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Voted the No. 1 Travel Destination by Lonely Planet!


1,600 km of unspoilt, golden beaches! A paradise Island shaped like a tear drop in the Indian Ocean and filled with wildlife sanctuaries, ancient cities, hills, beaches and amazing temples. The people are friendly, food delicious and costs low.

You can volunteer to care for elephants, Teach or Care for children, conservation with elephants and other wildlife at Wasgamuwa National Park or turtles at Ambalangoda. You can gain invaluable work experience in veterinary, law or medicine on an internship, or you can help with community development by renovating a Buddhist Temple. Road Trips, Cultural Experiences, and much more!

Please see our list of brief descriptions below, then click on the link to read all about the project.

Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Sri Lanka, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here.

Can't choose? Please contact me for advice on which Project would be best for you. I'll be happy to answer all your questions:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email:

Marine Conservation with Pink Dolphins, Dugongs and Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka

NEW! Marine Conservation in Kalpitiya Peninsula
HELP ESTABLISH A NEW AND MUCH NEEDED MARINE CONSERVATION INITIATIVE! Your work will focus on conservation and research activities with some amazing species, like the gorgeous Pink Dolphin, the fascinating Dugong and Sea Turtles.

The Project includes nesting surveys, monitoring programmes, in-situ hatching projects, educational workshops, mangrove planting and waste management schemes. All these aspects will combine to provide comprehensive and thorough protection for Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable marine wildlife and their ecosystems.

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                    and Wildlife Conservation in Wasgamuwa National Park, Sri Lanka

Elephant and Wildlife Conservation in Wasgamuwa National Park
Help conserve the Elephants and other wildlife in Wasgamuwa National Park. The main aim is to "save elephants and their habitats by helping people". Go back to the very basics, in a stunningly location, helping local people and the local wildlife. The activities are diverse - one moment you're observing elephants overnight in a tree-house, and the next you're helping reduce human-elephant conflict inside the national park.

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Help with
                    Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda in Sri Lanka

Help with Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda
This Project works towards preventing the extinction of sea turtles, a critically endangered species. You will help in the rehabilitation and release back into the sea of turtles that are usually victims of commercial fishing. You'll assist in treating injured and sick sea turtles, protecting nests, and rescuing eggs so that they can be hatched without incident in the safety of our hatchery.

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Help with
                    Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda in Sri Lanka

Elephant Experience: Care for an Elephant needing Rest and Recuperation in Kandy
This very unique Elephant Experience enables you to spend time giving your care, love and attention to a working elephant who is being given a "holiday" or time to recover from an illness! Sometimes the elephants have been removed from their owners because they're ill and needs medical care, or perhaps has not been well treated and again needs care.

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                    Work Experience in Negombo Beach, Sri Lanka

Veterinary Work Experience in Negombo Beach
Work in a privately-run animal hospital based in the coastal town of Negombo.The focus is on animal health and care. The practice is well established, with between 4 and 6 qualified vets who all speak English.

You'll gain valuable international veterinary work experience by assisting the vets and staff.

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Intern at work on the Law Work Experience
                    Internship in Negombo Beach, Sri Lanka

Law Work Experience Internship in Negombo Beach
Intern in a small practice in Negombo (5 lawyers), which means you'll gain experience across all areas of law. The variety will be greater than you would be exposed to in a big practice. There are 3 Courts in Negombo and proceedings in two of them are conducted in English. You'll have opportunity to attend both 'English-language' Courts and well as assisting in other duties, such as drafting legal documents, in the office.

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Volunteer restoring a statue on the Buddhist Temple
                    Renovation and Restoration Project in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Buddhist Temple Renovation and Restoration in Kandy
Rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples in and around Kandy. This unique and fascinating project offers an opportunity to learn about Sri Lankan construction using traditional manual methods, without using modern machinery. Work includes renovation, repainting temples, cleaning in and around temples; interacting with children and villagers and helping the Temples arrange Community Centres for the village youths. You'll also assist with the restoration of paintings and sculptures inside the temples.

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Volunteer in classroom on the Teach Conversational
                    English to village community children in rural Wasgamuwa Project in Sri Lanka

Teach Conversational English to village community children in rural Wasgamuwa
Located near the famous Wasgamuwa Game Park - A truly cultural Sri Lankan Experience! Teaching in Wasgamuwa is varied with ages ranging from about 8 - 40. Your students will be an eclectic collection - from school children to monks and park wardens! And lessons are fun and often include a heavy environmental component.

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Teach Monks in
                    Temples and Children in Schools in Kandy in Sri Lanka

Teach Monks in Temples and Children in Schools in Kandy
Help on this education program by teaching Monks in the temples, and children in pre-schools in the villages. The objective is to help them improve their English language.

You'll primarily teach English, but you can also help to teach Drama, Music and other foreign Languages. You'll assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc.

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Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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