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Internship in Sri Lanka

Would you love to work in an island amongst the tropical beaches and beautiful landscapes? Have you considered joining Sri Lanka programs to gain practical experience and make a real impact on the world?

When you embark on an internship in Sri Lanka, you will have the opportunity to travel to a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean while participating in a program that will teach you invaluable life lessons. This internship opportunity may challenge you to step out of your comfort zone as you step into another culture, but the skills you will build because of this will help you in both your personal and professional life.

A country greatly influenced by Buddhism and known as "the pearl of the Indian ocean" will most certainly enchant you with its fascinating history, spectacular monuments, and dense green forests. Through this internship, you will be able to explore Sri Lankan culture, bond with local community members, and create unforgettable memories while supporting local efforts in programs that include conservation work, teaching English to both students and young Buddhist monks, and childcare in orphanages.

We value your time, energy, and personal experience, so no matter what kind of internship experience your looking for, we will work with you to connect you with the internship project that will best meet your needs. Global crossroads invite you to explore our Sri Lanka internship webpage for more information on travel dates, accommodation and fees.

Popular Internship Opportunities in Srilanka

Global Crossroads offers an amazing variety of internship opportunities with many projectsto match your needs and interests. Here are a few of our most popular:

The orphanage internship is located at Galle where Global Crossroad is partnered with many local organizations supporting the children for shelter, food, education and other basic necessities.

Be a part of their life and bring a positive impact in their lives. Live with them and you will know they are equally capable and competent to excel in this competitive world. You can be the one to make a difference in their lives and impart them with as much knowledge, skills, love and affection they deserve.

The major part of the intern's responsibility covers teaching English to these children in the school for 3-4 hours during daytime. If the interns do not wish to teach during the day, they can stay back at the orphanages and take care of the children. Along with that, interns can engage the children in extracurricular activities like dance, music, poetry, art and sports.

When you contribute to this Sri Lankan internship opportunity, you can make the children aware of other skills related to linguistics, logical reasoning, critical thinking and creative art. Besides, children could be helped with their home works, personal hygiene and their daily chores. Interns can also involve themselves with the administrative affairs of the orphanage like cleaning the premises, monitoring the progress of children, cooking and serving the meals to the children and documentation.

This is the best internship projects introduced worldwide. It is the mark you imprint in your life to work for a cause and contribute to the lives of children and at the same time have a splendid time enjoying in an exotic country. You will not only immerse yourself into teaching these children with all that you have gathered but learning many things from them.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding orphanage volunteer program in Sri Lanka.

With English being the most common and largely spoken language in the world, English knowing has become fundamental. Only a few people in Asia have the privilege of learning English due to everlasting poverty, illiteracy and lack of skilled manpower and resources. English learning is still a luxury in Asia, and most dominantly in Sri Lanka. Through our English teaching internship program in Sri Lanka, you can work with the local schools in Sri Lanka and teach conversational English to the aspiring students and help them flourish personally and professionally.

Interning through this program entails teaching English and improving the writing, reading, listening and speaking skills of children whose age group may vary from 8 to 21. Besides teaching English, interns can also teach these children other regular subjects or skills relating to debate, public speaking, discussion and painting. Interns can enjoy their time dancing, singing, playing and engaging the children in other extracurricular activities.

It is no mandatory for the interns to teach a specific subject. Internship in Sri Lanka can show off their expertise and impart the children with all the knowledge and skills they have. Interns can also help the staffs and coordinators of the school in their administrative affairs.

English teaching internship will be advantageous to those eager to involve in a career related to teaching. The interns will get a better picture of how a classroom functions, how to deal with the children and how to develop a better understanding of the subjects in the children.

You can have a wonderful teaching internship experience in Sri Lanka as you practice honing your teaching skills and techniques. Meeting students from diverse backgrounds will make the teaching experience interesting. This will be a learning of a lifetime and journey hard to forget.

You do need to have a strong command in English both verbal and written. Non native English speakers can apply too if they are confident in conversing and teaching. Interns are expected to have a coping behavior and should be patient enough to deal with the students.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding teaching English volunteer program in Sri Lanka.

Filled with excitement and mystery is our teaching Buddhist monks internship opportunity in Sri Lanka for the reason that you can immerse yourself into the Buddhist culture and closely observe the religion, its preaching, rituals and practices.

Our links with local organizations enables you to teach English at Pirivena, a monastic college where most of the young Buddhist monks aged between 8-21 and the lay people acquire their education. Living in serenity and making the stay meaningful with Buddhist prayers is what you will be doing here while teaching English.

Interns can help the young monks learn conversational English and improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Interns can form a curriculum and practice lessons accordingly. You can assign home works or assignments to keep consistency in learning and to develop a better understanding of the language.

Young monks could also be engaged in extracurricular activities like dance, music, poetry, painting, sports and art. You can also help the Pirivena in fund raising, maintaining cleanliness and other administrative affairs.

Meditation can help you gain inner peace. We bring you a completely different experience than what you are used to. This unique Sri Lanka internship can result in a learning of a lifetime and help you prosper mentally, physically, psychologically, personally and professionally.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding Buddhist monk teaching volunteer program in Sri Lanka .

