Teaching at schools for
underprivileged children

About Teaching at schools for underprivileged children

Volunteers who engage in teaching activities make a direct and long term contribution to the development of
students for building their confidence, academic performance and future prospects

You work at the project, mostly in pairs as teachers or teaching assistants for one or more of the followingkind of activities based on the curriculum and academic plans for the educational facility or project:

  • Teaching English, Math, Computers / IT and creative subjects.
  • Music Lessons and practice.
  • Sports instructions and activities.
  • Helping with homework
  • Supporting teachers with lesson planning or preparations
  • Additional classes to students requiring particular attention
  • Development of teaching learning material for joyful learning and activity-based learning.

The project activities are designed in such a way that there is no need for previous teaching experience to participate in a teaching project. Teaching material, everyday lesson/activity planning and day to day support is provided for making most impact during your time at the project. Specific conditions for this type of project activities

  • Formal education or past experience related to the type of project: Not required.
  • Language Proficiency: Basic English
  • Open to which gender of volunteers: Male and Female
  • A criminal background check is mandatory for volunteers to ensure well being of children at the project.

Location - Srilanka

Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka and is known as the financial and commercial capital of the country. Located on the west coast of the island, it is the official capital of Sri Lanka and the parliament capital of Sri Lanka.

Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and ancient historical colonial buildings and ruins that offers a variety of experiences. It has the laid-back charm of the historical era combined with the liveliness of a modern city. Colombo would be the best place in Sri Lanka to begin our program.

The wonderful land of Sri Lanka is filled with picturesque beauty due to its beautiful beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. Sri Lanka (officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka) is an island in South-east India. Plenty of tourists visit Sri Lanka for its stunning beaches, colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and destinations such as Kandy, Galle, Yala National Park and Colombo. There are also many famous wildlife sanctuaries with elephant and leopard populations in Sri Lanka.

Tourists can dive with blue whales during the season time or enjoy watching spinner dolphins leaping about in the marine sanctuary, Kalpitiya. Sri Lanka has around 5800 wild elephants and one of the largest populations of leopards in the world. Numerous elephants, leopards, buffaloes and sloth bears can be observed in Yala National Park.

Sleepy Gale is the backpackers’ haven with its Dutch Colonial architecture, fascinating nightlife, ice cream parlours and jewellery shops. This is also the spot to witness an international cricket match or explore an ancient fort. Nilaveli and Uppuveli near Trincomalee are stunning and secluded beaches in which the traveller can spend time in peace. In the south east of Sri Lanka, the Arugam Bay is a golden sand crescent and it offers the perfect location for parties on summer days and balmy nights!

Volunteer and Travel Option

You can’t put a price on such an enriching adventure experience, but we strive to offer exceptional value for money and flexible
packages that cater to everyone’s needs. We also offer a weekly extension for those of you who are not ready to say goodbye to
beautiful Sri Lanka

  • PROGRAM DURATION B2C Prices
  • 2 weeks €1,550
  • 3 weeks €2,017
  • 4 weeks €2,475
  • Weekly extension €258

Included Services and Activities

  • Accommodation on sharing occupancy basis for the program duration selected.
  • Airport pickup on arrival#
  • Drop off at the airport at the end of the program
  • Daily return transfers between accommodation and volunteer project
  • All required transfers for cultural workshops and excursions (as included in the program)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner of local cuisine from the time of arrival till departure during the volunteering days and free weekends+
  • A thorough orientation upon arrival including various topics of local culture, personal well-being and appropriate behavior.
  • Cooking workshop to observe and learn Sri Lankan cuisine and try your hands at it yourself. Visit the home of a local, English-speaking middle-income level family to experience their day to day life, its challenges and opportunities. Have a meal with the family for a truly authentic experience.
  • Learn the Sinhala language for fun, use during trips and volunteer work.
  • Project introduction to get you settled at the project.
  • Handover session so you may continue the work from where it was left by previous volunteers.
  • Daily work planning to plan the next day.
  • Daily accompanying staff to help with translation, organising and general support.
  • The material used for volunteering such as pens, papers, workbooks, paint, colours or others.
  • 1 night, 2 day Excursions to
  • Yala National Park including safari.
  • Kandy
  • Entrance fees to monuments and sightseeing as required.
  • Services of English-speaking guides during sightseeing.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Volunteer Activities include

  • Basic Education for English literacy
  • Income generation skills
  • Awareness towards personal health, hygiene, civil rights etc.
  • Functional Skills such as riding bicycles
  • Confidence building activities such as taking short excursions, personal life story sharing etc.

