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Most Affordable Volunteer Programs in Sri Lanka with IKPVA!

     Volunteer Projects in Sri Lanka at a glance:

  • 3 Locations: Galle, Badulla, and Whattala;

  • Available all year round;

  • Start dates: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, arrivals on Saturdays;

  • Choose from a wide variety of cheap volunteer programs in Sri Lanka;

  • Childcare & Orphanage;

  • Special Care Children – Child Development;

  • Buddhist Meditation – Special Program;

  • Special Dance Program – Arts & Design;

  • Clinical Psychology – Medical & Health;

  • Pre-Medical – Medical & Health;

  • Sea Turtle – Animal Conservation;

  • Accommodation in Whattala: triple/dual sharing in a volunteer apartment or with a welcoming host family when staying in Galle or Badulla;

  • All meals included (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Authentic Sri Lankan dishes;

  • The program fee includes: pre-arrival assistance, airport pickup, orientation, accommodation, all meals, English speaking project manager, 24×7 emergency assistance, and certificate of volunteer work;

  • Program fees from only $ 330/ 2 weeks.


About Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Golden TempleJoin one of our accessible international volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, a charming country with no equal in the world. In this tropical country with a smiling sun all year round and golden beaches, you can participate in fascinating and rewarding volunteer projects. You can choose between social and educational projects, an environmental volunteer program in the preservation of sea turtles or stages of medicine and psychology. After all, you can even participate in meditation at a Buddhist monastery.

Whatever voluntary program you choose, you will discover ancient cities, take in exciting safaris, and experience the rich and colorful culture. In addition, you can practice adventure sports and make friends with lovely people … where else can you get all this in one place?

As Sri Lanka is located at the tip of India, this small exotic island provides a tropical climate. The island reveals itself as gem that is abundant with wonderful discoveries for any tourist or volunteer. Whether it’s a journey of exploring the desert, a holiday of Ayurvedic well-being, a relaxing getaway in the sun, or even that quick business trip, there is something for everyone.

Sri Lanka has a wonderful mix of modern towns and rural villages. There are star class hotels and boutique villas spotted around the country as the Sri Lankan tourism sector is booming following the end of the civil war in 2009.


An island with many destinations:

Fishermen in stilts in Sri LankaWell connected transport systems or organized tours will help you visit many places in this island country.

Enjoy the sun while lounging on the beach at Bentota, sighting Palmyra trees in Jaffna, snorkeling or kite surfing at Kalpitiya or surfing the waves of Arugambay,

In Sri Lanka, you can discover leopards on Safari, be awed of ruins in Anuradhapura, visit orphaned elephants at Pinnawela or climb 5th-century rock fortress in Sigiriya.

And as you make your way up to the cooling climes, take a walk in the sprawling botanical gardens in Kandy, visit the misty Horton Plains, and sip Ceylon tea at a tea estate in Nuwara Eliya.

Medical student together with health professionals in one of our cheap volunteer programs in Sri Lanka


Taking back a little of Sri Lanka:

And there is a lot to take back home along with those precious and memorable memories you make while holidaying in this friendly island. Dazzling gems, vibrant batiks, tantalizing spices, creative crafts, an enviable tan and surely a whole network of friends to keep in touch!

And as the cliché goes, you can get all this and more at very affordable rates! Be it a round trip by luxury bus, a trip on a cycle or backpacking your way across the island, you will find food and lodging that suits your pocket, wherever you go.


Volunteer with Special Kids in our Volunteer in Sri Lanka program

Iko Poran has a wide range of cheap volunteer programs in Sri Lanka to match all skills and interests!

Sri Lanka, a country that has something for everyone, is truly a magical place.

Volunteering with Iko Poran in Sri Lanka gives you the opportunity to do your bit to help improve the lives of people living in underprivileged sectors of society or to protect sea turtles.


Volunteer in Sri Lanka to help giving equal opportunities for the people left behind

See our range of cheap volunteer programs in Sri Lanka to see how you can donate your time, skills and affection to the purpose of helping people less fortunate than yourself: Childcare, Pre-Medical, Clinical Psychology, Sea Turtles, Special Care Children, Buddhist Meditation, and a Special Dance program for differently able students.

Join our cheap volunteer programs in Sri Lanka for the experience of your lifetime!



Most Affordable Fees to Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 149 on top of the program fee.

What is included in the program fee?

  • Pre-arrival assistance
  • Airport pickup
  • Orientation about project, country, and rules
  • Accommodation (tri/dual sharing in a service apartment or with a welcoming host family)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Authentic Sri Lankan Meals
  • Project transportation
  • English speaking project manager to assist
  • In-country 24/7 emergency support if necessary
  • Travel support in Sri Lanka
  • Certificate of Volunteering


What is not included in the volunteer in Sri Lanka program fee?

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • All personal expenses
  • Other tours and leisure activities

There are no hidden costs. These are the most affordable volunteer programs in Sri Lanka.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price.

We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our cheap volunteer programs in Sri Lanka normally find US$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid directly to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.


Volunteer in Sri Lanka – Program Details


Cheap volunteer programs in and around the cities of Galle, Badulla or Colombo (Watalla).

Badulla: Child Development, Childcare, Sea Turtle, and Art (special dance)

Galle: Buddhist Meditation, Childcare, and Sea Turtle

Colombo: Pré-Medical and Clinical Psychology


Accommodation & MealsBedroom of a homestay of our programs to volunteer in Sri Lanka

We offer two different options for accommodation: In Watalla volunteers stay in tri/dual sharing room in a volunteer apartment while in Galle and Badulla volunteers will be placed within very welcoming host families.

Both are great options and we’re sure you will have a fantastic time!

All meals are included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Volunteers joining the meditation program stay at the Buddhist monastery.


Start & Duration

Our volunteer programs in Sri Lanka start every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, but we are flexible and may receive you in other days, if necessary.

The Child Development and the Art programs are not running in the months of April, August & December.

You may join the Childcare Orphanage program on those months. Other projects are available throughout the year

You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks.


Arrival & Orientation

All volunteers should organize to arrive in Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport – CMB.

Airport pick-up is included in your program fee. A representative will meet you on arrivals.

Orientation takes place following your arrival and it will cover

  • About Sri Lanka
  • About your program & other projects
  • Additional options such as excursions and learning programs
  • Project extension
  • Cultural responsibility
  • Basics of Sinhala (Native Sri Lankan language)
  • Code of conducts
  • Project visit


Requirements to join our cheap volunteer programs in Sri Lanka

Volunteers work 4 to 6 hours daily, Monday to Friday.

You must be at least 18 years old at the start date of your program.

All volunteers must have adequate travel insurance.


Language Requirements

At least intermediate English is required in all the projects to volunteer in Sri Lanka.



As a volunteer in Sri Lanka, you will have competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders.

There will always be a member of the local team working with you at the projects.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience as a volunteer in Sri Lanka.



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