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Sri Lanka Teaching

By volunteering to teach English in Sri Lanka you can immerse yourself within the community and get to know more about the local culture, whilst enjoying all the natural beauty Sri Lanka has to offer.

Prices from US$945

Discover Sri Lanka, a glittering jewel of an island nestled in the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. Fringing the coasts is an array of gently arcing golden-sand beaches, and vibrant colourful communities. Sri Lanka is a country of exquisite cultures, landscapes and cuisines and has a fascinating history.

Undertake a rewarding and worthwhile teaching placement, helping to improve the future opportunities of underprivileged children within impoverished communities around the city of Kandy.


  • Teach English and support the academic development of underprivileged children
  • Discover a vibrant and lively country
  • Create unforgettable memories


  • CRB or criminal background check. Must take a copy to Sri Lanka.


Location Kandy, Sri Lanka
Activities Teaching English
Assist with extra-curricular activities
Provide homework support
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support  & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
3 meals a day Monday to Friday, 2 meals a day on weekends
Airport pick-up
Local orientation 
Project training
FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country emergency support 
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Education in Sri Lanka is relatively wide-reaching and the majority of children are able to access free primary and secondary school education. Despite this promising progress, the quality of this education is often unsatisfactory, further exacerbating the already limited opportunities available to those within lower socioeconomic communities. You will become part of a dedicated team, committed to providing quality education to those children living in impoverished areas around the city of Kandy. Help provide crucial support to aid the academic and personal development of these cheerful children to increase their future potential. 


Introduction Week

Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Sri Lanka, and of course Kandy, with visits to local sites of special interest such as nearby markets, sample the local cuisine, familiarise yourself with Sri Lankan customs and meet the local people, as well as hopefully learning some key phrases to help you get by.  Following this wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself fully in your new surroundings, your briefings for the volunteer work will begin along with language classes and cooking lessons throughout the week.

Volunteer Work

During your placement you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of different activities, dependent on the needs of the class at the time of your visit. Your primary role will be to contribute towards English classes and support the local teaching staff, working with the enthusiastic and animated pupils. Undoubtedly you will find this experience incredibly rewarding as you see the impact of your coaching on your pupil’s English skills and get to know them on a more personal level. You may even have the opportunity to lead some classes or be asked to help out with drama activities, music lessons and potentially other foreign languages depending on your own skill set. Other teachers and staff may require your help in planning lessons. This is a fantastic chance to show off your creative side and teach the children fun new games and activities. The charismatic children you work with will be grateful for all your hard work as you help them to progress towards a more positive future.     


Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be greeted by a representative of Frontier-Sri Lanka and transferred to your accommodation in Kandy, where you will be based for the duration of your stay. Once acclimatised and settled into the Sri Lankan way of life, you will then begin your introduction week followed by your volunteer work.


Your accommodation throughout your placement, both during the introduction week and the work placement itself, will be will be basic, dorm style rooms (single gender) with bathroom and toilet facilities. You will be able to learn about the Sri Lankan culture, improve your language skills and experience the Sri Lankan way of life.

Your accommodation will be clean, secure and comfortable, and you will be sharing a room with fellow volunteers and will have access to basic facilities.


You will be provided with three meals a day which will be typical of Sri Lanka's cuisine, mainly consisting of boiled or steamed rice served with curry.  Curries in Sri Lanka are typically made with meat, fish, vegetable and even fruit, and are made using coconut milk.  A typical meal consists of a ‘main curry’, as well as several other curries made with vegetable and lentils and served with side dishes such as pickles and chutneys. 

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During your free time why not explore some of the wonders that this incredible country has to offer? From ancient cities such as Anuradhapura, to tranquil beaches, or the Hill Country, where misty mornings adorn the idyllic landscape of pristine waterfalls and rolling tea plantations, Sri Lanka plays host to a huge variety of flora and fauna, including wild leopards. A range of National Parks and safari tours are available to choose from, not to mention a visit to watch the sun rise at The Worlds End!


2 weeks US$945

Extra week US$395


This project begins on a Sunday, so you should arrive on that day.

The project does not run on public holidays, please check when applying.


From 2 weeks. 


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Colombo Bandaranaike Apt (CMB)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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