Join our volunteer Teaching Project in Sri Lanka and help disadvantaged students improve their English conversation. You’ll encourage children to practice speaking with you, so they can gain more confidence, and learn to express themselves in English. This is a wonderful way to get practical classroom experience for your CV, and give back at the same time.
In Sri Lanka, only around 10% of the population is fluent in English. The language is widely used in business and government communications, as well as in a growing tourism industry. This means that English is an important skill that can help improve students’ future job prospects and other opportunities. You’ll assist a local teacher, and you can lead your own classes at a primary or secondary school. You can also teach young monks at a temple school.
You’ll live and work in coastal towns within two hours travel of Colombo, and stay with a local host family. We encourage you to explore all that this beautiful country has to offer!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Volunteering for Professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
What will I do at my volunteer Teaching Placement in Sri Lanka?
On this Teaching Project, you can get involved in a range of different activities. These include:
- Work as a teacher or teaching assistant
- Help students to improve their conversational English abilities
- Assist with extracurricular activities where needed.
At your volunteer Teaching Placement in Sri Lanka, your work will focus on the following main areas:
Work as a teacher or teaching assistant
You can either take on the role of teacher or teaching assistant. You’ll work with students at local primary or secondary schools, or with young monks at a local temple. The children range in age from 3 -16, although you’ll mainly work with those ages 10 - 14.
Apart from the actual teaching, you will also help with marking and preparing lessons.
Help students to improve their conversational English abilities
As a volunteer teaching English in Sri Lanka, the main focus of this project is to improve the conversational English abilities of local students. While many will have a basic understanding of the language, they have difficulties with speaking. You’ll work with them to improve their pronunciation and fluency in English, so that they feel confident communicating.
Assist with extracurricular activities where needed
If you are interested, there may also be the opportunity to help out with extracurricular activities. These may include helping with music lessons or coaching football. If you have any special sport or cultural activities you’d like to focus on, let us know when you apply and we will see if this can be accommodated.
Where in Sri Lanka will I work?
Teaching work experience in Sri Lanka in one of several towns situated within two hours travel from Colombo. Our volunteers work with children in local primary and secondary schools. Some classes are even run in temples, where you’ll teach English to young monks.
Sri Lanka has a fairly extensive and affordable public transport, so you can take advantage of this and travel on the weekends. Nearby Colombo has much to offer tourists, including historic temples, markets, and restaurants. Or you can enjoy the natural wonders of Sri Lanka on a diving or trekking excursion.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
The spoken English was most challenging, both for me as a teacher and them as students. Just trying to help them overcome their self-consciousness and foster an environment where they weren’t afraid to just give it a try was difficult. However, as my time there drew to a close, being able to sit back and listen to them talk in English amongst themselves - it was all worth it!
Volunteer Teaching in Sri Lanka
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