Galle is a delightful coastal town situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka where the fusion of modern life and colonial heritage is simply stunning. The town's historic charm contrasts starkly with the modern city, making it the perfect place to start your humanitarian journey in Asia!
We are looking for volunteers ready to commit and engage with early childhood centers in Sri Lanka. These improvised nurseries provide play and relaxation spaces for children aged 3 to 6 for a few hours each day. Local families entrust their children to the care of educators and social workers at the centers, who handle a large number of children daily. During this humanitarian journey in Asia, volunteers are tasked with assisting local educators in their daily tasks.
For more information, please consult the program guide!
Education Mission in Sri Lanka: This program is designed for individuals with teaching experience, including educators, school teachers, and students with a minimum B2 level of English proficiency. The objective is to provide academic support to children aged 6 to 12 in subjects such as math, English, arts, and crafts. We provide the necessary teaching materials (textbooks, worksheets) to assist local schools. Volunteers engage in the education of young minds using interactive, motivating, and enjoyable methods.
English language instruction is crucial for children's education and future professional prospects. As an added bonus, this program offers the opportunity to teach at a Buddhist temple for young monks one day per week, providing a unique immersion experience in Sri Lankan culture.
A supplementary fee of €200 applies to participants under 18 years old. For more information, go to the youth section.
Situated on a peaceful hill in the Unawatuna neighborhood (15 minutes by car from the center of Galle), the volunteer house can accommodate a maximum of 48 people. It is spread across three floors with 11 shared rooms for 4 to 6 people. When the main house reaches its maximum capacity, additional accommodations are arranged within a 20km radius. Shuttles are provided in the morning and evening, allowing participants to have their meals at the main house and enjoy the pool and garden during their free time.
For couples, families, or individuals seeking single rooms, individual, double, and family rooms are available at an additional cost. Please contact us for further details.
A conservative dress code must be adhered to during the project. Knees and shoulders should be covered, as well as any tattoos or body art. Additionally, participants are required to wear blue cotton teaching smocks (provided by the NGO) during their sessions. The rest of the clothing can be comfortable and casual.
Kandy is a highly touristy destination and the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Nestled in the hills at an altitude of 488m, it is located 115 km from Colombo. The most popular sites in Kandy are the Temple of the Tooth and the Peradeniya Botanical Garden.
Colombo, on the other hand, is a port city with a rich colonial heritage situated on the west coast. It is characterized by a vibrant mix of ethnicities, cultures, and religions. It showcases the best and, at times, the worst of Sri Lanka. The city is a blend of colonial houses, fine restaurants, lush gardens, smoky streets, and bustling markets.
Yala National Park is located in the southeast of Sri Lanka, near Tissamaharama. It is divided into 5 blocks, being the largest and most visited park in the country. The park covers an area of nearly 1,260 square kilometers, but only the 5th block is accessible to visitors; the other 4 blocks are strictly restricted reserves.
It is an ideal place to spot Sri Lanka’s “Big 4”: elephants, sloth bears, leopards, and buffaloes. The latter, though lesser-known, can be extremely dangerous. Elephants can be observed near Butuwe and Mahaseelawa waterholes during the dry seasons. The Uraniya tank is known for its fish, buffaloes, and crocodiles. These are just a few of the marvels to discover during this humanitarian journey in Asia!
– Minimum age of 16 years old.
– Basic English proficiency (understanding instructions and communicating).
– Vaccinations: Diphtheria, Typhus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Polio. Rabies and anti-malaria vaccines are recommended but not mandatory.
– Provide a copy of a background check.
Placement depends on participants’ skills and profiles. A telephone interview and application form (CV and motivation letter) will determine the volunteers’ roles in educational projects, ranging from childcare to organizing extracurricular activities, and providing academic support/assistance in schools for more qualified individuals.
– Prior experience with children for the childcare project.
– Teaching assignments: reserved for professionals or students in the fields of education and social work.