Welcome to Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Overview

Have you always wanted to travel to a lush and vibrant country where you have a unique opportunity to give back to the community and environment there? Global Crossroad has multiple amazing volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka for the kind-hearted adventure.

  • Have the adventure and experience of a lifetime for starts at $155
  • Always feel safe and supported with our ever present in country coordinator
  • Immaculate reputation since 2003
  • Work and travel alongside likeminded volunteers from around the globe

A vacation in Sri Lanka is always a fascinating experience. When you combine this exotic vacation with a volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka, however, you create the experience of a lifetime; one that you will never forget!

The traditional, smiling people of Sri Lanka match the sunny climate and ancient culture. Sri Lanka is a land full of wonder with abundant beauty and paradisiacal niches of glory. It is like no place you have ever been!

A heartbreaking civil war kept a generation in bondage, but is thankfully now a thing of the past. Its ravages have left a need for much restoration, and you can be a part of nurturing the new peace now just beginning to blossom in this beautiful country. Team up with Global Crossroad and sign up for a volunteer program in Sri Lanka.

Contact us today, while you’re thinking about it. We’ll be happy to send you more information on our wonderful volunteer abroad in Sri Lanka programs.

Volunteer in Sri Lanka Programs

Global Crossroad offers five volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka that range from teaching to elephant conservation.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Sri Lanka

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
    • Millennium Elephant
    • Pinnewala Elephant
    • 1 Week
    • $155
    • $230
    • $300
    • 2 Weeks
    • $310
    • $460
    • $550
    • 3 Weeks
    • $415
    • $640
    • $800
    • 4 Weeks
    • $520
    • $820
    • $1,050
    • 5 Weeks
    • $625
    • $1,000
    • $1,300
    • 6 Weeks
    • $730
    • $1,180
    • $1,550
    • 7 Weeks
    • $835
    • $1,360
    • $1,800
    • 8 Weeks
    • $940
    • $1,540
    • $2,050
    • 9 Weeks
    • $1,045
    • $1,720
    • $2,300
    • 10 Weeks
    • $1,150
    • $1,900
    • $2,550
    • 11 Weeks
    • $1,255
    • $2,080
    • $2,800
    • 12 Weeks
    • $1,360
    • $2,260
    • $3,050
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer to Galle (2 hours) $85
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer to Kegalle (80 KM) $125
  • Transfer from Galle to Kegalle (3 hours) $125
  • Language and Culture $250
  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
Fees do cover:
  • Accommodations
  • Food
  • Airport pick up
  • In-country induction with a staff member upon arrival
  • Personalized project
  • Support of in-country coordinator
  • Pre-departure information
  • Emergency support
  • Other program related support
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Fees do not cover:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Transfer from Galle to Kegalle (3 hours) $125
  • Airport Return Transfer
  • Daily Transportation

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.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Global Crossroad’s volunteer programs in Sri Lanka weekly fees include management of volunteers’ meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Sri Lanka. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

During your volunteering work in Sri Lanka, we normally place our volunteers with a host family. Volunteers usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs.

Most volunteers who have stayed with a host family during their volunteering overseas in Sri Lanka project note that their stay truly enriched their entire experience abroad.

Orphanage volunteers might have the opportunity to stay with the children as many orphanages provide private rooms for international volunteers. These volunteer rooms will normally be shared with a volunteer of the same gender.

Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival for your volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Sri Lanka

The locations for most our volunteer programs in Sri Lanka are in and around the small beautiful town of Galle, approximately 120 km from Colombo. Galle is one of the most popular tourist areas of Sri Lanka boasting a nice beautiful coastline and diverse landscapes including beaches, marshlands, dry planes and hills. There are many prominent landmarks in Galle that stands as an ideal example of a fortified city built by the Europeans in South and Southeast Asia. The lasting architectural style is a unique fusion of European buildings with South Asian traditions. The Galle Fort is a world heritage site and remains the largest fortress in Asia built by Europeans. Also check out Flag Rock for sunset.

Free time from your volunteering work in Sri Lanka allows you to explore beautiful beaches or visit various Buddhist and Hindu temples as well as mosques, churches, parks, zoos, national parks, museums and art galleries. Many beautiful communities on the north side of Galle provide a chance to explore Sri Lankan village life. You will have access to Internet cafés and other traveler amenities in Galle and many restaurants in Galle serve western-style foods.

