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Sri Lanka Experience

location
4 - 4 weeks  ·  Age 17 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Excellent response rate

Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • Join us in 2024 - 6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 15th July, 5th August & 3rd September
  • Marvel at the famous Kandyan dancing & the iconic temple of the tooth relic
  • Explore the cultural triangle – a treasure trove of ancient ruins & wildlife
  • Pick tea leaves & step back in time in ‘little England’
  • Enjoy breathtaking views from Little Adam’s Peak to the Nine Arch Bridge

Especially suitable

Age 17+
Singles
Groups

About the program

Do something life-changing discovering the real Sri Lanka. Spend four amazing weeks exploring and volunteering in this hugely inspiring country.

Have a life-changing summer discovering a whole new world on the Sri Lanka Intro Experience. Spend two amazing weeks travelling and exploring the length and breadth of a hugely inspiring country, visiting all the wonders that Sri Lanka holds. From ancient ruins to paradise beaches, safari wildlife ...

About the program

Have a life-changing summer discovering a whole new world on the Sri Lanka Intro Experience. Spend two amazing weeks travelling and exploring the length and breadth of a hugely inspiring country, visiting all the wonders that Sri Lanka holds. From ancient ruins to paradise beaches, safari wildlife to rolling green hills, you can discover all the best spots around the island. Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still uncrowded so now is the time to go!

SUMMARY OF THE SRI LANKA INTRO EXPERIENCE
The Sri Lanka Intro Experience offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to join together and embark on a thrilling adventure across Sri Lanka. Our local team provides a structured, fasr-paced and thrilling group itinerary across a number of amazing sites around the country. On the Sri Lanka Intro Experience, you will arrive into Sri Lanka on a set date, joining your group before travelling across a 2 week period. This makes the Intro Travel Experiences ideal for anyone who wishes to explore and engage in new experiences in the company of others.
Individuals on this experience trip have the unique chance to explore the whole of this diverse island, from the ancient Cultural Triangle to the relaxing waves of Mirissa and the lush green scenery of the central hill-country. Your adventure will pan across the best sites in the entire country, travelling with a new group of friends and experiencing a different side to Sri Lanka.
Across this 14 day itinerary, be prepared for breathtaking sites, friends for life and complete cultural immersion. The Sri Lanka Intro Experience is perfect for anyone looking to travel within a safe, structured and social environment.
From one destination to the next, you won’t need to worry about a thing. All your in-country transport and accommodation will be arranged by our local teams on the Sri Lanka Intro Experience. This helps to ensure that your experience abroad is as smooth as possible. Our team will arrange numerous activities for you to enjoy and engage in during your trip. For any spare time, our local experts will be able to help you discover the impressive range of activities you can get involved in during your trip to Sri Lanka.
The trip’s group set-up makes the Sri Lanka Intro Experience an exceptional social occasion. You have the chance to meet individuals from across the globe, forming friendships that will last a lifetime. You will stay together for your entire adventure, sharing moments and memories that will stay with you forever. You will also have the chance to immerse yourself with members of the local community, making your gap year experience in Sri Lanka even more special.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
Return Airport Transfer - Your return airport transfer is not included in your Program Fee. Our local team can help arrange onward transfers to the airport or an alternative destination from the accommodation. Making specific arrangements once in Sri Lanka provides more flexibility as plans can often change and participants may be on similar flight plans. The costs depend on your method of transport and your final destination. This can often be split across multiple participants if you are travelling with someone else on the program. It is strongly advised not to travel by public transport or ridesharing apps back to the airport. Whilst this may be cheaper, it is far less convenient and comes with additional safety risks.
Itinerary Schedule - The itineraries for our PMGY experience trips are subject to change, as a result of unforeseen circumstances. We will always do our best to notify participants of changes in advance of the program start date. However, activities day to day during time in-country also remain subject to unanticipated changes.
Top PMGY Destination - Sri Lanka is widely considered to be the best PMGY volunteer destination due to the superior local support, value for money and overall experience on offer in Ambalangoda. The local Sri Lankan team really go above-and-beyond to ensure each volunteer in Sri Lanka has the best possible experience and this is reflected in volunteer feedback. As a result, we believe this is the perfect destination for a first-time traveller who is looking for a little extra support, plenty of organised weekend trips and wants to get involved in some fantastic local initiatives in an exotic location.



Typical day

EXPLORING SRI LANKA

As exquisite as Sri Lanka might be, it’s certainly had its share of challenges, from years of war to overpowering tsunamis. However, the country has been moving forward quickly, which puts Sri Lanka now firmly on many travellers itineraries. In fact, it has been a favourite ...

