Like everywhere else in the world, the English language has become very important to learn in Sri Lanka, with the growth of tourism, globalization and increase in trade and commerce.
Knowing the language could open so many avenues for young children, including coveted seats in universities and job opportunities in tourism and other fields.
Although the local standard of English is generally good in Sri Lanka, those from impoverished families have to learn the language in resource-poor and understaffed schools.
Skilled teachers are scarce; hence children are rarely able to have an encouraging environment in which to progress in the English language. As a volunteer in the Teaching English program, you will aid in improving this situation by teaching conversational English and help the students gain confidence in their abilities.
Teach English in Sri Lanka to well-behaved students who are eager to learn from international volunteers, while exploring the many attractions in the laidback city of Galle.
The schools in Sri Lanka will remain closed for 2 weeks in April, last two weeks in August and whole of December. During this time, volunteers will work in orphanage, where they can teach English to the children.
As a volunteer teaching English in Sri Lanka, you will be teaching students in rural schools. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:
- Teaching basic English to the children
- Assisting the main English teacher with lessons and activities
- Teaching other subjects such as Math or Science
- Playing with the children
- Organizing extracurricular activities such as music, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
- Teaching life skills such as painting, sewing, cooking, etc
- Holding debates and discussions to improve on conversational skills
- Promoting nutrition and health amongst the children
- Helping to raise funds for schools
- Organizing educational tours and field trips
- Work alongside the local teachers on curriculum development
- Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
- Helping with basic maintenance of schools
- Aiding local school staff in any way possible
How You Can Make a Difference
There is a high demand for the English language in Sri Lanka, because fluency in the language relates to educational and employment success.
However, schools often lack well-qualified English teachers, and as a result many children are deprived of the essential English skills. Your assistance will help the schools to teach the language to the children.
The children will be excited to learn the language from an international volunteer, and the schools will be able to benefit from your help and teaching methods as well. If you are interested in teaching, this is the best opportunity to gain experience in a fledging, rural community.
Skills and Qualifications
There are no specific qualifications needed to volunteer in the Orphanage program, except a fluency in the English language, both written and spoken.
Your understanding of the Sri Lankan culture and language can help to improve the experience for both you and the students. We recommend enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program.
You should have a passion to teach and aspire to help your students. Volunteers should be good role models, flexible, patient, caring, creative, responsible and open-minded. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.
This location program is located in Galle, approximately 120km from Colombo. It is a small and beautiful town, and one of the most popular tourist spots in Sri Lanka. Galle boasts a pristine, beautiful coastline and diverse landscapes including beaches, marshlands, dry plains and hills.
There are many prominent landmarks in Galle that stands as an ideal example of a fortified city built by the Europeans in South and Southeast Asia. The lasting architectural style is a unique fusion of European buildings with South Asian traditions.
The Galle Fort is a world heritage site and remains the largest fortress in Asia built by Europeans.
Free time allows volunteers to explore beautiful beaches or visit various Buddhist and Hindu temples as well as mosques, churches, parks, zoos, national parks, museums and art galleries.
Many beautiful communities on the north side of Galle provide a chance to explore Sri Lankan village life. Volunteers will have access to internet cafés and other traveler amenities in Galle and many restaurants in Galle serve western-style foods.
Sri Lanka Volunteer Programs
- Teaching English in Rural Schools (Phnom Pehn, Battambang, Pursat)
- Teaching English Project (Qingdao)
- Paid English Teaching in China
- Teaching English Project (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra)
- Teaching English Project (Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara)
- Teaching Young Buddhist Monks Project (Kathmandu, Pokhara)
- Teaching English Project (Galle)
- Teaching Young Buddhist Monks (Galle)
- Teaching English Project (Surin, Ayuthaya)
- Teaching English at a Monastery (Ayuthaya)
- Teaching English Project (Accra, Kumasi)
- Teaching English Project (Nairobi, Mombasa, Maasai)
- Teaching Project South Africa
- Teaching English Project (Moshi, Arusha)
- Teaching English Project (Kampala)
- Teaching English Project (Cordoba)
- Teaching Project (Rio de Janeiro)
- Teaching Math, Science and Physical Education (San Jose, Puntarenas, Guanacaste)
- Teaching English Project (Quito)
- Teaching English Project (Xela)
- Volunteer Teaching in Peru (Cusco)