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Volunteer English Teaching Sri Lanka!

Do you love children and have an interest in education? Do you want to explore natural and cultural splendors of Sri Lanka while making a difference?

Then Global Crossroad has the perfect volunteer teaching English opportunity in Sri Lanka for you!

Sri Lanka is an amazing country that draws countless visitors every year with its rich history and culture, serene beaches and clear blue waters perfect for surfing.

The country is also incredibly diverse, and as a volunteer you will get to learn about the various religions and ethnicities that share this amazing island.

Sadly, due to the lasting scars of the country’s civil war, access to infrastructure and education is insufficient in many rural or poor areas of the country. Local governments and organizations do what they can, but the lack of resources and manpower means that they are unable to provide a proper English education in many areas, which is a critical skill for young Sri Lankans entering the job market.

By joining our volunteering in English teaching program in Sri Lanka, you will get to provide a better future for disadvantaged children by giving them access to a proper English education. This skill will give them a much greater chance at obtaining work in the country’s booming tourism industry, and thus provides a clear path out of poverty.

Are you interested in discovering a fascinating and beautiful country while greatly improving the future of disadvantaged children? Then contact Global Crossroad today for more information!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

Your volunteering work teaching English in Sri Lanka will involve a variety of tasks and responsibilities, including teaching English or other subjects like math, science or physical education, interacting with students outside the classroom to improve their English conversational skills and assisting with administrative and operational work.

Through your volunteering, you will be providing disadvantaged children with critical English language skills that will open many doors for them in the future. Thus, you will enable the children to reach their full potential and enjoy fruitful adult lives, lifting themselves and their families out of poverty.

Skills and Qualifications

This English teaching volunteer program in Sri Lanka is designed to accommodate volunteers regardless of experience and education. All you need is a solid command of the English language, patience, flexibility and a deep love and passion for children and helping those fortunate.

You should enjoy being around children and teaching them and be willing to go outside your comfort zone. Previous experience teaching English is an advantage but is in no way required.

Every day as a teacher in Sri Lanka will be a rewarding and fun-filled experience. You will get to immerse yourself in a fascinating country and culture while providing a real benefit to the children you work with whose faces will light up when they see you each morning.

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be transported to your accommodation and given the rest of the day to get settled in.

  • First Day: - On your first day of volunteering in teaching English work in Sri Lanka, you will receive a briefing on the project and safety. You’ll spend the rest of the day here getting introduced to the staff and students and preparing for your coming work.
  • Weekdays: - Your volunteer work starts properly on the second day of the project, and while each day will be a fresh experience with new challenges, a typical day looks like this:
  • 7.00 AM - 7.30 AM – Greet the morning with a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast at your accommodation.
  • 7.45 AM – At this time you set out for the school you’ve been placed with for a fulfilling day of teaching English to disadvantaged children.
  • 12.00 PM – Around noon you will get a break for lunch which is a great opportunity to get to know your students and fellow teachers a bit better.
  • 3.00 PM – Work at your school will generally end at around this time, and the rest of the day is yours to explore the nearby area, sightsee, shop or relax.
  • 6.45 PM – An amazing Sri Lankan dinner rounds out your day, giving you the chance to participate in some cultural exchange with your fellow volunteers and hosts.

Volunteer English Teaching Sri Lanka: Program Dates

Start Dates:

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 Teaching English
  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
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 (volunteers house or 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 time in Sri Lanka you will stay with one of our amazing host families. They are carefully vetted and chosen for their ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you as well as giving you plenty of cultural immersion. Rooms are comfortable with modern bathroom facilities and are shared with volunteers of the same gender. You will also receive three delicious home cooked Sri Lankan meals a day.

Read more about our accommodation and meals in Sri Lanka.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You will have plenty of free time to explore and discover during your Sri Lanka English teaching volunteer program. On the evenings during the week you can explore everything Galle has to offer, and your weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are completely free for you to go on longer tours and excursions across the country.

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

Safety and In Country Support

Global Crossroad takes your safety incredibly seriously, and to this end we carefully vet all our projects, accommodations and facilities and regularly inspect them to ensure they meet our strict safety standards. Furthermore, your local coordinator will be there to support you every step of the way.

Read more about our safety and in-country support.

Volunteer English Teaching Sri Lanka: FAQs:

Arrival and Departure

For this teaching English volunteer program in Sri Lanka, you must fly into Bandaranaike International Airport one day prior to the start date of the program. Global Crossroad will arrange your pick-up from the airport.

We highly advise you to provide our country coordinator with the correct flight details. Inform our country coordinator if there are any flight delays or cancelation. Bear in mind we do not offer airport drop off services at the end of your project. So, you’ll have to arrange your airport transfer yourself.


You must obtain a tourist visa in order to work in our Teach English Sri Lanka volunteering program. You must apply online on Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to obtain tourist visa.

You can check out this website to learn more about Sri Lankan tourist visa requirements and policies.


In order to work in our teaching volunteer Sri Lanka program, you must get vaccinated for Tetanus, Japanese Encephalitis, Measles, Rubella, Mumps, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Poliomyelitis, Yellow Fever, and Diphtheria.

It’s important to get vaccinations before your visit to Sri Lanka for volunteering work. But do consult with your local doctor beforehand. If you want to learn more about these vaccinations then click here.

Why Volunteer English Teaching Sri Lanka?

This Sri Lanka Teach English Program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create real change in the lives of countless people, positively influencing both their and your own life in the process.

You will get the opportunity to educate children

When working in this project you will get to provide invaluable education to Sri Lankan children, ensuring that they have plenty of opportunities in their adult life.

You will understand the education system of Sri Lanka

Another great benefit of volunteering in Sri Lanka in a teaching project is the chance to immerse yourself and learn about the education system in the country, which is sure to be different from the one you’re used to and give you valuable perspective.

You will gain valuable work experience teaching internationally

Not only will you provide huge benefits to your students, but for yourself as well. You will gain valuable real-world classroom experience in an international setting, which will be greatly beneficial for both your career and academic prospects in the future.

You will help to elevate the level of education

Many in Sri Lanka face significant challenge in trying to educate themselves and their children. Through this teaching Sri Lanka project, you will get to help alleviate this problem and raise the level of education across the board in the entire country.

You will learn new ways to handle a class

When you volunteer to teach English in Sri Lanka, the unfamiliar classroom experience will force you to learn new and exciting ways to manage a class regardless of language or cultural barriers, which will be a hugely beneficial skill if you’re looking to make a career in teaching.

Other Volunteering Projects in Sri Lanka

If you’d like to volunteer in Sri Lanka, but not in an orphanage, Global Crossroad has you covered. In our long list of projects, you can
Work in orphanages,
teaching buddhist monks,
medical volunteer program
elephant conservation(kegalle),
elephant conservation(pinnawala) and much more

Other English Teaching Opportunities Worldwide

English is a crucial skill to have no matter where in the world you live, and Global Crossroad arranges English Teaching programs in a wide range of different countries. No matter where in the world you dream of going, there will be a Global Crossroad teaching program nearby for you to partake in. See the list below for some of our most popular teaching programs: