Volunteer with children in Sri Lanka and help build a solid foundation for their education. You’ll spend time working to address areas of need that we’ve identified in the local community, like supporting early childhood development. You’ll gain practical childcare experience, and develop your planning and teamwork skills.
Many of the care centres we work with are overcrowded and lack resources. You’ll volunteer with children in kindergartens, day cares and community centres. Your role here will be to support local staff and do educational activities with the children. You’ll teach important skills the will help them succeed at school. You can also spend time with special needs children.
Sri Lanka has incredibly diverse communities and ecosystems. You will stay with a host family. This way, you can immerse yourself in the local culture and find out what it’s like to live in this land of beautiful beaches, flavourful food, and friendly people!
Ages 3-14 (reduced price)
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 021 234 8002 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 021 234 8002 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 personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised 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)
Is childcare volunteering in Sri Lanka right for me?
If you’re enthusiastic and energetic, and enjoy working with children, this project is a perfect fit for you.
Thinking about a career involving childcare work or teaching? This project is a great way to gain experience and learn from local caregivers.You’ll also learn about early childhood development and put it into practice at your placement.
There are no requirements in order to join this project. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a comprehensive induction which will introduce you to everything you need to know. Your role is to support the local caregivers and teachers, who will guide you for the duration of your placement. Projects Abroad staff are also available 24/7 and check in with all our volunteers regularly.
You’ll have access to a resource database stocked with ideas for different activities and educational games. Furthermore, we also organise regular workshops with our Childcare and Teaching volunteers. You can share advice and learn more about early childcare in Sri Lanka.
Childcare volunteering in Sri Lanka runs year round, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. We encourage you to stay longer, so you can have a bigger impact on the children.
What will I do on this project?
Childcare Projects have a wide scope for you to get involved. Here are just some of the activities you can do as a volunteer working with children in Sri Lanka:
- Promote early childhood development through fun activities
- Provide specialised care to children with special needs
- Create educational resources for learning
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Promote early childhood development through fun activities
Help children master basic educational skills such as counting and the alphabet. This forms the basis of their future learning and will ensure that they are prepared for formal schooling. You can really be creative, finding ways to teach through games, songs, dance, or art.
Provide care to children with special needs
Children with special needs often require additional support so that they can learn basic skills and reach developmental milestones. You’ll provide them with individual attention; playing games, teaching them to do certain tasks, and simply interacting. You might also need to assist with more practical needs, such as getting children ready for the day.
Create educational resources for learning
Make visual aids that can be used for lessons and games, such as flashcards, alphabet cards, and more. These handmade resources are ideal as they can still be used at the placement after you’ve left.
Where in Sri Lanka will I work?
You will be based in one of several small coastal towns situated within two hours of Colombo. Sri Lanka has an extensive and affordable public transport network, so it is easy to get around.
You have a wide variety of placement options to choose from, such as kindergartens, special needs schools, day care centres, and community centres. The conditions vary between them. Some are quite basic.
The country is famous for its natural wonders, so do take advantage during your time off. Visit a wildlife sanctuary, relax on the beach, or take a hike through the lush green surroundings.
A typical day volunteering with children in Sri Lanka
A standard work day will run from 8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. There will be a morning session from 8.30am - 11.30am, where you’ll work at one of our partner placements. The afternoon session, from 3pm -5pm, will be spent with older children.
You can choose to work at a kindergarten, day care centre, special needs school, or a community centre. Consequently, your daily activities will vary according to which placement you choose.
Children at day care centres and community centres usually still attend school in the morning. As a result, you’ll spend your morning volunteering at a school. In the afternoon, you’ll help with homework, organise physical activities, and work with children who need extra assistance with things like reading.
Once you’re done for the day, the evening is yours. Spend time socialising with your fellow volunteers while reminiscing about your day. Explore the nearby attractions or simply relax back at home getting to know your host family.
What are the aims and impact of this childcare project?
The main aim of this project is to promote and invest in early childhood development.
The early childhood years are the most crucial development stage in one's life, forming the foundation for your future learning, wellbeing, and success. Preschools in disadvantaged communities are often overcrowded and understaffed. This means that children do not receive the level of attention and stimulation that they need.
You provide children with the support and interaction they need to thrive. By tracking their progress through our database, we can immediately identify areas where a child is struggling. You’ll then work with them to improve their skills, so that they are better prepared for school.
Projects Abroad has elected not to work with children in orphanages in Sri Lanka, but rather focus on community-based programmes that allow children to remain within their families. To promote the education and development of these children, we have identified three major goals to guide our work:
- Improve children’s English
- Increase literacy
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
Join us in Sri Lanka and contribute to positive, long-term change in the lives of local children.
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 day began with us making supplies such as handmade books and crafts, to take to a cancer hospital in the south of Colombo. There, we could really interact with the younger children and their parents in the hospital, putting smiles on their faces and even teaching them a little English. (...) We were so lucky to have participated in such a fulfilling experience.
Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka