Volunteer Abroad in Sri Lanka

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Sri Lanka

Off the coast of southern India, the developing island nation of Sri Lanka is an excellent spot for volunteers looking to have an outdoorsy experience. With a civil war and the 2004 tsunami in its recent past, there are many ways to volunteer in Sri Lanka. Laiden with beaches and palm trees, this teardrop-shaped tropical gem offers a variety of volunteer placements, from teaching to conservation and medicine. While only 25,000 square miles, those who volunteer in Sri Lanka will be able to enjoy beach-related activities, the rainforest, and animal sanctuaries both during and outside of their placements.


The three most popular volunteer placement locations in Sri Lanka are Colombo, Galle, and Kandy. Sri Lanka’s capital and largest city, Colombo, is full of traditional Hindu temples contrasted by a modern urban scene and a large harbor. This port city serves as the hub for politics and everything financial in Sri Lanka. Those who volunteer In Colombo can witness the apparent contrast between lifestyles of the local people, from the rich colonial lifestyle of those housed in mansions and the slums that stand nearby. Volunteer placements in medicine and teaching are common in Colombo.

Kandy is a hot spot for volunteer programs. Set inland amidst a hilly terrain, this city is a key location for volunteer projects in Sri Lanka revolving around conservation efforts, whether it’s working with turtles or elephants. While volunteering in Kandy volunteers can visit several Buddhist temples, like the famous Temple of Tooth, and a variety of gardens and parks.

Galle, a city colonized by the Dutch and featuring a large fortress, is another spot to find volunteer placements in Sri Lanka, particularly those involving volunteering with orphans. Volunteers working in orphanages will take ...

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