Trip Details

Volunteer Teaching in Kandy Sri Lanka

How would you like to volunteer abroad, teaching English to children across a whole host of projects? Well, on our Volunteer Teaching project, in Kandy, Sri Lanka, you can! Truly, this project will give you an experience of a lifetime, and your time and efforts will make a positive impact on the lives of these cheeky, happy little munchkins. Meanwhile, you can learn about the culture and Sri Lankan way of life as you bring sunshine into the lives of children from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities.

Below are some of the places where you may be sharing your skills, songs and stories as a volunteer …

Preschool Teaching

Here you will work at one of our many Kindergartens, helping young children learn their first English words! However, you’ll also be helping other staff, and will be expected to create teaching plans and ‘muck in’ as needed during your time here.

Special Needs School

Spend your time at the Special Needs School where you work with students who have learning or physical disabilities. Importantly, empathy, patience and fun are key here, as you help to build their confidence as well as their independence.

Teaching English to Adults

Indeed, our Teaching English to Adults programme one of the most rewarding, as it is aimed at improving the language skills and confidence of individuals to help them towards meaningful employment. In fact, English is crucial here for such a popular tourist destination, yet many do not have a good foundation in the language.

Village Children

Sadly, village children tend not to have access to English tuition as it is expensive. Therefore, your volunteering input will be incredibly valuable here! However, we suggest that you combine this project with another, as the project only takes place for a few hours in the afternoon.

Discover Beautiful Sri Lanka by Volunteering in Kandy!

At the end of your day volunteering in Sri Lanka, you will naturally want to do a bit of sightseeing.  So why not head for the Royal Botanical Gardens or Hortons Plains National Park for a great day out? Alternatively, adventurers can take a trip to the Knuckles Mountain Range for some breathtaking scenery. Further, don’t forget to put the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary on your list; a historic forest reserve with 3 Buddhist Forest monasteries! And if you’re quite happy to relax through the week, our comfortable accommodation with meals and beverages included means that everything is taken care of for you – all you have to do is relax and enjoy!

Why book our Volunteer Teaching Project in Kandy, Sri Lanka?

  • Develop your teaching skills across a wide range of child-teaching projects
  • Spend your days volunteering with happy, eager children who are keen to learn!
  • Get a feel for life in Sri Lankan villages, whilst making friends with locals
  • Explore Sri Lanka’s cuisine, including its diverse landscapes and ancient history
  • Stay at our comfortable accommodation with meals and beverages* included

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

On your Volunteer Teaching Programme in Kandy, Sri Lanka, most of your time will be spent helping children learn the basics of English. However, you’ll also be assisting the local staff with other day-to-day duties, as well as teaching other subjects including drama, music and foreign languages across different projects.

Your weekly schedule may look like this:

Daily Schedule

Tuesday – Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer Teaching
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer Teaching
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Project Locations

Preschool Teaching

  • Primarily teach English, but also teach drama, games, music, art and foreign languages
  • Encourage children in academic work and promote all-round development of the child
  • Assist teachers and other staff
  • Prepare lessons

Special Needs School

  • Engaging in educational activities with children as advised by the teachers
  • Communicating with children through creative activities
  • Playing games

Teaching English to Adults

  • Teaching to write and speak English
  • Improving communications skills in English

Village Children

  • Preparing lesson plans
  • Teaching English to children
  • Organising cultural sharing activities
  • Engaging in games and other interactive activities to improve their spoken and written English abilities

Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings and Weekends

After a day of medical volunteering, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. In fact, many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures as they go!

Places to Visit

You will want to plan your own journeys with friends whilst you are here!  We recommend the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, Hortons plains National Park – and don’t miss taking a boat ride on Kandy Lake!

Trip Accommodation

Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many ancient sites, Kandy is a vibrant city and bustling market town. Indeed, this is a culturally diverse city, and offers a host of cultural events and handicrafts, as well as ancient temples and adventure activities to discover. Interestingly, Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, and therefore, enjoys a very rich history. This is a great place to meet other travellers, and to experience history, culture and great cuisine as you volunteer!


Our accommodation is comfortable and is located 2 – 4 km from Kandy centre, comprising single-gender rooms sleeping 4 – 8 people. Further, private rooms can be requested but are subject to availability, depending on the number of Sri Lanka volunteers. Subsequently, if you would like to book these, please let us know at the time of booking your week. Likewise, if you have any dietary preferences, such as vegetarian, let us know so that we can cater for these.

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. Usually, the meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. However, you can also eat out at any of the local restaurants for some great authentic Sri Lankan cuisine!


Our volunteer centre is located 2 kilometres away from the city centre (a 15-minute walk), and you can find anything you might need for your Sri Lankan holiday here. Further, you will find ATMs, and a supermarket nearby, where you can buy anything you might need for the week ahead.


Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
DBS, Police Background Check
Travel Insurance

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa