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Beach And River Cleaning Volunteering Program in Sri Lanka

Ready to make a difference in beautiful Sri Lanka? Passionate about environmental conservation and beach and river cleaning projects? If you answer yes, Global Crossroad offers the perfect beach and river cleaning volunteer program in Sri Lanka for you!

Sri Lanka is a stunning country boasting pristine beaches, delightful cuisine, friendly locals, and crystal-clear blue waters offering ample surfing opportunities. The rich history and culture of Sri Lanka attracts many visitors each year. The country's heritage and cultural treasures makes your volunteer tour to Sri Lanka truly memorable.

Sri Lanka is wrestling with a severe pollution issue in its rivers and beaches, despite attempts to control it. Excessive use of harmful items, even after the ban on certain plastic bags, has resulted in uncontrolled pollution. Global Crossroad Volunteers is taking action, and you can be part of the solution. Join our Beach & River Cleaning project, a community-driven initiative dedicated to preserving and restoring the natural beauty of local beaches and rivers.

The project is aimed at combating environmental degradation caused by litter and pollution, working towards creating cleaner and healthier environments for residents and tourists alike. As an international volunteer, you play a crucial role in cleaning and restoring coastal ecosystems, raising awareness, and involving the community in beach cleaning activities. Your efforts are essential in maintaining the safety of these beautiful natural spaces and fostering environmental consciousness.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

The beach and river cleaning volunteer project has three main goals. Firstly, the priority is to Clean and Restore Coastal Ecosystems by removing debris, trash, and plastic waste from beaches and riverbanks, aiming to reduce the harmful impact on marine life and coastal ecosystems. Secondly, there is an effort to Raise Awareness about the consequences of littering and pollution on beaches and rivers, promoting responsible waste disposal and recycling practices. Lastly, the project aims to Engage the Community by involving volunteers to foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for the environment, encouraging ongoing stewardship.

Volunteers actively contribute to these goals through various activities. They participate in Regular Beach Cleanups, organizing frequent drives to collect and remove litter, plastics, and other pollutants from the shoreline. Additionally, volunteers are involved in River Cleanup Campaigns, focusing efforts on removing garbage and debris from riverbanks and beds to prevent contamination and promote better water quality. Educational initiatives include hosting Workshops and Seminars in schools and local communities to educate people about the importance of protecting coastal and riverine environments, as well as the consequences of pollution.

Skills and Qualifications

You don't need any special qualifications to join this volunteer program in Sri Lanka. Just be ready to help, work hard, and care about the environment. Being friendly, outgoing, and participating regularly are important for a great experience and making a positive impact on your project.

Every day in our volunteer program in Sri Lanka will be filled with fun and excitement. You will have new experiences every day and feel greatly rewarded.

First Day : On your first day of volunteering in beach and river cleaning project in Sri Lanka, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: You will start working on your project second day and while your days will be varied, this is what your typical day will look like:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: You will share a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast with your host family.

7.45 AM: You will then head out to your placement for a full day of activities. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.

12.00 PM: Lunch break, you can either go back to enjoy a cooked meal with your host family or share with fellow teachers.

3.00 PM: Work at the placement usually ends around this time. You are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or help the children with their homework.

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All Volunteer programs in Sri Lanka start every Monday. However, Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.


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

Global Crossroad's Volunteer 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.

Duration Project Fees
  1 Week   $150
  2 Weeks   $240
  3 Weeks   $360
  4 Weeks   $480
  5 Weeks   $600
  6 Weeks   $720
  7 Weeks   $840
  8 Weeks   $960
  9 Weeks   $1080
  10 Weeks   $1,200
  11 Weeks   $1,320
  12 Weeks   $1,440

Airport Pickup and Transfer to Galle (2 hours)- $100/per person
Airport Pickup and Transfer to Kegalle (80 KM) - $100/per person
Airport pick up & transfer to Pinnawala (80 km) - $100/per person
Language and Culture - $250
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years)»
How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The Volunteering programs in Sri Lanka fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodation and Meal

During your Sri Lanka beach and river cleaning volunteering project, you'll stay with a warm and welcoming host family. Our accommodations are carefully checked for safety, and rooms are comfortable with modern bathrooms. You'll share your room with volunteers of the same gender and enjoy three delicious and authentic meals every day.

Read more about our accommodation and meals in Sri Lanka.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

When you join this volunteering program in Sri Lanka, not only will you be helping conserve environment, but also you will have all the free time you need to ensure that you have a life changing experience as well! During the week you will have time in the evenings to explore everything the local surroundings has to offer, and your weekends are totally free to go on longer excursions throughout the country.

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

Safety and In Country Support

Global Crossroad takes your safety seriously, and as such we always make sure to vet and inspect all projects and facilities to ensure your complete safety for the duration of your stay. You will also receive significant support, and your in-country coordinator is available to assist you with anything you may need.

Read more about our safety and in-country support in Sri Lanka.


Arrival and Departure

You have to fly into Bandaranaike International Airport for our beach cleaning volunteering program in Sri Lanka. Global Crossroad provides airport pick-up facility to its volunteers. We advise you to come to Sri Lanka one day earlier for preparations.

You must always maintain a direct level of contact with our local country coordinator and inform them about potential flight delays and missed flights as soon as possible. Bear in mind we do not offer airport transfer services after the completion of our volunteer projects, but our local staff will be happy to help you arrange this.


A tourist visa is a must for volunteers planning to enter and volunteer in Sri Lanka. The easiest way to apply for a tourist visa is by applying online for Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).


Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Measles, Rubella, Mumps, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Diphtheria, and Poliomyelitis are the vaccinations recommended to those planning to work on our beach and river cleaning volunteer project in Sri Lanka.

However, you must visit your local doctor and ask them for proper advice before actually taking all of these vaccinations.

Why Volunteer in Beach and river cleaning project in Sri Lanka?

Environmental Impact: Make a tangible difference by actively participating in cleaning and restoring coastal ecosystems, contributing to a healthier environment for both locals and tourists.

Raise Awareness: Contribute to efforts aimed at educating communities about the consequences of pollution and littering on beaches and rivers, promoting responsible waste disposal practices.

Community Engagement: Engage with local communities, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the environment. Your involvement encourages ongoing stewardship among community members.

Preserve Natural Beauty: Contribute to preserving the natural beauty of Sri Lanka's beaches and rivers, ensuring these crucial ecosystems remain clean and vibrant for future generations.

Meaningful Travel: Experience more than just a tourist's view of Sri Lanka. Dive into a meaningful travel experience, connecting with the local environment and communities in a unique and impactful way.