The Mighty Roar

Local Teaching Assistant

Akurala, Sri Lanka show on map

Your help is needed to improve the future of many underprivileged children in the local impoverished communities.

Our program

Your dedication and time will help massively to provide the education the children need in order to grow, develop and become independent. Your primary role will be to teach English and to support the local staff, but don’t think it will all be work, work, work. There will still be plenty of time to teach the children fun new games and to play!

The ability to speak English is becoming of growing importance, especially with it being an international business language. With tourism on the increase and many of the well-paid jobs requiring English speakers, we want to give the poorer communities the chance they deserve.

This rewarding and worthwhile teaching placement encourages the children to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their full potential. The charismatic children you work with will be grateful for all your hard work as you help them to progress towards a more positive future.

Teaching within the local schools will allow you to immerse yourself within the community and get to know more about the local culture. You will be able to see the impact your time has with the children and you will get to know and love them on more of a personal level.

Where?

For a developing country, Sri Lanka’s education system is very impressive and quite advanced. Education is taken seriously and nearly all children up to the age of 16 attend school.

However, schools in the more remote and rural areas receive minimal funding and are expected to serve large communities. Facilities are often very basic and with some classes having up to 60 children, teachers are often under resourced.

Whom you will be working with

The first thing you will notice when you arrive is how excited the children are to see you and how eager they are to learn! Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills and will help get the children set for their future education. You will be volunteering in one of the local pre-schools where the children are aged 3 – 6 years old.

Use your creativity and knowledge to help these eager young minds reach their true potential by providing fun and exciting lessons. We encourage everyone to plan lessons during their free time and to make them as engaging and interactive as possible.

The teachers’ English speaking skills are by no means perfect, so it is an ideal time for you to fill an important gap in the children’s development. You will be teaching things like the alphabet, animal names, numeracy, art and even nursery rhymes.

The importance of non-academic subjects such as music, drama and sports is increasingly being recognised, so there will be plenty of time to get worn out and have fun!

It is also a great chance for the children to get an insight into life in a different culture and country! You should bring along some photos of you and your family and let them know all about ‘home’.

Typical day

Every day will offer you something different and the children will keep you on your toes with their funny questions and amazing attitude. You will spend every weekday morning within the school, typically working between 8:30 and 11:30. During your time at the school, you may be involved in the following:

Teaching and assisting
Most of the morning will be spent teaching the children a range of subjects and ensuring everyone has fun. Some lessons may involve English, maths, art, music, drama, sports and more! We try our best to provide all of the basic resources and on request we may be able to get some musical instruments or even a video projector.

Planning lessons
You will be in charge of planning your own lessons that can literally be anything! We encourage all volunteers to make them as fun and interactive as possible to ensure you keep the childrens’ attention. Everyday should see you teach English and play some fun games!

Playing
No day would be complete without playing outside! Climbing trees, playing football or tag, or swinging as high as possible on the swings – its got to be everyone’s favourite part of the day.

Creating displays
For the more creative and arty volunteers! It’s always good to get some new displays up around the classroom to showcase the childrens’ work and to brighten the room up. You may even get to do some wall painting outside.

Feeding
All children stop for ‘brunch’ everyday and you may need to be on hand to help assist.

Cleaning
After a busy 3 hours of having fun with the children, the classroom can sometimes be a bit of a mess! You will need to help put the furniture back in its place, tidy any toys away and ensure the area is clean.


Details on Arrival

1st and 3rd Saturday of every month


Please make sure you arrive into Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo (CMB) on Saturday.

Day 1 (Saturday) – Arrival

A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign. If your flight lands before 6pm, you will be taken straight to our volunteer accommodation, approximately 2 hours away.

Free-time activities

With the afternoons free, you will get the chance to explore some of the amazing places Sri Lanka has to offer. With several stunning beaches just a short drive away, you will get to bask in the glorious sun, swim in the crystal clear sea or even chill-out at a beach bar. You will be able to get involved with the local communities, go shopping for the local attire and even spot some wildlife including; dolphins, whales, sea turtles, monkeys and birds.

Weekends are free days where we actively encourage you to go and explore this beautiful country. We can help arrange all kinds of trips to national parks, to sandy beaches where you can party or to famous religious landmarks. If you prefer, you are more than welcome to stay on-site and relax.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo

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 (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Fluent at English level
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 from 08:30 - 11:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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All program fees are charged directly by The Mighty Roar.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
The Mighty Roar (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Included are all meals, accommodation, airport pick up, 24/7 support and private transport to projects

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

Airport transfer when you arrive is included. Return transfers are not and will cost around $63

Accommodation

You will be just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle where you can relax in one of the many beach bars, have a meal right next to the sea in one of the restaurants or even go snorkelling and diving!

Depending on numbers at the time, you could be sleeping with up to 2 other volunteers in spacious bedrooms with nice comfy full size beds with mosquito nets and modern en-suite bathrooms. Most rooms have air conditioning and a small balcony where you can look over into the jungle with some even being able to see the sea!

You can sit back and relax in one of the communal areas where you can socialise with the other volunteers and play some card games. There is plenty of room outside to where you can even eat your meals under a traditional shelter looking up to the dark starry night.

Our local team will make you feel so welcome and you will become part of their family.

Wifi – Yes
People per room – Up to 3
Single sex rooms – Yes
Nearest ATM & shops – 5 minute drive
Airport Transfers – 2 hours

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All meals are provided at the volunteer house and are included within the programme fee. Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and include many traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Toast, string hoppers, fresh fruits, tea, milk
Lunch – Rice, vegetables, chicken, fish
Dinner – Noodles, rice, pasta, hoppers

With prior notice we are able to cater for the following dietary requirements:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free

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)
$897.00
8 weeks
$1,466.00
16 weeks
$2,602.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,739.00
Average fees
$190.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Akurala/Sri Lanka between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia Sri Lanka  Akurala, TMR Accommodation

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