Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Volunteer in Sri Lanka with Volunteering Solutions and join a wide range of amazing & affordable volunteer programs including Childcare, Teaching English, Women Empowerment, Sea Turtle Conservation, Monk Teaching, Elephant and Community Development as well as Marine Conservation Program.

The majority of projects are located in Galle while the Elephant & Community project is based in the Kegalle area. The Marine Conservation Program is located in a beautiful town of Kalpitiya, which is in the Puttalam District in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. We also have an amazing Wild Elephant Conservation & Research Program in Wasaguwama National Park, for all those who are keen to live amidst nature and do something out of the box!

All projects are available throughout the year and are specially meant for high school & college students, gap year travelers, families, and backpackers who wish to be a part of the change and make a difference through their contribution. So what are you waiting for? Set out for an incredible volunteer trip in Sri Lanka and live the best days of your life.

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Sri Lanka - Quick Facts
  • Start Dates : All Year Round
  • Duration : 1-18 Weeks
  • Program Locations : Galle, Kalpitiya, Kegalle & Wasaguwama National Park
  • Minimum Age: 16 years+
  • Certificate - Offered after Program completion
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Key Features
  • Currency Used : Sri Lankan rupee
  • Language : Sinhala, Tamil
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Volunteer for Women Empowerment Program

Volunteer for Women Empowerment

  • Galle
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  • Women Empowerment

Join Women Empowerment Project in Sri Lanka with VolSol and make a difference in the lives of underprivileged women. Help them by providing proper...

  • 1-12 Weeks
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  • 18 years+
1 Week Special Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - 1 Week Special

  • Galle
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  • One Week Volunteer Abroad

Be a volunteer for the 1 Week Special Program in Sri Lanka with Volunteering Solutions, an amazing opportunity for those who have limited time in...

  • 1Week
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  • 18 years+
Elephant and Community Volunteer Project

Elephant & Community Project

  • Kegalle
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  • Wildlife and Conservation

Volunteers working in this program will work in Kegalle taking care of abandoned elephants as well as getting involved in other community projects...

  • 1-18 Weeks
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  • 16 years+
Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Turtle Conservation

  • Galle
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  • Wildlife and Conservation

Join sea turtle conservation program in Sri Lanka with Volsol and contribute meaningfully towards the wellbeing of the Sea Turtles and play an...

  • 1-12 Weeks
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  • 17 years+
Wild Elephant Conservation & Research Program

Wild Elephant Conservation

  • Wasaguwama National Park
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  • Wildlife and Conservation

Be a volunteer for the Wild Elephant Conservation & Research Program in Sri Lanka to get an opportunity to work alongside local conservationists,...

  • 1-12 Weeks
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  • 17 years+
Marine Conservation Volunteer Program

Marine Conservation

  • Kalpitiya
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  • Wildlife and Conservation

Join Marine Conservation volunteering to gain first-hand international work experience while volunteering under the supervision of professional...

  • 1-12 Weeks
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  • 18 years+
Buddhist Monks Teaching Volunteer Program

Buddhist Monks Teaching

  • Galle
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  • Teaching

Being a volunteer for the Teaching Monks Program in Sri Lanka with VolSol, you'll get an opportunity to help young monks to learn English and...

  • 1-12 Weeks
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  • 18 years+
Kindergarten & Teaching Volunteer Program

Kindergarten & Teaching

  • Galle
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  • Childcare

Being a volunteer for Kindergarten & Teaching Program with VolSol, you can think of creative ways to involve the children in activity-based...

  • 1-12 Weeks
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  • 18 years+
Medical & Nursing Healthcare Volunteer Program Sri Lanka

Medical & Nursing Program

  • Galle
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  • Medical Volunteering

Medical & healthcare volunteering program in Sri Lanka is a great opportunity to gain international work experience under experienced medical...

  • 1-12 Weeks
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  • 18 years+

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, and more. Visit some of the best tourist hotspots in and around Colombo such as Sigiriya, Adam’s Peak, Dambulla Cave temple and Kandy Lake.

You can also book for Anuradhapura Tour, Bentota and Beruwala Tour with Volunteering Solutions. For any more information, you can also get in touch with our Travel Desk Advisor for more planning!

Go ahead and choose your weekend tour. In case you have any doubts or wish to customize your trip, simply write to us at [email protected] and we’ll help you plan your weekend!

Anuradhapura Tour - 2 Days / 1 Night

Anuradhapura Tour - 2 Days / 1 Night

Anuradhapura is considered to have the known history from thousands of years. It is an archeological city nin Sri Lanka listed as World Heritage...

