Volunteer at one of our many kindergarten schools, assisting the local teacher and teaching English. This project helps children from the villages improve their English language and conversational skills. You will mostly be teaching English but could be asked to help teach drama, music or other foreign languages. You will assist local staff by creating teaching plans for each day. All the schools are well managed and supervised by officers from government and private institutions.
Special Needs School
You can also help by spending some time at the special needs school, where you can care for and help students with various health conditions. Your affection, attention and care encourage the children to increase their confidence and to put a smile on their faces. Your role will be to support the teachers and staff in caring for the children, teaching and other activities, as well as assisting them to live an independent life.
Teaching English to Adults
Learning English can greatly help with job prospects, particularly within the tourist industry. By teaching these adults vital English language skills, you can increase their confidence and assist in better chances for them to earn a higher living. The formal teaching of English in schools has not been that successful in Sri Lanka, so your help is very much appreciated by the adults who want to gain English skills to benefit their job prospects.
English education quite expensive in Sri Lanka and the majority of the children in villages are not able to attend the private tuition classes they need to improve their English. This project teaches English to these village children after school hours. The lessons will take place either at a community centre or at the home of a parent who can offer space to conduct the lessons. This project is only for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon, so we suggest that you combine this with another project, which takes place in the morning.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
To give local children the right to a fair education and to help with the development of their English skills, to better their future job prospects.
Monday to Friday
- Mostly English teaching, but also drama, games, music, art and other foreign languages
- Encourage children in school work and encourage the all-round development of the child
- Assist teachers and other staff
- Create teaching plans for the following day
Special Needs School
- Interacting in educational activities with children as advised by the staff
- Engaging the children through creative activities
- Playing fun games
Teaching English to Adults
- Teaching basic English writing skills and phrases
- Improving English conversational skills
- Preparing lesson plans
- Teaching English to children through educational activities
- Creating cultural sharing activities
- Using games and other interactive activities to improve their spoken and written English
This program starts every week.
This program starts every week.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
- Volunteers below 18 should have the parental consent letter and those above 65 should produce medical clearance.
There is no specific equipment but you are more than welcome to bring small supplies for the kids and help them to learn better (pens, colouring pencils, books, stickers, etc)
Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination, known for its tea plantations, sacred temples, spice plantations and cultural dance shows. It’s around 115 km from Colombo and sits at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth, it has a nickname as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. This bustling market town has a rich cultural diversity and plenty of things to for tourists, from handicraft markets to ancient temples and adventure activities. It also hosts the Kandy Esala Perahera festival each year.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
You will be accommodated in one of our volunteer houses, which are located 2-4 km away from the centre of Kandy. There is a refrigerator for volunteers to use to store food and beverages.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||4-10|
|Wifi in public areas||No|
|Laundry facilities||Yes ***|
* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
** Water, tea, coffee and milk
*** At an additional fee
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals will be a mix of Western and Sri Lankan style food, including mainly vegetarian dishes of rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.
The volunteer house is located 2 kilometres away from the Kandy city centre, where you can find anything you may need.
The closest ATM and supermarket to the accommodation are a 15-minute walk away.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On your first Monday, you will join our orientation day, to get acquainted with your new surroundings, as well as local culture. Your project continues as usual from Tuesday onwards.
- Welcome meeting, introduction to Sri Lanka and the various projects, general/ house rules, code of conduct and organising important documents
- Sinhalese Language Lesson
- Cultural Lesson- learn more about the do’s and don’ts
- Kandy City Tour
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the project.
Sights & Surroundings
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are situated around 5. km to the West of Kandy. Once being only for the Kandyan royalty, they are now open to the public to wander around at their leisure. There’s 60 hectares of beautiful garden to explore, where you will see a huge Javan fig tree, pretty orchids and even monkeys!
Knuckles mountain range
This stunning mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts many walking trails. You will find small villages, beautiful waterfalls, numerous native wildlife and rice fields. This is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and adventurous hiking trails.
Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, this ancient rock is situated around 91km North from Kandy and is very popular with tourists, who can climb up to the top for some seriously stunning views. Along the way you will see antient rock carvings and paintings on the walls of this sacred rock. It will take roughly just over an hour to climb up.
Yala National Park
Located on the South coast of Sri Lanka, this stunning park hosts one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Not only that, you can also spot elephants, monkeys, birds, buffalo and more. There are numerous tours in Yala, from day tours to over several days of safari.
Around 91km South of Kandy you can climb to the top of this sacred sight, just as the locals do for pilgrimage. It’s a bit of a trek up in the dark but totally worth it to see the sun coming up over the clouds, mountains and lush forest. You will be greeted by stunning views to reward your efforts!
Hortons Plains National Park
You can trek through this beautiful national park to ‘World’s End’, a 9.5km round loop trail, taking around 3 hours. This is a pretty easy walk, but you will be greeted with amazing views out over the countryside and above the clouds! It’s best to visit here early (before 10am) as the clouds can roll in after that and block the incredible views.
Udawatta Kele Reserve
Situated near the Kandy lake, this nature reserve is complete with monkeys and birds- fantastic for wildlife and nature lovers. Here you will find wooded forests, over 400 species of plants and 70 bird species. You can trek through the forest for a relaxing break away from the city.
Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are both popular places to visit a tea plantation, for a refreshing taste of some of Sri Lanka’s best fresh tea! Not only do they produce great tea, the landscape is stunningly green, with endless hills rolling off into the distance.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.