Sri Lanka Kindergarten & Teaching Volunteers
2-6 weeks from £609
- Help young Sri Lankan kids learn English in class and after school
- Get an insight into local culture as you live and volunteer alongside local people
- Teach new skills that’ll broaden your students’ opportunities in life
- Enjoy support and resources provided by the local team
- Gain fantastic teaching experience that’ll set you apart from the crowd
- Relax on the beach or explore Sri Lanka during your time off
Head over to Sri Lanka and become a volunteer teacher at some wonderful local primary schools and kindergartens. Help children improve their English skills and lead fun activities and lessons that’ll engage the kids and make them fall in love with the language. You’ll focus on basic alphabet, numeracy and grammar, and come up with creative ways of introducing new ideas. You’ll enjoy the full support of the local team, plus access to resources that’ll give your lesson plans a boost. You’ll gain fantastic teaching experience, make a difference in local education, and get time off to relax and explore!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
What to expect at the project
When you arrive into Colombo, you will be met at the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation in Galle. You will be staying in shared volunteer dorms in a villa that is located just 10 minutes from the beach.
Please note: You must arrive at Colombo Airport between 8am and 6pm on day 1 in order to receive your included transfer to Galle. If you arrive outside of these times, or your flight is delayed, you will have to pay for a private transfer at an additional cost. Contact us for details.
You will volunteer from Monday to Friday, working with a number of schools in the area. You will typically volunteer in the classroom from 8am-10am each morning and sometimes you may also have the opportunity to help out in the afternoon sessions for after school clubs and extra-curricular activities from 3pm-4pm. Please note that timings are subject to change and your schedule will be determined by the local team in Sri Lanka based on the needs of the project at the time of your stay, .
Your weekends are free to relax and explore. You can chill out on the beach, wander around historic Galle, or join one of the optional excursions which are organised by the local team including yoga sessions, cooking classes, bicycle rides around the rice paddy fields surrounding Galle. Alternatively venture further field to explore the beautiful beach resorts nearby.
Day in the life
The school day begins at 8am, so you’ll have to be up early and full of energy to engage the children! Your duties will vary depending on whether you are volunteering in a kindergarten or a primary school:
Kindergarten. If you are volunteering in a kindergarten, you will be working with children aged 3-5 years old. You’ll teach the children the basic alphabet, help them learn songs and rhymes, assist the teachers in the classroom, lead art-based activities, and organise simple games during playtime. You’ll also help supervise meal times and prepare resources for the teachers.
Primary School. If you are volunteering in a primary school, you’ll be working with children aged 6-12 years old. You’ll help the kids work through their English curriculum, teach basic maths and science, read stories to the class, work one-to-one with students who are struggling, and organise clubs and after-school activities.
The morning session normally finishes at around 10am, you may have the opportunity to help out with afternoon sessions depending on the needs of the project at the time of your stay. Alternatively, you can spend the afternoon back at the volunteer villa, preparing lesson plans for the following day, chatting with other volunteers and relaxing by the beach!
Please note that the projects do not run during school holidays. The school holidays are:
3rd August 2018 to 5th September 2018
4th December 2018 to 2nd January 2019
5th April 2019 to 22nd April 2019
2nd August 2019 to 4th September 2019
6th December 2019 to 6th January 2020
During this time you will have free time to explore Sri Lanka and the surrounding areas. Please also note that Sri Lanka has lots of national holidays dotted throughout the year whereby the projects will also not run. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
This project has been set up to connect international volunteers with schools and kindergartens in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan education system faces a number of challenges at present, including lack of training for teachers, limited funding, a disorganized curriculum and frequent education policy changes. All of these factors have contributed to a poor quality of education in the country.
One major failing of the system is the lack of quality English teaching in schools. English can be a vital skill for young people looking for work, particularly since Sri Lanka has become a popular tourism destination. The project seeks to improve English teaching by bringing in international volunteers. This in turn will open up new employment opportunities for young people when they leave school.
This project is ideal for anyone who is looking to gain teaching experience in a unique setting. You will plan and deliver creative and engaging lessons, and learn a great deal about working with children in a primary school environment. This experience will not only serve you well for any future teaching, but also make your CV stand out when you come to apply for jobs.
