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Sri Lanka Experience

Sri Lanka Experience

Immerse yourself in the cultural wonders of this unique country whilst discovering idyllic landscapes and sampling the culinary delights of the ever smiling Sri Lankan people.

Prices from $2,045

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

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain a lifetime of incredible memories
  • Visit this tropical paradise
  • Throw yourself into Sri Lankan life!

FAST FACTS

Location Sri Lanka
Activities Yoga / Ayurvedic Massage
Learning about Buddhist philosophy
Exploring temples
Hiking through tea plantations
Community volunteer projects
Visit stunning beaches
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Local family homestays and guest houses

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support  & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
3 meals a day Monday to Friday, 2 meals a day on weekends
Airport pick-up
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Sri Lanka Experience is designed for the adventurous traveller with a limited amount of time  who wants to discover the very essence of Sri Lanka, get involved in positive community projects or take an expedition off the beaten track whilst ensuring there is enough time for a relaxed break at the end of it all. With cultural and historical exploration, the chance to visit the must-see sights of this fascinating country, along with lessons in the more traditional everyday aspects of Sri Lankan society, you are sure to derive both knowledge and pleasure from your exploration of this fascinatingly unique country and still have time to kick back and feel the sands between your toes at the end of your stay.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

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.

Volunteering Week

Volunteering options could include helping out on a local community building project, orphanage work, helping out at a women’s shelter, elderly care home or even teaching children at a local school. This will give you the opportunity to really get to know the people and communities of Sri Lanka and give you the satisfaction of being more that just a tourist.

Adventure or Cultural Week

For your third week you will be given the option of taking part in either a cultural immersion or embarking on a trekking adventure. The cultural option will give you the opportunity to explore Sri Lankan culture in more depth, including learning about Buddhism, philosophy and meditation techniques with local monks in a quiet and spiritual environment. You will spend your days visiting temples and markets and very quickly find yourself in touch with the local community way of life, something that will stay with you forever. Alternatively if you would prefer to explore the surrounding countryside by opting for the adventure trek, you will be taken into the mountains of Nuwara Eliya where you will visit the reserve forests of the Hill Country in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and discover the incredible variety of flora and fauna in this unique part of the world.  

Beach Week

What better way to reflect on what you have seen and done over the previous weeks than spend your days relaxing on the beach? The only thing required of you is that you relax and enjoy yourself; if you have the energy you can rent a bike and explore your surroundings, if not simply read a book and laze your days away, bathing in the unique atmosphere of Sri Lanka.  You'll find that you leave this amazing country walking a little slower than when you arrived, and all your worries will be far away!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be greeted by a friendly representative of Frontier-Sri Lanka and driven 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 Sri Lanka Experience.  Please aim to arrive on the Sunday before the first Monday of the month and depart on the Saturday following the conclusion of your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your project you may be staying at either the volunteer house or within a local family homestay, depending upon your programme schedule.   

You will live with a carefully selected host with experience of working with volunteers.  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.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three meals a day are included in the programme throughout the week, and two meals a day on weekends. Food 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 are served with side dishes such as pickles and chutneys.  

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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 explore 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!  Talk to your in-country coordinator for recommendations and advice on the best local tour operators and prices.

COSTS

4 weeks $2,045

Extra week $495

$338/$310 or $552/$503 per extra week, depending upon activities chosen. Please check for details.

DEPARTURE DATES

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

DURATION

From 4 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

July 2018 -  fully booked

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

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

AIRPORT INFORMATION

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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

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 .

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.


LEGAL STATEMENT
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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