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Sri Lanka Community Volunteer Work

Sri Lanka Community Volunteer Work

Take part in a range of volunteer work available in a local community in Sri Lanka, enabling you to engage with the locals and make a genuine contribution to their lives.

Prices from $995

Discover Sri Lanka, a glittering jewel of an island nestled in the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.  Fringing the coasts is an array of gently arcing golden-sand beaches, and vibrant colourful communities.  Sri Lanka is a country of exquisite cultures, landscapes and cuisines and has a fascinating history.


  • Gain a lifetime of wonderful friends and incredible memories
  • Visit the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka and her communities
  • Earn the respect of the local community through a variety of volunteer work


  • CRB or criminal background check. Must take a copy to Sri Lanka.


Location Sri Lanka
Activities Teaching English
Building temples
Playing with orphans
Working with community groups
Spend time with village elders
Take cooking classes
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Local family homestay


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick up
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Our Community Volunteer programme is a fantastic opportunity to be a responsible traveller and make a positive contribution during your stay in Sri Lanka by working on a variety of important and worthwhile projects.  After your initial introduction week, you will then get the opportunity to spend time on a number of the community projects on offer, so with a little adaptability and flexibility you are sure to benefit from an all round Sri Lankan experience.


Introduction week
Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Sri Lanka, and of course Kandy, with visits to local sites of special interest such as nearby markets, sample the local cuisine, familiarise yourself with Sri Lankan customs and meet the local people, as well as hopefully learning some key phrases to help you get by.  Following this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings, your briefings for the volunteer work will begin along with language classes and cooking lessons throughout the week.

Volunteer work
Your work programme and schedule will vary depending on the time of your visit and any personal interest or experience, but with a little flexibility and enthusiasm you are sure to have a wonderful experience. Upon arrival in Sri Lanka you will meet your local coordinator to design the ideal project for you personally. All volunteers are encouraged to leave their own personal mark on the project work, and the range of activities available to you includes:

Experience the heartbeat of the future generation of Kandy, as you bring your own teaching style to the classroom.  Make a difference to the lives of the children who will hang on your every word, and make friends for life with the teachers and students alike.

Elderly care work
Contribute to the everyday running of a local care home for the elderly with maintenance and improvement work, decoration and gardening work, and learn about the Sri Lanka of days gone by from the residents who will be equally as eager to learn about your life and home.

Construction Project
If you prefer some hard work and like to be hands-on, throw yourself into the construction programme which focuses on improving and maintaining local temples and nursery schools. Your involvement will depend upon the needs of the project at the time and what stage the renovations are at, but working on such integral community projects is sure to win you lots of friends!


Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be greeted by a representative of Frontier-Sri Lanka and taken to your accommodation, where you will be based for the duration of your stay.  Once acclimatised and settled into the Sri Lankan way of life, you will then begin your introduction week followed by your volunteer work.

Please aim to arrive on the Sunday before your project begins and depart on the Saturday after your project concludes. If you decide to travel outside of these dates then you will be responsible for any associated costs.


Your accommodation throughout your placement, both during the introduction week and the work placement itself, will be will be basic, dorm style rooms (single gender) with bathroom and toilet facilities. You will be able to learn about the Sri Lankan culture, improve your language skills and experience the Sri Lankan way of life.

Your accommodation will be clean, secure and comfortable, and you will be sharing a room with fellow volunteers and will have access to basic facilities. There is also a curfew at 8pm every night. Wifi is available at the accommodation, but only for limited hours during the evening.

Within the Construction Project, male volunteers could also have the option to stay with the monks at the project site if they wish, or choose to remain at the family homestay.


Three meals a day are included in the programme and will be typical of Sri Lanka's cuisine, mainly consisting of boiled or steamed rice served with curry.  Curries in Sri Lanka are typically made with meat, fish, vegetable and even fruit, and are made using coconut milk.  A typical meal consists of a ‘main curry’, as well as several other curries made with vegetable and lentils and served with side dishes such as pickles and chutneys.

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During your free time why not explore some of the wonders that this incredible country has to offer? From ancient cities such as Anuradhapura, to tranquil beaches, or the Hill Country, where misty mornings adorn the idyllic landscape of pristine waterfalls and rolling tea plantations, Sri Lanka plays host to a huge variety of flora and fauna, including wild leopards. A range of National Parks and safari tours are available to choose from, not to mention a visit to watch the sun rise at The Worlds End!


2 weeks $995

Extra week $445


This project begins on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, so please aim to arrive on the Sunday before.  Programmes end on Saturdays.


The project does not run on public holidays, please check when applying.


From 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Colombo Bandaranaike Apt (CMB)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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