You’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of having made a difference in the lives of these children. Your students will be warm, welcoming and eager to learn, and the lessons and games you lead will bring smiles to their faces. There’s no greater feeling than seeing the results of your work as the confidence and skills of your pupils increase during your time here. You’ll also create meaningful connections and make an impression on the children that will last a lifetime.
- Arrival airport transfer between stated hours on start date
- All accommodation at a volunteer villa
- 3 meals a day while at the project
- Project orientation
- Volunteer teaching placement
- Transfers to and from the project
- Access to teaching resources at volunteer villa
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- School resources such as photocopying, art resources etc
- Snacks and drinks
- Return Transfer
- Free Time Activities
All accommodation is included during the project. You will stay in a 9-bedroom volunteer villa. Each room sleeps 4-6 people, and you will have the use of a shared bathroom, kitchen, dining room and chill-out area. The villa is located in a beautiful area, just 10 minutes from the beach and from historic Galle Fort. The local team will be on-site to answer any questions or problems you might have.
The volunteer villa is located about 15 minutes away from the kindergaten project, and about 20 minutes from the primary school, and daily transport to and from the projects are provided.
3 meals a day are provided at the villa. These will be prepared by the in-house chef using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Breakfasts usually consist of pancakes, eggs or fruit. Lunch and dinner is often Sri Lankan curry with vegetables. You will need to purchase any additional snacks yourself, and there is storage for your food in the kitchen.
To get a flight quote simply use the form below, or contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.
Get A Flight Quote
You should arrange your flight into Colombo International Airport between the hours of 8am and 6pm on your programme start date. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation near Galle. If you arrive outside of these times (and if your flight is delayed so you arrive after 6pm), you will need to pay for a private transfer, please contact us for details. Your project finishes on your programme end date, please arrange your flights to depart from Colombo International Airport on this date, a departure airport transfer is not included but can be arranged locally; please ensure that you allow plenty of time for your journey back to Colombo and check-in at the airport.
To book your flights, please contact our dedicated fights team on 01892 277037 who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
The minimum age to participate in this volunteer experience is 18 years; this is an open-aged volunteer programme so you are likely to meet other volunteers of varying ages on this project. Volunteers with TEFL experience are preferred, but anyone with good English skills and enthusiasm to teach are also welcome.
After booking this trip, you will have a brief telephone conversation with a member of our team to ensure that the project is suitable for your experience and what you are looking to get out of your time away.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. You will need a tourist visa to enter Sri Lanka. Please contact your nearest Sri Lankan Embassy for the most up to date information. British passport holders can apply for a 30-day ETA visa online. You should state that your reason for visiting Sri Lanka is for 'Travel'. If you intend to stay for longer than 30 days, you will need to make an appointment with the Sri Lankan Embassy in the UK to apply for a 90-day visa.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS check and will need to have a clean criminal record.
DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.
There is an additional cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in three stages:
1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.
2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS will need verification of your identity – to do this you will need to take three original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.
3. It can take up to two weeks for your DBS to be processed, which will be sent to you directly in the post.
How Long Can I Volunteer For?
On this project you can volunteer from 2 to 4 weeks.
Where Will I Be Staying?
You will be staying in Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. This town is a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site, with plenty of historic areas to explore and beaches to relax on. It is also near to other beautiful areas such as Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna which you can explore during your time off.
What Can I Do During My Time Off?
During your time off, you can relax in Galle or explore some nearby beaches. You could also join one of the optional activities or excursions that are organised by the local team. Previous excursions have included whale watching and rainforest hikes. Alternatively you may like to use your weekends to venture further afield and discover more of what Sri Lanka has to offer - from the beautiful hill country town of Ella which is surrounded by tea plantations, to Kandy - one of the most spiritually important towns of the buddhist world which is home to the temple of the tooth relic, to stunning beaches and much much more.
Why Type Of Food Should I Expect?
3 meals per day are provided at the volunteer house and are included in your programme. This will generally be local Sri Lankan dishes such as rice and curry, sambol, bread, fruit and vegetables.
What Type Of Clothing Should I Wear?
Sri Lanka is a very conservative country and you are asked to dress appropriately. Whilst volunteering please ensure that your shoulders, chest and mid-riff are covered and shorts/skirts should be knee-length or longer. Long skirts are recommended for girls.