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Family volunteering in Sri Lanka

Family Volunteering in Sri Lanka

What’s Involved

Our Sri Lanka family volunteering program is about escaping the norm and designed so you can experience this incredible country as participants rather than simply guests or tourists. For most families, volunteering while on holiday gives you an opportunity to ‘give something back’ or to put one’s skills to good use in an environment or community where they are needed. They are also about introducing children to a completely different world, giving them a chance to learn about wildlife and the environment, and some encouragement to break the moulds of consumer and indeed digitally driven life.

Many families also want to spend quality time together contributing to a genuine conservation project, sharing that feeling of achievement when they have spent a night ensuring that all the baby turtles that hatched that night made their way safely to sea for instance.

Our Sri Lanka family program is the perfect blend of projects combining community development through education and sports and conservation work with sea turtles. As a country Sri Lanka is extremely underrated, however the culture and natural heritage here is so rich, making the trip inspiring from beginning to end. And Sri Lankan culture celebrates family, so the welcome is beyond humbling. And, if you have cricket bat and ball for free time, beyond fun.

Our family program in Sri Lanka is suitable to all age groups and gives you two options

  1. Regular Family Program – This is based in around Galle around the South West coast of Sri Lanka. Our regular family program offers clean and comfortable accommodation. The projects you can do include sea turtles conservation work and community work such as teaching English. Both program can combined and there is flexibility in start dates.
  2. Premium Family Program – This is based in Seenigama on the South coast of Sri Lanka. This is a premium program as our volunteer accommodation is a few minutes walk from the beach and 15 mins from Hikkaduwa, a tourist friendly town, with an added comfort of air-conditioned rooms and a swimming pool on site.You can get involved in teaching or sports coaching (or  combine both). Start dates are every Monday.

Sri Lanka is a very child friendly location for you to engage in further travel before or after the program. You can visit Yala National Park for an animal safari or take the children to the many beaches or spend time exploring tea and coffee plantations in Kandy and Nuwara Ela. The options are endless and we highly recommend you spend an extra few days discovering this amazing country.

Quick Overview

Our family program in Sri Lanka will give you the opportunity to engage in different meaningful and rewarding projects helping local communities and also local conservation efforts to save sea turtles that are coming to nest on the shores of Sri Lanka. You do not necessarily have to be involved in everything and you will get an opportunity to choose what you want to be involved in.

Sea Turtles & Teaching: This program involves teaching pre-primary and primary school children English in the mornings and helping at a turtle farm in the afternoons. Our education program helps young children in local schools who are struggling with English and allows you to engage in art, playtime, singing, and any educational activities and games. You will work with age groups from 3 to 8 years old and support local Sri Lankan teachers in their daily work.

The aim of the sea turtle project is to conserve the local nesting sites in the area and to increase turtle populations by raising and releasing baby turtles. One of the most important ways this is achieved is through the development and maintenance of hatcheries, where turtle eggs are relocated to hatch safely, away from predators before being released into the sea at night-time. The weaker turtle babies are held back from release for a ‘head-starting’ process, so that they are given the best chance of survival. You will be able to get involved with a variety of tasks, caring for turtles that live at the centre, maintaining the project area and the beach, burying eggs brought by vendors, cleaning the hatcheries, feeding the turtles and releasing them back into the wild. Kids of all age groups absolutely love this!

Teaching & Sports Coaching: This combination is only possible for our premium family volunteers based in Seenigama. During your time you as a sports coach you will be placed in a local sports centre which is a 5 minute walk from your accommodation. The centre has pretty good facilities where you will work with local coaches working with different age groups and levels for swimming, cricket, volleyball or general fitness. The focus of our sports volunteering projects is not to find Sri Lanka’s next cricket or swimming star, instead the goal is to simply give more children the opportunity to play sports as part of a structured team or club.

The education program involves working with pre-primary and primary school children to teach them English, Rhymes and running basic activities such as arts and crafts, reading time and playtime. The children who attend the centre get free education and although there are local teachers they are often overworked. You will be helping to assist the local teachers mainly. There is also opportunity to work with youth and women’s empowerment programs.

Regular Program Details

Galle, Sri Lanka

2017
9th April 25th June 10th September 26th November
16th April 2nd July 17th September 3rd December
23rd April 9th July 24th September 10th December
30th April 16th July 1st October 17th December
7th May 23rd July 8th October
14th May 30th July 15th October
21st May 6th August 22nd October
28th May 13th August 29th October
4th June 20th August 5th November
11th June 27th August 12th November
18th June 3rd September 19th November
2018
6th January 7th April 7th July 6th October
13th January 14th April 14th July 13th October
20th January 21st April 21st July 20th October
27th January 28th April 28th July 27th October
3rd February 5th May 4th August 3rd November
10th February 12th May 11th August 10th November
17th February 19th May 18th August 17th November
24th February 26th May 25th August 24th November
3rd March 2nd June 1st September 1st December
10th March 9th June 8th September 8th December
17th March 16th June 15th September 15th December
24th March 23rd June 22nd September 22nd December
31st March 30th June 29th September 29th December

All our rates are in USD $

Galle 1 Week 2 Weeks
2 person $1,099 $1,329
3 persons $1,629 $1,969
4 persons $1,999 $2,429
5 persons $2,449 $2,969

Price Includes

  1. Pre-departure guide  – to prepare you for your trip
  2. Pick-up from Colombo Aport
  3. Accommodation (Volunteer House) with Fan
  4. Wifi in the house
  5. Experienced bilingual local staff team
  6. All Meals – traditional Sri Lankan Cuisine
  7. Location orientation
  8. Project training with the local Program Manager

