Young monks stand together near Sri Lanka volunteering opportunities with Projects Abroad.

Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Experience life in vibrant Sri Lanka while supporting disadvantaged local communities

Volunteer in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad and support development through ongoing efforts in disadvantaged communities. We have a wide range of options available, so you’re sure to find something that interests you.

You can teach computer skills to children and young adults, or help provide basic medical services through our public health work .You can also support the educational development of young children, encouraging them to learn new skills.  

We do volunteer work in Sri Lanka in several towns in and around Colombo, and along the west coast. You’ll immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan culture, living and working with the friendly local community. During your time abroad, you’ll receive 24/7 support from Projects Abroad staff.

Sri Lanka is home to some incredible natural and cultural wonders. Whether you’re interested in seeing diverse wildlife, trekking through lush greenery, or visiting historic temples in your free time, Sri Lanka has it all!

Projects available in Sri Lanka

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A volunteer helps his students with their classwork during his teaching work experience in Sri Lanka
Volunteer Teaching with Monks in Sri Lanka
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  • Price: $2,340 USD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $320 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 16 or over
Projects Abroad intern assists with testing blood pressure and sugar levels in Sri Lanka whilst on her medical placement.
Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka
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  • Price: $2,640 USD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $370 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 18 or over
Sea turtles
Sea Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka
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  • Price: $2,520 USD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $420 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Ages: 16 or over
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Can't find what you're looking for?

We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.

Speak to one of our Sri Lanka experts on:

(+1) 619 320 2424

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to start planning your project

Where we are based in Sri Lanka

Our Sri Lanka volunteer opportunities are based in and around the former capital Colombo, or in one of several smaller locations along the west coast. Below you find an overview of the main cities we work in.


Colombo is a bustling hub of tourism and commercial activities, and the biggest city in Sri Lanka. With a mix of both the traditional and the modern, you’re sure to have a fascinating time exploring all the city has to offer. Visit ancient temples, sample the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants, and pick up some unique souvenirs at street stalls.


Panadura is a large town situated south of Colombo, and is surrounded by water on all sides. It’s a great base from which you can go on day-trips to explore surrounding towns and visit nature reserves.


Galle is a major city located all the way on the south-western tip of the country. The old city fortress, with an amazing mix of architectural styles, is a designated UNESCO heritage site. Spend time exploring the streets of the old and new town, or venture further afield for some adventures in nature.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Sri Lanka Arrival Procedures page.

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

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