£995, excluding flights.
Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||All year round - you
choose your start and finish dates.
||No qualifications or experience required, just lots
of enthusiasm and a love of children.
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at Colombo airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
This project is open to all nationalities and all ages
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
caring for children, teaching or working with children
overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or
Also available as a summer placement or short break in
Sri Lanka or South-East Asia, or for those interested in
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the
fascinating culture of Sri Lanka
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Volunteer with disadvantaged children and elders on this varied project.
The Care Centre is home to children who have been removed by government
agencies from their family situations for a number of reasons, such as
abuse, being orphaned, etc. The aim is to give the children a safe home.
The children live in the Home and attend the local schools.
The Care Centre is also home to elderly women who need a safe
place to live.
Some of the time you'll work with the children, some of the live
you'll care for the elders, and some of the time you may teach
in the local school.
You'll assist at the Centre from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, on Monday
to Friday. In the morning you will assist with the old ladies
while the chldren attend the local school. If you prefer, you
can use these hours to
teach at the local school near the volunteer house intead, thus
giving variety to your project.
When the children arrive back from school, usually around 12.00
noon, your attention will be given to them. You'll help by
playing with the children and teaching them various skills. Love
and care is the most important job required. The types of
activities the children do include sewing & handicraft, music,
English lessons, Math's classes, and so on. Each day has a
If you have specific experience or interests that you'd like to
incorporate into your programme, such as in teaching,
counselling, care work, handicrafts - you will be most welcome
to put them to good use here!
You'll stay in our volunteer house in Ja-Ela and you'll leave
your accommodation at around 7:45 am. Lunch and tea are provided
at the Care Centre/Orphanage so that you may stay all day –
there is much to help with!
The Orphanage is about 38 kilometres from the Volunteer
House in Ja-Ela that is shared with our Travellers volunteers on
other projects in the Ja-Ela area. The commute time to the Care
Centre is roughly 45 minutes each way. It’s a beautiful journey
with very little traffic on the road to the project.
ABOUT THE CARE CENTRE / ORPHANAGE:
The orphanage/home is based just near the town of
Gampaha, the house itself is in quiet shady grounds. The
orphanage currently houses around 12 young boys aged between 6
and 11, each with their own background story. The orphanage aims
to offer them a caring and safe environment to grow up, develop
and learn in.
Due to the small nature of the orphanage, you will be able to
work with the children on a very personal basis and really give
them the care and attention they deserve. You will work along
side the small network of staff that are based there. There is a
very important focus on them learning English, so you will be
able to do this with the children on a daily basis as well as
taking part in other activities such as handicrafts.
The orphanage is made up of separate houses, one of which acts
as a dormitory where the boys sleep. All the buildings are based
in beautiful shady grounds, giving the boys a great area to run
around and play in.
In addition there is an old people’s home within the same
grounds. This is a great set-up as it means the boys are
constantly under the watchful eye of the old ladies, whilst the
old ladies get to be surrounded by the energy of the young boys.
The old ladies love the attention from our volunteers as much as
the boys do, so even if you've chosen not to work with the, do
take a moment to go over and say hi!
You'll be greeted by huge grins!!
a traditional Sri Lankan house in Ja-Ela. It has marble floors and 13
bathrooms! It is spacious and
comfortable, with a garden, several balconies, two lounge rooms and many
bedrooms. You will most likely share a room with other Travellers
volunteers. There is a TV and DVD player for evening entertainment, in
the upstairs lounge area and with the latest DVD copies just a pound to
buy locally, there is usually something to watch!
Teaching and Work Experience are all based in Ja-Ela and so you will
often have volunteers staying there as well as some of the house staff.
Many volunteers spend the weekends at the beach and other local
attractions. Ja-Ela volunteers also have the advantage of easy access to
Colombo’s facilities, major bus stations and also the Airport Gardens
Hotel - a luxury hotel which offers facilities that include a fantastic
swimming pool. The hotel is only a short trip away from the volunteer
house: perfect for those lazy afternoons!
There is a
local live-in cook at the Travellers house who will prepare your
breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, throughout the week. The food is
usually local cuisine which means lots of curry, rice and salads.
