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    2-4 Weeks
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  • Minimum age
  • Selected start dates between Jan & Sept
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  • Duration
    2-4 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
  • Minimum age
  • Selected start dates between Jan & Sept
  • From

Sri Lanka Travel & Volunteer Experience

Want to do something life changing with your next adventure abroad? Spend 2-4 weeks travelling and volunteering in Sri Lanka where you will get to see some amazing scenery, meet friendly locals, create unforgettable memories and help make a difference on rewarding community and wildlife volunteer projects.

One of our favourite and most popular destinations, Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still uncrowded - so now is the perfect time to go! You will explore all of the wonders of the island and it's wealth of culture. You will relax on the golden sandy beaches, snorkel in the crystal clear seas, get lost in lush green rain forests, be mesmerised by some of the 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites, head out on safari in search of the masses of wildlife, take a refreshing swim under a waterfall and more. Not only this, but you can also spend 4 days in the paradise islands of the Maldives, an optional trip available to everyone.

The Sri Lanka Experience offers everyone the opportunity to come together and embark on a thrilling and fast-paced adventure across this paradise island. The experience is perfect for anyone looking to travel within a safe, structured and social environment.

Travelling around Sri Lanka

Over recent years, Sri Lanka has become an up and coming destination and is regularly voted as the next must-see country to visit. However, Sri Lanka still remains largely undiscovered by mass tourism and still has that untamed feel, so now is the perfect time to visit!

This action-packed group adventure will allow you to learn all about Buddhism by visiting the famous Temple of the Tooth, climbing to the top of Sigiriya Rock (Lions Rock), picking tea in ‘Little England,’ swimming under mesmerising waterfalls, trekking to the World’s End, hopping on-board a train for those must have photos, trying your hand at stick fishing, relaxing on the beautiful beaches and getting up close to some amazing wildlife on safari.

You will travel from the low lying and humid coastal lowlands, stopping at Galle, Weligama and Mirissa before heading inland to Udawalawe National Park. The scenery will then vastly change as you start to head higher and higher through the winding roads of the Hill Country before reaching Ella and Nuwara Eliya. As you take in the far-reaching views on the way back down, we will stop in Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla before finally heading back to the beach in the capital Colombo.

The structured itinerary has been created based on many years of local experience and past travellers’ feedback – ensuring you see everything Sri Lanka has to offer! Not only this, but you won’t need to worry about a single thing while there! All of your accommodation, private in-country transport, entrance tickets and meals have been arranged and your travelling companions already signed up! This really is the perfect and stress free way to explore a new and exciting destination.

Our local team will accompany you throughout your entire trip and will arrange numerous activities for you to enjoy and engage in. As you get further into your adventure you will start to build a bond with the team, ensuring even more laughs and special occasions are to be shared! Their in-depth local knowledge will also provide everyone with useful insights into the country’s history, religion and culture!

Everyone will arrive into Sri Lanka on a set date where you will have the chance to get to know everyone on team building excursions and exercises, before volunteering and then later travelling around the island. While travelling and volunteering in Sri Lanka you will have the chance to meet other individuals from around the world and form friendships that will last a lifetime. You will stay together for the entire trip, sharing moments and memories that you will tell everyone in many years to come.

With so much to see and do on your 10 day journey around Sri Lanka, the set itinerary ensures travelling distances are short so you can spend your time enjoying this beautiful island. That’s not to say that travelling around in our private bus is not an experience in itself! As we drive around the island you will come across troublesome monkeys swinging in the trees around you, a herd of cows holding up the traffic and maybe even some wild elephants going for a stroll up the road! No trip would be complete without everyone sharing stories and maybe even one or two singalongs along the way.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka

You will spend your first week in Sri Lanka volunteering on our community and wildlife programmes where you will be able to make a meaningful difference. You will have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the local culture and community, where you will be able to learn and experience a totally different side to the country than if you were to just holiday here. You have the option to volunteer between 1 and 3 weeks on top of the 10 days travelling, simply select the relevant duration when applying.

You will be able to assist and help on 6 different programmes while in Sri Lanka and we actively encourage you to get involved with as many projects as possible - an experience like no other! You will have the opportunity to help make a difference to the local community by teaching English, looking after children in day care centres, helping with the conservation of endangered sea turtles at our dedicated hatchery, looking after 1500 dogs in the nearby sanctuary or observing in the local hospital on our medical project. Please click the below links to read all about the available programmes.

Sea Turtles (an additional £75)
Dog sanctuary (an additional £75)
Medical experience (an additional £100)
Mental health experience (an additional £100)

When you first sign up to the Travel and Volunteer Experience we will be in touch to confirm which programme(s) you would like to choose. 

During your time volunteering you will be based in a small rural village called Akurala. We cannot think of anywhere better to stay, with a quiet golden sand beach that is lined with palm trees just a stones throw away (10 second walk). 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.

Our volunteer programmes in Sri Lanka run throughout the year, so you will be assisting alongside existing TMR volunteers – providing an even better social experience.

Other things to consider

Start dates - The Sri Lanka Travel & Volunteer Experience trip will run on selected start dates throughout 2022. These include the 8th January 2022, 16th April 2022, 4th June 2022, 2nd July 2022, 16th July 2022, 6th August 2022 and 3rd September 2022. During 2023, the trip will start on the 7th January 2023, 1st April 2023, 6th May 2023, 3rd June 2023, 17th June 2023, 1st July 2023, 22nd July 2023, 5th August 2023 and 2nd September 2023. We are able to add more dates if there is an interested group of at least 5 people.

