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Volunteer and home staying

Experience to Teach English in local school and meet local life.
If you enjoy working with children and want to get to live the 'real' Sri Lanka, volunteer and home staying could be the ideal option for you. You can do more than just teach English on this project; you can be a sports coach, actor, entertainer and a friend too as you become fully immersed in community life. If you’re thinking about volunteering to teach English abroad and have no teaching experience, don’t worry! Children on the project range from 7 to 18 and will all be eager to make the most of having a native English speaker around. Having you there will mean they can develop knowledge of the language through more varied means such as conversation classes, games and songs.

You will live in a home-staying house near the village schools. The life that you will become a part of is mostly 'very simple'. But you can find a true Sri Lankan experience where you are enjoy being in the outdoors in a beautiful location, helping local people and the local wildlife.

The project is based in Polonnaruwa District, there are opportunities to enjoy weekend trips to visit the ancient cities such as Polonnaruwa and Kandy, or National Parks to encounter wild elephants. These trips aren’t included in your placement fee but our team will be happy to offer advice and help you plan your weekends.

Durationstarts at Min 1 month+ (Even if you want to start at less than 1 month, the minimum numbers price of 1 month apply.)
DatesMultiple start dates throughout the year
Departures can be arranged at anytime to suit you
Costs 300.00 US$ for 1 month (Price doesn’t change for every weeks thereafter up to 2 month.)
Location Plonnaruwa District in North-Central of Sri Lanka
Arrival Airport Colombo (airport code CMB)
Activities Teaching English and other subjects
Working Hoursusually five days per week, all other time is free
Getting to the volunteer locationnormally 15 minutes by car from your home staying location. (Price INCLUDES transport service.)
RequirementsMinimum age 18
QualificationsIndependence, enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard.
Experience RequiredNo, but it may be suitable to be trained on Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
PreparationNo, you may discuss the teaching plan with local school teacher after you arrived.

Teaching takes place in village schools which are very basic and lacking in facilities. As this is a very poor area, You need to be flexible and adaptable with your teaching, much of which will be very hands-on. You will probably teach from about 9 - 11am and again at 8:00 - 2:00pm, so in total around 6 hours each day. There are English-speaking school teacher who will be helping your teaching in your school.

What's Included
Accommodation: private room (NO AC/Hot Shower, but simple clean shower bath room, fan and mosquito net)
Food: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
School Transport:2way a day (Homestaying house ⇔ Volunteer Location)
Support: 24hr emergency support
Arrangement: Well-researched quality placement and welcome orientation with your school staff who will be your day to day contacts.

What's not included
Flights, Insurance, Visas, Airport Transfer (Colombo Airport ⇔ Polonnaruwa, pre-booking is available with extra charge.), Local Transport(without School Transport), Arrangement for any excursion,

If you are interested in other volunteer activities such as sports coaching, building volunteer and volunteer with wild life, ask us for details. We work closely with local communities in some of the poorest villages, and so we will arrange for you. There are so many volunteer style with your way.
Homestaying without volunteer is also acceptable. Please ask details to us.