Teach English as a volunteer in Colombo, Sri Lanka - with no program fees!

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Want to do something that matters? Don't have any teaching experience? Worry not!

Volunteer with SVS School for English in Sri Lanka and we'll give you all the training and materials you need to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of students.

A small, non-profit school based in Colombo, SVS aims to empower adults in Sri Lanka by helping them to develop their English language skills and broaden their world view.

Spend 6 months working with us and you'll learn not just how to teach English grammar, but also how to open minds and change lives - as well as getting to explore one of the world's most beautiful islands every weekend!

SVS volunteers teach up to 30hrs of English every week, to classes that include university students, Buddhist monks, trainee architects, lawyers and more. It's challenging, rewarding and truly fulfilling.

We provide accommodation, meals and transport to and from school - you just have to buy your plane ticket!

Highlights
  • Teach English on one of the world's most beautiful islands!
  • Training provided - no teaching qualification needed!
  • No program fees for volunteers
  • Accommodation and meals provided
  • Small monthly stipend

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  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Facilities 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Neha
10/10

Say Yes to SVS!

If you're looking for a way to connect with some amazing people, to make a difference, to discover something new about yourself - look no further.
A teaching stint at SVS will give you all that. And much more!
I always knew that I would love teaching. But SVS is where I really got a chance to live that dream. I came back with new found appreciation for all the hard work and patience that goes into giving your best to your students. And was left touched with the kind of gratitude and regard that the students had for us.
Sri Lanka was a great place to explore and live in. And I'm already looking forward to going back there some time. The SVS family leaves no stone unturned to ensure that your stay is happy and comfortable. They are some of the warmest people I have ever met and it just wouldn't have been the same without them.
I learnt a lot about myself during those six months and I am grateful for that. I would totally totally recommend taking this up. You will not regret it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sinthuja
10/10

Great learning experience and amazing students!

When I was looking for a teaching opportunity abroad, I was interested in getting hands on experience with engaged teaching. SVS is a fun environment where students and teachers alike truly feel part of a family and that atmosphere permeates into the classroom and community. I had a rewarding experience teaching students who were truly grateful for the opportunity to learn and also made lifelong friends in my fellow teachers and SVS staff! I would highly recommend traveling to Sri Lanka - a beautiful country - and spending time with SVS!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Justine
10/10

See magic happen in your life

What an experience it has been to volunteer for SVS!
From the students to the teachers and everyone at the Foundation, they have all contributed to making my stay in Sri Lanka memorable. Being part of such community was uplifting and fulfilling.
The school's organisation and support make it easy for teachers to work through the intense days of teaching. Nevertheless, lesson plans, weekly group and one-on-one meetings provided ensure that the teachers are giving the best possible lessons to their students.
It is easy to get motivated whilst teaching, as the students are so thankful towards you and the teaching you are providing. The trust and respect the students give to you only fuels you even more to give them the best of your abilities!
If you're looking to have an impact on people's lives, to develop yourself professionally and personally, this is the place to be! As an extra bonus, you get to live & see the beautiful paradise of Sri Lanka. It truly can't get better than this!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Christiann
10/10

The most fulfilling job I've ever had

I spent 6 months teaching at SVS after finishing my degree in the UK, and it was an incredible experience. Seb and Mark were both incredibly supportive, and despite being a person who is quite shy and struggles to speak in front of people, I was able to overcome those nerves within days thanks to their help.
The students themselves are friendly, bright, and eager to learn which makes the process of teaching an absolute pleasure, and you'll come away feeling you've learned at least as much as you've taught!
Then there are the added perks of living in a vibrant city, within a beautiful tropical country. Road trips to the mountains and the beach are part of weekend life, and being able to take a dip in the sea anytime you feel like it is something I'll never stop missing!
I cannot recommend teaching here enough.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Megan
10/10

SVS is simply a fantastic place to teach!

I have taught in numerous schools on both a volunteer and paid basis around the world - however, SVS has to have been my favourite! Seb and Mark, the school’s owners are brilliant - they support the teachers fully and are keen to help teachers develop. The students at this school are keen to learn, and I don’t remember a single lesson which didn’t involve huge amounts of smiling and laughter! As a teacher at SVS, you are able to teach along like-minded, adventurous people - I certainly met some friends that I know will be friends for life whilst teaching there. In addition to this, you are located in an amazing country which Seb and Mark actively encourage you to explore by leading ‘weekend adventures’ (many involving secret parts of Sri Lanka that tourists can only dream of finding!). If you have a passion for teaching, are an adventurous soul, and are looking for memories to last a lifetime, I would whole-heartedly recommend teaching at SVS.

How can this program be improved?
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Yes, I recommend this program
Menaka
10/10

Experience for the CV and the soul...

I absolutely loved being a volunteer teacher at SVS School for English. Here are my highlights (in no particular order):
- Living and working in a gorgeous tropical island. Exploring the country and culture with an awesome team.
- Being part of an awesome team! Living, teaching and travelling together - so much fun was had every day. Belly laughs every day. Inside jokes... you feel part of a wonderful little family.
- Developing skills - like public speaking, writing and yes - learned some things about the English language I didn't know. My confidence increased immensely.
- Feeling a deep and utter sense of fulfilment from doing something worthwhile. The respect and kindness shown to you by students, being part of their world, however briefly, is uplifting, and a balm for the soul.
- Great support from the program team. Lesson plans, teaching guidance, living in Sri Lanka... never felt alone or unsupported.

Yes, I recommend this program

About SVS School for English

SVS School for English is a non-profit school for adults in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was established in 2006 with the aim of enabling Sri Lankans and expatriates living in Sri Lanka to acquire vital and empowering English language skills.

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