Volunteer Teaching in Sri Lanka

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Group Size: Avg 5-20

Trip code: SLTP

Duration: 2 - 6 weeks

Volunteer with children
Teach English abroad
Live with other volunteers!

Spend 2 or more weeks as a volunteer teacher in Sri Lanka! This fantastic volunteer programme sees you helping out in local kindergartens and primary schools, assisting in the classroom and leading English learning sessions. You will make a vital contribution to the education system in Sri Lanka and make a real difference in the lives of local people. During your time off, you can chill out on beautiful beaches or venture inland to discover the delights of this enchanting country. It’s an incredible volunteer and travel experience!

Trip highlights

  • Help out in kindergartens and schools in southern Sri Lanka
  • Make a real difference in the lives of children by helping them learn English
  • Improve the teaching standards in Sri Lanka by introducing fresh and exciting ideas
  • Interact with the local community and get to know friendly Sri Lankan people
  • Explore the rest of this stunning country during your time off!
Further trip information

Support and improve the education of children in Sri Lanka on this awesome volunteer programme. Help the teachers and children improve their spoken English and see the results of your hard work as the children enjoy and respond to your teaching!

Volunteer Duties

As a volunteer, you will help out in local kindergartens and primary schools between 8am and 12pm, assisting teachers and students. Your daily tasks may include the following:


  • Working with children aged 3-5
  • Teaching basic English – e.g. alphabet and small words
  • Leading art sessions
  • Teaching rhymes and songs
  • Helping teachers in the classrooms
  • Organising games during play time
  • Supervising meal times
  • Preparing teaching resources for teachers

Primary School

  • Working with children aged 6-12
  • Teaching basic English, maths and science
  • Helping teachers in the classroom
  • Organising sports
  • Reading stories
  • Organising clubs and after-school activities
  • One to one teaching
  • Preparing teaching resources for teachers

A Typical Volunteer Day

You will volunteer from Monday to Friday each week. A typical day of volunteering might look like this:

7:00am. Breakfast at your volunteer house.

8:30am. Volunteer at your placement. Liaise with staff to plan for the day ahead.

12:30pm. Lunch break. Then time to relax or help out with after school clubs.


Your weekends are free to chill out or explore. You will be staying in the southern area of Sri Lanka between the wonderful beach town of Unawatuna and Galle city. Why not spend your weekends chilling by the sea or exploring the Unesco World Heritage Site of Galle? You could also organise trips to Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, discover elephants in Pinnawela, check out Yala National Park, wander the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and more! The local team can help you plan your weekend excursions.

Please note: The project does not run during school holidays. Please download the trip notes for details of when the project is closed or speak to a travel advisor.

Booking options

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Teaching volunteering is not available during Sri Lankan school holidays, which includes some dates in April and May as well as some dates in August, September, December and January. Please note that there are various religious and public holidays during the year and on these days no activities take place. Please contact us for further information.