We offer projects in Kurunegala and Kosgoda, however if you have a particular destination in mind please feel free to inform us. Sri Lanka is a fascinating country with a history as a colony of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, it is today a land of diverse cultures and religions. Since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948, the country has evolved into a democracy with continued economic growth despite an earlier harsh internal conflict and the 2004 tsunami devastation. Sri Lanka has a multi ethnic and multi-religious population, and its landscapes are as varied as its people, the country has over ten national parks.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful island nation in Southeast Asia, located south of India. The emerald green tropical forests, beautiful beaches and beautiful green landscapes, the old traditional culture and impressive wildlife. The country has been a center of Buddhism since ancient times, but in this multi-ethnic nation Hinduism, Christianity and Islam also played a major role. One falls easily in love with the colorful saris and the lavish eddies of the Sinhala alphabet that adorns urban leaders across most of the country. At the same time it's hard not to get carried away with the exotic fruits, beautiful jewelry and exciting spices you find in the markets. If you are traveling to Sri Lanka during the festivals, which it is hard to avoid, since there is always something going on.
Volunteering in Sri Lanka is a unique opportunity to experience the country, culture and people. IWASHERE organizes voluntary work in Sri Lanka from 2 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks.
IWASHERE invites individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups to volunteer in Sri Lanka. A good command of English is recommended. Volunteers from all countries, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to participate in programs in Sri Lanka. Everyone has something to contribute!
A typical week
The structure of the week may vary from project to project. As a volunteer you work approximately 4-8 hours a day and have weekly days off. Working days are planned with our project coordinator, it is possible to get time off if you need to do something such as going on a trip, just remember to inform the project coordinator in good time.
Breakfast with the other volunteers is usually between 7:30 and 8:30. Around 9-9:30 you depart for your workplace, where you will meet with the local people and plan your day. You have a lunch break during the day. For the most part, a workday ends between 14:00 and 17:00 after which you have free time to explore the local area, play with the kids, or hang out with the other volunteers. In the evening you can visit a local restaurant with friends.
In Sri Lanka there are many opportunities in a relatively small space. We offer projects in Kurunegala and Kosgoda, which are filled with interesting sights. For example you can visit one of the many Hindu temples or one of the city's bazaars or just stroll around the streets and enjoy the city life and color.
Get a taste of the local life by trying out some of the wonderful Sri Lankan curries and fresh fruit, or take part in a cricket match - the national passion. You can also go diving or trekking, or sunbathe on one of the many beautiful beaches. Around the country there are still plenty of traces of the old colonial times, so you will have a good opportunity to broaden your horizons. You can also go on safari in one of the many national parks. Wherever you go, you can be sure to experience the warm hospitality of the local population.
When you arrive at the airport, you will be picked up by a project coordinator. You will then be taken to the guest house were you will be staying along with other volunteers who come from all over the world. All volunteers will receive information about the country, culture, and project and given a tour of the city.
Volunteers will be accommodated in a guest house for volunteers, here you will get 3 meals every day. In the house you will have access to WFI and TV. It's a perfect way to get to know the other volunteers.
ORPHANAGE (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
Most of the orphanages in Sri Lanka are poorly managed, understaffed and lack funding, It is an ongoing struggle for them to remain open. There is a great need for help and support. There are many areas where volunteers can use their skills and time to make a meaningful contribution in the lives of orphans in Sri Lanka. The children in orphanages, are mostly between the ages of 5 to 14 years and each orphanage has about 14-25 children. In the orphanages, volunteers work on improving the children's lives.
Working voluntarily on a humanitarian project in Sri Lanka can have a positive influence on the children around you. You need no experience or qualifications to work in an orphanage in Sri Lanka, but you have to be willing to share, care and be prepared to be challenged. As a volunteer you will typically help with the following:
• Arranging physical activities for children, such as sports
• Games and singing games
• Painting and drawing
Many of the children are desperate for attention and care, and you should be prepared to help them with everyday things that you normally take for granted. As a volunteer from another continent you can introduce the children to a new culture, teach them that there is a world outside of Sri Lanka, and generally expand their universe. It may be hard, but also very rewarding.
CONSERVATION OF TURTLES (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
This project is a great opportunity to help protect endangered turtles. You will see giant sea turtles that nest on the beach, newly hatched turtles fighting their way out of their nests in the sand and on towards the sea. This is an exciting opportunity to help a city that gives comprehensive support to the project.
You can help to achieve the project s objectives by patrolling the beaches at night, along with the local residents. You can get an opportunity to help carry an injured turtle to the center and help with building, maintenance and preparations for the next season, thus creating an ideal environment for turtles to lay their eggs. It is important that you are physically fit, a great deal of walking is required when helping to carry eggs or turtles back to the center.
As a volunteer you will help with the following:
Beach Work: Keep the turtle nests clean, to attract mothers to shore to lay their eggs.
Night Patrol: to look for and carefully pick up the female turtles that will have come ashore to lay their eggs and carefully transport them to safety where they can hatch in safety from predators. It is an enjoyable and life changing experience, and you will literally be helping to preserve the life of an endangered species.
Daily chores in the center:
Cleaning the turtle tanks, feeding, monitoring of turtles, and looking for nesting turtles.