Volunteer Teaching English in Sri Lanka

Do you love children and have an interest in education? Global Crossroad has a unique volunteer teaching English opportunity in Sri Lanka that is calling for you!

  • Volunteer overseas teaching English in Sri Lanka starting at $155
  • Unique opportunity to travel abroad and give back to a community in need
  • Long standing and reputable volunteer teaching English program in Sri Lanka since 2003
  • Work alongside likeminded volunteers and education professionals in an effort to brighten the futures of children in Si Lanka

The importance of conversational English is very significant in Sri Lanka, like in most developing countries throughout the world. People are striving for prosperous lives and English fluency helps to secure higher-paying jobs. The young students of Sri Lanka are in search of a strong English foundation.

Sri Lanka is economically and educationally disadvantaged. Sri Lankans are hopeful and working towards a more prosperous life. Most see English fluency as an important gateway to further their dreams.

Our volunteer abroad teaching English in Sri Lanka project helps to support local established English schools in Galle and rural areas of Sri Lanka by providing basic English education to the students between 6 and 16-years-old. Additional subjects like math, science, and physical education can also be taught to the enthusiastic students, depending on the interest of volunteers.

The schools in Sri Lanka will remain closed for 2 weeks in April, last two weeks in August and whole of December. During this time, volunteers will work in orphanage, where they can teach English to the children.

Role of Volunteer

When you commit to volunteering work teaching English in Sri Lanka, you will have variety of responsibilities. They are:

  • Teach conversational English, Math, Science or Physical Education to students ages 6 to16-years-old
  • Use active and current teaching methods: gestures, flash cards, artwork, music and songs to encourage and motivate the children with their learning
  • Interact with the students using conversational English to reinforce their skills
  • Support school administration and/or operations of school

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our teach in Sri Lanka project beyond a fluency in English, but your understanding of Sri Lankan culture and language can help improve the experience for you and your students. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. No previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and be positive role models for students.

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.

All Volunteering work in Sri Lanka options are available year around, except at times programs like a Volunteer 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.

Prices: Volunteer in Sri Lanka

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 Projects in Galle Medical Project Kegalle Elephant Pinnewala Elephant
  1 Week   $155   $310   $335   $325
  2 Weeks   $310   $510   $620   $600
  3 Weeks   $415   $710   $905   $875
  4 Weeks   $520   $910   $1,190   $1,150
  5 Weeks   $625   $1110   $1,475   $1,425
  6 Weeks   $730   $1310   $1,760   $1,700
  7 Weeks   $835   $1510   $2,045   $1,975
  8 Weeks   $940   $1710   $2,330   $2,250
  9 Weeks   $1,045   $1910   $2,615   $2,525
  10 Weeks   $1,150   $2110   $2,900   $2,800
  11 Weeks   $1,255   $2310   $3,185   $3,075
  12 Weeks   $1,360   $2510   $3,470   $3,350
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer to Galle (2 hours)- $85
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer to Kegalle (80 KM) - $90
  • 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 »
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteers house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times day)
  • In-country support
  • 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

How your fee is allocated?

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.