Working alongside locals and other volunteers, you can contribute to the ongoing construction of a trades training facility to help ensure the locals develop the technical skills they need to secure their economic future. To date Developing World Connections volunteers have helped build 29 homes, a prayer centre, a shop, a playground, and the first part of the trades training centre from which the first class graduates this year. Working in the Tangalle region at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, volunteers can expect to do anything construction related, be it bending rebar, moving dirt, putting up a roof or painting. No special skills are required and your efforts are valuable, regardless of your physical capacity.
In addition to the volunteer experience, we recommend you travel inland to the lush, historical and cultural Sinhalese capital of Kandy to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the National Museum and the Kandyan “Devil Dancers”. Tour the tea fields and factories at Nuwara Eliya, stand at the rivers edge while the Mahouts scrub their elephants and visit the 1,500 year old Sigiri murals and rock architecture at the rock fortress of Sigiriya rising 600 feet above the jungle.
November 3 - 17, 2012 all ages
May 4 - June 1, 2013 student age
November 2 - 16, 2013 all ages
Trips are available year round.
What to Expect?
Developing World Connections offers both 2 week short-term trips (any age) and 4 week student trips (16-29 year olds). Working with local in-country non-profit organizations, we take great care to ensure all volunteers have a safe, fun and rewarding experience. Our volunteers work as part of a team. When you sign up, you go with a group. Each group is accompanied by a volunteer Team Leader. Team Leaders make all the difference by supporting the team from start to finish. They are experienced travelers and past participants and possess a comprehensive understanding of the volunteers’ needs.
Volunteers work side by side with locals on each sustainable project. These physical infrastructure projects fill an important need and can be completed by teams in a short period of time – a great way to experience the tangible fruits of your labour. Never built something before? Don't worry! No training or special skills are required, and you can take breaks whenever necessary.
You won't have to sleep in a hut or survive on energy bars the entire trip. We take great care to pre-screen your accommodations so they are clean, comfortable, and acceptable by North American standards. Restaurants providing everything from local to Western cuisine are chosen for their high standards in food preparation. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Program cost is approximately $2,000. These costs include in-country meals, accommodation and transport, as well as a substantial direct donation to the Host Partner. This cost does NOT include airfare; however, the entire trip cost, including flights, is 100% tax deductible which means you'll get a significant amount of money returned to you. The opportunity to fundraise for your trip is also available.
Program costs include:
- Access to a dedicated travel agent
- Issuance of charitable receipts
- Pre-trip resources/orientation
- Administrative resources
- Accommodation (double occupancy)
- Meals and bottled water
- Group airport and ground transport
- Trained team leader
- Cultural components
- A substantial donation to the project
- 24/7 staff support
Please visit our website to apply for this program.
- Program ID: # 1656
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: TangallaSri Lanka6° 1' 6.0132" N, 80° 47' 1.8384" E
- Fitness level: Moderately Fit
- Closest Airport:
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Community Development Projects
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