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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
  • Minimum age
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
  • Minimum age
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From

Sri Lanka childcare volunteers

Get ready to experience the beauty of Sri Lanka while helping on this hugely rewarding project. You will play a crucial role in interacting with the children, keeping them entertained and happy while building their confidence. The children will be sure to fill your life with laughter and unconditional love and you’ll be overwhelmed by the energy that they show you.

Working alongside the local staff and other volunteers, you will assist with basic education, play lots of games and encourage a positive lifestyle to children aged between 4 and 6 years old. The projects you will be helping aim to provide a better and brighter future for the children. You will become a big brother or sister, offering invaluable assistance and providing the care and love the children need.

This is your chance to fully immerse yourself into the Sri Lankan culture and way of life by playing a major role within the local community. Along the way you will make lots of new friends and will make a real difference to the lives of young children.

Background to the childcare programme

It's no secret that Sri Lanka is a third world country and poverty is rife amongst the country (especially in the more rural areas). With very limited resources and funding, day care centres and kindergartens are not only struggling to provide the necessary attention and education to the children (due to overcrowding and supplies), but also to even keep running.

As is common around the world, it is vital for children to attend kindergarten or pre-school on a regular basis to help provide the basic foundations to exceed in their future lives. On top of this and especially in Sri Lanka, parents need to work as often as possible, which would not be plausible if their children were at home all day every day.

With the above in mind, we simply could not let the main kindergarten we support (Happy Kids) close their doors - as had happened last year. The Mighty Roar now fully supports and runs the Happy Kids Kindergarten, covering all financial costs such as staff wages, stationery, maintenance and anything else required. Not only this, but we also help and assist at another local kindergarten (Sasmitha Pre School), to ensure they receive all of the support and funds needed to keep operating.

We now need you and other volunteers to come and help run the kindergarten along with our local team and other staff members. You will help take away some of the burden from the overstretched teachers and ensure that proper care and attention can be given to all of the children that attend. As well as this, the programme fees that you pay will help towards supporting the financial costs associated with the kindergartens.

Where will I be volunteering?

Happy Kids - The majority of volunteers will be placed at The Mighty Roar's kindergarten called Happy Kids. The kindergarten is located in the small rural village of Akurala (the same village as our volunteer accommodation), and provides day to day care and basic education to the 10-20 children that attend every day - with the attendance numbers thought to increase substantially over the coming year. After having to close down last year due to a lack of funds and resources, we could not let this vital community service stay shut. We now provide a free to attend and safe environment for all children aged between 3 and 5 years old to help provide the first fundamental steps for their futures.

Sasmitha Pre School - During busier months, some volunteers may be placed at the Sasmitha Pre School which is the largest kindergarten in the area. You and other volunteers will help assist and educate the 150 or so children aged between 4 and 5 years old that attend every day. The kindergarten needs support from volunteers as classrooms are often overcrowded and the children do not always get the one-to-one attention required.

What is my role?

Your main role as a childcare volunteer will be to encourage and care for the children that come to the kindergarten everyday. By interacting with the children through creative and energetic ways and providing them with a basic education, you will not only be boosting their confidence but also their abilities - maximising their future potential.

You’ll be involved in a variety of activities such as playtime, meal times and basic teaching and you can be sure that the children and community you help will be extremely grateful for having someone there to support and care for them. No day will be the same, with the excited children always wanting to learn and get involved with singing, dancing and drawing.

We encourage you to get as involved as possible by helping with all of the day-to-day activities. You will be instrumental in keeping the children engaged and happy, where you will join in with games and other fun activities and hopefully introduce some of your own new ideas along the way. You will find that you will get to know many of the children and their routines, making your time here even more special!

What will a typical day look like?

You will volunteer every morning from Monday to Friday, generally between 7:30am and 11:30am. Both kindergartens are located just a 5-10 minute drive away from the volunteer accommodation by tuk-tuk or private car / bus.

The first part of the day will be dedicated to ensuring the class room is clean and tidy, ready for a busy day ahead. The children will start arriving around 7:45am and this is the perfect chance to play and bond with everyone before the day officially starts at 8:30am. After singing the national anthem and worshipping, you will then be involved in a 10 minute exercise session.

Volunteers will then assist the class with teaching basic English such as colours, animals and other basic subjects (it's best to plan these the day before). At 9:30am, there is a small break where you can head outside to play further with the children. The rest of the day is then dedicated to arts and crafts, dancing, singing, sports and other creative and fun activities - you can choose!

