Important Information, and possible additional costs you need to think about

The whole of this document is essential reading!

What do I need to bring?

On arrival at the Volunteer Accommodation volunteers are required to show the Project Manager their Travel and Medical Insurance Certificate. Volunteers are not accepted if they do not have Travel and Medical Insurance that is in date to the end of their time at the project and in their name.

Will there be time for me to relax and travel around Sri Lanka?

When volunteering at the Volunteer Sri Lanka Project, your time is your own – but the more you do and the more involved you become, the more you will get out of it. So taking days out to add to a weekend to go Game viewing or sight-seeing is, of course, up to you, but the advice is that if you are only at the Project for a short time, it’s best not to do it too often.

Many people choose to work at the project and take their main Tour at the end before flying home. See Places to Visit for ideas on interesting things to see and do in Sri Lanka.

Obviously, the weekends are free for you to enjoy and we encourage you to see as much of Sri Lanka as you can. It is also possible to join the local community at their Sunday puja services which is always appreciated and provides valuable insight into Sri Lankan life and of course you can share in the life of the De Silva family as much as you wish.

Please note: Sea bathing in Sri Lanka, including Unawatuna, is dangerous at most times of the year. There are rip tides, large waves and powerful undertows making it difficult to regain the beach. This includes the beautiful beach at Unawatuna except at the far western (Dagoba) end where it is shielded by the reef.

Janaka de Silva, will help you arrange tours, if you wish that. He has many contacts and knows some excellent guide/drivers. There is also a website link to Upul, an excellent Government qualified guide.

We suggest you thoroughly research the tours and talk via email to tour companies to plan and cost possibilities before you come to Sri Lanka. It will be easier to do this from your home than when you get here. Many people research and book tours before leaving home, once they have arranged their volunteer placement at the Project.

Making a list and printing it out to bring with you is a good idea. It should include important addresses, phone numbers, email addresses of people at home and then the same for people and companies you have researched prior to coming to Sri Lanka, as possibly being useful to you.

The more research you do before you come the less time you will have to waste on it whilst you are here and the more time will be left for you to enjoy yourself!

Researching tours can take an age and is best done via websites and email prior to arrival. You may find that companies will be open to tailoring and negotiation – make sure you get it all in writing, set out properly and bring a couple of copies of it with you.

Whilst volunteering- if you experience any difficulties

If you encounter any problems during your placement, please do not leave it until the end of your time in Sri Lanka to tell Janaka. If you have problems with timetables, deployment or anything else at your place of ‘work’, please talk to the director of that institution and discuss your needs. Also make Janaka aware that you have done this. Don’t wait until you leave or you will not get the most from your time. Everyone wants to help you get the most from it so don’t be afraid to speak out, politely

Useful contacts in Sri Lanka:

British High Commission:

When things go wrong: Occasionally things happen when you are away from home. Janaka de Silva the Project Manager will help you but you may also need the services of the High Commission and/or your Travel and Medical Insurance Company. You must bring your Travel and Medical Insurance documents and that companies emergency phone numbers.

Warning regarding Passports & Visas which would apply to visiting in any Country