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Volunteer in Sri LankaBe a Sri Lanka Volunteer with our Professional, Life-Changing Service Opportunities!
A vacation in Sri Lanka is always a fascinating experience. When you combine this exotic vacation with our Volunteer in Sri Lanka program, however, you create the experience of a lifetime, one you will never forget!
The traditional, smiling people of Sri Lanka match the sunny clime and ancient culture from which they come. Sri Lanka is a land full of wonder, a sought-after travel destination with abundant beauty and paradisiacal niches of glory.
A heartbreaking civil war kept a generation in bondage, but is thankfully now a thing of the past. Its ravages have left a need for much restoration, and you can be a part of nurturing the new peace now just beginning to blossom in this beautiful country. Join with Global Crossroad and volunteer in Sri Lanka, and just watch while hope renews before your very eyes and through your very own efforts!
Contact us today, while you’re thinking about it. We’ll be happy to send you more information on our wonderful volunteer programs.
Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteer abroad programs and a very affordable price. We always strive to keep costs low in order to share these savings with our volunteers. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion and we are dedicated to perpetuating low-cost programs that enable as many volunteers as possible to cross borders and embrace the neediest souls of humanity.
Global Crossroad's application fee: US $199. The application fee covers our cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, volunteers are required to pay weekly program fee. The weekly program is required to cover the cost of international travel insurance, airport pickup, transport to project, meals and accommodation, salary of local staffs, rent of local offices, hostel/home base and utilities, and other field costs
Sri Lanka Volunteer Program: Accommodations/Meals/Field Support
In Global Crossroad’s volunteer in Sri Lanka program weekly fees include management of volunteers’ meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Sri Lanka. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.
During your volunteer work in Srilanka, we normally place our volunteers with a host family. Volunteers usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs. Most volunteers who have stayed with a host family note that their stay truly enriched their entire experience abroad. Orphanage volunteers might have the opportunity to stay with the children as many orphanages provide private rooms for international volunteers. These volunteer rooms will normally be shared with a volunteer of the same gender.
A unique and important part of Global Crossroad’s successful volunteer abroad programs is our volunteer support in-country. We put safety and comfort first as we deliver enriching and consistent experiences for our international travelers. Our support is multi-faceted while volunteers are in Sri Lanka and our staff is in contact with our volunteers on a regular basis either with face-to-face visits or via phone/email. Key support comes from our country coordinator and in-country field staff. These individuals are employed by our company and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well, and they are familiar with working with international volunteers and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance. Volunteers also have access to our country coordinator’s mobile number for emergencies. With longer assignments, our field staff visits regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to ensure the experience is meeting your expectations. Sometimes an assignment may be too far to visit physically, so staff members will touch-base via phone/email. You are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time. You are never alone.
Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.
Frequently asked questions - Sri Lanka
- When should I apply for a volunteer/internship assignment in Sri Lanka?
- What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
- How long does it take to process my application?
- What documents do I need to submit with my application?
- Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Sri Lanka based volunteer programs?
- Who manages the volunteer projects in Sri Lanka?
- What are the daily schedules of the projects?
- Where are the projects located?
- What is the language spoken in Sri Lanka?
- When are the Sri Lanka based assignments available?
- How long can I volunteer in Sri Lanka?
Arrival and Departure Information
- Who will arrange my flight to Sri Lanka?
- At which airport should I arrive?
- If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Sri Lanka?
- Will someone pick me from the airport?
- If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
- What should I do if my flight is delayed?
- How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
- What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
- If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
- When should I depart from Sri Lanka?
- From which airport shall I depart?
- Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
Living Accomodation / Meal Information
- Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
- Are single rooms available?
- If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
- Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
- What are the bathroom facilities like?
- What are the laundry arrangements?
- Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
- Who manages my meals? Can you accommodate special diets?
- Is the running tap water safe for drink?
- Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
- Will bottled water be provided?
Health and Safety
- How safe is Sri Lanka?
- What are the principle health risks in Sri Lanka?
- Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
- What are the sanitary conditions in Sri Lanka?
- Are ATMs easily available?
- If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
- What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
- Where should I exchange my money?
- How much money should I bring with me?
- Is it safe to carry cash with me?
- How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
- How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Sri Lanka?
- How can my family members contact me?
- Can I bring my telephone from my home country?
Culture and Custom
- Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Sri Lanka?
- What should I know about religious conduct in Sri Lanka?
- How do I respect the people of Sri Lanka?
More Information about Sri Lanka
- What is weather like in Sri Lanka?
- Official Sri Lankan Holidays
- What about tipping in Sri Lanka?
- Materials to Bring
NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.