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Improve the Skills of Children with Disabilities

Badulla, Sri Lanka show on map

Provide essential childcare to vulnerable children with special needs in Sri Lanka.

The program

Volunteers provide much-needed support and assistance to children based at a centre in Badulla. The vocational training center offers formalized classes that aim to improve the skills of children with disabilities. The centre is in desperate need of willing volunteers to help with all types of roles and tasks at the center. Suffering from a severe shortage of resourcing and staff, the centre welcome volunteers from different backgrounds with valuable skills they can impart - whether it’s artistic, technical, or any other kind of vocation. Volunteers can share their enthusiasm, skills and experience, working alongside youngsters for whom free formal vocational training is often not available. For volunteers who truly want to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, this program serves to protect and care for those who need it most. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential childcare to vulnerable children in Sri Lanka
  • Improve the future prospects of disabled children in Sri Lanka
  • Give impoverished children quality care, compassion and a sense of hope
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Volunteers play an essential role in helping to teach these disabled children, as unfortunately the school is severely understaffed and underfunded and in urgent need of additional help. Volunteers will help greatly on day to day care for the children, including feeding and attending to their daily needs. They will also help greatly by simply spending time with the children – giving them one on one attention – something the children greatly appreciate. Reading to, playing with and socializing with the children would be time extremely well spent with these amazing children. To get to the centre, which is based in Badulla, volunteers will need to take a 12 hour scenic train ride from the country’s capital, Colombo. The train leaves every day except Sunday at 5:30am from Colombo Fort Train Station, and costs approximately Rs1000 (US$20). Love Volunteer’s local representative can reserve tickets upon request. Volunteers will be met at the airport and assisted onto the train. This journey will take volunteers through some of the most amazing scenery this beautiful country has to offer, and is highly recommended!

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Help to teach disabled children
  • Attend to and interact with disabled children
  • Create activities and entertain the children with games and songs, etc
  • Spend time socializing with the children and boosting their confidence
  • Helping with other activities as skills allow at the center – from admin to maintenance

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:30am Breakfast at your accommodation

8:30am Travel to the program site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Lunch is provided at the Volunteer Centre, normally from 12:00 - 1:30pm.

4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Volunteers may wish to take part in optional activities after 4pm including sporting activities, awareness programs and cultural shows.

7:00pm Dinner at the Volunteer House

Evening Free time to relax

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Volunteers on this incredibly worthwhile program are based in Badulla, a historically significant town located in the southern central hill country region, high above sea level but still dwarfed by nearby mountain ranges. Both the Portuguese and British left their mark but very little remains of that era and the Sri Lankan spirit and jungle atmosphere have successfully reverted the town almost to it's original state. Popular as an eco-tourism base and surrounded by tea plantations, Badulla is a restful and authentic place to spend time.
Climbing
Hiking
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School/University level
Required Documents
Emergency contact, Resume and Passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
While this highly rewarding project does not require participants to have a background in the field of special needs care, as there are many ways you can assist, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

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  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
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  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

Upon arrival into Colombo you will be met at the airport by our local team and taken to the Volunteer Centre in Wattala where you will stay until being assisted onto the early morning train to Badulla on Sunday. An orientation session will take place as and when time permits to cover local and regional customs, basic words and phrases, transport and, of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience.

On Sunday you will take the scenic 12 hour train journey inland to Badulla. Be sure to ask for a window seat and try to sit on the right hand side as you face forward from Colombo to Kandy as this will give you the best views once you get past Rambukkana. Vendors ply the train with refreshments (drinks, fruit, spicy snacks) at reasonable prices.

You will be met off the train in Badulla and taken to the Volunteer Centre and your host family (if applicable). Local staff will provide a training session pertinent to your placement and provide an orientation to cover local amenities, transport and answer any questions you may have.  

All transport and accommodation arrangements are made for you by the local team and included in the program free.

  • Arrival Day: SATURDAY 
  • Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Code: CMB)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this wonderful program will either be accommodated within the fully equipped Volunteer Centre or with trusted local host families. In both cases rooms are comfortable and may be shared with up to 2 other volunteers.

The first night is spent at the Volunteer Centre in Wattala before travelling Badulla the following day. Our local team makes all in-country transport and accommodation arrangements so it’s stress-free.

The Volunteer Centre provides all the necessary amenities and is open to all volunteers regardless of where they are accommodated. Facilities include hot showers, laundry and kitchen areas, free Wifi, fans and air-conditioning (available on request in the summer months). Bed linen is provided at both the Volunteer Centre and host family homes so volunteers need only take personal toiletries and towel(s).

Host families are experienced at caring for our volunteers and make everyone feel welcome. Their homes may be basic by international standards but this is more than made up for by generosity of spirit. Wifi and laundry facilities may not be available in the host family home and volunteers are encouraged to make use of these at the Volunteer Centre.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Three simple and delicious meals are provided daily throughout the placement at both the Volunteer Centre and host family homes. Sri Lankan cuisine is redolent of many neighbouring countries including Thailand, Vietnam and Indian. Full of flavoursome spices it is sure to delight every palate. Staples of rice and a wide range of curries are accompanied by divine vegetable dishes and condiments such as the chilli based 

sambal.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$938.00
5 weeks
$988.00
6 weeks
$1,048.00
7 weeks
$1,098.00
8 weeks
$1,158.00
9 weeks
$1,188.00
10 weeks
$1,208.00
11 weeks
$1,238.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,268.00
Average fees
$170.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Badulla/Sri Lanka between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Sri Lanka.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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