||All year round - you
choose your start and finish dates.
1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of
enthusiasm). If you're coaching Football or any other
sport, you must have a good knowledge of the game and
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at Colombo airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Return transfer to airport
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required).
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
coaching sports or working with children overseas while
doing voluntary work in coaching sports, projects abroad
or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in sports
volunteering in Sri Lanka and anyone who can only take a
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the
fascinating culture of Sri Lanka
The enormous satisfaction of helping
disadvantaged children and seeing how your efforts are making a
difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
You'll work in schools for the poorer children and the
underprivileged section of the community
in JA-ELA, midway between Colombo
and the popular Indian Ocean resort of Negombo. The football coaching
project is very popular with the children.
You'll coach at one or two out of a variety of local schools. The
schools have about 400 to 500 pupils aged 5 to 16 years old,
with approx. 35 per class.
facilities are basic but the children are excited about playing
football and being coached by our volunteers. The pitches in Sri
Lanka are typically gravel and dirt pitches, which makes the
game of football very quick and exciting as it is played at a
very different pace and style to European football.
The schools have very limited
sports equipment and facilities, but lots of enthusiasm. You'll
work with the teachers to create and coach school teams. You may
be able to arrange an inter-schools Football Tournament
as part of your placement.
These tournaments in the past have
provided the children with the opportunity to play football
competitively, which many of the children haven't had.
Hopefully, towards the end of your placement (if you're doing a
long enough placement), you may be able to organise a tournament
that brings together all the schools you've been working with to
play against each other.
SCHOOL TERM DATES:2015
Term 1: 7th January – 10th
Term 2: 20th April – 12th June
Term 3: 10th August – 2nd
Term 4: 12th October – 11th
Dates vary each year, but the months of April, August
and December are generally taken up with School Holidays. Our
volunteers usually use this time to travel around and explore
the island, or they expand their travel experience by doing a
project at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
This is an exciting project that
gives you an awesome and totally different experience. If a
vacation falls during your placement, you can take off and
explore and then return after the vacation to complete your
You'll be provided with access to a large number of coaching
manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced
in-house by our Sports Manager. The manuals are very useful and
will help you to plan coaching sessions for your students.
"Just wanted to drop you a line as
my project in Sri
Lanka comes to end to tell you that I
have had the
best time of my life and the project has been
both the teaching and the elephant orphanage.
been a truly amazing experience."
is famous for its 1,600 kilometres of unspoilt, golden beaches and diverse
climate zones. The proverbial paradise island! Sri Lankans are very
friendly, hospitable and welcoming, if somewhat laidback and in no-rush
mode to get things done!
"I admire the children of Sri Lanka for their eagerness and
natural inquisitive nature, for when travelling up in the
hill country I was surrounded by children walking miles and
miles up hills to get to their nearest school, because there
was no transport to take them. It is this impatient desire
which inspires me and drives me to teach.
I could never have dreamt what a
great experience it would have been to do this. I will never
forget the children’s smiling faces, their pride and their
energy and enthusiasm."
Catherine Fay Warren.
You'll live in a quaint bungalow in a residential area
surround by lush Sri Lankan landscape in the Gampaha region. The
bungalow is airy and is typical of the modern styling of Sri Lankan
houses. The bungalow can comfortably accommodate more than 6 volunteers,
whilst still allowing you to keep a sense of having your own space. The
bungalow has living and dining area and plenty of outdoor areas,
including a garden, making it the perfect setting for sociable evenings
with the other volunteers or reading a book in peace in tropical
Travelers' Volunteer Coordinator, Niranjala,
lives in a separate close by, with her family. Many of our past
volunteers who have stayed there have commented that the place
offer the opportunity to get fully immersed in the wonders of
Sri Lankan culture. Niranjala is a very chatty and extremely
friendly and always gets the volunteers involved in her lively
You will have all necessary facilities such a
comfortably furnished living area with TV and DVD player in the
lounge area. Sri Lanka is a great place to buy DVD’s.
You will likely share your room with one or more
other volunteers. The bedrooms are basic but comfortable.
Bedrooms normally have single beds, mosquito nets, a clothes
rack, and a ceiling fan (some rooms have standing ‘pedestal’
fans only). Bedding in Sri Lanka is very basic and for some
reason sheets never seem to be large enough to tuck in, so you
may want to consider bringing your own bed linen with you
Although we supply bed linen, towels aren't
provided! You can either bring your own with you or buy one from
a local shop. A tip about washing your clothes – Sri Lanka has a
red dust which gets into everything – with your white washing
being most at risk – you have been warned!
Facilities include shower, sink and western
toilet. The showers are cold water showers here I’m afraid – it
can be quite refreshing first thing in the morning before the
water tank has been warmed by the sun - although with the
climate being predominantly hot and humid for most of the year,
taking a shower can be great way to cool off after a day spent
in the Sri Lankan sun.
just wanted to let you know, that I had the time of my life in Sri
Lanka. It was FANTASTIC, I wish the entire experience had never had to
end. I would just like to say thank you to your team of organisers for
organising the spectacular trip."
