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SRI LANKA

Volunteering Projects in Sri Lanka in Conservation, Work Experience Internships and Working with Children

Sri Lanka is famous for its 1,600 km of unspoilt, golden beaches. It's a paradise Island shaped like a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. The people are friendly, food delicious and costs low. A stunning island filled with wildlife sanctuaries, ancient cities, hills, beaches, and most of all, its incredible beauty.

You can volunteer in the community in a wide variety of projects, from caring for elephants at Pinawala Elephant Orphanage, Teaching and Care for children, conservation with elephants at Wasgamuwa National Park or conserving turtles at Ambalangoda. You can gain invaluable work experience abroad on a veterinary, law or medical internship, or you can help with community development by renovating a Buddhist Temple.

Please see our list of brief descriptions below, then click on the link to read all about the project. CAN'T CHOOSE? Call our Sri Lanka Project Consultant, Ivy Adams, for free advice on which Project would be best for you. +44 (0)1903 502595

An Elephant Experience Caring for Rescued Elephants in a Sanctuary in Sri Lanka
Spend time working with elephants and their handlers in their day to day activities. You'll help the mahouts (elephant handlers) with their daily routines. This includes, but is not limited to, feeding the elephants, cleaning and bathing the elephants and cleaning the elephant enclosures.

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Elephant and Wildlife Conservation in Wasgamuwa National Park
Help conserve the Elephants and other wildlife of Sri Lanka in Wasgamuwa National Park. The main aim of thise project is to "save elephants, other biodiversity and their habitats by helping people". Go back to the very basics, in a stunningly beautiful part of the world, helping local people and the local wildlife. The activities are diverse - one moment you could be observing elephants overnight in a tree-house, and the next you could be helping to reduce human-elephant conflict within the national park

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Help with Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda
This Project works towards preventing the extinction of sea turtles, a critically endangered species. You will help in the rehabilitation and release back into the sea of turtles that are usually victims of commercial fishing. You'll assist in treating injured and sick sea turtles, protecting nests, and rescuing eggs so that they can be hatched without incident in the safety of our hatchery.

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Veterinary Work Experience in Yakkala
Work in a government-run veterinary clinic with 4 vets and a total staff of 10. You'll gain valuable work and volunteering experience by assisting the vets and staff. Apart from their domestic pets work, the surgery also provides mobile clinic services to the local community and does external calls to the local village farms to treat the cows, pigs, buffalo, chickens.

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Law Work Experience Internship in Negombo Beach
Intern in a small practice in Negombo (5 lawyers), which means you'll gain experience across all areas of law. The variety will be greater than you would be exposed to in a big practice. There are 3 Courts in Negombo and proceedings in two of them are conducted in English. You'll have opportunity to attend both 'English-language' Courts and well as assisting in other duties, such as drafting legal documents, in the office.

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Medical Work Experience Internship near Ja Ela
Gain excellent Medical Work Experience at a typical Sri Lankan Hospital close to Ja-Ela. You'll shadow the doctors in various departments in the Hospital. The hospital has 300 staff and currently 13 consultants. There are also many departments with visiting specialists, thus giving you varied exposure. Whether your main interest is clinical or non-clinical sciences, you'll gain experience you need. If you have not specialised yet, you will be able to gain an all-round experience of medicine.

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Buddhist Temple Renovation, Restoration and Construction in Kandy
Rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples in and around Kandy. This unique and fascinating project offers an opportunity to learn about Sri Lankan construction using traditional manual methods, without using modern machinery. Work includes construction, repainting temples, cleaning in and around temples; interacting with children and villagers and helping the Temples arrange Community Centres for the village youths. You'll also assist with the restoration of paintings and sculptures inside the temples.

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Care and Community Volunteering with Children, Women, Boys and Elders in Kandy
Help the local community by assisting in a broad range of activities. Choose from one (or more, or even all) of the following areas to help in: Babies Orphanage, Womens’ Project, Elders’ Home, Orphan Care, Building and Renovation – or you could even help to rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples!

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Care for Children in a Children's and Elders' Home
Make a difference in an Orphanage, Children’s Home and Elderly Persons Care Home. This is a small Home with around 12 boys and 15 elderly ladies. You'll help by playing with the children and caring for them. Your love and care is the most important contribution you can make to their well-being. The types of activities you can also get involved in with the children include sewing & handicrafts, English lessons, Maths classes ... and lots of games!

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Sports: Coach Football to Children in Ja Ela
Work with disadvantaged children who benefit enormously from your help! The schools have about 400 to 500 pupils aged 5 to 16 years old, with approx. 35 per class. Their English is generally poor, so by coaching football, you're also giving them a chance to improve their English in an informal setting.

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Teach Underprivileged Children in Yakkala
Teach at a very poor school where you'll make a huge difference! Children are between 6 and 17 years old, boys and girls. You can teach English as well as a host of other subjects, including Music and Dancing and also Arts and Handicrafts. If you'd like to coach Sports, such as Football, Netball and Cricket, the children would love that!

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Teach Conversational English to village community children in rural Wasgamuwa
Located near the famous Wasgamuwa Game Park - A truly cultural Sri Lankan Experience! Teaching in Wasgamuwa is varied with ages ranging from about 8 - 40. Your students will be an eclectic collection - from school children to monks and park wardens! And lessons are fun and often include a heavy environmental component.

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Teach Monks in Temples and Children in Schools in Kandy
Help on this education program by teaching Monks in the temples, and children in pre-schools and upper schools in the villages. The objective is to help them improve their English language. You'll primarily teach English, but you can also help to teach Drama, Music and other foreign Languages. You'll assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc.

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Relaxation and Meditation Course in a Buddhist Retreat near Colombo
Relax and be inspired on a Course at a Sri Lanka Buddhist Meditation Retreat. You can't visit Sri Lanka without absorbing the gentle philosophy of Buddhism, which is prevalent in every day life and an important part of the local culture. Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and charm is utterly inspiring if you are looking for an experience of the body, mind and soul this paradise island is the ideal destination!

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON YOUR PROGRAMME IN SRI LANKA
Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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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. Rajni Kanda

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