Trip Details

A wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on underprivileged communities while gaining voluntary experience of other cultures during your gap year. Poverty and unemployment affect many communities in Sri Lanka, slowing the pace of development across the board. Through this project you will play an active role in improving the facilities for these underprivileged people. Giving you the chance to work with various age groups in a range of locations, there are options to work with babies, the elderly where you could be teaching and taking care of children, or taking part in construction and renovation projects.

Babies Child Care – The Child and Labour Department of Sri Lanka founded the Child Care Centre to provide a better standard of living for children who could not be given ample care, shelter or food at home. While the work carried out has a positive impact, the centre runs on low resources with a small number of staff. Participants on the project help out by increasing manpower and allowing the daily running of the centre to have minimal interruptions. You will be expected to assist in the care of approximately 15-20 babies who are under 12 months old. This will involve cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets, pillows and keeping the areas clean and sterile. You will also be required to prepare baby food and give the feeds to the babies. It is important to note that the local centres have a methodology for looking after the children that may not compare exactly with Western standards. Participants must follow this methodology, adhering to rules and procedures at all times without making comparisons.

Elders’ Home – Having been established for over 15 years, The Elders’ Home provides an improved standard of living for elderly people providing food, shelter and medical facilities at no cost. Currently housing 75 adults, male and female, between the ages of 50 and 80 years, the home operates smoothly with the help of private organisations and voluntary participants. Without this extra help, they would have a skeleton staff as well as minimal resources. Centred around the motto “Give Love and Care”, the focus of your daily tasks will include listening to the elderly, holding conversations with them, helping them to bathe, playing games with them or reading to them. Additionally, you will be required to assist the sisters with cleaning the home, preparing food and administering medications. It is important to note that the methods of working at the home are very strict, you must adhere to the rules and procedures at all times and not compare the standards with those of Western Culture.

Child Care – Run by Catholic organizations, the child care centres are well established, with St Joseph’s Orphanage being more than 40 years old and the Bathshalom Boys Home being 10 years old. In this placement you will be enriching the lives of the children by teaching them new skills, playing games with them and assisting the staff with the general caretaking of the children. Without the support of private organisations and volunteers, these centres would operate with just a handful of staff and a low level of resources. With increased manpower, disruptions to the daily operations of the centre can be minimised. Again it is imperative that participants adhere to the rules and procedures already in place at the centres. You must be accepting of the conditions and not compare them to the standards of Western culture.

Building and Renovation –  Volunteer your time and labour to improve the conditions of Buddhist temples in and around Kandy. Your work here will have a huge impact, whether you carry out painting, cleaning, helping with construction work or your role involves interacting with the children and villagers. You could also be required to help arrange community centres for the youth of the village to enrich their experiences.

Aims & Objectives
The project aims to give the local communities a good education and basic knowledge of good health and care in order for them to gain a better and secure future.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

Schedules vary at each of the project sites and the activities you carry out will be responsive to the immediate needs of the centres. However, your days could include the following tasks:

Babycare:

  • Help the staff in cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets and pillows.
  • Keep the area clean and sterile.
  • Prepare baby food and feed the babies.

Elders Home:

  • Care for the elders.
  • Cleaning them and give them a bath.
  • Listen to what they have to say.
  • Keep them occupied by talking to them, playing with them or reading to them.
  • Help the sisters to clean the home and prepare food if required.
  • Attend to sick elders by giving them medicines, etc.

Home for the Children and Persons with Disabilities:

  • Cleaning the surroundings
  • Supporting staff with the available activities
  • Engaging in recreational activities with children
  • Treating all the residents with love and care
  • Feeding the residents

Village Children Project:

  • Teaching English to children
  • Preparing lesson plans
  • Organising culture sharing activities
  • Engaging in games and other interactive activities to improve their spoken and written English abilities

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in one of our centres which are located 2-4 kilometres away from Kandy centre. The accommodation holds 4-10 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms can be requested and are subject to availability, please contact us before hand if you would like a private room.

Food Arrangements
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities
Our house is located 2 kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plains national park and the railway museum.

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

Criminal Background Check

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