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Sri Lanka Volunteer Program

Teaching English in Schools and Children's Homes

Kurunegala, Sri Lanka show on map

Want to make a difference? Opportunity to change the life of Sri Lankan's Youth

This program is designed to improve the English of school aged children working in 2 government schools (Pre-School through to High School) as well as the 2 children homes based in Kurunegala. While working within the schools, volunteers are expected to assist the local English language teachers to cover the prescribed syllabus Monday to Friday.  The children's level of understanding is quite varied, so be prepared to think outside the square to assist.  Formal teaching qualifications are not required, just a love of children & a willingness to help.

Your week day typically starts at 7.00am for a 7.30am school start, school is finished by 1.30pm, return to the home/ accommodation for lunch & then free time with the children at one of the children homes (girls children home and Boys children home). The afternoons are where you can shine, bringing your own personality in interacting & developing a rapport with the children whether that be creative play, sports, dancing or craft.  Your weekends are free, you can choose to travel to other parts of Sri Lanka, embracing the rich ethnic diversity, ancient cities & monuments or continue to interact with the children from the homes.



 

Free-time activities

The projects and accommodations are located within 5 km of Kurunegala city which is known as the transport hub in Sri Lanka. All the places of interest and historic can be reached within very short period of time as there is a good transport system connected to the city. World famous Kandy Temple of Tooth (UNESCO heritage site) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage can be visited in one day. If you have more time, there is a lot you can do in Kandy. The famous 'Sigiriya' (Lion Rock) known as the 8th wonder of the world and Dambulla Cave Temples (UNESCO heritage sites) are just 2 hours away in a bus. If you have more than two weekends, you can visit lot of places such as Nuwara Eliya, known as the Little England (hill country with water falls, tea plantations etc), lovely sandy beaches for scuba diving and surfing, Kitulgala for White water rafting and many national parks to see wild animals including leopards, elephants, stags and deers etc.
They are few of the things that you can enjoy while you are with us. Public transport is very convenient and very cheep. If you are on a very low budget, don't worry at all, Sky is the limit!

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
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 (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Personal Application including the volunteers hobbies and skills and what they expect to gain from this project.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Fluent in both written & spoken English. Ability to interact with children via Art and Crafts, Sports, Music or any other skills.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

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On-site services

Services by Sri Lanka Volunteer Program

Included in the costs are;
Airport pickup and transport to Kurunegala.
Guaranteed project.
Project orientation including the city tour (Kurunegala)
Your accommodation including breakfast, lunch & dinners (Sri Lankan dishes)
24/7 local support.

Exclusions are; Airfares, visa, travel and Medical insurance, transport within the projects, airport drop off

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

Volunteers will be picked up from the airport and driven to Kurunegala by one of our team members. If the volunteers arrive earlier than the original project start day (Sunday), we request them to contact us to organize their transport to the project. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to Kurunegala - 72km

Accommodation

Volunteers will be accommodated either in the volunteer house at one of our project sites or a host family depending on availability & their preferences. All accommodation options are secure and fully equipped, all bed linen/towels and mosquito nets are provided. Volunteers may expect to share rooms (same gender) at peak periods. Our host families are very friendly and caring for the volunteers. More information about our accommodation options available upon request.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We want our volunteers to enjoy delicious, traditional and tropical meals while they are in Sri Lanka. We offer variety of food in all our accommodations. Our main meal is rice and curries. Curries will be consisted of various type of vegetables, chicken, eggs and fish. We kindly request our volunteers to inform us in advance if they have any dietary requirements that need to be accommodated.

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)
$831.00
5 weeks
$959.00
6 weeks
$1,088.00
7 weeks
$1,216.00
8 weeks
$1,344.00
9 weeks
$1,472.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,857.00
Average fees
$181.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kurunegala/Sri Lanka between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Sri Lanka Volunteer Program will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Sri Lanka Volunteer Program during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia Sri Lanka  Kurunegala, Ranjanagama
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