Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Volunteer in
Sri Lanka

Volunteer in Sri Lanka to choose opportunities from 1 to 18 weeks including Working with Elephant, Turtle Conservation, Teaching Monks,Environment Conservation,Medical Program, Women Empowerment and Childcare.

Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka - Quick Facts

Start Dates : All Year Round

Duration : 1-24 Weeks

Program Locations : Galle, Kosgoda & Wasgamuwa National Park

Minimum Age : 16 years+

Certificate : Offered after Program completion


At a Glance

Currency Used : Sri Lankan Rupee

Language : Sinhala and Tamil

Travel on Weekends to: to Yala National Park, Trincomalee or Ella

5 Days Volunteer Work

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Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Volunteer in Sri Lanka with Volunteering Solutions and choose from a wide range of amazing & affordable volunteer abroad programs in Sri Lanka including Childcare, Teaching English, Women Empowerment, Sea Turtle Conservation, Environmental Conservation & Dog Care Program, Medical and Nursing volunteer projects. We have an amazing Wild Elephant Conservation & Research Program in Wasgamuwa National Park, for all those who are keen to live amidst nature and do something out of the box! If you have a time crunch, you can join our short-term volunteer Travel Programs and experience the best volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka. Volunteer work in Sri Lanka is located mostly in Southern & Central Sri Lanka. VolSol is one of the best volunteering organizations in Sri Lanka & trusted by thousands of past volunteers for the last 17 years.


  • Programs based in Unawatuna(Galle), Wasgamuwa National Park and Kosgoda
  • 12 meaningful volunteering and internships available all year round from 1 to 18 weeks
  • Stay in a tropical villa near the beach with volunteers from around the world
  • Option to do a 7 day Culture and Adventure tour travelling around Sri Lanka
  • Fully supported and coordinated by local team
  • Great add ons such as weekly yoga classes, monthly bike tours, BBQ dinner and weekly movie nights with other volunteers

Best Volunteer Opportunities in Sri Lanka

Mencia - Volunteer in Women Empowerment Project in Galle
"I spent 2 months in Sri Lanka in the Women Empowerment Program. It was an amazing experience.It is amazing how you can get close to these women and how much you learn about their community and culture. During the weekdays, apart from working in the program, there are many activities to do. I really recommend this experience, and Volunteering Solutions were available in case I had any trouble"

Mencia - Volunteer in Women Empowerment Project in Galle View

Quinn - Volunteer in Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka
"My overall experience was very rewarding for me. I was able to thoroughly engage in another culture and learn some aspects of the locals lives. I am very grateful to Volunteering Solutions and the programs they have offered me over the years.The turtle hatchery was amazing and I wish I could have spent more time of the day working there."

Quinn - Volunteer in Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka View

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Weekend Travel Options

There's so much to do in Sri Lanka, that the weekend might seem to be too short! Explore the beaches and try out some water sports at affordable costs, if you need some adrenaline kicks! Experience the thrill of wildlife adventure at any of the several national reserves, including Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Bundala National park, Minneriya National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, and more. Visit some of the best tourist hotspots in and around your volunteering site are - Sigiriya Lion's Rock, Adam’s Peak in Ella, Dambulla Cave Temple and Kandy Lake.

Here are the things that you shouldn't miss while in the country:

Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka

Explore the history of Anuradhapura
The sacred city of Anuradhapura is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that serves as a holy place for Buddhists. According to popular belief, the city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitra, Buddha's daughter. The ruins of Anuradhapura are indeed worth visiting.

Enjoy the colonial vibes at Nuwara Eliya

Termed by the Lonely Planet as "Little England", this picturesque town in Sri Lanka is located in the Central Highlands and has vast stretches of tea plantation and shelters a huge number of migratory birds including blue magpies and bulbuls. Situated at an elevation of 1890 meters above sea level, it is the highest city in Sri Lanka and lies beneath the tallest peak of the island, Pidurutalagala or Mount Pedro.

Enjoy the train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to EllaYou must have seen numerous photos of this postcard-perfect train journey on Instagram! And when you’re in Sri Lanka, you just can’t miss this experience! Board the train from Nanu Oya and get yourself a window seat (or just stand by the doors) and enjoy the breeze in your hair. 

Spot a leopard at Yala National Park
This is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka and you'll definitely enjoy visiting this place. There are 5 blocks and all of them are open for public visits. Also known as the Ruhunu National Park, this place is nothing less than a Jungle Book in reality, with monkeys hanging from branches, elephants strolling around, peacocks dancing and displaying their colorful feathers, deer running around, and leopards cunningly hiding on the branches of the trees.

Dance your way to Galle
The seaside town of Galle is situated in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, around 116 km from Colombo. This old fortified city was founded by the Portuguese colonial masters and still holds onto the old world charm. Nothing can be better than a weekend road trip from Colombo to Galle! After the Portuguese, the Dutch came and captured Galle, and the amalgamation of both cultures is worth witnessing. Visit the magnificent churches, beautiful mansions, ruins of the old forts and spend some time on the beach - it would just be amazing!

Feel the bliss at Kandy
Travel and discover Sri LankaKandy  is the second-largest city in Sri Lanka, set atop a plateau and surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides. The stretches of tea plantations and the rainforests all around will definitely soothe your senses and give you a fresh feeling. The Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake) located at the heart of the city is popular for strolling. Kandy is famous for the sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Soak in the serenity at Sigiriya & Dambulla
Often termed as the "eighth wonder of the world", Sigiriya is perhaps one of the most iconic rock structures in Sri Lanka. The ancient rock fortress has significant archeological importance and it's visited by thousands of travelers every year. The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys, and fountains. The palace and fortress complex is recognized as one of the finest examples of ancient urban planning. Considering the uniqueness of Sigiriya, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1982. Also, head off to Dambulla Caves, about 30 KM from Sigiriya - and experience the bliss of walking inside the Centuries-old-caves that preserves history.

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