Typical day

EXPLORING SRI LANKA

As exquisite as Sri Lanka might be, it’s certainly had its share of challenges, from years of war to overpowering tsunamis. However, the country has been moving forward quickly, which puts Sri Lanka now firmly on many travellers itineraries. In fact, it has been a favourite destination of PMGY volunteers and adventurous travel tours for many years, almost like a best-kept secret!

Sri Lanka may be small but it has more than 2,000 years of culture, 8 (yes 8!) Unesco World Heritage Sites, endless beaches, lush rainforests, welcoming people, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea, oodles of elephants, wonderful food and so, so much more. With travelling distances so short and sights to see aplenty, it means your 2 weeks are spent enjoying the huge diversity of this island without having to spend lots of time in transit during your Sri Lanka Intro Experience.

First of all, you’ll get to learn about the rich history and kingdoms of the Cultural Triangle at the famous Temple of the Tooth, cultural dance show, Sigiriya Rock and Polonnaruwa. Next, you'll explore the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and experience spectacular views, walks and waterfalls in Ella. After that, spot elephants on safari in Udawalawe National Park. Finally, a chance to relax and bodyboard on Mirissa beach plus explore the streets of Galle Fort!

Your group will travel together by private minibus visiting some of the best destinations Sri Lanka has to offer, as well as some of the hidden gems most visitors never see! A PMGY coordinator will accompany you throughout your Sri Lanka Intro Experience, so you’ll get the chance to learn so much about the country’s culture and history.


Free-time activities


Free-time activities



Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 17 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level)

Criminal Background Check

required

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Plan My Gap Year

  • Accommodation 
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Airport Pick Up
  • In-Country Orientation
  • Private Transport Across Sri Lanka
  • Private Transport To/From Project
  • Entrance Fees
  • 24 Hour Support

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

You should arrive into Bandaranaike International Airport (airport code CMB) on the Monday after 9:30am. 

On arrival a member of our local team will be at the waiting area for you holding a sign with your name on it. They will drive you straight to our partner hotel in Negombo, which is close to the airport, where you can relax and settle in. This journey takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

Accommodation

All your accommodation is organised by PMGY on your Sri Lanka Intro Experience. You will stay at guesthouses or hotels, sharing a room with fellow travellers. All rooms will be single-sex, with fans and a western bathroom.

When travelling, our team will do their best to arrange twin rooms or single beds (guaranteed for your first night of your Sri Lanka Intro Experience), but from time to time some volunteers may be required to share double beds depending on availability. The guesthouses will be basic but clean, comfortable and have the amenities you need.

Food & Beverages

You will be served three meals per day across the whole four weeks of the gap year Sri Lanka experience. Most meals are traditional Sri Lankan dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Sri Lankan cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available.

During the first two weeks of travelling, meals are mostly buffet format so volunteers can pick and choose what they want. When travelling, bottled water will be provided for each mealtime. Water outside of mealtimes and any soft drinks are at your own expense throughout the gap year Sri Lanka experience.

At the Volunteer House, a weekly menu has been introduced that blends Sri Lanka cuisine with Western cuisine so you will know in advance what is on the menu for that day!

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Sri Lanka. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

This program starts on the 6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 15th July, 5th August & 3rd September 2024

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

4 weeks 1,348€
Average fees 337€/week

Program fees

337€ per week 4 - 4 weeks Age 17 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

4 - 4 weeks

Deposit

The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.


Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Plan My Gap Year

Excellent 4.8 rating (865 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2011

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Josh

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK.

Meet your organization

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide safe, affordable, need-driven volunteer programmes from 1 to 24 weeks in 11 countries worldwide.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US…

Founded by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Year works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact on the world.

We work extremely hard to ensure that our opportunities are affordable for everyone who wants to make a difference. So fees are 100% transparent, something our volunteers really appreciate.

Plan My Gap Year structured programmes create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in our host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with us. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure our set up is safe and that our volunteers are making a positive impact.

There is also a great social element to our programmes. Plan My Gap Year puts you in touch with all your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way. Plus you’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel the country with your newfound travel buddies – it’s all part of the PMGY experience!

So if you’re thinking of doing something a bit different on your next trip abroad, then why not drop us a line and find out what extraordinary things you could be doing.

AFFORDABLE & TRANSPARENT FEES

Our aim is to make our programmes accessible to motivated travellers irrespective of their financial capacity. Plan My Gap Year focuses on providing the core requirements of a volunteer programme: safety, structure and sustainability.

