Family Volunteering in Sri Lanka


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 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. Based in around Galle around the South West coast of Sri Lanka this 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.

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.

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What is involved

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.

Teaching :  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.

Turtles : 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, cleaning the hatcheries, feeding the turtles and releasing them back into the wild. Kids of all age groups absolutely love this!

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Some details

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January April July October January April
9, 16, 23, 30 17,24 3, 10, 17, 24 16, 23 8, 15, 22, 29 9, 23
February May August November February May
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March June September December March June
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You will stay in the beautiful Galle district of Southern Sri Lanka. You will be staying in a volunteer house with a dining area, front lawn and dining facilities. The house is located in a laid-back peaceful village surrounded by lush greenery and tropical beauty. It is only 15 minutes from historic Galle Fort and Unwatuna beach. The house is adjoined to our Program Managers house so you can get support and help anytime you require.  You will get freshly cooked Sri Lankan meals everyday. Wifi is available and you can use tuktuks to get around town.

In the evenings there is plenty to do- we can help to organise cooking class or you can walk around the Galle Fort Area or go down to the wonderful beaches.

Volunteer Room Volunteer House Volunteer Area Sri Lankan meal

What your first week looks like

Arrival day

Your arrival weekend will be relaxed. We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, our team will meet you and give you a local orientation so you can get to know the area you are living in. The next day you will be given health and safety briefing, culture orientation and project training before we take you in for your program.


Your project coordinator or a member of the team will be taking you to the project and after introductions you can get started. All your meals breakfast, lunch and dinner will be the accommodation unless you are at the project site or outside. In the evenings most volunteers spend it either exploring local sights, relaxing at the accommodation or preparing for projects.


Stick fishermen Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka
Our local team will suggest many activities for you to do with your family! Your weekends will be free for you to explore Sri Lanka. We highly recommend you to utilise your time so you can get to see more of the country that you are visiting. We usually make recommendations based on past volunteer experiences. Its always better to book excursions in country.

Weekend activities

Ahangama Beach

Surfing in Sri Lanka
With some world class beaches and waves, Sri Lanka is undoubtedly a top beach destination!

Iconic Train Rides

Train Ride Ella to Hatton
Ranked in the top 10 train rides in the world- the journey from Ella to Hatton is a must do!

Yala National Park

Yala Natioanl Park Sri Lanka
We also recommend taking a trip to Yala National Park for a safari. Kids absolutely love this!

Galle Fort

Galle Fort
Enjoy souvenir shopping, cafes and restaurants in the Fort area with your family.

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