Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Due to a troubled history, volunteering abroad in Sri Lanka allows volunteers the opportunity to join projects that offer much needed aid in a variety of different fields. These include working at projects that help in the fields of education, child care and community development and of course wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. Volunteering in Sri Lanka will allow you to engage with varied and unique populations - from sea turtles to Buddhist monks and native children and their communities. The local cultural richness as well as multiple festivals that celebrate the spiritual and ritualistic qualities of the Sri Lankan people will only add a special flavor to any volunteer experience.
Because of its size, Sri Lanka is an incredibly accessible and travel friendly location, so visiting the popular urban hub and capital city of Colombo or the picturesque island destination of Kandy will be entirely possible. Colombo is best known for its ancient Hindu temples and large harbor, while in contrast, Kandy is surrounded by mountainous terrain and tea plantations and is a best known for its conservation volunteer placements. Kandy is also home to the famous “Temple of Tooth”.
Volunteering in Sri Lanka will allow you help a variety of different causes or work specifically with a cause you feel particularly passionate about. Volunteers in Sri Lanka will not only be able to make a valuable difference during their time on the stunning island, but will also enjoy a host of different activities on the beach, in the rainforest, and at animal sanctuaries.
Regardless of where you choose to visit or the volunteer placement you decide to join - your time, contribution and assistance will be highly valued - and the warm and welcoming community will undeniably make you feel right at home. Through your volunteer opportunity you will be directly helping this beautiful island country progress and develop all while having a truly authentic and unforgettable experience. read more close
I spent two weeks at the Wild Elephant Conservation and Research program. I met some lovely people and had lots of fun. I enjoyed the dorms, and although there are walls, they aren’t joined to the roof, so it’s rather lovely having that gap and falling asleep and waking to the sounds of nature...
My favourite part was definitely interacting with the amazing, young monks. The children were incredibly sweet and funny and they always put a smile on my face. At the same time, though, they were dedicated and focused during our lessons. Our classes were the perfect combination of smiles, laughter and learning.
The second week I moved down south to a new house and to work with the turtles. This was an amazing experience, it was very hands-on and I got to spend as much time with the turtles as I wanted. We cleaned them, fed them and generally worked with them on the beach trying to get them back to full health. They are such amazing animals and the work they do at at this project is fantastic. All the volunteers really care for each individual turtle and no one is afraid about getting dirty and being involved.
Volunteering at the dog care clinic has been an unforgettable experience and I absolutely recommend the program to anyone considering it. You don’t any special qualifications, experience or veterinary knowledge. Just bring along a love for animals and a desire to lend a paw. I’m sure your time here will be meaningful and you’ll fall in love with the people and animals there just as I did.
The most rewarding feeling was when the kids homework was 100% correct, and they would get a sticker for writing three good characteristics, or correctly solving a math problem. Every day volunteering in Sri Lanka was a new adventure, and every night as I lay in bed wrapped tightly in a mosquito net and doused in mosquito repellent, I felt that I had made a difference; and alongside me was my friends from numerous other countries, relishing with me in the same feeling of and overwhelming joy.
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