Whats Not Included in your program fee :

  1. Airport Drop to Colombo Airport
  2. Flights to the program destination
  3. Medical and travel insurance
  4. Visa costs
  5. Vaccinations
  6. Personal shopping and gratuities
  7. Local excursions
  1. The nearest airport for this program is Colombo Airport ( CMB )
  2. We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. Our Sri Lanka Volunteer Guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
  3. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
  4. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  5. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to India. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
  6. We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
  7. For support on any of the above email us hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

Premium Program Details

Seenigama, Sri Lanka

2017
1st May 31st July 30th October
8th May 7th August 6th November
15th May 14th August 13th November
22nd May 21st August 20th November
29th May 28th August 27th November
5th June 4th September 4th December
12th June 11th September 11th December
19th June 18th September 18th December
26th June 25th September
3rd July 2nd October
10th July 9th October
17th July 16th October
24th July 23rd October

2018
2nd April 2nd July 1st October
8th January 9th April 9th July 8th October
15th January 16th April 16th July 15th October
22nd January 23rd April 23rd July 22nd October
29th January 30th April 30th July 29th October
5th February 7th May 6th August 5th November
12th February 14th May 13th August 12th November
19th February 21st May 20th August 19th November
26th February 28th May 27th August 26th November
5th March 4th June 3rd September 3rd December
12th March 11th June 10th September 10th December
19th March 18th June 17th September 17th December
26th March 25th June 24th September 24th December

All our rates are in USD $

Seenigama 1 Week 2 Weeks
2 person $1,249 $1,799
3 persons $1,749 $2,499
4 persons $2,299 $3,299

Price Includes

  1. Pre-departure guide  – to prepare you for your trip
  2. Pick-up and drop from Colombo Airport
  3. Accommodation in a guest house homestay (Twin Room) with AC and Fan
  4. Wifi in the house
  5. Experienced bilingual local staff team
  6. All Meals – traditional Sri Lankan Cuisine
  7. Location orientation
  8. Project training with the local Program Manager
  9. Bicycles for use!
  10. On site medical day clinic

Whats Not Included in your program fee :

  1. Flights to the program destination
  2. Medical and travel insurance
  3. Visa costs
  4. Vaccinations
  5. Personal shopping and gratuities
  6. Local excursions
  1. The nearest airport for this program is Colombo Airport ( CMB )
  2. We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. Our Sri Lanka Volunteer Guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
  3. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
  4. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  5. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to India. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
  6. We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
  7. For support on any of the above email us hello@volunteeringjourneys.com
Background

 

What your week looks like:

Arrival Day : Once you get picked up from Colombo airport you will be taken to your accommodation. The journeys takes about 2.5 hours. One of the local project team will come and meet you and give you a house an project orientation. The area you live in is very safe and you can take a walk to visit the beach or local sights in the evening.

During the week : After breakfast you will be volunteering during the day at local education projects. In the afternoons you can goto the turtle projects or head over to the sports centre after lunch till evening helping with sports. You can also assist with sports early morning as well. You will have evenings free for cultural activities such as visiting Temples in the area, local markets or to chill by the beach!

Free Days: 

We highly recommend utilising your free days to explore Sri Lanka. Located along the Southern coastline of Sri Lanka, you will have access to nearby beaches and you can take part in the local activities such as diving or surfing. Just a few hours away are major cities and tourist destinations such as the capital of Colombo or the historical city of Galle. If you love animals you can also go tot Yala National Park for a wildlife Safari.

What Happens When I Arrive?

Sri Lanka Accommodation

Living Arrangements for our Regular Family Program

You will stay in either Akurula or Galle. Your volunteer house will be basic but clean and you will be sharing rooms with your family members only. Wifi is available and you will be conveniently located to nearby shops and amenities and Galle a famous tourist hub is a short tuk tuk ride.

Home cooked Sri Lankan meals (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided to all our families and will consist of fresh, delicious and locally produced cuisine so you can get fully immersed into the Sri Lankan lifestyle and really experience life as a local!

You projects will be about 30 minutes from your accommodation. We will arrange your transport to the projects daily in local tuk tuks which is a great experience for children especially!

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Living Arrangements for Premium Family Program

You will stay in the lovely Lahiru villa in Seenigama. Located in a quaint residential neighbourhood, your accommodation is a 5 minute walk to the beach. Your villa boasts of ensuite air-conditioned rooms, and you will be sharing rooms with your family members only. Wifi is available, there is a communal area for socialising and a swimming pool for your use if you wish to cool down! You will be conveniently located to nearby shops and amenities and Hikkaduwa a famous tourist hub is a 20 minute walk. Nearby there are temples and markets that you can visit in the evenings.

Daily meals (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided to all our families and will consist of fresh, delicious and locally produced cuisine so you can get fully immersed into the Sri Lankan lifestyle and really experience life as a local! You projects are about 5-10 minutes walk from your accommodation making it convenient for our families with young children.

Background

Why Volunteers Love Us!

  • ‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand.  I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks.  Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’

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  • ‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
    So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’

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  • ‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’

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    Glyn Owen
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  • “J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”

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  • ‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
    I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’

     

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    Katie Parsons
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  • ‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’

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    Elidith Cameron
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  • ‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’

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    Jane Daniell
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  • ‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
    If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’

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  • “Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”

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  • ‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’

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  • ‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’

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