Sri Lanka

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I am Emily and i had a very good experience volunteering in sri lanka with elephants at millenium through Ifre organisation.It was a very good experience and good support was given by michael the coordinator.he answered me all the questions and also gave all informations.he took us to show almost the important historical places in sri lanka.its a very beautiful country
During my volunteer period I was responsible an elephant & daily i wash & scrub him in the riverin the morning and prepared food,made vitamin balls & clean the area too. it was a very good experience and I do recommend any one to come & join,I would really come back again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Oct 21, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was with IVHQ for two weeks involved with the wild elephant conservation program in Sri Lanka. I was concerned that my night arrival into the country would affect the volunteering program, but the local staff was not only patient but also approachable, informative, and helpful in answering any questions and concerns we had.

The orientation program was excellent in engaging us with the local culture and lifestyle; this was supplemented with local foods for virtually every meal during my stay! While the staff respected our freedom to do what we wanted, there was also a large emphasis on the safety and livelihood of the volunteers, something I very much appreciated and am sure family members of other volunteers did as well.

If it was not for this program I would not have been able to experience the local lifestyle and appreciate the Sri Lankan culture. For those seeking a local experience in Sri Lanka, I could not recommend IVHQ enough.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ. From the moment I began my application, I felt incredibly supported by the IVHQ staff and knew I would be in good hands once arriving in a foreign country. As a solo volunteer traveling from the U.S., I was nervous and had many questions before the trip. The IVHQ staff were more than helpful in answering my questions and easing my worries. The program itself was wonderful. I stayed in a home with a lovely Sri Lankan family and 6 other volunteers. The home was basic but comfortable and clean. I felt as I was getting the authentic experience, which is exactly what I wanted. My program was teaching English in a local pre-school. This experience was also positive, and I really enjoyed the children and the teachers of the school. It was not always easy as the language barrier did make it difficult to communicate with the kids, but overall I felt like I was applying my teaching skills in a meaningful way. I still keep in touch with the teachers, the other volunteers, and the family I lived with. Sri Lanka will always have a special place in my heart, and I look back on this experience fondly. I highly recommend IVHQ for those considering volunteer projects abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 24, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I have to confess it would be intimidating to volunteer abroad for the first time as a solo traveler, without the help and support from the program managers in IVHQ and the local coordinators.
For sure,Sri Lanka is the first foreign country I have ever been, the volunteering experience in this country was totally fantastic and memorable for me. I met bunches of volunteers from around the world who share the same passion for helping others and enjoying the foreign adventure. We tried our best to assist the locals to carry out the conservative projects and improve their quality of life.
If you ask me what did the volunteering experience bring to you, it would be not only the culture adventure and immersion, but the mental stretch and personal growth.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

Volunteering in an orphanage in Sri Lanka was an absolutely brilliant experience. I was located in the coastal city of Galle for a month, I spent about 4 hours every week day with the young children (ages below 5). All that was required of me at the orphanage was entertaining and cleaning the kids. The babies were an incredible amount of fun to play with. Definitely an amazing experience in my life.

I stayed at Micheal Ferreira's house with his family throughout the month I was in Sri Lanka. They were a very welcoming family and Micheal was incredibly helpful in organising my weekends where I traveled the country. The meals prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner were superb, I could not get enough!