Our childcare volunteers are primarily based at Happy Kids Kindergarten, however, during busier months volunteers will also be placed at Sasmitha Pre School (different schedule to the above).

During the afternoons, we recommend that volunteers come together to plan some activities for the following day. You will also be able to help with our community teaching classes that were established by The Mighty Roar. If you are not feeling brave enough to teach, then you are more than welcome to assist the teaching volunteers by providing more one to one attention and joining in the fun and games that are planned for each day.

Where will I be staying?

We cannot think of anywhere better to stay when volunteering in Sri Lanka! Our volunteer accommodation is just a stones throw away (10 second walk) from a quiet golden sand beach that is lined with palm trees – paradise! It’s the perfect place to come and relax each evening and witness some incredible sunsets. Not only this, but you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters that have an abundance of colourful fish swimming around the coral reef and you may even see a sea turtle swim by!

The touristy backpacker town of Hikkaduwa is just a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride away where you can visit many restaurants and bars that back right onto the beach. A favourite town amongst most volunteers, there are many supermarkets, quirky shops and water activities on offer – including surfing. The fishermen town of Ambalangoda is just another 10 minute tuk-tuk ride away in the other direction and offers a more local and traditional way of life. You can visit markets, devil mask museums and also see the largest laying down Buddha statue.

The accommodation is also conveniently located close to the historic town of Galle and well known beaches including Mirissa and Unawatuna.

Other things to consider

Top destination - Sri Lanka is widely considered by our volunteers to be our best volunteer destination. The majority of our feedback suggests that this is due to the superior local support offered by Charith and our local team, the volunteer programmes making a real difference, value for money and accommodation location. With this in mind, we believe that Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for first-time travellers, under 18's and families with younger children.

Helping on multiple projects - Whilst in Sri Lanka, you will also have the opportunity to get involved with our teaching programme for no additional cost. If you are also looking to help with our wildlife projects, then we would recommend applying for our sea turtle project - this will allow you to take part in many more of the programmes available. 

Resources and donations - Resources can be very limited on our programmes in Sri Lanka and we would really appreciate any additional support that can be provided. It would be amazing if you could bring any materials associated with your project, including pens, paper and anything else you think will aid your time on the programme. If you are looking for an instant bond, then taking sweets is always a big hit with the children!

Weekends and free time - You will have every weekend off from volunteering and this is the perfect time to explore everything this beautiful island has to offer. You are more than welcome to simply relax around the accommodation and enjoy the nearby beaches, but most volunteers will use this time to travel and see the country. Further down this page you will come across many suggestions and ideas on where you could go. Alternatively, if you are looking to see as much of the country as possible during this time, travel with other volunteers and be accompanied by one of our local team members, then you may be interested in one or more of the organised weekend trips we run.

Amazing Experience

Our family is just back from 3 weeks in Sri Lanka - my husband and I, son (11 years) and daughter (9 years old). We had an amazing time. The volunteering highlights were releasing hatchlings and beach night patrol, and helping in the Kindergarten. We also went on some wonderful weekend trips to explore the country. Chris and the local TMR staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We did not find our trip impacted by the current local economic situation. We look forward to doing other trips with TMR in future.

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Sarah ScottSeptember 2022

4 Weeks at TMR Sri Lanka

I spent 4 weeks at TMR Sri Lanka. Those 4 weeks were 4 of my most enjoyable weeks ever. For my first 2, I did the Turtle conservation program which I really loved. It has a really well organised timetable which gives you the best opportunity to see baby turtles being released and turtles laying eggs on the beach on as many occasions as possible. For my second 2 weeks volunteering I participation in the childcare (kindergarden) project. This, for me, was better than I could ever had imagined, as it was always such a wholesome experience. Whether it was helping the kids colour in, or outside playing with them, they love every minute of you being there and spent the whole time with a massive smile on their faces.

Another reason why I enjoyed TMR so much was because of the amazing people I met. We had some great times in Simple, playing cards after dinner, or taking a trip into Hikkaduwa on an afternoon. I can confidently say that I know I have met people that I will stay in contact with and for sure see again when we get home to England.

As for the local team; Chutti, Mammo and Hector made the experience even more fun and enjoyable. You’d never go a day without them making you laugh, especially Chutti (pineapple, ice cream). I am so grateful for all the hard work that they put in, whilst we are there and behind the scenes.

