At a glance
- Help disadvantaged students in Sri Lanka to develop their athletic skills. You’ll provide children with the chance to learn new games, improve their technique, and work on their fitness.
- Limited facilities and equipment means that Sri Lankan children don’t always have the opportunity to play sport. Alongside local staff, you’ll come up with solutions to overcome these issues.
- You will stay with a host family; this is an incredible way to experience local culture and cuisines. Make friends with your fellow volunteers while exploring all that Sri Lanka has to offer.
16 or over
What will I do on this project?
We encourage you to share your love of sports with the next generation on this volunteer project. You can get involved in:
- Coach a range of different sports to students such as football and cricket
- Teach important off-field subjects like health science and sports theory
- Combine this placement with a Care or Teaching Project
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Coach a range of different sports to students such as football and cricket
On this project, you’ll help to develop the sporting ability of students in need of structured physical education sessions. Some of our partner schools focus on a specific sport such as football, whilst others are open to a range of different activities.
From warm-ups to cool-down stretches, you’ll take students through the process of improving their technique, fitness, and associated sports skills like teamwork.
Teach important off-field subjects like health science and sports theory
There is also an opportunity to focus on classroom-based sports theory and health science lessons. You’ll teach students about the rules and history of a particular sport, or educate them about the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Combine this placement with a Care or Teaching project
Since you won’t spend the entire day coaching sport, there is also the option to combine this project with a Care or Teaching placement. Here you can spend time with children and organise fun educational activities, or work with them to improve their literacy or numeracy skills.
Where interns work
You will be based in one of three locations in Sri Lanka: Negombo, Panadura, and Kalutara. They are all situated within an hour’s drive of the capital city, Colombo. This means that it’s within easy reach for a weekend of sightseeing.
Panadura is a major town found south of Colombo. You’ll be working at a government run sports centre, which was established to promote and upgrade the level of sport in the area. The sports that are taught at this centre include:
Negombo is a large city just north of Colombo. Here, you will work at a technical school that provides vocational training to disadvantaged youth. The focus is on football coaching, and you need to stay for at least three months if you’d like to join this placement.
Kalutara is a major city also situated south of Colombo. You’ll be placed at a college which caters for both primary and secondary school students. You will have the opportunity to teach both theoretical and practical aspects of physical education.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
Sri Lanka is well-known for its diverse landscapes. From beaches to tropical jungles, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant country.
The buzzing Pettah Market is a must-see. You can chat to friendly vendors, buy handmade products, and enjoy the electric atmosphere around you. For cultural enrichment, you can spend an afternoon in the National Museum of Colombo. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is also a highlight, with its vast collection of artefacts.
The town of Galle is a sea port with a strong Dutch heritage and plenty of old colonial buildings to explore. You can also venture inland to hike in the hills, swim in the cool waterfalls, and visit traditional hill towns.
Sri Lanka's national parks include safari parks where you can spot wildlife like leopards and elephants. Or spend an early morning bird-watching in one of the wetland sanctuaries. There are also rainforest reserves crammed full of tropical biodiversity.
You’ll be sharing this unique experience with many other volunteers. This means you can travel solo or spend your free time with the friends you make during your trip.
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.
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