Overall great Trip.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

This volunteer trip to Sri Lanka was extremely eye-opening. We had many opportunities to explore different sections of the hospital like the emergency care unit, paediatrics, the labour ward and the surgical theatre. My personal favourites were the labour ward and the surgical theatre. While the other sections were interesting at times, they tended to move at a slower pace. I am personally interested in pursuing a career in the OB-GYN field, so being able to see live births and interactions between doctors, nurses, mothers and babies was really amazing. Sometimes, it was difficult to communicate to doctors or nurses because of certain language barriers or because they were simply too preoccupied with their work. However, we were often very impressed by the hospital staff's kindness and welcoming attitude towards us as well as their patience when they took time to explain what they were doing or a certain patient’s condition.
After our time in the hospital, our co-ordinator took us out around the city we were staying in (Panadura, just one hour south of Colombo). We visited markets, temples and even the beach. The beach was absolutely breath-taking. Some of the sunset pictures I took are definitely Instagram-able and the water was just perfect. We spent one weekend during our trip visiting a city named Kandy. We visited baby elephants, watched a traditional dance show, ate some delicious food and visited other attractions around the city. Back in our host city, we attended two educational seminars about the healthcare system in Sri Lanka and traditional medicine amongst Indigenous people in the country. We also helped out at two medical camps where we measured the BMIs, glucose levels and blood pressure of individuals in the community as well as helped a pharmacist prescribe certain patients with medication.
Projects Abroad staff are also very kind. Before I even left, my volunteer advisor answered all my questions and concerns and I felt very prepared. However, at the airport in Toronto, my flight got delayed which messed up the rest of my connecting flights to Sri Lanka. I had to completely re-organize my flights myself and the staff did not respond to their emergency phone lines when I called to try and notify them about the delay. I felt like Projects Abroad could have done more and should have been more prepared for the situation. Regardless, I still made it to my destination safely, just a little late.
At the host family, we were treated very well. The woman and her husband who took care of us were very friendly. We had delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and felt very comfortable in our rooms.
The other high school students on the trip were also very friendly and we bonded very quickly. One problem we encountered was that some of the students did not speak English very well. We were still able to communicate somewhat, but they struggled in the hospital when they tried to interact with hospital staff. I think individuals who attend a Projects Abroad trip must either speak English fluently or speak the language of the country they are travelling to fluently. This will ensure they will get the best out of their experience and not miss out because of language barriers.
This trip really helped me decide what I want to do with my future. Being a high school student applying to university in just a couple of months, there is a lot of pressure to decide what program I want to be a part of. Going to Sri Lanka and meeting doctors, seeing patients, helping patients, asking countless questions and writing pages and pages of notes really showed me that medicine is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It was incredible and unique first hand experience that I do not think I could have received anywhere else. I truly recommend this program for any high school student. But make sure you can handle the sight of blood.

Program:
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Aug 31, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I volunteered at the Ruhunu Childrens Orphanage and stayed with Michael and his family in Galle, Sri Lanka. I felt very welcome the whole time and his wife made us three meals a day which were delicious. I spent two weeks at the orphanage working with children 2 years old and under and had a really incredible experience. I raised $2600 CAD which I used to buy supplies, medicine, instruments and toys for the orphanage. Michael helped with everything and made the process really easy. Overall it was a great few weeks and I would highly recommend this program!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My experience in Sri Lanka has been very good. I had an amazing time during my time as a volunteer. I was helping with kids in the orphanage in Galle and I am so glad I did that. It is an incredible experience which changed my viewpoint on many things in life.

In relation to company I went through, I can only say positive things about them..especially my coordinator in Sri Lanka - Michael. He is so great. He was very helpful, he was taking care of me as I was one of his children... he made my stay brilliant and I can only recommend being volunteer in Sri Lanka.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Aug 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I volunteered at three different locations: at an orphanage, a temple, and a preschool. At the orphanage, I had the opportunity to run around with a group of 3~5-year-olds. Even though they have very caring employees who live with the kids, I sensed that the kids were deprived of love. I felt this way on the first day I volunteered there—most of the kids asked for a hug in spite of the fact that we have just met for the first time. My interactions with the kids convinced me that the kids need as much attention and love as possible. I was fortunate enough to be able to give a small amount of attention and love, but I believe that each kid needs more care and love, which can only be provided by people.
At a temple, I taught English to monks of different ages. I faced some challenged since I did not speak sufficient Sinhala and they had different English fluency. My program coordinator asked me to mainly have some conversations with them in English, so that they can practice speaking. At first, they were shy, but eventually they started speaking to me in English. I would not say that it was the most productive English class, but I still cherish the time I spent with the monks.
Lastly, I also volunteered at a preschool. The kids there were very well-behaved. My job mainly consisted of playing with them and teaching them different colors in English. I do not remember any struggles with these kids. I had a very pleasant experience just interacting with them and communicating with the teachers.

What I described above is just a glimpse of my time in Sri Lanka. The more I immersed myself deeper into the Sinhala culture, the more meaningful experience I had. Also, words cannot possibly describe how kindly my host family, the Ferreira family, treated me over the course of my volunteering. My sincere and huge appreciation goes to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, the kids and teachers who allowed me to volunteer with them, and the warm Ferreira family.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Aug 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Hello

I am Vanessa and I am from France. I am doing a volunteer program in srilanka . I have picked the teaching Buddhist monks program . I am staying at Michael's family house in Mahamodara , Michael is a very kind person and always helpful if you need anything he will help you , his house is really nice, comfortable and clean . His wife is a very good chef, you will be happy to eat her cuisine. Overall i am very grateful to have met Michael and his family, I could not thank them enough for having me over and make my stay enjoyable.

If you want to volunteer in the future I would recommend to do the teaching Buddhist monks program , it is very interesting, and the Buddhism culture will keep you on your toes . People in srilanka are so nice, polite and very kind . I have learnt a lot during my stay and I feel really rich inside . What a beautiful experience!

In the end I will definitely come back to Srilanka to travel around the country and of course to visit Michael and his family .

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jul 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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