Summer Volunteer and Travel Program in Sri Lanka (4 weeks)

Global Crossroad’s Sri Lanka volunteer abroad program is a unique chance to volunteer abroad, immerse yourself in the cultural and language of this beautiful country, and embark on an exciting wildlife adventure. Global Crossroad has been providing this affordable, safe, and reputable summer volunteering opportunity in Sri since 2003! This summer volunteering program in Sri Lanka is composed of three different parts: language classes and cultural orientation, home stay and community service project, and travel and exploration.

Homestay and Community Service Project (14 days)

cultural immersion

You will spend two weeks of your best summer volunteering program in Sri Lanka helping in an orphanage. While you are dedicating your time to these children in need, you will also be staying with a host family. This will be an exiting way to truly become part of the culture and learn a great deal about Sri Lankan life, culture, and traditions.

Cultural and Language Orientation (7 days)

The language and cultural immersion program, which takes place the first week, will greatly benefit you and your ability to interact and communicate while doing your community service. You will also spend twenty-two days working at an orphanage and staying with a local family. Your homestay is an excellent way to become fully immersed in the culture of Sri Lanka.

Travel and Exploration (7 days)

srilanka travel

The travel and exploration segment of your summer volunteering program in Sri Lanka will include a visit to the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary. You will also have the chance to experience Buddhist culture, view ancient temples, sunbathe next to the Indian Ocean, explore dense mangrove forests, and interact with the warm and friendly Sri Lankan people.

  • Program:   Summer Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka
  • Highlights:   Volunteer service project, cultural and language immersion, and wildlife safari
  • Arrival and Departure:   Bandanaika International Airport in Colombo
  • Accommodations/Meals:   As per itinerary
  • Duration:   4 Weeks
  • Program fee:   $1,699 for 4 weeks, which includes 4 days/3 nights safari

Summer Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka Complete Itinerary

Day Prior to Start of Best Summer Volunteering Program in Sri Lanka:

Airport pickup and transfer to Galle, which is about a four-hour drive from Colombo.

Day 1: Orientation

You will be introduced to Sri Lankan history, culture, and customs. You will take a brief trip to visit the Tsunami Reconstruction Project.

Day 2: Language Class

You will start language (Singhalese) classes today for approximately four hours. After 2PM, you will set off for the beach of Galle to further explore the enduring beauty of Sri Lanka.

Day 3: Singhalese Language Classes Continue

In the afternoon, you will venture on a hike through local villages, all-the-while exploring the beautiful landscapes, local farming system, local ways of life, and, most importantly, the people of Sri Lanka.

Day 4: Full Day of Travel and Exploration in the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ruhuna's National Park at Yala is Sri Lanka 's most popular wildlife safari destination. Situated approximately 300km from Colombo, this expansive, 1250km 2 park is home to a kaleidoscope of wildlife, including: leopards, crocodiles, elephants, deer, sambar, bears, wild bores, wild buffalo as well as peacocks and various other species of migratory birds such as flamingos. The uniqueness of the park is the varying multitudes of habitat diversities ranging from dense jungles and lagoons to open park areas and a beautiful sea - all spotted with a cornucopia of jutting, rocky outcroppings.

Day 5: Singhalese Language Classes Continue

In the afternoon, you are given the opportunity to view a movie in local theater - further immersing yourself in the surrounding culture.

Day 6: Singhalese Language Classes Continue

In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the local fisherman village, in effect further grasping and comprehending the Sri Lankan culture by observing and understand the daily life of the fishermen's families of Sri Lanka.

Day 7

Tour of Galle

Day 7-23

For 22 days, you will volunteer in an orphanage as part of your summer volunteering opportunity in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is home to 74 children who have lost their parents or have been abandoned by them. You will volunteer for 5 to 8 hours, 5 days a week. Your responsibilities will include helping with meals, playing, cleaning, and also teaching. You will also help the local staff. You might also be asked to assist with maintenance and renovations to the orphanage.

Day 24

Whale Safari and Snorkeling Trip

Day 25

Safari to Yala National Park and Visit to Elephant Orphanage

Day 26

Depart for Dambala for another Safari

Day 27

Climb the Citadel of Sigiriya

Day 28

Overnight Stay in Kandy and Tea Factory/Plantation Tour Before Airport Departure

Summer volunteering program in Sri Lanka itineraries are merely samples and may change to meet the needs of the volunteers and changes in the field conditions. This itinerary will be revised and finalized during orientation program.

Prices and Dates

Program Fee: $1,699 for 4 weeks, which includes 4 days/3 nights safari

Fees Cover:

  • Airport pickup/drop off
  • Accommodations (host family, cabin) and local food 3 times a day during entire volunteer period
  • Accommodation (budget hotel, hostel family) and local food 3 times a day during travel
  • Local transportation (primarily local buses) during travel
  • Entry fees
  • Insurance
  • Airport pickup/drop off
  • In-country support

Fees do not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and food
  • Domestic transportation during volunteering
  • Any tips to guides, gifts to host family or projects