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Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer in Sri Lanka

About

Looking for a life-changing experience that will completely revolutionize your life? Imagine a trip to exotic Sri Lanka, an unforgettable experience, then combine it with the opportunity to help the wonderful people there.

When you travel to the island of Sri Lanka, you’ll be taking in a popular tourist destination, plentiful with attractions such as golden beaches, tropical forests, and magnificent mountains as well as its history that dates back some 2500 years.

In this mystical country, you will find your own happiness through assisting others. Whether you choose to work alongside us in an orphanage, teach English to the local children or monks, or dispense your compassion in an “elephant orphanage,” you’ll prove to yourself that giving is always the best way to receive.
IFRE’s volunteer in Sri Lanka programs will open your heart and mind and enrich your life forever.

Highlights
  • The world’s most affordable volunteer programs – starting at $155.
  • Low Fees are paid directly to host families and projects with absolutely no middlemen!
  • Experience the personal satisfaction of improving the lives of those in need who desperately need assistance.
  • Your one-time low fee cover accommodations, food, project costs, and support by expert and trustworthy local staffs.
  • Your safety is our utmost priority. We fully understand it can feel intimidating to be far from home in an unfamiliar country. But you’ll never feel alone with our 24/7 expert support staff and services.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

87%
based on 22 reviews
  • Impact 8.1
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 7.6
  • Safety 9
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Tiyasha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My stay in Sri Lanka!

MOA in conjunction with go overseas did an amazing job in organising this programme, which not only benefited me academically but also socially. It taught me the different ways of life, made me meet such wonderful people like Michael and his family! It has been the most wholesome experience of my life as of yet and I’m loving it! Would definitely recommend it to all the people out there! As of now, I am very happy with the content of the program and am eagerly waiting for the coming one week ( to serve the community ). The home we are staying in is very nice in terms of good care and support! The people are wonderful and they’ve been extremely caring! If I were to do this again I’d definitely come and stay with them since it’s cheaper and better. In terms of the content of the program, it’s well organised and well put as well!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing is crossing my mind as of now since I seem to be pretty happy and content with the quality of everything!
Prarthna
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mid-trip review

I've really enjoyed my stay in Sri Lanka so far and am looking forward for the rest of the week. Micheal and his family have been an amazing hosts and have really taken care of us. The first week of community outreach experience has overall be good. One of the experiences I really enjoyed was learning from the doctor about a case that she had pre planned for us. This session at the orphanage was well organised and quite informative. Spending time at the rehab with the girls was very valuable as well. I found that planned sessions by the doctors really aided my learning. Activities such as going to the Yala National Park, Cinnamon island, Still fishing and Turtle hatchery were very enjoyable and gave me the opportunity to also explore Sri Lanka along with the educational experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I feel if in the community outreach setting if the teaching doctors planned the teaching sessions it would be more beneficial and aid learning.
Rachel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Outreachers Australia - Community Outreach

The outreaches were special in that we were able to visit a variety of places including a school, orphanage, and rehabilitation centre. This gave us an opportunity to meet many people from different demographics. My favourite memory is definitely of playing with the children at the orphanage. They’re extremely energetic and it was certainly tiring but their joy is contagious and their smiles touch everyone’s hearts. This experience gave me a better idea of the healthcare setting in rural Sri Lanka and made me more aware of how culture and environment significantly impact health. I was also able to witness the groundwork that is being done in schools, orphanages, and correction centres around Galle and understand how these facilities are benefitting people of many ages and backgrounds. Some aspects were challenging - it was difficult to navigate the language barriers, and many of the people’s circumstances affected me emotionally as well. Still, it is so worthwhile to just be there with people and love on them.

What would you improve about this program?
In my opinion, the outreaches could be better planned. For example, instead of having just the doctor in charge lead everything, we (the volunteers) could plan some workshops or sessions beforehand so that we’re more prepared for the sessions. This would allow us to have a greater impact and be more productive with our time. With the resources that we have, it wouldn’t be too difficult just to plan a simple hand washing station or have some health-related diagrams to show the kids.
Suresh
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical outreach

This week we had sessions at an orphanage, probation service and school. It was good that we had a doctor in each session to teach us medical aspects. Doctors all seem very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to teach us medical students of varying experience levels. Staff at each place were also very friendly and helpful. Due to time constraints and language barrier it felt like we did not have as much of a social impact with the children as we initially thought possible. Outside the placement times our host was very supportive and helpful with any of our requests. Also very friendly and easy to get along with. Made us feel very comfortable in the home. It was good that we were taken to see local attractions. Facilities in the home are reasonable. Meals provided were nice

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Kerryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer Orphanage Galle Sri Lanka

It was the best experience. lovely kids and nice staff, I will miss them so much. I also had a great time with other volunteers. you will have enough time to explore Sri Lanka at the weekends or in the afternoon.
The peoples in Sri Lanka are very friendly and helpful. specially my hostfamily! when I arrived, the hostfather showed me around and explained me all about the city. when I was sick, he went to the hospital with me and was very helpful. thank you Michael!!

It was the best experience. lovely kids and nice staff, I will miss them so much. I also had a great time with other volunteers. you will have enough time to explore Sri Lanka at the weekends or in the afternoon.
The peoples in Sri Lanka are very friendly and helpful. specially my hostfamily! when I arrived, the hostfather showed me around and explained me all about the city. when I was sick, he went to the hospital with me and was very helpful. thank you Michael!!

What would you improve about this program?
I went to the orphanage every morning. it would be nice to see the orphanage in other times, maybe once in the evening.
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Grainne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching Assistant in Rural School

The school that I was assigned to was a Rural School and the teaching staff and students couldn't have been nicer. I was made feel so welcome from the minute I arrived and felt right at home after about 3 days (once I got to know the run of the place)
A tip for any future volunteers would be to come prepared especially if like me you are not from a teaching background. Have some word games to make learning english more fun.
Maybe print off a few easy crosswords with pictures ect. The students like a break away from the text books and they get quite excited about playing games. Even though I was there to assist teaching English I joined the students when they were playing sport, although I need to improve my netball skills drastically !! They are such good humoured kids and will call out to you each morning when you arrive at the school gates. Those smiles really set you up for the day.

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Heather
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kegalle Elephant Conservation Program

Me and my friend really enjoyed working in the elephant orphanage, staying with the host family and everything else in Sri Lanka! Thank you IFRE for providing us with this opportunity.

After finishing the 2-weeks volunteering program we also traveled around the island for 12 days. Michael arranged for the driver, hotels and the itinerary. Everything was nice and perfectly arranged. It was definitely a memorable experience- I'm looking forward to doing this again.

What would you improve about this program?
There were many volunteers at the center working with elephants, at times there wasn't enough work for everyone. For example 1 elephant would have 5 volunteers; I think 3 volunteers per elephant would be a good number.