Volunteer in Sri Lanka for an Affordable and Life Changing Volunteer Trip

volunteers in Sri LankaDo you want to travel to a lush and exotic land where the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes will tantalize your senses?

Do you want to spend time helping people or elephants in need of your love, support, and energy?

Sri Lanka is a sensational country that has continued to gain popularity amongst international travelers and volunteers.

This lush tropical country is home to diverse landscapes, exquisite wildlife, friendly people, and a rich and colorful history and culture.

Sri Lanka is also a country that is riddled with poverty. The need for volunteers is ever present in Sri Lanka. There are volunteer programs in Sri Lanka that focus on orphans, elephants, education, Buddhist monks, healthcare, and even photojournalism. The volunteer possibilities are endless in a country like Sri Lanka.

Global Crossroad works closely with the most reputable grassroots volunteer organizations in Sri Lanka. Regardless of what volunteer project in Sri Lanka that you decide to join, you will inevitably make a grand difference in the lives of those the projects seek to help.

Traveling around Sri Lanka is an eye-opening and exciting experience that will grant you memories of a lifetime.

Contact us now to find out more or enroll in the volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka that stands out to you the most.

Jessica Mills

It was all worth it. I treasured the intimate moments travelling and experiencing together

Jessica Mills


Roberta Quis

I was not ready to leave when my two months were up. It was an unforgettable experience.

Roberta Quis

- Australia

Kenneth Janes

This was an amazing trip. I was immersed in new experiences, cultures, languages and people.

Kenneth Janes

- Canada

Lindsay Scott

This experience was both exceptional and valuable. Project was extremely enlightening.

Lindsay Scott

- Germany

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What volunteer in Sri Lanka programs are available to me?

Global Crossroad offers an impressive selection of volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka for all different interests, budgets, time constraints, and travel and volunteer goals.

Volunteer in an Orphanage in Sri Lanka Summary

volunteers in Sri Lanka Global Crossroad collaborates with local orphanages in Sri Lanka that are constantly in need of compassionate volunteers.

Most orphanages in Sri Lanka are greatly lacking financial support, necessary resources, and adequate staff to keep up with the continual influx of orphans in Sri Lanka. Your dedication to this meaningful volunteer program in Sri Lanka is one that can truly change lives.

Spending time with the wonderful children who call the orphanages of Sri Lanka home will surely grow your heart tenfold.

Skills and Qualifications Needed There are no specific skills or qualifications needed in order to volunteer abroad in an orphanage in Sri Lanka. You should however be a kind, patient, flexible, energetic individual who loves children.

Volunteer Responsibilities As an orphanage volunteer in Sri Lanka, you will have a number of impactful roles. You will spend your time helping care for, teach, and share your love and compassion with children who have been abused, abandoned, or displaced.

You will assist with daily routines, personal hygiene, meal times, school work, and extracurricular activities like art, music, games, and sports.

Volunteer with Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka(Kegalle) Summary

volunteers in Sri LankaDo you absolutely adore elephants?

The volunteer elephant conservation program in Sri Lanka is a rare opportunity to work up close and personally with elephants who have been rescued from cruel and inhumane situations in Sri Lanka.

You will work directly with the elephant handlers (mahouts) and help to care for these sweet giants and give them the life that they deserve.

Skills and Qualifications Needed There are no specific skills or qualifications required in order to volunteer in Sri Lanka with elephant conservation. You should however truly love animals and have a strong desire to help care for them.

The elephants require a lot of attention and the work is steady, but if you love animals, it won’t feel like work at all.

Volunteer Responsibilities There are several specialized areas within this elephant conservation volunteer project in Sri Lanka that you can spend your time working in.

Volunteers are needed to help with the daily care of the resident elephants, at the elephant sanctuary’s eco-farm, with the mobile veterinary unit, and also with an afterschool English project.

There are so many meaningful ways in which you can make a significant impact on this amazing conservation effort in Sri Lanka.

Volunteer in the Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka (Pinnawala) Summary

volunteers in Sri Lanka The elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka is a not only a sanctuary for orphaned elephants, but also hosts an elephant breeding project, and rescue center for injured or abused elephants.

This extraordinary organization is helping to care for and protect these special creatures in Sri Lanka and needs your help more than ever.

With over 80 resident elephants, the work is never ending. If you love elephants, this elephant orphanage volunteer project in Sri Lanka will be a dream experience for you.

Skills and Qualifications Needed There are no specific skills or qualifications required in order to volunteer at the elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka. All that is asked is that volunteers are team players, flexible, energetic, and true animal lovers.

Volunteer Responsibilities When you volunteer at the elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka, you will spend your days caring for the resident elephants, both babies and adults.

You will help to feed and bathe the elephants, keep the facility clean, and even help out at the Pinnawala Elephant Safari Center.

Your days will be centered all around the elephants. Few people will ever have the experience of being up close and personal with a majestic elephant and with this program you have the chance to interact personally with over 80 of them.

Volunteer in Sri Lanka Program Fees and Dates

Global Crossroad has some of the most affordable volunteering in Sri Lanka programs on the market. While the price may be cheap, the experiences are anything but that.

The aim is to make volunteering abroad in Sri Lanka accessible for as many people who are interested in pursuing such an adventure.

All volunteers must pay a one-time registration fee of $299 and then a weekly program fee. Your weekly program fee will cover the cost of your accommodations, meals, chosen project, and in-country support.

The weekly program fee varies depending on the volunteering project in Sri Lanka that you choose to join and how long you play to commit.

Your program fee does not include the price of your airfare, visa, vaccinations, travel insurance, airport transportation, and any personal expenses. Fortunately, Sri Lanka is an inexpensive travel destination.

Duration Projects in Galle Medical Project Kegalle Elephant Pinnewala Elephant
  1 Week   $155   $310   $275   $300
  2 Weeks   $310   $510   $500   $550
  3 Weeks   $415   $710   $725   $800
  4 Weeks   $520   $910   $950   $1,050
  5 Weeks   $625   $1110   $1,175   $1,300
  6 Weeks   $730   $1310   $1,400   $1,550
  7 Weeks   $835   $1510   $1,625   $1,800
  8 Weeks   $940   $1710   $1,850   $2,050
  9 Weeks   $1,045   $1910   $2,075   $2,300
  10 Weeks   $1,150   $2110   $2,300   $2,550
  11 Weeks   $1,255   $2310   $2,525   $2,800
  12 Weeks   $1,360   $2510   $2,750   $3,050
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer to Galle (2 hours)- $85
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer to Kegalle (80 KM) - $125
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer to Pinnawala (80 KM) - $125
  • Transfer from Galle to Kegalle or vice versa (3 hours) - $125
  • Language and Culture - $250
  • Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »

Arrangement of Room, Food, and Supervision

When you join a volunteer project in Sri Lanka, you will likely stay with a host family or at a hostel or volunteer host. Staying with a host family is a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in Sri Lankan culture and the traditional way of life there. Regardless of what type of accommodation you end up at, it will be a in a safe area, will be clean, and will have basic amenities.

Your weekly program fee includes three traditional and healthy meals a day. Sri Lankan food is very flavorful and delicious. Common staples include coconut milk, fish, rice, and curry. If you love spicy food, you are in for a real treat in Sri Lanka!

During your volunteering program in Sri Lanka, you will have the continual support of a designated in-country coordinator. Your coordinator will always be available via telephone or email. You will never be or feel alone while in Sri Lanka. Your in-country coordinator will also personally check in on you every two weeks or so to ensure your total satisfaction with your accommodations, meals, program, and overall volunteer experience in Sri Lanka.