Trip Details

What a privilege to be a part of the project restoring to glory ten precious temples in Hanguranketha! According to a recent survey, there are 119 temples in need of renovation and repair in the area. As a participant on a project working on just 10 of those temples, you will have the honour of repainting detailed artwork in and around the buildings. This really is a fantastic way to spend some free time during your gap year. In the mornings, your time will be spent in the wonderful company of young monks, sharing with them your knowledge of English and developing their skills in that, and other, subjects. Situated approximately an hour’s drive from Kandy, the project will take you away from the hustle and bustle of city life into the quieter rural areas. The number of temples at Hanguranketha suggests some of the historical significance of the area, although a large number of its buildings were destroyed during invasions in the early 19th century. There are many difficulties facing the local residents, such as poorly staffed schools, dilapidated temples, a lack of clean drinking water and regular power cuts. Renovating the temples is just one of the projects taking place in the area, aimed at raising the standards of living.

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

Each of your mornings will be spent teaching the young enthusiastic monks. They are eager to learn but will need you to prepare and deliver interesting and fun activities to fully engage them in the development of new skills. After lunch, you will spend time carrying out tasks to renovate a temple. You’re guaranteed to have immense satisfaction from the work you carry out at the project.

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