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Safety and Field Support: Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each volunteer will receive while they complete their volunteer program in Sri Lanka.

  • Country Coordinator and Field Staff: Global Crossroad has a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members. Each volunteer abroad Sri Lanka project is managed by a highly trained local team whose primary care, concern, and job is to meet the needs of each individual volunteer. There will be someone there to greet volunteers upon arrival at the airport, orient them to the country, conduct a language program (where applicable), manage room and board, introduce volunteers to their chosen program, and personally visit and or check-up via telephone every 7 to 12 days.
  • Airport Greeting: Once you clear customs, there will be someone (usually a local staff member, but at times a professional transfer company employee) waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. They will carry some form of valid identification, so that you feel 100% safe leaving with them.
  • Host Family Accommodations: The majority of the time, volunteers will reside with a host family or in a guesthouse. Global Crossroad has hand selected these host families to ensure that they are of the highest esteem and respectable citizens of their community. While Global Crossroad’s host families typically speak very little English, they are financially stable and have experience hosting international volunteers and travelers. This will prove to be a highly rewarding component of your volunteer abroad in Sri Lanka program.
  • Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan: It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when joining any of the volunteering opportunities in Sri Lanka. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences. Please contact us to learn more about our insurance policy.
  • Placement with Other Volunteers: Global Crossroad is happy to place volunteers with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; a volunteering work in Sri Lanka is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any volunteering opportunities in Sri Lanka. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteer program in Sri Lanka. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in Sri Lanka are likely very different from those in your home country.

Our in-country coordinator is always available to ensure your safety, comfort, and satisfaction while you are on a volunteer program in Sri Lanka. You will have all of the necessary contact information for that person prior to your arrival.

Global Crossroad has been organizing volunteering opportunities in Sri Lanka since 2003 and is adamant about providing you will all of the necessary information and support that will ensure you have the best experience whether you commit to a volunteer teaching English overseas program, a volunteer in an orphanage abroad project, an intern with community development program, or a college group volunteer trip.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Sri Lanka

APPLICATION - INFORMATION

  • What is the language spoken in Sri Lanka?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Sri Lanka?
  • When should I apply for a volunteer/internship assignment in Sri Lanka?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
  • How long does it take to process my application?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Sri Lanka based volunteer programs?

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer projects in Sri Lanka?
  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What is the language spoken in Sri Lanka?
  • When are the Sri Lanka based assignments available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Sri Lanka?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my flight to Sri Lanka?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Sri Lanka?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Sri Lanka?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Will have an opportunity to do laundry while volunteering in Sri Lanka?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is Sri Lanka?
  • What are the principle health risks in Sri Lanka?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Sri Lanka?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Sri Lanka?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Sri Lanka?
  • What should I know about religious conduct in Sri Lanka?
  • How do I respect the people of Sri Lanka?

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SRI LANKA

  • What is weather like in Sri Lanka?
  • Official Sri Lankan Holidays
  • What about tipping in Sri Lanka?
  • Materials to Bring

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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Mr. Noel Michael Ferreira

Country Co-ordinator

Born in Galle , the Southern province of Sri Lanka , Mr. Ferreira has an in-depth knowledge of Sri Lankan history, culture, and social issues. Before joining Global Crossroad, he worked abroad for 15 years as a supervisor and manager in an international company. He is very grateful to have the opportunity to help and assist the people who had been badly affected by the Tsunami Disaster of December 26, 2004 through Global Crossroad Tsunami Reconstruction Project. His love, passion and concern for the children and the community is visible through his support to the tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka .

Education

Studied up to General Certificate Exam, Advance Level, English Medium from Sri Lanka

Experience

Mr. Ferreira is an active social worker. He is affiliated with many local, social and youth organizations. He has been actively working to promote peace, understanding, and friendship through community work. He has already worked with more than 500 volunteers in Sri Lanka .

Interest

Mr. Ferreira is devoted to improve the day-to-day lives of his community through various services and supports and he also encourages the volunteers to get involved into projects like orphanage, teaching English and reach the children and their community in dire need. He basically thrives for a challenge and benefit the humankind.

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