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Join GoEco on the tropical coast of southern Sri Lanka to empower local women by breaking down educational barriers!

Program Highlights
  • Help empower local women by enhancing their English language skills
  • Help these women become more confident, empowered and employable
  • Live in close proximity to world-class beaches
  • Explore Sri Lanka with fellow volunteers on weekends to make lasting memories
  • Enjoy weekly rooftop yoga sessions, nighttime fishing trips, weekly movie nights, monthly bike tours and monthly barbecues

Your schedule at a glance (Minimum one-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Saturday: Arrive into Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). A team member will be waiting to pick you up for transfer to the volunteer villa. Meet and greet with fellow volunteers. Welcome training and house tour may be given, depending on arrival time.

Day 1, Sunday: Volunteers will receive tour of the area, and orientation if it was not given on Saturday. Enjoy the rest of the day by exploring local beaches with fellow volunteers or joining an adventure! ( See “Travel Highlights” below for recommendations!)

Days 2-6, Monday-Friday: Volunteers will teach English to groups of women for two hours each afternoon and plan for the next lesson.

Day 7, Saturday: Departure day for volunteers staying just one week. Free time for volunteers who are extending. 

Remaining Weeks: The following weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on Saturdays.

Location of the Project:  Galle, Sri Lanka
Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 12 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Volunteer Work:  English teaching
Age:  Min age of 18
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 6 international volunteers
Important Note:  Experience in teaching is preferred, but not required. This program is open to all who are interested and proficient in English.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared rooms in a volunteer villa
Food:  Three meals per day
Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
Orientation:  Upon arrival, volunteers will receive a walking tour and welcome/ introductory training presentations.
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, teaching materials (approx. $10/day), personal expenses.
Galle is a beautiful area in southern Sri Lanka that is surrounded by lush greenery and is in close proximity to world-class beaches! Many of the nearby beaches are prime surfing spots, and others are more relaxing. There is even a turtle lagoon nearby. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient religious buildings, museums and more. Galle is also quite trendy, and is home to cafes, boutiques and boutique hotels.
Volunteers on this program will help build the confidence of local women through enhancing their English language skills; therefore, expanding their employment opportunities. The women who join this program are mostly from middle-class and lower-class, Muslim communities and are keen to expand their skill set. The English lessons will be heavily focused on speaking skills. By joining this program, you will aid in breaking down gender barriers by providing these women with educational and language skills removing their barrier to education and finally, employment.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Preparing and planning lessons with local coordinators
  • Practicing speaking English in creative ways such as role playing
  • Leading basic grammar lessons

Schedule: Volunteers will teach for about two hours in the afternoons, Monday-Friday. Groups will consist of 3-10 women. Volunteers have the option to join a morning volunteer program as well, such as teaching Buddhist monk students or teaching in a local kindergarten, dependent upon availability. Volunteers will spend between one to two hours each day planning the next day’s lesson.

Holidays: Please note that this program is closed during these holidays:
  • April 13-22, 2020
  • May 7-8 & 23-24, 2020
  • July 31-August 7, 2020
  • August 13-16, 2020
  • December 23-29, 2020
  • April 12-16, 2021
  • May 12-18, 2021
  • May 26-27, 2021
  • July 19-23, 2021
  • October 19-20, 2021
  • December 20-31, 2021
Internet:  Each volunteer may use up to 5 GB of WiFi in the volunteer house during their stay.
Laundry:  Laundry services are available for an additional fee.
Accommodations:  From April 24, 2020 volunteers will be staying in shared rooms in a volunteer house that is close to the beach. There are more than 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Rooms are shared with 4-6 people and are single-gender. There is a private pool for use. The house has eco-friendly features including solar heating panels. There may be up to 52 volunteers in the house at a time. Photos shown below are of the new accommodation.
Food:  Three meals per day will be prepared by the main and assistant chef, using local, fresh ingredients. Tropical fruit is available during every meal and there is a salad bar set up during most lunches and dinners. Vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and lactose-free diets can be accommodated. The local team will do their best to accommodate special diets, but notice must be given in advance. Tea, coffee and filtered water are available 24/7.
Please take note of this program's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Proficiency in English
  • Police clearance
Volunteers can enjoy weekly evening yoga sessions on the rooftop, night fishing trips, weekly movie nights, monthly bike tours and monthly barbecues! Additional travel adventures are available for an additional fee, and a few recommendations are listed below:

Adventure Tour (Highly Recommended):
Extend your stay in Sri Lanka by participating in a seven-day Adventure Tour! This adventure tour includes a game drive, visits to waterfalls, a long train ride, an overnight stay at a riverside eco lodge, visit to temples, a village walk, visit to a spice grove, a visit to Lion Rock, time in the local market as well as a trip to Negombo Beach!

Additional Recommendations:
  • Elephant safari
  • Rainforest hike
  • Surfing lessons on nearby beaches
  • Whale watching (during the season)
  • Cooking class
  • Fort Galle visit
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