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Free Time – Galle, Kegalle and Pinnawala

You will work for 5 hours from Monday to Friday when you participate in Sri Lanka volunteer programs. Your free time in the mornings and evenings will be yours to explore the local area around your project placement. 

Our volunteer projects are located in the cities Galle, Kegalle and Pinnawala.

Galle is a timeless place with great historical significance. Here you will find impressive Dutch colonial buildings, ancient mosques, beautiful churches, and interesting museums.

Kegalle is more inclined towards agriculture and is known for its graphite’s and gemstones.

Pinnawala is distinctively known as the elephant island, where sprawling herds of elephants catch tourist’s attention. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to be during your free time while volunteering in Sri Lanka.

Weekend Exploration

Generally you will work for 5 days a week from Monday to Friday when you work in our Sri Lanka volunteer projects. Thus, you get two days a week (Saturday and Sunday) where you are free to explore the country any way you like.

There are plenty of tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. This island country is remarkably diverse and has some incredibly exotic places to visit and enjoy. You can spend your time observing temple ruins, walk along sandy beaches, watch elephant herds, sip famous Sri Lankan tea or try delicious varieties of sea food. These experiences and attractions is more than enough to make your Sri Lanka volunteering trip rewarding, memorable and distinct.

Our Lady of Madhu Church

This mainland church is Sri Lanka’s most hallowed Christian monument. This monument symbolizes the persecution of Catholic Sri Lankans by the protestant Dutch colonial authorities in Mannar in 1670. To this day it stands tall and proud, and is a memorable place to visit while volunteering in Sri Lanka.

Bundala National Park

The Bundala National Park is home to thousands of colorful birds and is a fantastic maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes that glitter like gold in the dying evening sun. This wetland sanctuary is a perfect place to visit during your weekends of your Sri Lanka volunteer program.

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil

This huge Hindu temple, crowned by a towering gold-encrusted gopuram is one of the most significant Hindu religious complexes in Sri Lanka. A visit to this stunning temple gives you a feeling of peace and serenity and will be a memory you will treasure for a lifetime.

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress

This dramatic rock fortress with a steep ornamental staircase and porches on the stairway has extraordinarily beautiful pierced-stone windows. This is a stunning site that you can encounter while participating in Sri Lanka volunteering programs during your weekends.

Other interesting places to visit during your weekend are:

Visit Sri Maha Bodhi and observe the sacred bodhi tree.
Be at the Cave Temples to see 150 stunning Buddha statues and paintings.
Spend time at the Jaffna Fort for its vast complex overlooking the Jaffna lagoon.
 Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic to see a tooth of the Buddha

Volunteer Opportunities in Sri Lanka

If you’re interested in other volunteering opportunities in Sri lanka, then GCR offers a wide range of projects in the country for a variety of passions and interests. Whether you want to
work in an Orphanage,
teach English,
teaching buddhist monks,
medical volunteer program
elephant conservation(kegalle),
elephant conservation(pinnawala),

or much more there is a GCR program for you.