Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 24 weeks.
Project dates: Year round. Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.
Arrival airport: Colombo Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
Accommodation: Host family for solo volunteer and groups in other housing.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Airlines: Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air India. Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.
Vaccinations: All volunteers are recommended to have vaccinations against these childhood diseases; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Make sure to have vaccinations against; Typhoid and
School Placements: Empower the youth of Sri Lanka, by strengthening their school education. The students’ ages range from primary school to high school. Many of the students are working on their English language abilities, in which you will provide lessons and tutoring. If you enjoy teaching math, you can specify this in your application, some schools are looking for math tutors. All these schools are middle level schools and lacking with tutors for subject teaching, extra curricular activities, physical education, arts and crafts, music and dance and a lot more interactive education.
Community Center Placements: This is about 400 yards from the volunteer’s accommodation and is used by the community and the project for all sorts of activities: The Nursery School, children’s and adults’ spoken and written English language classes, art classes for adults and children, sports activities. The ‘playing field’ next to the center is used for volunteers to run activities such as cricket, soft tennis, football, tunnel ball, catching and badminton. Equipment for all this is available from the volunteer’s resource store. If you wish to augment the equipment with other items for different sports, this is always welcomed. Some of the older boys have heard of baseball and would welcome the opportunity to learn to play this. It should be fun teaching them how to pitch American style. At present the project doesn’t have baseball or basketball equipment. Neither are there any netball posts or nets.
Girls School Placement: It is a very large Government school which has a small amount of church funding as the school’s Principal is a nun. Pupil intake is restricted in as much as the school tries to take pupils whose parents are committed to providing the supportive environment children need to make the most of their education. We are very keen to continue supporting this school because the staff is very motivated. They take on board all worthwhile input from foreign/volunteer teachers, incorporating it into their methodology and curriculum. Thus volunteer input is retained for the future – far more so than in any other schools.
Special School Placement: There are 12 girls at the special school who have learning disabilities or other special needs. Four girls are deaf and mute, but very intellectually capable. It’s so good for these girls if you will work with them, teaching them using spoken English and Sinhalese and American sign language. Deaf children can be very marginalized so by working with them (and playing – please give them some fun!) you will do wonders for their self esteem and morale. They are lovely girls who inspire everyone who works with them. Volunteers can also teach other subjects within the mainstream – English, Mathematics, Science, Drama & Dance etc.
As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:
Collecting of Turtle eggs from the beach and buying from the fishermen help bury the sea turtle eggs in order to rescue them from the poachers.
Conduct daily checks on the eggs to check their hatching time and help the emerging baby turtles.
Take care of cleaning, feeding and helping the turtles in whatever way possible.
Washing the sea turtle tanks and refill them with sea water and help prepare food and hand fed the turtles as the hatchery sometimes got several turtles with injuries.
Collected and rescued eggs are hatched safely away from predators before being released into the sea at night-time. But some are kept back for a short period for ‘head-starting’ till they are stronger.
Providing treatments for disabled turtles caught by fishing nets. When we got information on a disabled turtle we take our full effort to visit the turtle and start doing necessary treatments to recover it. We go anywhere for this service.
Raise the awareness of marine turtle conservation needs at regional levels.
Conducting continuous studies on post-nesting migrations and biology of marine turtles.
Share tracking data and findings to relevant authorities and contribute to the development of a regional marine turtle conservation plan Integrate these conservation initiatives with national programs.
You will be working on the projects from Monday to Friday and weekends are free.Your project location is in the beautiful city of beaches; Galle, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s well known for the Galle Fort, a fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Other notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Lighthouse, which stands on the Fort’s southeast tip.
The Old Gate, the fortification’s original entrance, bears the insignia of the Dutch East India Company. The gate leads to the National Maritime Museum, with exhibits focus on seafaring and marine life, including a whale skeleton and items salvaged from shipwrecks. Galle National Museum, built in 1656, displays southern Sri Lankan artifacts such as ritual masks and woodcarvings, and objects from the colonial era. Just outside the northern fortifications, the Galle International Stadium hosts cricket matches with Indian Ocean views.
Tte Kalutara temple is a place you must not miss because of it’s unique architecture. If you are superstitious, you can make a donation and say a prayer at the Seenigama temple for good luck. Be wary of unauthorized local or foreign guides who offer to walk you around these sights for free. Admission is usually free, but you can check with local authorities if you are unsure.
The view from Peace Pagoda on a clear day is lovely. You could even be lucky enough to witness a sailboat rally (30 boats in 2007) that stops in Galle. There’s so much to do in Sri Lanka, from famous churches to rain forest reserves, you’ll never have a dull moment.
Program starts and ends in Galle city.
Airport meet and greet in Colombo.
Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.
Weekends are free for surfing, beaches, sightseeing, adventure etc.
A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the evening. Subject to change.
Support: Local Namaste Volunteer coordinator support 24/7 during placement.
Departure: From Colombo airport.
Youth Travel Abroad consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows:
Full Board Services Weekly Fee
If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.
Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.
Pick-up from Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
Transfer to Galle, the project location.
A detailed orientation about Sri Lanka, NV projects, facts about Sri Lanka, and cultural responsibility.
Accommodation in NV host family.
All meals (authentic Sri Lankan meals) breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Project visit with NV coordinator.
Resource materials for project use.
Weekly market visit to shop for your necessities.
Airport drop at Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
24 X 7 assistance.
Optional costing (Pay at site)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, but volunteers will have to pay for their own bottled water, sodas, alcoholic drinks or snacks between meals. Volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries. The volunteer fee does not include sanitary supplies and toiletries such as soap, toilet rolls, shampoo, bath gels, hand wash, shower caps, hand/face or bath towels.
NV project manager has made an agreement which allows volunteers to use the community pool everyday from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, for a small fee of US $2. Its just 5 kilometers from volunteer’s home stay.
Local transportation to project sites is at the volunteer’s expense.
Your accommodation is a beautiful home owned by our Project Manager. There are en suite bedrooms for up to 3 volunteers. Please see the photos on the right side of the page. On occasion, when the project manager’s family home is full, volunteers will stay at a very nice house 10 meters away across. This house has 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Volunteers staying in this accommodation can also participate in the Project Manager’s family life. Some salient features of the accommodation;
English speaking host families.
Shared rooms for volunteers to stay.
Kitchen- Equipped with basic electronic appliances.
Separated and connected washrooms.
Television with cable network.
Fans and air-conditioners in all rooms.
Lights and ventilation in all rooms.
Common roof-top (not available at every housing).
A small outdoor area for outdoor games.
Indoor games (cards, carom, board games, etc.).
Easy access to market, vegetable stores and city.
The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;
Donation to the project. (Optional donations can be as minimum US$ 10 to US$ 50)
Travel expenditure to other locations.
All other expenses that are not mentioned in “Full Board services” list above.