With its beautiful landscapes and friendly people, Sri Lanka provides opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Explore this awe-inspiring country from the beaches to the lush forests to the majestic mountains. The locals are welcoming and provide the opportunity to learn about the history of this island nation from their perspective.

Although Sri Lanka has shown its resilience following years of challenges, the country and its people still need help in rebuilding and restoring. Local nonprofit organizations need the support of volunteers in protecting the country’s wildlife populations and natural resources and providing further educational opportunities for children in the community. By assisting with these projects and others, World Endeavors volunteers are able to make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to the country of Sri Lanka.


Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Sri Lankan culture.



World Endeavors volunteers live in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. As it is the largest city in Sri Lanka, there is no shortage of activities for volunteers; from cultural, to educational, to entertainment activities, it is easy to keep busy in Colombo. This may include visiting historical colonial buildings, Gangaramaya Temple, sampling local cuisine, or exploring the country from coast to coast. Volunteers in Sri Lanka are able to experience a mixture of modern life and history in this vibrant city.


Lorelei is from Chicago and studied biochemistry in college with a concentration on Pre-Medicine. She was a Healthcare volunteer in Thailand with World Endeavors.

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Volunteers in Sri Lanka will live and work in the capital city of Colombo, a bustling city located on the west coast of this small island country.

World Endeavors volunteers in Sri Lanka can contribute to the following projects:



Volunteers in Sri Lanka share a furnished house with other volunteers, where a small staff oversees the house and prepares meals. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers will share a room with other participants of the same gender and will have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Participants are expected to respect the volunteer home and their fellow residents and be open to the adventure of experiencing a different way of life in a new environment.

Dates And Costs

The World Endeavors Volunteer in Sri Lanka program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 2 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and programs can begin on any of the following days.

2018 Start Dates:

  • December 3rd, 17th, 31st

2019 Start Dates:

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

Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.

When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Sri Lanka, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.

Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.


Program Name First Week Each Additional Week
Volunteer In Sri Lanka $1,390 $410


  • Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
  • Volunteer program placement: individualized for your goals and experience
  • Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks with year-round start dates
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • Local Onsite Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
  • Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing support
  • Re-entry Handbook: to help you reflect on and integrate your experience abroad into your daily life and future career, deal with reverse culture shock, stay connected to the culture of your host country, and get involved in future service and travel opportunities
  • Airport reception, pick-up, and drop-off
  • Daily transportation to and from project site
  • Hosted volunteer housing accommodations with 3 meals per day included
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number
  • 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
  • Travel protection
  • Discounts: to stores, restaurants, and entertainment located near your home and/or university



  • Round-trip airfare to Sri Lanka
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses


How To Apply

Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one.

For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.

Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. We can accommodate applications received 12 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. If your intended start date is less than 12 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.