Special Needs & Community Support Sri Lanka

Volunteer in a special needs home in Sri Lanka or help at a childcare centre. Dive into this project with a warm heart and a big smile, and you will be rewarded by seeing the residents happy and comforted. Help underprivileged communities and learn to work with them on a deeper level.

we need You in Sri Lanka

  • Around 45% of the popualtion in Sri Lanka live on less than $5 a day.
  • Many poor families lack access to quality education, leading to higher levels of unemployment.
  • Poverty is seen in in affluent areas as well as in rural areas. 85% of poor families live in rural areas.
  • Around 21% of the popualtion in Sri Lanka is malnourished, with 17.3% of children having stunted growth.
  • Women are usually not financially independant from their husbands, their main roles being to look after the family, clean and cook.

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can you help?

  • Volunteer at a childcare centre or home for persons with disabilities
  • Bring along a caring, patient and understanding nature
  • Interact with the local people, care for them and put a smile on their faces!
  • Create educational and fun activities for the children

you can do?

  • Interact with the children through fun games
  • Help staff to clean beds, change nappies, bed sheets and pillows
  • Help to prepare food and feed the children
  • Care and interact with the residents in the disabilities home
  • Assist with the special needs home’s daily duties, such a feeding the residents 

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees - From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
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  PROJECT NAME: SPECIAL NEEDS & COMMUNITY SUPPORT

LOCATION: KANDY, SRI LANKA

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) 

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

  PROJECT COSTS: From US$295 + APPLICATION FEE

Overview

Childcare

Volunteer in a childcare centre, for the poor and underprivileged families in this local community. You will be looking after the children and babies, as well as teaching fun educational activities and games. Daily duties involve helping staff in changing bed sheets, pillows, changing nappies and keeping the centre clean and sterilised. You will also help to prepare food and feed the children.

Home for Children and Persons with Disabilities

Volunteer in a home for children and persons with disabilities, which is run by the Mother Teresa Foundation and under supervision from the Department of Probation and Childcare, Sri Lanka. The home houses over 120 children, plus women and men with disabilities (aged 1 to 60 years). By volunteering on this project, you can spread smiles, support and care for these people in need and put a smile on their faces. You will volunteer from around 8.30am to 15.30pm. At this project Thursday is a day off, so you are free to take some time to relax or join in with another project if available.

Location

Kandy, is an amazing destination high up in the hills approx 3 hours drive from Colombo with incredible views, dense forests and a buzzy atmosphere with locals and tourists. Kandy is the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and is famous for it’s culture and temples such as Temple of the Tooth and plenty of others. The city has bustling markets with all kinds of interesting and diverse goods and services from unique handicrafts, exotic foods, arts, music and dance. Kandy has a really cool vibe and is somewhere you can happily explore for an extended period of time.

Project Tasks

  • Create educational activities for the children at the childcare centre and special needs home
  • Feed and care for the children and babies at the centre or at the special needs home
  • Interact with the local community and assist with general duties 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is included for the duration of your volunteer program. The volunteer house is conveniently located around 2 km from Kandy and about a 15 min walk to the nearest supermarket and ATM. You’ll share rooms with 4-6 other volunteers of the same gender with a shared toilet per room. A fridge, safety deposit boxes, lockable rooms, hot showers, bed linen and fan are included with volunteers expected to bring their own towel. Laundry facilities are available at a small fee. The centres do not have Wi-Fi. Most volunteers will purchase a local data plan and connect this to their personal devices.

3 meals per day are provided during weekdays and 2 meals per day on weekends. Safe filtered drinking water is provided along with tea and coffee. You can expect meals with rice, coconut, spices, roti, lots of vegetables & sparing amounts of meat. 

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FAQ...

This project would suit anyone with a caring and kind nature, who loves to put smiles on peoples faces. Anyone who loves working with children would be a great fit for the childcare centre. This is a very rewarding project where the more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

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.

Schedule

  • 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

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted at the airport and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Kandy. Your Program Fee includes accommodation on the Sunday night before your program orientation. An arrival airport transfer is included from Bandaranayake International Airport on Saturday or Sunday free of charge. If arriving on Saturday, you can book an additional nights accommodation for US$50 including meals.

The transfer coordinator will meet you at the designated point which will be clearly described in your welcome pack which is provided after final payment is made pre-departure.

Monday to Friday

Childcare:

  • Help staff to clean beds, change nappies, bed sheets and pillows.
  • Keep the play area clean and sterile.
  • Interact with the children through fun games
  • Create educational activities

Home for the Children and Persons with Disabilities:

  • Help clean the home
  • Assist staff with the daily activities
  • Playing fun games with the children
  • Caring for and interacting with the residents
  • Feeding the residents

Here are a few things you can do in Sri Lanka!

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.

Adam’s Peak

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.

Tea Plantations

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.

  • A valid CRB check is required for this program.
  • There is no specific equipment required, although if you would like to donate any items you think as useful for the above projects, you are more than welcome!

With a population of 20 million, the democratic socialist republic of Sri Lanka, formally known as Ceylon is a tear drop shaped island off the south eastern coast of India. Steeped in over 2000 years of history, the culture is unique to Sri Lanka and known for it’s export of tea, holistic medicines, cinnamon and gemstones including a unique blend of music, dance and visual arts.

Colinised by the British, Dutch and Portugese, there is a multi-culturalism with distinct Sri Lankan flair that feels similar to India, only a whole lot more chilled out! Sri Lanka, better known as the “nation of smiling people” is predominently buddhist (approx 80%) with some Hindu, Muslim and Christianity.  

Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and given it’s size it’s easy to experience them all in a short period of time. From the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, to the colonial architecture of Colombo, to the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, to lush natural forest, picturesque cities, thousand year old temples, and ancient civilation ruins there are really so many reasons to visit this amazing land.  

Sri lanka has a tropical climate with distinctive wet and dry seasons. Temperatures vary and it can get much cooler in the mountains than it can on the beach.

On average temperatures in Sri Lanka vary from 28- 32 degrees, but in the mountain regions this can go to as low as 16 degrees. 

From mid-April to September the Southwest moonsoon rains come, affecting the West, Southwest coastline and the Hill Country. On the East coast, the monsoon rains start from November to March but are not quite as severe. 

December to March are the best months to visit the West or South coastline and the Hill Country. For the East coast or the North, the best time to visit is from April to September. 

Sri Lanka and known for it’s export of tea, holistic medicines, cinnamon and gemstones including a unique blend of music, dance and visual arts.

Colinised by the British, Dutch and Portugese, there is a multi-culturalism with distinct Sri Lankan flair that feels similar to India, only a whole lot more chilled out! Sri Lanka is predominently buddhist (approx 80%) with some Hindu, Muslim and Christianity.  

There are many festivals in Sri Lanka. Here are the dates for some of them!

  • January: Duruthu
    Celebrates the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. During Duruthu, thousands of people attend colorful parades, which consist of three processions on the nights before the full moon. The processions consist of fireball performers, drummers, dances, decorated elephants and the most important – a gigantic tusker treading a white carpet.
  • April 13th or 14th: Avurudda (New Year)
    Avurudda celebrates the Sinhalese New Year in Sri Lanka. According to Sinhalese astrology, the new year begins when the sun changes from Meena Rashi (Pisces) to Mesha Rashi (Aries).
  • June: Poson Festival
    Poson Festival takes place on the full moon day of June and celebrates the arrival of Buddhism, which occurred when Arahat Mahinda, the son of the emperor of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism.
  • October or November: Diwali (Festival of Lights)
    Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and good over evil. It is celebrated with millions of lights shining over houses, temples, and buildings. 

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

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