Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer in Sri Lanka
Volunteer on the beautiful pearl-shaped island of Sri Lanka to discover a land of misty mountains, golden beaches, rolling tea-plantations, ancient cities and exotic foods! Sri Lanka offers volunteers incredible diversity within one small island including seven different types of forest, more waterfalls per square mile than any other country and a remarkable number of endemic animal species. Previously known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has a rich cultural background and contains six archeological World Heritage Sites including the sacred city of Kandy, home to the Dalada Maligawa – a temple containing a tooth relic of the Buddha.
With several iconic species including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, turtles and whales, Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for volunteers who want to work with animals. The predominantly Buddhist population demonstrate a long-standing respect and care for living beings and Sri Lanka was home to the first ever wildlife sanctuary in the 3rd century BC, but sadly encroaching development has left only 13% of Sri Lanka covered with forests, National Parks and sanctuaries. As a volunteer you can help to preserve the remaining wildlife populations, protect them from the exploitative workforce and tourist trade and defend the habitats they depend upon.
Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Sri Lanka and experience authentic interactions with local people. Through community development initiatives you can give something back to these famously friendly and smiling folk as you witness firsthand the legendary Sri Lankan hospitality. Share your time, skills and knowledge and in return you can pick up some local dialect and maybe even learn how to cook some deliciously spicy dishes!
Volunteers in Sri Lanka will find plenty to fill their free time. Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic background makes it a hive of festivals and celebrations all year round and the varied terrain offers a multitude of adrenaline pumping outdoor activities, whilst those seeking a more serene experience can luxuriate on sun-soaked beaches or benefit from Sri Lanka’s Ayurvedic healing traditions with a visit to one of the many rejuvenating spas.