Volunteering on Buddhist Meditation in Sri Lanka – Special Program

We feel the desire of many people to pratice Buddhist Meditation in Sri Lanka, so we have set up this volunteer experience for several days at a Buddhist Monastery. During your stay, you will find a deeper understanding of the teachings of Buddha. Once you stay overnight in one of the Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka, you will better understand the simplicity of life Buddha has lived for his disciples.

However, you do not have to be a Buddhist to participate in the meditation. If you really feel a strong desire to learn about Buddha’s teachings and dedicate yourself into meditation, this will be a great experience for your life!

Itinerary for volunteers on Buddhist Meditation

Arrival on Saturday

Buddhist Meditation in Sri LankaYou will need to notify us of your arrival time at least one week in advance. Many international airlines offer direct flights to Sri Lanka. If you are not arriving in the scheduled date, you need to provide us the address where you are going to be hosted so we can pick you up on the program start date. We prefer to pick you up at Colombo. If you are staying outside Colombo please let us know in advance for arranging the pick up without any hassle.

Once you have arrived at the airport or bus station our team will be waiting for you with an Iko Poran Welcome Sign or a paper with your name on it. They will take you to the accommodation to meet the host family and to rest after a long flight, and/or to begin familiarizing yourself with the neighborhood.
The Buddhist project is in Galle / Ella (Badulla), which is far away from Colombo neighborhood or from Bandaraike Katunayake International airport. Therefore, we will be happy to provide the first day of accommodation at our center in Wattala (next city from airport / Colombo) for you to relax and feel comfortable before going to the project. Formal orientation will begin upon arrival. You will meet the country coordinator at the orientation session.

Orientation on Monday and Arrival on the Project Location

The Orientation session begins after breakfast around 08:00 at your accommodation. Your coordinator will explain the details of your program as well as the schedule for the weeks ahead. The coordinator will take you the program location introducing the monks at Buddhist monastery. Then, after lunch we will take you for a short tour of the city so you can feel comfortable when you explore it in the afternoons or weekends /weekends depending on the schedule at the monastery.

Meditation Program at the Buddhist Monastery from Tuesday to Friday

Many people in the modern world see the value in dedicating time to practicing the teachings of the Buddha while immersed in a traditional monastery environment. We provide the opportunity for visitors who are committed to learning and practicing these teachings to stay at a monastery for several days. An overnight visit to monasteries in Sri Lanka will give you a taste of the pure livelihood the Buddha made available to his disciples. You do not have to be a Buddhist to stay at the monastery, but you must be committed to learning and practicing these teachings for the duration of your stay.
Below is a sample of work description you will offer at Buddhist Monastery: The schedule may be amended on your request.

Daily Schedule for Buddhist Meditation in Sri Lanka

4:00-4:20 am Wakeup
4:20-5:25 am Vandana chanting and meditation
5:45 am Chores
6:30 am Offer alms to Sangha
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am Meeting with monk for learning Dhamma
10:00 am Break
11:00 am Offer alms to Sangha
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm Walking meditations
1:30-2:30 pm Meeting with monk for meditation instruction
2:30-5:00 pm Private study or meditation
4:30 pm Chores
5:40 pm Evening Vandana chanting and meditation
7:45 pm Private meditation
9:00 pm Meeting with monk to answer any questions
10:00 pm Sleep

Accommodation for the volunteers

Very important information: The accommodation is at a Buddhist monastery. Volunteers share rooms with other volunteers. No couple accommodation is provided. No Wi-Fi at the monastery. You can use your mobile phone or any other communication device as long as you do not disturb the daily schedules. The same simple meals is served to the volunteers and to the monks.

Accommodation at monastery is not the same you might be used to at your own country. There are no luxury facilities at Buddhist monastery. If you would like to stay outside in a guesthouse and join the program we encourage you to contact the local coordinator. You might feel lonely staying at monastery, which will help you understand the Buddha teachings.

You must wear long (preferably white) clothes/ dresses. Do not wear short pants / shorts / tops with open neck or see through dresses.
Alcohol & smoking are strictly prohibited at the Buddhist monastery.

Enjoy a Free Weekend

For those continuing their program for subsequent weeks, Saturday and Sunday will be free to relax and explore the beauty of the project location and nearby touristic cities. If this is your final week at the program, it will finish on Friday and Saturday morning you should leave to the airport or bus station, or to continue your travels. It is your responsibility to organize the transfer back to airport. If you want help arranging it please talk with our staff. They will definitely be happy to assist you!!

Additional Information

Volunteers at Buddhist monastery program stay either in Ella (Badulla) / Galle. Please be aware that you might face communication issues. We mostly speak Sinhala, which is one of the main languages. There are some monks who can communicate in English and help you with many religious teachings during your stay.


Start Dates & 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.

Location for Buddhist Meditation

Volunteers at Buddhist monastery program stay either in Ella (Badulla) / Galle.



  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of  U$ 149.00 on top of the program fee.

Sri Lanka Program Fees 2024

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.


Accommodation & Meals

Volunteers at Buddhist monastery program stay either in Ella (Badulla)

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.



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.


More volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka

We offer several great opportunities for volunteering  in Sri Lanka.

If you love animals, go for the sea turtle conservation project.

You can also do an internship as a volunteer parenting teacher at a kindergarten.

Regardless of whether you are pursuing a pedagogical career or working with therapy, you can do valuable work on the therapy at a special school for blind and deaf children. The volunteer project at the Dance Academy will also benefit these handicapped children.

In addition, medical students can take part in a pre-medical internship at the modern Colombo Hospital or gain valuable experience in clinical psychology.

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