The manager in Sri Lanka, Mini, is really easy to talk to whether you have any problems, queries, or would just like a chat. Mini really is a massive part of TMR and with her desire to make every day better than the last for the volunteers, and her genuinely being one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met, she really makes it a better place.

So a massive thank you especially to Mini and the local team for making this an experience that I will never forget :)

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Freddie PryceApril 2022

TMR Sri Lanka

I just got home after 3 weeks volunteering in Akurala’s kindergarten in Sri Lanka and I’m already missing it! The children were so beautifully eager to learn and always wanted tonnes of high fives, I ended up bonding with the kind and devoted teachers, Harshi and Udeshika aswell over many games of cricket with the children. 

The local team, Charith’s family and of course the other volunteers created such a warm and welcoming environment and truly became my second home and family. 

The location is unparalleled - just across the road from the beach and within a short tuktuk ride from easy going, backpacker heaven Hikkaduwa, where I shared beautiful afternoons with fellow volunteers (Sea Salt Society 90% of the time!) which I will never forget. Mammuh, Chutti and Hector (the local team) never failed to put a smile on my face, whether it was hearing one of Mammuh’s fascinating stories or Hector’s late night sweeping. Charith’s family live on site: Karu (who will collect you at Columbo), Ranu (who prepares the seriously delicious food at TMR), Uncle (who seemed to be permanently lathered in cats!) and Auntie who all hold a very special place in my heart, my experience would not have been complete without them. 

Thank you so much to all of you. Mini, the manager on site, especially is a true inspiration through her unwavering dedication to not only her job but the care she takes over all of the volunteers, ensuring they are having a good time and genuinely getting to know them, even checking in on them after they have left Sri Lanka. She is a truly integral part of the community she has found out there and her organisation skills are beyond impressive. 

Everyone deserves to have as much fun and meet so many wonderfully unique people in such a short space of time as I did - get booking now! I’m already excited to go back <3

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Angelica MastersMarch 2022

My Stay at TMR Sri Lanka

My stay at tmr in Sri Lanka was amazing!! :) all the local team are so kind and funny, Mini is so great too❤️ I volunteered doing the kindergarten and I absolutely loved it, the kids are so adorable. The food at tmr was incredible and it’s location is so great being so close to the beach :) I did the hill country weekend trip which was so cool. I met some amazing people at tmr and it was such a fun month🥰

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Lucy HillMarch 2022

Sri Lanka Childcare

I had the most amazing 3 weeks in Sri Lanka volunteering in the kindergarten. Firstly the volunteering itself - it was so rewarding to help with their learning and so lovely to just get to know them. The weekend trip I did was really well structured and included so many of the incredible Sri Lankan sights, special thanks to Mammu for looking after us! The TMR family was the best part, from the moment we walked in we were welcomed to their home and they looked after us so so well whilst providing lots of interesting stories. The local town of Hikkaduwa had everything you could need and it was only a quick tuktuk ride away to get to there for Mambos! Thank you all so much, I’d love to come back.

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Flora BrettFebruary 2022

Loved Every Minute, Did Not Want It To End!

I have had the most amazing 2 weeks volunteering in childcare and also the teaching on the program in Sri Lanka. From the moment you get here you are immediately welcomed by all the family, who are super caring and welcoming. Whilst on the childcare program, I also had the chance to do the teaching and watched a turtle given birth on the beach! I truly have loved every moment of my time with the Mighty Roar and will a definitely come back again. If you considering coming I would a million percent recommend the trip for everyone, if you are a solo traveller or even with your family. Best 2 weeks, wish I stayed for longer! Big thanks to the whole family, Mini, Mamoo, Chutti, Hector, Renu, Charith, Karu, Auntie and Uncle.

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Izzy SimsJanuary 2022

TMR Sri Lanka

Not sure how to put it into words but I will try to keep it short and sweet...this was my first time on an overseas placement where i took part in the child care program. From the moment of arrival, me and other volunteers were greeted with a warm welcome from Charith and his family and other members of the mighty roar program.

Throughout the weeks we were taught the local tradition, culture and history of Sri Lanka. While also taking part within our chosen program. TMR catered to all of our needs to ensure the best experience. This included dietary, activities and organised day/weekend trips.

It’s a shame the journey had to come to an end. However, I am truly great full for this opportunity as I made a new friends who have become more like family. As well as unforgettable memories that I will cherish for the time to come.

Thank you.