Accommodation and Amenities

  • Western-style toilets
  • Shared bathroom with hot showers
  • Separate balconies
  • Opportunity to upgrade to single room (at extra cost)
  • Free Wi-Fi 24/7
  • Mini-library
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Computers, printer and scanner
  • Recreation and common hall
  • Purified drinking water

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Program Start Dates

Start Date

14-Jan-19

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28-Jan-19

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11-Feb-19

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25-Feb-19

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11-Mar-19

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25-Mar-19

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08-Apr-19

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22-Apr-19

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06-May-19

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20-May-19

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03-Jun-19

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17-Jun-19

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01-Jul-19

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15-Jul-19

Start Date

29-Jul-19

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12-Aug-19

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26-Aug-19

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09-Sep-19

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23-Sep-19

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07-Oct-19

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21-Oct-19

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04-Nov-19

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18-Nov-19

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02-Dec-19

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16-Dec-19

Start Date

30-Dec-19

Program Itinerary

Duration : 15 Days

Place : Sri Lanka

  • Day 1

    You will be greeted by an Idex representative at the exit gate of the Bandaranayke International Airport. You will be then escorted to your accommodation and shall be assisted with check-in. He will explain the travel plan in detail and hand over the essential documents to you. Overnight stay is at the accommodation (no meals).

  • Day 2

    Your morning is free and you will join our orientation in the late afternoon. In the orientation, you will get detailed information about the volunteering project and the work areas. Overnight stay is at your accommodation (meals - breakfast and dinner).

  • Day 3

    After breakfast, you start your volunteering work in the morning and continue it till the afternoon, totally for about five hours per day. Then in the evening, you participate in dinner with a local, middle class family to get a glimpse into the area which is, in fact, a major part of India’s social, economic and cultural engine. During the dinner, we can try to make conversations about how life is for people in Sri Lanka and can share about our own family. Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner).

  • Day 4

    Perform volunteering work during the morning and afternoon time (for totally about five hours per day). In the late afternoon, enjoy a local cooking demonstration. Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner).

  • Day 5

    Do volunteering work during the morning and afternoon (for totally about five hours per day). Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner).

    • Day 6 & 7

      Transfer to Kandy (1 h 58 min (116.7km) Sightseeing tour of Kandy - Temple of Tooth, Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya, Gem Museum Night Stay at Hotel

    • Day 8

      Take part in volunteering work during the morning and afternoon time (for totally about five hours per day). Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    • Day 9

      Perform volunteer work during the morning and afternoon time (for totally about five hours per day). Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    • Day 10

      Perform volunteer work during the morning and afternoon time (for totally about five hours per day). Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    • Day 11

      Participate in volunteer work during the morning and afternoon time (for totally about five hours per day). Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    • Day 12

      Involve yourself in volunteer work during the morning and afternoon time (for totally about five hours per day). Overnight stay is at the accommodation (meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    • Day 13 & 14

      Visit the Yala National park for safaris in the Reserve. Next day return to Colombo

    • Day 15

      Morning after breafkast transfer to the Colombo airport. (Meal – Breakfast Only).

Typical Daily Schedule

Monday – Friday
This is a basic outline for volunteers – the weekend excursions are only included in the Volunteer & Travel package.
A more detailed itinerary is available on request.

  • Activities Time
  • Breakfast at IDEX accommodation 7:30 - 8:30
  • Project work 9:00 – 12:30
  • Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
  • Free time/relaxation 13:30 – 14:00
  • Project work 14:00 – 16:00
  • Preparation meeting/lesson planning for next day 16:00 – 17:00
  • Tea/coffee at IDEX accommodation 17:00 – 17:30
  • Dinner at IDEX accommodation 19:00 – 20:00

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