What will I be doing?
Your team will work with children at care centres, kindergartens, or special needs centres. You’ll also assist with community work and renovations. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:
- Assist local teachers and caregivers with early childhood development activities
- Help with light renovation work in local communities
- Explore Sri Lanka with your group and immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life
The activities in this project can be divided into three main categories:
Help with early childhood development
In Sri Lanka, your group’s main role will be to support local teachers and caregivers at care centres, kindergartens, or special needs schools. You’ll focus on early childhood development, and teach kids the skills they need to thrive at school and later in life. You’ll do activities like:
- Read stories to help improve literacy
- Play ball games to improve hand-eye coordination
- Sing simple English songs to teach new words
- Play a game to learn how to count from one to ten
When you are not working with children, you’ll do light renovation and maintenance work. What you do depends on what the community needs at the time. This could include tasks like giving a building a fresh coat of paint, painting a mural, or planting a vegetable garden.
This is a wonderful way to give back as a group. In the short time you’re in Sri Lanka together, you’ll be able to accomplish a lot and create something that will benefit your placement for years to come.
Explore and experience Sri Lanka
With your group and our staff beside you, you’ll travel Sri Lanka and experience the incredible views, tropical beaches, and amazing wildlife this country is home to. You’ll do this during your weekend trip to Kandy.
Staying with a local host family will also give you direct insight into what daily life is like in Sri Lanka, and what the culture and traditions are like.
Where will I be working?
You and your group will work in several small towns around Colombo, on the coast. Sri Lanka is a gorgeous tropical island that has become a popular tourist destination over the past few years. This is because of its beautiful beaches, mountains, and wildlife reserves, as well as its fascinating history and culture.
You’ll work with your group at care centres, kindergartens, or special needs schools. Most of these placements have limited funding and resources, and conditions are basic.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Sri Lanka
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