Teaching English in Sri Lanka-Volunteer program


To volunteer in our programs you need to be 18 years old or older, be able to communicate in English and most of all, be positive, proactive reliable and willing to help those in great need while having a good time.

The programs are equally open to individuals, couples and groups. They are run all through the year and you can start on any chosen date, yet we recommend arriving on weekends to start working on a Monday.

Volunteers arriving to Colombo during the weekend will be received at the airport and driven to the train station and continue their trip to Badilla. This train to Badulla does not run on Sundays, so volunteers who need to spend a night in Colombo will be taken to their accommodation site and then taken to the station the following morning.


Locations and Duration

Our programs in Sri Lanka are located in three very different regions and depending on your project, it’ll take you a short car ride or a twelve hours bus ride or train trip to reach your program placement. Once in the country you will be able to discuss the transportation options available and make the arrangements to reach your final destination.

These programs placements are:

Badulla, capital city of Uva Province.

Galle, capital city of the Northern Province.

Wattala, just half an hour away from Colombo Airport.



On your arrival to your project placement, you’ll be taken to your homestay and introduced to your host family, or to your Volunteers Accommodation Center, where you’ll meet the staff and  the other volunteers.

On the following day, a member of the local staff will take you to your project placement where you’ll be filled in with every detail on the project’s rules and regulations, working schedules and the specific tasks involved in the project. This is also the perfect occasion to clear out any remaining doubts you may still have.

You’ll also be taken on a tour around the placement and its surroundings and introduced to the local customs and traditions, as well as the cultural and historical highlights of Sri Lanka.


Badulla is the capital city of the province of Uva, this city  is located at the southeast of Kandy and overshadow by the Namunukula mountain range, with its highest peak reaching 2016 mts above sea level. The Badulu Oya river, 2200ft above the sea level, surrounds this region and irrigates its beautiful and huge tea plantations. Badulla was the last station of the British upcountry railway system, built to carry the local tea production products to Colombo, about 230 km to the east, on the central hills of the country.

There are many routes connecting Badulla to its neighboring cities of Colombo, Galle and Kandy; all of which have splendid and contrasting landscapes that can be enjoyed while travelling from one town to the other. The Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles mountains are just a few hours away and make this region an ideal destination for those fond of eco-tourism.

Galle is the capital city of the Southern Province and is a perfect combination of the European architecture of the British Colony and the traditions of Southern Asia from the Sixteenth and  the Nineteenth centuries. The lovely houses with front porches and kute gardens, giving on the wide streets bordered by grass and shaded by suriyas are an exotic reminder of the typical English suburban areas of Dickens’ times.

At the south west coast of Sri Lanka, the Bay of Galle was once the main port of Ceylon and is one of the most ancient ports of call of the Levante, protected by the rocky peninsula.

The Fort of Galle was the last bastion to fall to the British,  just one week after the surrender of Colombo, and in fact this amazing city is one of the best examples of a fortified European cities in the region.

Wattala, located in the Western Province, is a large suburb of Colombo city just thirty minutes away from the airport and very near the city center. It is surrounded by many villages and towns where one can find people from all walks of life. The majority of the working class is constituted by the traditional fishermen, who harmoniously cohabit the city with the professional business class and some very wealthy foreigners and folks.

In this extraordinarily eclectic city, a variety of religions and philosophies also manage to coexist in perfect peace. Although the majority of the locals are Roman Catholic by religion, churches, buddhist  temples, mosques and hindu temples can be seen scattered all over the place, due to a minority of muslims and Tamils who are also present in this spiritual sanctuary.

Accommodation and meals

Volunteers can choose to be lodged either at one of our volunteer centers or be accommodated at home stays. These last can be rather basic and do not have internet connection, while each of our volunteer centers are provided with more modern facilities and have internet/ Wi Fi connection and mobile phone signal, hot water showers and fans in the bedrooms. Air conditioned rooms are also available on special request.

Depending on the project location, the program fee includes two to three daily meals. Breakfast may include tea, milk, fruit juice, bread, milk rice with sambol, rice and curry, bread, and a sort of local pancakes made of fermented rice flour that are present almost in every meal.

Lunch and dinner consist mainly on regional and traditional dishes, usually based on rice, accompanied by a variety of curries, vegetables,  mutton or chicken stew, fresh fish, eggs and beans. Noodles can sometimes replace rice, and fruit and a variety of local desserts are often part of every meal.

For those volunteers with specific dietary needs, special arrangements can be made with notice given in advance.


Working schedule

Volunteers are required to work an average of four to six daily hours from Monday to Friday, and then they’ll have the weekends off.

Most volunteers work side by side with the local staff and take over a wide range of tasks that vary depending on each project, as well as on each volunteer’s skills and expertise. A more detailed working schedule will be provided by the local team at each project’s placement during the orientation.

As mentioned before, schedules will vary depending on the project, but a typical working day may be something like this:

Volunteers have breakfast at their accommodation site between 7:00 and 8:00  AM, then they go to their working placements and plan the day’s work with a member of the local staff and they are ready to start off and work till three to five in the afternoon, when the working day is over, Tea and lunch breaks will take place during the day but the time for these breaks will vary according to the activities that are being carried out.

Evenings and weekends are free and volunteers can go exploring this amazing country. Some of the many places you must visit during your stay in Sri Lanka include Sigiriya rock fortress (a Unesco heritage site), the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Yala National Park, just to mention a few, You should of course allow some time to explore Badulla, Galle and Wattala, as well as go to Colombo for a weekend.


Basic Facts

 -Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean, on the eastern side of the tip of the Indian subcontinent.

 -The population in Sri Lanka is just over 20 million people.

 -Sri Lanka is a country full of diversity: many languages, religions, and ethnic groups.

 -It is the home of the first known Buddhist writings: the Pāli Canon from 29 BC.

 -Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka.

 -English is defined as the link language by their Constitution.


For more information, visit the following link:http://www.cwabroad.org/sri-lanka-p-50.html

Program Fee:


Volunteer period (weeks) 1 2 3 4 6
Vocational training USD 200 USD 325 USD 475 USD 575 USD 675
Teaching and Assisting in Schools USD 200 USD 325 USD 475 USD 575 USD 675
Pre-School Education USD 200 USD 325 USD 475 USD 575 USD 675
Medical USD 350 USD 525 USD 725 USD 875 USD 1075
Orphanage Program - - USD 475 USD 575 USD 675

*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Sri Lanka attract a Registration Fee of USD 279 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.  You can calculate the value of your currency in US 40 dollar using this currency convertor.


*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?


Registration Fee:  Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants.


Program Fee: Volunteer program, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 participant support and in-country administration costs.


What’s no included: Accommodation and meals at volunteer house or homestay, Airport Pick-up, Air tickets,International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses. Our participants in Sri Lanka generally find USD 30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.