Teaching Education

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

Assist local teachers in kindergartens, community halls & or a special needs school, around Kandy
Teach the children about your country and increase their cultural awareness
Teach English conversational skills, writing, reading, drawing, through fun activities
You can also teach older kids from the village for a few hours after school, at their home or in the community hall
Get the kids active by playing sports and playground games
Help the kids improve their English skills through fun, educational games, creative activities and singing/dancing etc. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
50+
As well as kindergarten teaching, we also have other teaching options if you wanted to combine projects to get the most out of your experience. Here are the English teaching projects you can get involved with…

Kindergarten Teaching
Volunteer at one of our many kindergarten schools, assisting the local teacher and teaching English. This project helps children from the villages improve their English language and conversational skills. You will mostly be teaching English but could be asked to help teach drama, music or other foreign languages. You will assist local staff by creating teaching plans for each day. All the schools are well managed and supervised by officers from government and private institutions.

Village Kids
English education quite expensive in Sri Lanka and the majority of the children in villages are not able to attend the private tuition classes they need to improve their English. This project teaches English to these village children after school hours. The lessons will take place either at a community centre or at the home of a parent who can offer space to conduct the lessons. This project is only for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon, so we suggest that you combine this with another project, which takes place in the morning.

Special Needs School
You can also help by spending some time at the special needs school, where you can care for and help students with various health conditions. Your affection, attention and care encourage the children to increase their confidence and to put a smile on their faces. Your role will be to support the teachers and staff in caring for the children, teaching and other activities, as well as assisting them to live an independent life.

Teaching English to Adults
Learning English can greatly help with job prospects, particularly within the tourist industry.  By teaching these adults vital English language skills, you can increase their confidence and assist in better chances for them to earn a higher living. The formal teaching of English in schools has not been that successful in Sri Lanka, so your help is very much appreciated by the adults who want to gain English skills to benefit their job prospects.

Location
Kandy, is an amazing destination high up in the hills approx 3 hours drive from Colombo with incredible views, dense forests and a buzzy atmosphere with locals and tourists. Kandy is the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and is famous for it’s culture and temples such as Temple of the Tooth and plenty of others. The city has bustling markets with all kinds of interesting and diverse goods and services from unique handicrafts, exotic foods, arts, music and dance. Kandy has a really cool vibe and is somewhere you can happily explore for an extended period of time.

Project Tasks
  • Assist local teachers to teach English to kindergarten children
  • Create lesson plans for fun and educational classes, play and activities
  • Help at after school clubs to teach English to local children
  • Assist at the special needs school or teach adults English

Typical day

Volunteer for 4-6 hours per day.

Monday to Friday
Preschool Teaching
  • Mostly English teaching, but also drama, games, music, art and other foreign languages
  • Encourage children in school work and encourage the all-round development of the child
  • Assist teachers and other staff
  • Create teaching plans for the following day
Special Needs School
  • Interacting in educational activities with children as advised by the staff
  • Engaging the children through creative activities
  • Playing fun games
Teaching English to Adults
  • Teaching basic English writing skills and phrases
  • Improving English conversational skills
Village Kids
  • Preparing lesson plans
  • Teaching English to children through educational activities
  • Creating cultural sharing activities
  • Using games and other interactive activities to improve their spoken and written English

Free-time activities

Here are a few things you can do in Sri Lanka!

Royal Botanical Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are situated around 5. km to the West of Kandy. Once being only for the Kandyan royalty, they are now open to the public to wander around at their leisure. There’s 60 hectares of beautiful garden to explore, where you will see a huge Javan fig tree, pretty orchids and even monkeys!

Knuckles mountain range
This stunning mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts many walking trails. You will find small villages, beautiful waterfalls, numerous native wildlife and rice fields. This is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and adventurous hiking trails.

Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, this ancient rock is situated around 91km North from Kandy and is very popular with tourists, who can climb up to the top for some seriously stunning views. Along the way you will see antient rock carvings and paintings on the walls of this sacred rock. It will take roughly just over an hour to climb up.

Yala National Park
Located on the South coast of Sri Lanka, this stunning park hosts one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Not only that, you can also spot elephants, monkeys, birds, buffalo and more. There are numerous tours in Yala, from day tours to over several days of safari.

Adam’s Peak
Around 91km South of Kandy you can climb to the top of this sacred sight, just as the locals do for pilgrimage. It’s a bit of a trek up in the dark but totally worth it to see the sun coming up over the clouds, mountains and lush forest. You will be greeted by stunning views to reward your efforts!

Hortons Plains National Park
You can trek through this beautiful national park to ‘World’s End’, a 9.5km round loop trail, taking around 3 hours. This is a pretty easy walk, but you will be greeted with amazing views out over the countryside and above the clouds! It’s best to visit here early (before 10am) as the clouds can roll in after that and block the incredible views.

Udawatta Kele Reserve
Situated near the Kandy lake, this nature reserve is complete with monkeys and birds- fantastic for wildlife and nature lovers. Here you will find wooded forests, over 400 species of plants and 70 bird species. You can trek through the forest for a relaxing break away from the city.

Tea Plantations
Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are both popular places to visit a tea plantation, for a refreshing taste of some of Sri Lanka’s best fresh tea! Not only do they produce great tea, the landscape is stunningly green, with endless hills rolling off into the distance.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Police check or working with children check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
Daily transportation to project
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport
Airport 
Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB)

Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 05:00 to 21:00
Accommodation
Accommodation is included for the duration of your volunteer program. The volunteer house is conveniently located around 2 km from Kandy and about a 15 min walk to the nearest supermarket and ATM. You’ll share rooms with 4-10 other volunteers of the same gender with a shared toilet per room. A fridge, safety deposit boxes, lockable rooms, hot showers, bed linen and fan are included with volunteers expected to bring their own towel. Laundry facilities are available at a small fee. The centres do not have Wi-Fi. Most volunteers will purchase a local data plan and connect this to their personal devices.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
3 meals per day are provided during weekdays and 2 meals per day on weekends. Safe filtered drinking water is provided along with tea and coffee. You can expect meals with rice, coconut, spices, roti, lots of vegetables & sparing amounts of meat. 

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.
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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,060
8 weeks
$2,020
12 weeks
$2,865
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,830
Average fees
$228 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teaching Education

Help the kids improve their English skills through fun, educational games, creative activities and singing/dancing etc.

$228/week

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