Whether a curry fan or not, you will be by the time you return as Sri
Lankan food is delicious! You can buy snacks and treats, including a
growing variety of Western tastes (chocolate!) from the local store.
There is also a KFC in Ja-Ela for those who need a fix of home.
The area of
Ja-Ela is an industrialised town and although it is not one of the
paradise beauty spots, it's a good point at which to start your
exploration of the island's many beaches and beautiful inland resorts.
just wanted to let you know, that I had the time of my life in Sri
Lanka. It was FANTASTIC, I wish the entire experience had never had to
end. I would just like to say thank you to your team of organisers for
organising the spectacular trip. And also a big thank you to Roshan,
Shivani ... and all the boys at the house for
making my stay very welcoming and memorable. I miss them all very much.
And I will definitely want to return and pay them a visit."
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our Sri
Lankan staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling
and sight seeing.
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Sri Lanka, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
cannot BEGIN to tell you how beautiful this paradise island is!
Nor how cheap to live and get around. It is almost
too good to be true! But it is true.
Towering Pagodas, Hindu temples and ancient fortresses to holy
rivers and sacred mountains. The
local people are very welcoming and friendly, especially in the
rural areas. The tea plantations are a must, the lace making,
monuments and architectural splendours, etc., but the most appealing is the Elephant
Orphanage at Pinnawala. Not to be
missed! It's an
emotive sight that you'll never forget!
SRI LANKA'S FANTASTIC BEACHES!
Sri Lanka has miles and
miles of amazing beaches. Some of our favourites are:
MIRISSA: Perhaps a
contender for the most beautiful beach in the world. Long,
deserted and hot. You know you have got away from it all as you
sit and watch the sunset over this horizon…The snorkelling is
also incredible here.
NEGOMBO: To the north
of Colombo lies Negombo, a busting fishing town with golden
beaches and a pallet of colour provided by sails and boats
against the deep blue of the ocean.
UNAWATUNA: A sleepy
peaceful cove with deep still water and a temple overlooking the
bay from the protecting cliffs.
HIKKADUWA: A long
stretch of beach with plenty of hostels, restaurants and some
nice bars, not forgetting the impromptu beach parties held on
the beach front bars blaring Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led
Zeplin and many other classics! Sri Lanka is a conservative
island brimming with culture and Hikkaduwa offers an exciting
opportunity to holiday for the odd celebratory weekend! Many a
volunteer birthday has been seen in over Hikkaduwa cocktails.
You can also body board and even surf on this beach.
ARUGAM BAY: This tiny
fishing village is Sri Lanka’s newest hot spot and hosts the
best surfing and an easy going happy party atmosphere. With its
wide sweeping beach in front of the village and year round
gorgeous swimming it is no surprise that this bay has developed
into a low budget travellers haunt.
"Thank you for the experience you gave me, it was stunning and a
memory that always always always
brings me warmth" Tim Hancock
White Water Rafting:Sri Lanka’s boulder stream rivers are
the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way
to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer.
Many tours are available and many begin with days of action,
rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for
fish time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike. Rafting
has become a very popular exciting yet safe adventure sport
Rock Climbing and Mountaineering:
Mountaineering is an adventure sport that requires skills and
levels of fitness that few other adventure sports can match. The
mountain ranges in Sri Lanka offer breath taking, enthralling,
climbing routes. Climbing is all about discovering the natural
world around and with you.
Hiking and Trekking: There’s no better
way to explore the natural scenic beauty of this island with
diverse climatic zones. Trekking is an excellent way to explore
a country, people, their traditions and beliefs. Paths and
campsites have been set up to give nature lovers the experience
of a lifetime. All possible steps are taken to ensure local
community benefit and nature conservation in keeping with all
international camping guidelines.
Canoeing & Kayaking: This relatively
new sport is rated as the most adventurous of all adventure
sports. It involves descending a stream as it drops over
waterfalls and boulders. In Sri Lanka they have low waterfalls
for beginners and some as high as 700 feet for the very
experienced - all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
The driest and best seasons are from December to March on
the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May
to September on the east coast. December to March is also the
time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them
escaping the European winter.
The coastal stretch
south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the
eye can see. The Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or
the masked devil dances. Then there are the ruins, ancient and
inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and
Polonnaruwa to satisfy any archaeologist.
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arrive in your new country, please
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