Got any questions? Please email us:
REPORT ON HIS COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Firstly, may I thank you for enabling me to have possibly the best six months ever. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and the people are wonderfully kind and generous. Mr Roshan was extremely helpful and kind, both during our voluntary placement and during our return from travel.
The Coaching in the schools was a huge success and I hope that Travellers will be able to undertake similar projects in the years to come. Myself, Richard Anderson and David Ruddle all concentrated the majority of our time to WP/NG Ekala Maha Vidgalama
School, with Ian and Trevor Snelling concentrating on St. Joesph's School. All
five of us also taught at WP/NG Christ King's National College, Tudella, during the afternoon 2-3 times weekly.
The students all seemed to enjoy the coaching immensely and showed vast improvement during the three months. As the program came to an end we
arranged a tournament between the schools which was a
One important point we realised early on was the
benefit of consistency in the same coaches teaching the same children. We developed an amazing rapport with the children and it made it a joy to teach them. When we used to arrive at the school in the morning the children would literally mob us, it really was an amazing experience, so thank you very very much.
Thanks again for the experience of a life time.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our Sri
Lankan staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling
and sight seeing.
just like to say that the Travellers teaching
placement in Sri Lanka was brilliant, couldn't fault it at all.
Doing the placement was the best decision I ever made, it was
absolutely fantastic and I was pretty sad when I finished. Met some
really nice people too."
Read a hilarious story about
Sri Lankan Cows and classrooms by Travellers volunteer Richard Anderson.
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Sri Lanka, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
wanted to drop you a line as my project in Sri
Lanka comes to an end to tell you that I have had the best time of my life. The project has been amazing,
both the teaching and the elephant orphanage. It
has been a truly amazing experience." David Constable
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
cannot BEGIN to tell you how beautiful this paradise island is!
Nor how cheap to live and get around. It is almost
too good to be true! But it is true.
Towering Pagodas, Hindu temples and ancient fortresses to holy
rivers and sacred mountains. The
local people are very welcoming and friendly, especially in the
rural areas. The tea plantations are a must, the lace making,
monuments and architectural splendours, etc., but the most appealing is the Elephant
Orphanage at Pinnawala. Not to be
missed! It's an
emotive sight that you'll never forget!
SRI LANKA'S FANTASTIC BEACHES!
Sri Lanka has miles and
miles of amazing beaches. Some of our favourites are:
MIRISSA: Perhaps a
contender for the most beautiful beach in the world. Long,
deserted and hot. You know you have got away from it all as you
sit and watch the sunset over this horizon…The snorkelling is
also incredible here.
NEGOMBO: To the north
of Colombo lies Negombo, a busting fishing town with golden
beaches and a pallet of colour provided by sails and boats
against the deep blue of the ocean.
UNAWATUNA: A sleepy
peaceful cove with deep still water and a temple overlooking the
bay from the protecting cliffs.
HIKKADUWA: A long
stretch of beach with plenty of hostels, restaurants and some
nice bars, not forgetting the impromptu beach parties held on
the beach front bars blaring Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led
Zeplin and many other classics! Sri Lanka is a conservative
island brimming with culture and Hikkaduwa offers an exciting
opportunity to vacation for the odd celebratory weekend! Many a
volunteer birthday has been seen in over Hikkaduwa cocktails.
You can also body board and even surf on this beach.
ARUGAM BAY: This tiny
fishing village is Sri Lanka’s newest hot spot and hosts the
best surfing and an easy going happy party atmosphere. With its
wide sweeping beach in front of the village and year round
gorgeous swimming it is no surprise that this bay has developed
into a low budget travellers haunt.
"Thank you for the experience you gave me, it was stunning and a
memory that always always always brings me warmth"
White Water Rafting:Sri Lanka’s boulder stream rivers are
the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way
to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer.
Many tours are available and many begin with days of action,
rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for
fish time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike. Rafting
has become a very popular exciting yet safe adventure sport
Rock Climbing and Mountaineering:
Mountaineering is an adventure sport that requires skills and
levels of fitness that few other adventure sports can match. The
mountain ranges in Sri Lanka offer breath taking, enthralling,
climbing routes. Climbing is all about discovering the natural
world around and with you.
Hiking and Trekking: There’s no better
way to explore the natural scenic beauty of this island with
diverse climatic zones. Trekking is an excellent way to explore
a country, people, their traditions and beliefs. Paths and
campsites have been set up to give nature lovers the experience
of a lifetime. All possible steps are taken to ensure local
community benefit and nature conservation in keeping with all
international camping guidelines.
Canoeing & Kayaking: This relatively
new sport is rated as the most adventurous of all adventure
sports. It involves descending a stream as it drops over
waterfalls and boulders. In Sri Lanka they have low waterfalls
for beginners and some as high as 700 feet for the very
experienced - all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
The driest and best seasons are from December to March on
the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May
to September on the east coast. December to March is also the
time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them
escaping the European winter.
The coastal stretch
south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the
eye can see. The Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or
the masked devil dances. Then there are the ruins, ancient and
inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and
Polonnaruwa to satisfy any archaeologist.
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arrive in your new country, please
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