Trip Details

There are many temples, schools, and community centres in and around Kandy that require renovation, restoration, and repair work. Our project is working to bring many of them back to life. Your work as a gap year volunteer in Sri Lanka will include basic renovation, painting and the restoration of artwork in and around the temples.

These latest projects are situated in the quiet but yet active and vibrant city of Kandy and take you deeper into the rural parts of Sri Lanka away from the noisy and overcrowded cities.

Kandy, the nucleus of Sri Lanka’s hill country, was originally the main Sri Lankan kingdom. Set around the beautiful Kandy Lake, the town still has many important temples. Sri Lankans as well as tourists make their way to Kandy’s temples, offering prayers and flowers. Although most of its palaces and temples were destroyed by invaders in the early part of the 19th century, there are still a large number of historical sites to be discovered.

Apart from restoring broken temples, you will also be involved in various other restoration, reconstruction, and beautification activities in and around Kandy, such as those in parks, schools and areas of the town.

Aims & Objectives
To bring back the lost glory of these ancient temples such that more and more people come to visit these forgotten temples and to create an aesthetically educative ambience for children at schools.

Trip Itinerary

Monday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on Project tasks may be:
  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites
  • Painting buildings
  • Engaging in mural work if available
  • Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on Project tasks may be:
  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites
  • Painting buildings
  • Engaging in mural work if available
  • Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on Project tasks may be:
  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites
  • Painting buildings
  • Engaging in mural work if available
  • Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on Project tasks may be:
  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites
  • Painting buildings
  • Engaging in mural work if available
  • Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on Project tasks may be:
  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites
  • Painting buildings
  • Engaging in mural work if available
  • Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday& Sunday

Weekends are free to relax or explore beautiful Sri Lanka. 🙂

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

Participants with body tattoos need to cover them and those who have visible piercings must take the ring/studs/etc out while at the placement.

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