Situated off the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka is an island paradise, perfect for gap year travel. Compact, beautiful, hot and very friendly, it offers a broad range of experiences, from extreme action to utter relaxation, in surroundings that, whether manmade or natural, are uniquely beautiful.
For those in search of adventure travel in Sri Lanka, there’s no shortage of options. The island has a wealth of wildlife, and more than its share of national parks. You can go leopard spotting in Yala, track elephant in Uda Walawe, tackle the rainforest reserve of Sinharaja or make a night pilgrimage up Adam’s Peak (a sacred site for at least two religions) to watch the sunrise. And then hit the surf in Arugam Bay…
Sri Lanka has the goods to entice any student traveller. For a start, its beaches rival those of anywhere else in the world, but there’s also an exceptionally easygoing atmosphere – particularly remarkable considering the island has a long and recent history of civil war. Still, you’ll feel only peace in the lakeside city of Kandy, when wandering among temples and through tea plantations, or visiting the ancient Sinhalese royal cities and the former Dutch colony of Galle.
There are many projects offering volunteer work in Sri Lanka. They range from conservation work for elephants or sea turtles, to community groups, assisting with people suffering effects of the 2004 tsunami or coaching sports.
Travel around Sri Lanka and get to visit some of the most beautiful, historic, and spiritual places in the country.
Combine all the best bits of a typical gap year and get to travel, volunteer, party, and take on paid work across five incredible countries.
This project was started because the owners of the elephants there could no longer look after them. It aims to care for the elephants and their mahouts who rely entirely on their elephants for their own survival.
Make sure you don't miss this stunning island on any visit to Asia! Working on this project will enable you to help conserve and protect turtles in Sri Lanka and give them a better chance of survival.
Travel the length of India, stopping at some of the country’s most beautiful destinations on your way to Sri Lanka.