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Orphanage Volunteer Sri Lanka!

Do you want to travel to a fascinating new country and have the unique opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of disadvantaged children?

You can do both with Global Crossroad’s orphanage volunteering program in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country filled with pristine beaches, delicious food and friendly people, and clear blue waters with plenty of surfing opportunities.

The rich history and culture of the country is a fascinating experience to explore and immerse yourself in, and many people come to Sri Lanka every year for just this reason.

Sadly, Sri Lanka still suffers from the devastation of the country’s civil war. With hostilities taking place until as recently as 2009, when a peace agreement was reached, there are still many communities and people in the country suffering, especially orphans who have lost their parents to conflict, poverty, starvation and other causes.

While orphanages do their best to care for these children, they are severely underfunded and undermanned, meaning they are in dire need of volunteers like you to continue their incredibly vital work.

Through your dedication of your time and effort in this volunteer in an orphanage program in Sri Lanka, you will be able to provide love and care to those whose lives are severely lacking these things, and the attention you give to the orphans will motivate and inspire them to reach their full potential by giving them hope for a future without poverty and suffering.

Are you interested in enabling orphaned children to have successful and happy adult lives? Then contact Global Crossroad today for more information about this exciting opportunity!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

When you volunteer in an orphanage in Sri Lanka you will have a variety of responsibilities including teaching English, organizing creative extracurricular activities, helping with health and hygiene, imparting valuable life skills and assist with administrative work such as cooking and housekeeping when needed.

Through this work, you will share your love and passion for children and provide a beam of light in the lives of these orphans. You will motivate and inspire them to reach their full potential and give them a chance to lift themselves out of poverty and provide better lives for the next generation of Sri Lankans.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific requirements such as experience or education required to volunteer in an orphanage in Sri Lanka. You simply need to be a loving and caring person with a great passion for children and helping others who are less fortunate. You should also be patient and flexible, and willing to go outside your comfort zone to tackle exciting challenges on a daily basis.

Every day working in an orphanage in Sri Lanka will be a rewarding experience filled with fun moments and exciting new challenges. Not only will you see the smiles on the faces of those you help, you will also get to explore a fascinating and deep country filled with amazing things to see and experience.

On your arrival in Sri Lanka, one of our local staff will be waiting to collect you and bring you to your accommodation. You’ll then have the day to get settled in and prepare for your upcoming project.

  • First Day: - On your first day of volunteering in an orphanage project in Sri Lanka, your local coordinator will escort you to the orphanage and introduce you to the staff and children. You’ll have the rest of the first day to get familiarized with the orphanage, the children and your responsibilities in the coming days or weeks.
  • Weekdays: - Your work begins in earnest on the second day of the project, and while each day will be varied and bring with it new experiences, a typical day looks like this:
  • 7.00 AM - 7.30 AM – Enjoy a delicious Sri Lankan meal at your accommodation.
  • 7.45 AM – At this time you set out for a rewarding day of working with orphans and helping them lead happy lives.
  • 12.00 PM – Around noon there will be a break for lunch, which you will have taken with you from your accommodation, and this is a great chance to get to know your colleagues and orphans a little better.
  • 3.00 PM – Work will generally end at this time, and you have the rest of the evening free to explore the surrounding area and everything it has to offer.
  • 6.45 PM – The day concludes with an amazing and authentic meal at your accommodation, letting you do some cultural exchange with your fellow volunteers and immerse yourself in the culture of your hosts.

Orphanage Volunteer 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 Orphanage Project
  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) »

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

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.

Accommodation and Meal

During your Sri Lanka orphanage volunteering project, you will be staying with a loving and welcoming host family. Our accommodation is carefully vetted and inspected to ensure complete safety, and rooms are comfortable with modern bathroom facilities. You will share your room with volunteers of the same gender and receive three delicious and authentic meals a day.

Read more about our accommodation and meals in Sri Lanka.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

When you join orphanage volunteering program in Sri Lanka, not only will you be changing the lives of those less fortunate, you will also 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.

Read more about your free time and weekend exploration while 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.

Orphanage Volunteer Sri Lanka: FAQs:

Arrival and Departure

You have to fly into Bandaranaike International Airport for our orphanage 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.


Please arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. 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). You can learn more about Sri Lanka’s visa requirements and policies here.


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 orphanage 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. You can learn more about vaccinations for Sri Lanka here

Why Orphanage Volunteer Sri Lanka?

This Sri Lanka Orphanage Volunteer opportunity is an amazing chance to make a difference in the lives of Sri Lankan children from poor backgrounds and orphans.

You will help change the lives of orphaned children

Through this project you have the chance to provide orphaned children with healthy, secure and constructive childhoods by providing care, love and attention that is severely lacking in their lives.

You will assist orphanages in their struggle to look after orphaned children

When you volunteer in an orphanage in Sri Lanka, your efforts will free up and enable the orphanage to reach out to a greater number of children, rescuing even more of them from abject poverty and poor living conditions.

You will develop real and lasting relationships with orphans

The love, care and attention that you give these children will not go unnoticed by them, and through your work you are sure to make lasting relationships with these children and you will get to see the fruits of your labor as they grow older and enjoy happy adult lives, all thanks to you.

You will make a positive impact and provide a better future for orphans

Through working at our Sri Lanka orphanage volunteer project, the education and skills you impart to the orphans will enable them to reach their full potential and give them a chance at a better and brighter future.

You will dedicate your time to a cause greater than yourself

Rather than just travelling, you will get to dedicate yourself to a greater cause which will feel greatly rewarding as you save orphans from an uncertain future and give them a safe and secure space to grow and develop in.

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
teach English,
teaching buddhist monks,
medical volunteer program
elephant conservation(kegalle),
elephant conservation(pinnawala) and much more

Other Orphanage Projects Worldwide

Orphans are sadly suffering in many countries across the world, and Global Crossrad organizes a wide range of orphanage projects in many different countries to help alleviate this problem. For some of our most popular orphanage projects, consult the list below: