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:

SL Volunteers

SL Volunteers is a volunteer organisation set up by a team of recent graduates that couldn’t find a volunteer organisation for students and graduates, that was ethical, provided training and was affordable, so they created their own. Currently they are focusing on mental health placement is for psychology students and graduates, who in addition to volunteering abroad, are looking for hands on work experience in the mental health sector. While these projects do not fulfil our cheap volunteering criterea, SLV cover the placement fees of volunteer supervisors and refunds their flight costs after five successful months in the role. They also take of volunteer coordinators who, like regular volunteers, pay £1900 for their 12 week placement but are refunded £1000 after completing training and two successful weeks in Sri Lanka.

Where: Various locations.
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