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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Sri Lanka

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Sri Lanka


Though nowhere near as many as its massive northern neighbour we have a few more projects than those below to add to this page. Sri Lanka also has a decent number of work exchanges available via the main networks too.


Grassroots Volunteering in Sri Lanka

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:


SLV.Global is a mental health volunteering organisation operating in Sri Lanka, Bali and India. SLV.Global provide psychology students and graduates from around the world the opportunity to gain valuable, practical experience in the mental health sector whilst being immersed in a unique and exciting culture. Their placements abroad offer people the chance to gain valuable work experience in the mental health and education sectors. Their main focus is promoting positive mental health, reducing stigma and improving the confidence and self-esteem of the service users they work with.

While these projects do not fulfil our cheap volunteering criterea (they range from £1300 for four weeks to £1700 to 12 weeks), SLV.Global cover living expenses and flights of volunteer supervisors. They also recruit volunteer peer mentor and coordinators who are reimbursed up to £420 or £320 respectively off their total placement fees upon successful completion of the role.

Where: Various locations in Sri Lanka, plus India and Bali.
Accommodation & Costs: Food and homestay accommodation is provided for supervisors and coordinators.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka


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SVS School for English

SVS invite you to spenf an extended tropical holiday and volunteer your services teaching English in a charity school. The SVS School for English gives you the opportunity to help people in need while gaining valuable experience and broadening your horizons. Typically, they ask for a commitment of six months, although three months will be considered.

Where: Colombo.
Accommodation & Costs: Food and accommodation is free of charge. All you have to pay for is your plane ticket to Sri Lanka.


Help Exchange Networks in Sri Lanka

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Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Sri Lanka

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Image courtesy Garret Clarke