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Volunteer in Sri Lanka: Dissanayaka School and Orphanage in Sri Lanka


Street Address:
Slotsalléen 20, Troense

Dissanayaka School and Orphanage in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
All over SriLanka
Dates of Program
Contact the Organization
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years +
Project Review

This home for physically and mentally handicapped children was hit by the tsunami on the 26th of December 2004. 38 children drowned in their beds or were swept away in the waves. 10 children are still missing.The government planned to move the residents to a building further from the coast, but lack of funds plus the urgent need for support for other projects in Galle have postponed these plans indefinitely.The home also functions as a school for about 200 handicapped or orphaned children from 5 to 15 years old, as well as a day center for physically and mentally handicapped adults. Some of the teachers are also physically handicapped. The home needs a new kitchen, but has otherwise been renovated.

Major Responsibilities

Volunteers tasks:

  • Teach children English, music, handicrafts, etc.
  • Organize activities with the school employees.
  • Care for the children.
  • Teach and help at the center, where they also distribute food to poor families.
  • In the afternoon assist the children and the handicapped adults.
Cost/Program Fee
Euro 820 (3 Weeks) and Euro 1628 (12 Weeks)
What program fee Includes

Fee Includes:

  • Pick up at Colombo airport. If you land after 5 pm, you can either wait in the airport or stay one night at a hotel. More information will be sent after enrolment.
  • Orientation and sightseeing in Galle.
  • 1 week language and culture program.
  • Transport to your working placement.
  • Accommodation and board during your entire stay – three meals per day. During the second part of the program accommodation is with a local host family or at your working place.
  • Work permit (3 USD per day.)
  • Sponsor amount to work place.
  • Help and guidance from our local coordinator during your entire stay.
  • Handbook.
  • Certificate of participation.

Fee Excludes:

  • Visa fees.
  • Insurance.
  • Roundtrip to Sri Lanka.
  • Pocket money.
  • Transport to and from accommodation to your working place (costs 3-4 USD per day).
  • If you arrive prior to normal start dates, a fee of 35 USD/per day will be charged for food and accommodation.
  • International airport tax (25 USD).
Skills/ Qualifications

There are no special qualifications necessary to participate in the volunteer work program.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Food: During you entire stay you will have 3 meals per day. Please note that breakfast is a light meal, a cup of tea and some bread.

Accommodation: During the work period, accommodation will be with a host family or at your working place.Usually participants stay with a host family, where they have their own room.

Any Missing Important Information

Cancellation: If you cancel your application before receiving information about your host family you will be able to have your deposit refunded less a deduction of 200 € for administration expenses.If your application is cancelled after receiving the address of your host family, your deposit will not be refunded whilst the balance will be refunded in full. Once the language course has commenced, no refunds will be made.

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