English Teacher (ESL/EFL)

SVS School for English
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Coordinator | Sebastian
Coordinator | Sebastian
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A trip to Maskeliya to stay in the charities other project and enjoy the peace and quiet, bathe in waterfalls, and stay under the Virgin mountains
Team outings and fun activities arranged by SVS senior staff
Teach English on one of the most beautiful islands in the world
No program fees for volunteers
Get training all the way through to make sure you do the best job you can possibly do
Volunteer English Teaching in Colombo, Sri Lanka - with no program fees. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 21+
Want to do something that matters?
Don't have any teaching experience?
Worry not!
Volunteer with SVS School for English in Sri Lanka and we'll give you all the training and materials you need to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of students.

A small, non-profit school based in Colombo, SVS aims to empower adults in Sri Lanka by helping them to develop their English language skills and broaden their worldview.

Spend 6 months working with us and you'll learn not just how to teach English grammar, but also how to open minds and change lives - as well as getting to explore one of the world's most beautiful islands every weekend! The classes are held daily and you will be in charge of three classes each term. All the support needed for your classes will be offered by the heads of the school.

SVS volunteers teach up to 30hrs of English every week, to classes that include university students, Buddhist monks, trainee architects, lawyers, and more. It's challenging, rewarding, and truly fulfilling.

All teachers stay in a beautiful house on the outskirts of Colombo, near the parliament building. There are many footpaths and a large lake very close by and the area is known for its relaxing feel. Each teacher will have their own room and have a shared bathroom with one other teacher. 

We provide accommodation, meals, and transport to and from school - you just have to buy your plane ticket! 

Typical day

Teachers will either be driven to school by the principal in the morning or take a ride in a trishaw which is provided by the school.

Once at school the teachers will go through their lesson plans and prepare for their lessons. The best thing about this school is that all the lesson plans and the materials are provided for you, so planning time is cut down a lot. Teachers tend to need a lot of time to prepare at the start but once they understand how the lessons work, the time is greatly reduced.

Even though the teachers are given all the materials and training needed to run the class, there is still space left for teachers to put their own spin on the class or add things that they think might make the class better.

The team at SVS want you to enjoy your time teaching as much as the students do, so put I the time to make sure that you are as comfortable and ready as you can be. The school is about working together as a team to try and make the learning as enjoyable as it can possibly be.

We don't expect you to bring anything apart from a willingness to learn and a passion for trying to help your students do the best they can possibly do.

Free-time activities

After work teachers like to head home so that they can chat with the other teachers about the day. We all tend to sit down for dinner together and sometimes play a few rounds of cards before heading off to bed.

There are many great restaurants in the city, which is only a short distance away from both the house and the school, where lots of teachers like to try out both the local cuisine and the local's take on other cuisines.

The weekends are where the teachers venture a little further out - there are beaches, jungles, and mountains all within a couple of hours away from the city... most of the volunteers tend to go for the beaches as they are some of the best in the world.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Education Requirements
at University degree / ESL qualification level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Native English speaker
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 20:00

What's Included

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

Someone from the organisation will pick you up from the airport no matter what time of day or night it is.

The airport is about 1 hour away from the teachers' house and when you reach the house you will be given time to settle in before meeting all the other teachers.


All the teachers stay together in a nice house on the outskirts of Colombo. Each volunteer will get their own spacious room and share the bathroom with just one other teacher.

Food & Beverages

Three meals are provided a day.

We can cater to vegetarians and meat-eaters. All meals are provided by the in-house chef and all the teachers sit and eat together in a family-like way.

Meal times are usually a great time for teachers to unwind and just chat about the day.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Sri Lanka.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Sri Lanka provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Sri Lanka you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Sri Lanka.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival

Volunteers can apply throughout the year to reserve a placement with SVS.

Terms start:
  • Beginning of January
  • Middle of April
  • Middle of July
  • Beginning of October

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
24 - 50 weeks

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