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Real Gap Experience

Street Address:
1 Meadow Road
Tunbridge Wells
United Kingdom

Community Volunteers Program in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Various Location
Dates of Program
Flexible Dates
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience and immerse yourself in a different culture, as well as a way of thought which will make you learn more about yourself. Undoubtedly you will face the day-to-day frustrations and challenges that are Sri Lanka but overall you'll be greeted by the warm Sri Lankan smile and hospitality, and struck by the sheer beauty of your surroundings. You will have at least two days off a week depending on your workload, giving you ample opportunity to explore Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage. The project area is facing the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Most of the people living in this community were involved in the traditional fishing industry with their houses located very near to the sea. As a result of Tsunami, all the houses in the area were destroyed. Several projects were started to rebuild the houses and improve the social economic standard of the community. Volunteers helped to clean the debris on the beach, grow Rana trees along the beach, help the community to build/refurbish their houses and provide assistance to generate new income. Present activities volunteers are needed for include capacity building of Tsunami affected women by helping them to get involved in an income generating handicraft programme. Volunteers will also assist the children and adults to learn functional English which will give them many more opportunities in life and assist their upward mobility. The project also holds health camps and computer literacy classes for school leavers with the help of volunteers. There is also a turtle conservation project in the same premises which enables volunteers to take part in related activities.

Major Responsibilities
Cost/Program Fee
GB Pound 629 (2 Weeks) and GB Pound 1,629 (12 Weeks )
What program fee Includes

What’s Included in the Programme

  • Airport pick up and transfer on arrival
  • Breakfast and Dinner whilst on the project
  • Detailed orientation
  • Volunteer project
  • On site project coordinator
  • Free time to explore local area and assistance with planning independent excursions

What’s Not Included in the Programme

  • Tourist Visa
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Return airport transfer (approximately US$100)
  • Flights
  • E-mail and telephone calls made
  • Personal insurance
  • Extra snacks
  • Any excursions
Skills/ Qualifications

Volunteers must be able to work independently within the guidelines of the project. Patience and perseverance are essential, although above all enthusiasm and a willingness to accept another culture will mean you get the most from your volunteering experience. After all, what you put into the project will be what you get in return. Each volunteer brings different ideas and skills to the project that can make a real impact towards furthering initiatives.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Accommodation & Meals: During your time in Sri Lanka on the project you will be accommodated in a shared volunteer house. These houses are very basic but clean with standard facilities. The accommodation is within walking distance of the project and you will be sharing with at least one other volunteer. There is running water, a shower and a western style toilet.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner is included and will be cooked for you in your accommodation. Breakfast generally consists of bread, butter, jam, milk, fruits as well as typical Sri Lankan rice and curries. Dinner is usually rice and various types of curry.

Any Missing Important Information

Free Time: You will have your evenings free to check emails, use the internet, watch TV/movies and play games/activities with the children or other volunteers. You will also have your weekends free to do the same or visit the local tourist sites such as beaches and ancient cities. The on site staff will be able to help you organise any local travel or activities you wish to take part in.

Project Support: Throughout your stay in Sri Lanka, you will have the support and guidance of the programme leaders and team. They will provide you with competent field support and assistance and help you with any questions, or support, you may need during your stay. In addition, we will provide you with a 24 hour emergency contact number before you depart, so that you can contact our UK staff at any time should you need to.

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