Trip Details

Participating on a gap volunteer project is highly rewarding but it can also prove tiring. And that’s why a week at the beach is a perfect way to relax during or at the end of a project.

As well as the time at the beach, there will also be opportunities for sightseeing and shopping trips. You will also be further immersed into the Sinhala culture through a series of fun, organised activities.  Most of these take place during the morning sessions allowing the volunteers free time in the afternoon to spend time at the beach or organise their own activities to visit further places of interest, with the coordinators’ help.

Located just south of Colombo at Ambalangoda, the beach city is close to the highly popular dutch port, known as Galle.

Trip Itinerary

Monday

Each day of the week is packed full of interesting and enjoyable activities. The first of these is an exploration of Ambalangoda, focusing on visits to its most important temples, including the oldest. You will view South Asia’s longest sleeping Buddha statue and a very well-known wooden Buddhism statue. The afternoon session is free for you to choose whether to take part in organised activities, relax on the beach or organise new activities with the coordinators’ help.

Tuesday

Visiting one of Sri Lanka’s most popular destinations, the programme takes you on a River Safari. While there, you will see the incredible jungle plant-life, and come close to a variety of animals like crocodiles as well as various unusual species of fish. Mirroring Monday, the afternoon is free for you to choose your own activities.

Wednesday

A popular day. You’ll be participating in the Turtle Conservation project which involves helping with feeding and cleaning the turtles and their water tanks. The working day will run from 9:30am – 3:30pm with a long relaxing lunch break between 12pm and 2pm.

Thursday

A trip to the famous city of Galle, you’ll visit the Tsunami Museum and step back in time at the dutch fort colonial style homes. Then its a trip to the Natural Silk Factory where you’ll learn about Silk manufacture. You can then choose to stay on at Galle beach or return by taxi to the centre. If you choose to stay on, the project will pay for the return bus journey.

Friday

Your final day will take you to see the process of cutting and shaping precious stones at the Moonstain mine. A unique opportunity to watch this fascinating, delicate process. Relaxation is the tone for the rest of the day. You’ll visit a waterfall walk to swim and admire the beautiful setting. There’ll be tea and snacks nearby so you’ll be well refreshed. Your afternoon is yours to unwind or make your own plans to visit other locations.

 

***This schedule can be changed/amended depending on weather and local conditions.***

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa