School for Blind and Deaf in Sri Lanka
Volunteering at a School for Blind and Deaf in Sri Lanka
Volunteer as an assistant teacher to work with special needs children at a school for blind and deaf in Sri Lanka. Teach them songs and dance.
Itinerary for Assistent Teachers and the School for Deaf and Blind
Day 1 – Arrival (Saturday or Sunday)
You 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.
Our projects are based in Badulla, which is far away from Colombo neighborhood or from Bandaraike Katunayake International airport. Therefore, we would 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 on your arrival. You will meet the country coordinator at the orientation session.
Day 2: Arrival to the Project Location – Orientation (Monday)
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 you to the teachers. 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.
Day 3 – 5 Teaching at a Special School for Blind and Deaf (Tuesday thru Friday)
The volunteers are welcome to assist the formal teachers. The kids are at the age group between 5-18 years. There are around 140 kids in both genders at the school.
The volunteers are requested to visit the school ONLY in the afternoons for special activities from 02.30 pm to 05.30 pm. The kids go to formal school during morning session when volunteers cannot participate in the formal studies.
During the afternoons volunteers can help the kids clean their dormitory / entertain deaf students with drawings & paintings. Deaf students have excellent skills in hand work. Therefore, volunteers can help with these activities. In addition, volunteers who are good at MS office package can conduct few sessions with the deaf students.
There are also dancing lessons for the deaf students that volunteers can help out too.
The blind students have music classes, so the volunteers can teach them songs. Music is a universal language. The creativity is endless. Volunteers will have the opportunity to test their own creativity too.
Those who have basic understanding about special education techniques will have added advantage.
There are printed course manuals. The volunteers can refer to these manuals to prepare the activities. We always encourage volunteers to discuss the lesson plans with the local coordinator and teachers at the school as they have loads of information.
Very important information: The project will not be available during the months of April, August & December when the students are on vacations. As mentioned above, there is no typical day or curriculum to follow. We ask you to be flexible, cooperative and proactive under limited resources.
The above description should serve as a general info, but in your daily work you can face different situations that you might not be expecting. Adapting to a new environment and tasks is crucial for a great volunteering experience. Do not take it for granted that the project will adapt to you.
Please help us to provide a better quality of life to these children and their families. We all appreciate that you can bring materials to work with these kids, indoor games, liquid painting, and art & craft supplies. You can collect them from families and friends; second hand materials & toys are fine. We love to recycle! Thank you very much!
Keeping a better understanding about special need education will ease your stay at the project
Day 7 & 8: Weekend -Saturday and Sunday
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!!
Location of the volunteer project in Badulla
Iko Poran Sri Lanka special school program is located in Badulla. You need to have plenty of enthusiasm and confidence. It is important to be proactive to create innovative classes with almost limited school resources. Your role is also to check homework from the last day, help to maintain children paying attention to the lessons and help the children to develop the assignments of the class. The deaf and blind school in Badulla has limited resources. You can help the local teachers to carry out their lessons, help teachers with arranging lesson plans.
Please be aware that you might face communication issues. We mostly speak Sinhala, which is one of the main languages.
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.
Cheap volunteer programs in and around the cities of Galle, Badulla or Colombo (Watalla).
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of U$ 199.00 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?
- 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
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.
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.
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.