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Nixon ChipindikoDecember 2019

Sri Lanka Childcare Project

I volunteered on the childcare project for 3 weeks and had a wonderful experience which will be memorable for life. Not only was the volunteering a great way to give back to the community but also taught me life long lessons which I will benefit from day to day. The weekend trips which were organised by TMR allowed me to discover more about the culture and history of the beautiful country Sri Lanka, and further my enthusiasm for being adventurous and going out of my comfort zone. The accommodation was homely and welcoming with the family doing everything possible for the stay to be comfortable, from doing weekly room cleans to offering laundry services. This experience personally has taught me so much not only about the country but also about myself and is a lifetime memory which I will always hold close to my heart, I met so many amazing people lucky enough to be on the same journey as I was and can now call them friends for life.

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Danielle GreigNovember 2019

Going away to Sri Lanka

Going away to Sri Lanka with the mighty roar to Sri Lanka was an amazing and valuable experience that I would recommend to anyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to do good. The childcare work I did was fun, exciting and rewarding. Volunteering alone was something I was a little nervous to do but everyone was welcoming and warm.

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Samuel PittAugust 2019

Childcare in Sri Lanka

I had an amazing 3 weeks and would definitely do it all again if I could, the accomodation was great and everyone was really welcoming. The volunteering at the kindergarten was really fun and I miss going there each morning, I also loved the free time in the afternoon to go into Hikkaduwa with friends or just spending time on the beach. Thank you for such a great experience!!

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Sophia JacksonAugust 2019

The best family trip ever!

My family and I chose to volunteer on the Sri Lanka childcare and turtle program last August for three weeks. We were at the end of a three month trip around the world and we wanted to introduce the children to a volunteer program that could help all of us give something back to a local community. The kids were very keen to work with wildlife but we also wanted to meet and work with locals so that we could learn more about Sri Lanka and it's people. Being able to do both childcare and turtle conservation at the same place was perfect.

As we were there for three weeks we saw a lot of volunteers come and go. At any one time there were at least 30 people on the various projects, and it was lovely to meet and make new friends. Since we have returned home we have even been to stay with another family that were on the projects with us and I'd like to think we have made life long friends. 

I have already recommended The Mighty Roar to friends and family and am keeping an eye out for other projects we can go on with them.

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Sue FirthJune 2019

Teaching in Sri Lanka

  • March 2022
Volunteering in Sri Lanka is a must do for everyone! I was a teacher there for 4 weeks, where I was able to plan and teach the sweetest kids from the local village, meet many other amazing volunteers and bond with the whole local team. If you're looking for an experience like no other, then head to Sri Lanka!

Malachy's story

Creating memories in Sri Lanka

  • January 2022
I spent 12 weeks in Sri Lanka with The Mighty Roar and I honestly enjoyed every second of it! My time in Sri Lanka was way more than just volunteering. I made some amazing friendships, travelled around the whole island and learnt so much.

Emma's story

Volunteering in Sri Lanka with my partner

  • April 2019
Our visit to Sri Lanka on the Sea Turtle program was nothing but incredible (other than a little hot and sweaty). Our 3 weeks was amazing from day one, with a massive warm welcome from everyone.

Catherine's story

Conserving sea turtles in Sri Lanka

  • April 2019
There is no better feeling in the world than watching a hundred or so baby turtle hatchlings scrambling along the shoreline to the sea, the determination and drive to reach the ocean, it never gets old.

Martin's story

Teaching and turtles in Sri Lanka

  • January 2019
I went to Sri Lanka in January 2019 to volunteer on the sea turtle program, but was also able to help teach English. I had a huge sense of fulfillment from both projects in completely different ways.

Esther's story

Volunteering with my family in Sri Lanka

  • August 2018
My family and I chose to volunteer in Sri Lanka last August for 3 weeks. We wanted to introduce the children to volunteering so that we could all help give something back to a local community.

Sue's story

Sea turtle conservation in Sri Lanka

  • July 2018
My daughter and I volunteered with sea turtles last August and we would 100% recommend The Mighty Roar; we have even looked at doing another project in the next year.

Jennie's story

A month helping turtles in Sri Lanka

  • July 2018
I have just come back from spending 4 weeks at The Mighty Roar in Sri Lanka and I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life.

Courtney's story

The real Sri Lanka Experience

  • June 2018
Seeing all of Sri Lanka and meeting the amazing people there could have not been any more perfect. An incredible 3 weeks that I will never forget.

Samantha's story