We are 100% transparent with our fees. That way you know exactly how much of your money goes towards the local community.

Compared to the large majority of volunteer organisations out there, even most charities and not-for-profits, PMGY’s opportunities are significantly cheaper. Furthermore, as our reviews will testify, our support service and structured programmes are second to none.

SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT

Your safety is our top priority. All of Plan My Gap Years' programmes have been personally inspected and vetted by the PMGY team – which is not an industry standard by any means. We carry out independent risk assessments on an annual basis and our local teams constantly review the safety precautions we implement. This includes regular staff and safety appraisals.

 Our local teams are made up of highly experienced volunteer coordinators. They have hosted international volunteers for many years and are prepared to react in the unlikely event of an emergency. Whatever the problem, big or small, our local teams are available around the clock.

As part of our commitment to your safety, we keep in constant communication with local embassies and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to ensure we can identify potentially dangerous situations and act upon them immediately. Our UK team are available 24/7 to assist volunteers and their families.

TRAINING & SUPPORT

We support our volunteers every step of the way. Before you go we will provide you with a detailed Volunteer Handbook, which will guide you through how to prepare for your trip. This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides.

Our experienced UK team are always available to provide assistance. Plan My Gap Year is always available to answer our questions and support you in anyway we can. 

On arrival, a member of our in-country team will collect you from the airport and help you settle in. Your orientation course will teach you everything you need to know about the country, how to stay safe and what to expect from your upcoming volunteer experience. 

Our local team are on-call 24/7. Whether you’ve lost your passport or just want some help in planning a weekend trip, our friendly in-country coordinators provide that safety net to ensure you are well looked after.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Plan My Gap Years' responsibility is not limited to our travellers but also the projects we support. That is why all our volunteers must provide a Criminal Background Check before they travel.

It is essential that our projects are need-driven and sustainable. We work closely with our local partners to ensure that our volunteers are contributing to bring about long-term development.

PERSONAL TOUCH

We really know our programmes. Our UK team have stayed in the accommodation, volunteered at the projects and met the volunteers. We carefully assess each application we receive so that your personality and skills are suited to the project. Whatever your query, you can feel assured that you will be speaking to someone who can tell you exactly what to expect.

HAVING FUN

One of the best aspects of volunteering is meeting some amazing like-minded people. We place over 2,000 volunteers every year so wherever and whenever you go, you have the peace of mind in knowing you will be living and working alongside other PMGY volunteers. In many of our destinations, we run our own Volunteer House accommodation, which ensures all volunteers live together, and therefore guaranteeing a strong social element. In addition, our local team are always there to help you plan any independent travel or give you some tips for what to do at the weekend.

865 reviews · rating4.8

Leah Russell rating5

2023 at Sri Lanka Experience

I recently spent four weeks in Sri Lanka on the real Sri Lanka experience, for two weeks we travelled around the country seeing and taking part in all the different places and experiences Sri Lanka has to offer. The next two weeks I volunteered on the turtle and English teaching projects. The ...
Megan Reynolds rating4.8

2023 at Sri Lanka Experience

The real experience in Sri Lanka was amazing. I had the most incredible time travelling round Sri Lanka and feel like everywhere was covered. The two weeks volunteering was so much fun and met so many ...
Michał Zawadzki rating5

2023 at Sri Lanka Experience

Real Sri Lanka experience was the best time of my life! I’ve met many great people. I’ll definitely come back to pmgy next year. Volunteering with turtles was quite challenging but really rewarding and joyful. I totally recommend trip with pmgy to first time travelers and every 17 year old who ...
Nancy Peacock rating5

2023 at Sri Lanka Experience

I had an amazing 4 weeks in Sri Lanka and the Maldives!! The real experience was extremely well planned which helped make travelling around Sri Lanka feel so easy and stress free. I met some incredible people along the way which always makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Can’t wait to ...
Veronika Valachova rating5

2023 at Sri Lanka Experience

I have done 4 weeks in Sri Lanka, where i have done 2 weeks of travel around it and then 2 weeks of volunteering. The travel was incredible we visited different type of place where we could explore the culture food and even more. The staff on the travel was very supportive and friendly. When we get ...
Georgina Scott rating5

2023 at Sri Lanka Experience

Amazingly detailed volunteer handbook before I arrived. My 2 weeks on the real Sri Lanka experience were so well organised and I made friends for life. We had honestly the most supportive, friendly and experienced coordinator (Amelia!!) and obviously the best driver ever (Jaga!) When I arrived at ...

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Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka > Ambalangoda

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