of either Western or Asian dishes - including : rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, wrap (vegetarian, tuna or egg), pasta/spaghetti, Chinese noodles with chicken or fish, etc.

Throughout your programme abroad, you will stay at the Volunteer House. You will share a room and a bathroom with 1 or 2 other volunteers maximum.

Private rooms may be available on request (according to availabilities, for an extra 25€ per week - not included in your donation).

A cook, two maintenance employees (for cleaning and gardening work) and a night security guard will be present at the Volunteer House to make hosting conditions as pleasant as possible for international volunteers.

Volunteers must, however, clean and tidy after themselves both in their rooms and common areas to insure harmony within the Volunteer House.

Teaching Buddhist monks in Asia - GlobalongBed linen will be provided once a week.

Volunteers usually handwash their clothes.

Shower water temperature is room temperature (there is no boiler).

Mosquito nets are available, bedrooms are equipped with mosquito repellents.

A safe is available for volunteers to store their passports and valuables.

Volunteer with elephants - GlobalongYour donation for the volunteering programme in Sri Lanka covers:

Accommodation :

  • Pillow and bed linen
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper

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

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Programme, follow-up and customization :

  • Airport pick-up on Friday, Saturday (ideally) or Sunday
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • In-country intro days to prepare for your project
  • Return transfer from the airport to the accommodation
  • Accommodation
  • Full board for the duration of your stay 
  • Customization of your programme
  • 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
  • globalong volunteer abroad in Sri LankaSupport 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
  • Certificate of attendance to a volunteer programme
  • Donation for a project
  • Organization fees
  • Administrative costs related to the work permit in the elephant orphanage
  • WIFI

Your donation does not cover:

  • Discover Sri Lanka as a volunteer - GlobalongFlights to and from Sri Lanka
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Visa fees
  • Extra outings
  • Personal expenses
  • Administrative fees for medical internships: 50€ per week

Bank Holidays 2019 in Sri Lanka :

  • January 15-18th: Thai Pongal
  • January 23rd: Duruthu Full Moon Day Poya
  • Globalong volunteering programme in Sri LankaFebruary 4th: Independence Day in Sri Lanka
  • February 22nd: Navam Full Moon Day Poya
  • March 7th: Mahasivarathri
  • March 22nd: Madin Full Moon Day Poya
  • March 25th: Holy Friday
  • April 13th: Tamul New Year
  • April 21st: Bak Full Moon Day Poya
  • May 1st: Labour Day
  • May 21st: Vesak Full Moon Day Poya
  • July 6th: Id Ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
  • July 19th: Esala Full Moon Day Poya
  • Support education in Asia as a volunteer - GlobalongAugust 17th: Nikini Full Moon Day Poya
  • September 12th: Hadji
  • September 16th: Binara Full Moon Day Poya
  • October 15th: Full moon (end of Buddhist lent)
  • October 29th: Dewali Festival
  • November 14th: Ill Full Moon Day Poya
  • December 13th: Diwali
  • December 25th: Christmas Day

Climate in Sri Lanka :

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

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