Bentota and Beruwala Day Tour

Bentota and Beruwala Day Tour

Bentota is the ideal weekend gateway for those in Colombo and it offers various beach activities and water sports. This tour combines Bentota with...

FAQ's - Sri Lanka


FAQ's Application and Program Details

As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $250. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments. However,  the complete payment should be made 45 days prior to the starting of the program.  If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.

After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be activated.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.

Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Sri Lankan volunteer projects:

The minimum age requirement for the programs in Sri Lanka is 17 years.
Volunteers participating in the Medical Program should be at least 18-year-old.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. They should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
The participant must be in good health.

We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
 
In our experience of more than 12+ years, we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.

All volunteers need to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the starting date of their project. Volunteers are picked from the airport by the local coordinator or representative and are transferred to their accommodations. Accommodation will be provided in the volunteer house located near your placements. 

A short orientation is given after arrival about the city and placements. The volunteers are also taken for a short tour of Colombo before they start with their program. However, the tour depends on the arrival time of your flight. 
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time ( from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.

For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next VolSol program. 
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can alter at times. 

Flights and Visa
Volunteers traveling to Sri Lanka need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to their arrival or on their arrival in Sri Lanka. You can then obtain a Visa on Arrival in Sri Lanka for 30 days. 
Volunteers can apply for ETA online and the approval of the same will be communicated via email.
Volunteers can be provided with the supporting documents if needed. More information will be provided once you enroll for the program. 
The Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo is well connected with all major airports across the globe and flights are easily available. The recommended airlines are:
Srilankan Airlines 
Air India 
Mihin Lanka 
Spicejet 
Emirates

There are frequent in-country flights from Colombo to Galle and Kegalle as well.

Health and Safety
Sri Lanka is one of the popular tropical destination in Asia and attracts travelers from all around the world. The locals are friendly and helpful as well, however, it is recommended to consult your in-country coordinators before you step out alone or go to any other locations in Sri Lanka. Also, it is recommended to be with your group whenever you venture out or stay out late in the night. It is strongly recommended to follow the safety rules and regulations provided by the in-country coordinator. 
We recommend you to consult your physician or travel doctor before traveling to Sri Lanka. However, we recommend you take general vaccinations such as: 
Hepatitis A and B
Typhoid
Yes, for all volunteers it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. 
Considering the fact that Sri Lanka is a tropical country, the weather is mostly hot and humid. For people traveling from European and North American countries, it might seem to extremely hot during the days and sultry at night. We would advise you to consume a lot of water and protect yourself from the sun in whichever way possible. Carry an umbrella.
You can consult your doctor once, before traveling to Sri Lanka.

Accommodation and Living
Your coordinator will meet you at the airport and will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to our team and other volunteers. You will then be provided with the orientation covering areas like culture, customs, safety, locations, placement, greetings, local transportation etc.
 
On the first day of work, the coordinator will guide you to your project site. 
Volunteers are accommodated in the Volunteering house. The house is comfortable and clean and the rooms are provided on the same gender sharing basis. The accommodations are simple and volunteers should not expect the luxury of fancy hotels.
Volunteers involved in the Elephant Camp Project are given accommodation in the vicinity of the project location. 
Three meals are provided in a day including both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The food is tasty, hygienic and nutritious, suitable for all volunteers. 
Breakfast usually comprises of Bread, Butter, Jam, Bun or Rolls, Eggs and  Fruits like Banana & Pineapple & Tea. The lunch includes Sri Lankan style rice and curry and the dinner includes noodles, spaghetti, pasta, chapati, hoppers or String Hoppers with curry.

If you have special food requirements, please mention the same in your application form. 
Depending on your project placement, you will get free evenings and weekends to explore in and around the city. You can utilize the evening time to visit local markets and other places around your project location. Make the most of your weekends by exploring Sri Lanka to the fullest.

We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the ‘Add-on Tours’ section in your ‘My Account’. Your in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in Sri Lanka.

Places like Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Rumassala Mountain, and Galle fort are major attractions in Galle, and Kegalle is a city of ancient architecture and natural beauty. Volunteers are free to plan quick getaways and explore Sri Lanka during the weekends.You can also relax at the beachside and enjoy the taste of the delicious seafood.
Your program fee covers your accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation, pre-departure booklet, and 24x7 in country staff support. You will need to cover your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, the internet, shopping, sightseeing, return airport drop, weekend tours etc. You should carry around $50 - $60 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.
You can change money at any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATMs located all around the city (Galle, Kandy, Ambalangoda and Kegalle) as well.

Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to connect with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to connect with other participants and our team.

To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website

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