There are plenty of volunteering opportunities in Sri Lanka even though it is one of the most underrated Asian travel destinations. This country is a beautiful island nation located off the southern coast of India, and its people are known to be warm and welcoming. Sri Lanka is bordered by golden beaches with coconut tree forests, making it an irresistible destination for travellers seeking to volunteer abroad. Volunteers can get involved in a variety of projects in Sri Lanka, such as working with tea picking communities, teaching languages to children, promoting environmental causes, empowering rural communities, and more.
SUNFO is a non-political,non-racial and non-sectarian voluntary not for profit organization based in Sri Lanka.
A holistic approach to bridging the gap between the urban and rural sector in Sri Lanka, empowering over 30,000 lives in 100+ villages via 30 sectors in action free of cost annually.
Working with children. Currently running a project on Community Based School Development
Sri Lanka is a small Island nation of beaches, elephants, and lush green tropical forests. Many volunteer programs in the country are set in villages and remote towns that introduce travellers to unique sights and sounds. Volunteers looking for a meaningful travel opportunity can choose to teach languages and IT skills to young kids in areas such as Anuradhapura, Kekirawa and Monaraga. Sri Lanka is also a great destination for volunteers who want to get involved in environmental awareness projects.
For such a small country, Sri Lanka has quite a complex weather system. It has two monsoon seasons and an intermediate period that experiences sporadic rain. The best time to visit the southern and western coastal region of Sri Lanka is from December to March. Travellers interested in visiting the northern and eastern coastal regions should travel between the months of April and September if they want to avoid the rainy seasons. Being close to the Equator, the temperature in Sri Lanka remains fairly steady with an average midday temperature of 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Travellers who wish to volunteer abroad in Sri Lanka need two types of visas: an entry visa (which can be obtained online at www.eta.gov.lk) and an employment visa (which can be collected from the Department of Immigration in Colombo). The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhalese and Tamil but English is also widely spoken. This Southeast Asian nation is relatively cheap compared to western destinations. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant for one person usually costs around 1.62 USD.