Do you possess intense love for animals? Then you have landed on the right place. We bring you the most priceless internship projects for elephant conservation dealing with taking care of these creatures, their supplements and habitats for their better health.

When you join this Sri Lanka conservation internship program, you get to work at Pinnawala elephant conservation, a breeding sanctuary for wild elephants. Spend your time hanging out with elephants in a tropical paradise that boasts of its highest biodiversity, abundant flora and fauna and the most alluring golden beaches.

The major task of interns start at Pinnawala Elephant conservation from 8:30 am to 11: 30 am comprising of helping the mahouts, cleaning the sheds, feeding the elephants, mucking out the elephant enclosures and preparing milk for bottle feeding.

Internship in Sri Lanka program can return to their accommodation to have their lunch after 12 and can relax while enjoying the nature and the wildlife. Should they desire, they can help the mahouts wash and clean the elephants between 2 pm-4 pm. Interns can also help the mahouts brush the elephants and work with the private elephants at Pinnawala elephant safari center after 4 pm.

Away from the noise and fast paced cities, this would be the ideal location for our interns to dedicate their time and effort for the conservation of these elephants and relish what is nothing but natural. Once back home you will have gathered a memory of lifetime and lots of elephant friends to miss.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding elephant conservation volunteer program in Sri Lanka.

If you are interested in our amazing volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka, please feel free to contact us.

Internship in Sri Lanka: Dates and Fees

All internships start every Monday. However, Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.

In Sri Lanka program, options are available year around, except at times programs like an Internship teaching English overseas program might be closed for various holidays and vacations. Also, some programs are seasonal due to extreme weather conditions. Between the project link and a Global Crossroad representative, all of this specific information regarding programs dates will be available to you. If a program is unavailable, we will provide an alternative program for you to join.

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Sri Lanka trip. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's Internship opportunity in Sri Lanka application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

The program fee for internship and volunteering is basically same in Sri Lanka. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

Learn more about our highly affordable volunteer program fees in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Internship programs focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.


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During your internship in Sri Lanka, Global Crossroads will make arrangements for accommodations, food and supervision throughout their your in Sri Lanka. We have host families associated with us since a long time who have gathered a great experience welcoming our interns and endowing them with as much love and care ensuring a home-like environment. Interns are mostly provided with a private bedroom, but occasionally might need to share it with another intern of the same gender.

Accommodation in the host family is simple, clean and well equipped and is located in a safe and much reputed community. The host families will make sure the interns face no difficulty while staying. Staying with the host families will help the intern immerse into the culture and understand the lifestyle and practices much deeper.

We provide three local Sri Lankan meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner. In case of vegetarians, all the needs should be detailed in the intern's application form.

Read more about our accommodation and meals in Sri Lanka .

Supervision and Field Support

Sri Lanka interns are directed by a group of mentors or supervisors for a proper guidance and effective learning. These supervisors are experienced and qualified in their respective fields and will ensure the interns face no problems while their stay at Sri Lanka.

They are most likely to be the head of the project you are assigned on. You might have to pay an additional cost to the supervisors depending upon your qualifications and time allotted by the supervisors. Please communicate with our office or our country coordinator if you need personal supervision to help you in your completion of your internship project.

Learn more about our field and in-country support.

College Credit For Internship Project In Sri Lanka

There is no provision of college credit for internship projects. Our local office or your supervisor will provide you with a letter and certificate on the completion of your program verifying your work as an intern and your job responsibilities as an intern. You can earn an academic credit for internship projects by pre arranging the project with your college/university. The students shall have to coordinate with their faculties and professors regarding the college credit for internship prior applying.

Free Time

After the internship, interns can have spare time during evenings and weekends. You can discuss your recreational options with our staffs and they would be more than delighted to provide their assistance. This natural paradise opens up prospects to explore many tourist attractions like Horton Plains, Bundala National Park, Kandy, Kunckles Range, Matara, Nuwara Eli and many more.

Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration in Sri Lanka.

FAQs: Internship in Sri Lanka

Arrival and Departure

Once you are accepted as an intern in Sri Lanka, you will need to arrange travel plans arriving into the Colombo International Airport. Please make sure to send us your correct fight information and consult with our country coordinator before leaving your home country.

We will send an Global Crossroads representative to pick you up from the airport, so it is important that you send us any flight delay information as soon as possible. You should also let us know immediately if you miss your flight.

You will need to make your own program departure arrangements as Global Crossroads does not offer airport drop-off service.


Before you arrive in Sri Lanka for your internship opportunity, as a US citizen you will need to secure a tourist visa which also requires Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).

You may extend your visa if you decide you’d like to spend more time in the country after you have arrived by visiting the department of Immigration in Colombo.


The CDC recommends vaccinations against: Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Meningococcal Meningitis, Yellow Fever, Malaria

How can I apply for an internship in Sri Lanka?

Application process is straightforward. Simply go to our website, fill out the online application, and then submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with Global Crossroads?

Global Crossroads is a non-profit organization who wants to change the world. Established in 2003 and trusted by more than 20,000 people, Global Crossroads is well experienced in providing outstanding, safe, and meaningful internship experiences in Sri Lanka. Our transparent, tax-deductible fees are the most affordable rates in the world.

When you give back through one of Global Crossroad’s intern abroad program, we will connect you with an amazing and unparalleled team of people who will support you through your journey.

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