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 - While in Sri Lanka you will have the opportunity to get involved with all of our volunteer programmes. This unique experience will allow you to assist with sea turtle conservation, childcare, teaching, medical and help at the dog sanctuary. Please note, some programmes do attract additional fees (as listed above).

Weekends and free time - While volunteering you will have several hours of free time each day. You are welcome to relax around the volunteer accommodation or use this time to travel and explore the nearby area. Please feel free to read through the links listed below for some inspiration on what to do. We also run a four day trip to the Maldives on every The Sri Lanka Experience trip - more details can be found here.

Sri Lanka

Mighty Roar organised a volunteering and travel program that will definitely be unforgettable. I am so glad I had opportunity to be involved in it.

The accommodation during volunteering was a very nice place to stay in and just next to the beach. I could enjoy the new room, very clean and tidy. Thanks to the air conditioning it was easy to share it with other people that were invited solved in the same programme.

It was really good experience to be involved in turtle restoration project and to teach local kids. All meals were included and most of them were unique Sri Lankan cuisine.

Personnel is very nice and friendly and would help you to find yourself in new surroundings as well as show you most interesting spots in the area.

After volunteering I went for 9 days travel. You don’t need to worry about anything as everything is organised by Karu. Transport, hotels and meals. You just relax and enjoy.

Karu put a lot of effort to show us as much as possible during this limited time so be sure you will not get bored. Busy days filled with plenty of attractions.

I was surprised how many things you can do in such a short time: national parks safaris, interaction with elephants, visiting temples, festivals, hiking, spa and massages, best shopping spots of Sri Lankan goodness, train trip, national dance performance, waterfalls and in general a lot of time in nature.

The accommodation during the tour was good and you often had a chance to enjoy the swim in the hotel swimming pool.

If you had any troubles and requirements you can be sure that they will be addressed with a good care.

Thank you very much for this experience and showing me so much of Sri Lanka :) I feel like I’ve explored so much in only 2 weeks.

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Karolina PopadziukSeptember 2022

TMR Sri Lanka

The whole experience was a 1 in a million. I would recommend anyone to book this trip. Day to day you are very busy always on your feet learning new experiences and gaining knowledge on a new culture. The trips are a must and the people make the experience, everyone is very kind warm and welcoming and the food is just is spectacular.

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Henry SykesSeptember 2022

A Great Programme

I had such an incredible time and couldn’t recommend it more! Lovely staff and lovely people who I have made friends with. It was so amazing and I loved the trip.

Adelicia LavenderAugust 2022

Sri Lanka

Volunteering in Sri Lanka with the mighty roar is a wonderful experience, and upon arriving at the airport everything was smooth and well run from start to finish. The local team conducting the travel and volunteer experience were incredible - we were taken to some incredible activities that you would not be able to do as a regular tourist. Overall, an incredible trip (thanks to the efforts of the local team) and will be booking with TMR again!

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Amelia SmithAugust 2022

Sri Lanka Travel & Volunteer

I did the two week travel and volunteer experience in Sri Lanka. It was incredible. Ayomi, her family and the local team were all so welcoming. They really looked after us well. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them. I always felt safe throughout my time in Sri Lanka.

Amanda BagriJuly 2022


Going into this, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I had one of the most amazing experiences, met the funniest people and created the best memories of which I will never forgot. I can’t stress, how brilliant and rewarding this programme and experience is.

Oliver StiffMay 2022

12 Weeks in Sri Lanka

I spent 12 WEEKS in Sri Lanka with The Mighty Roar and I honestly enjoyed every second of it! I started out with the Sri Lanka travel and volunteer experience which was an action packed week! You get taken on the road inland, seeing all of Sri Lanka’s major attractions such as hikes with beautiful views, temples, surfing, herbal gardens, museums and much more. It was the perfect way to visit all the best tourist and cultural areas in Sri Lanka !

I then participated in the sea turtle programme which involved watching turtles lay eggs, burying their eggs, beach cleans, making nests and finally releasing baby turtles into the sea once hatched. As you can imagine this is an unbelievable thing to witness :) whilst doing a lot of research, I’ve came to notice that The Mighty Roar is one of the most ethical volunteer programmes. It makes sure we have the turtles best interest in heart, keeping the eggs in a natural way, instead of in sanctuary’s or for the tourist appeal, which I know a lot of other programmes involve.

I also managed to briefly take part in other programmes The Mighty Roar has to offer when they needed help. Such as teaching, kindergarten and dogs, which were also heart-warming and wonderful projects.

My time in Sri Lanka was way more than just volunteering. I made some amazing friendships. We could spend afternoons inside the accommodation playing badminton, volley ball and A LOT of enjoyable card games. I even learnt how to play chess. The beautiful beach is just across the road so it’s easy to go for a sunbathe and swim whenever you have free time. Hikkaduwa town is a 15 minute tuk tuk away, which is one of my favourite towns. I would have surfing lessons there twice a week and enjoy all their restaurants and beach bars :) I also could spend weekends travelling down the south coast, seeing everything Sri Lanka had to offer.

I was hesitant about the food served at TMR at first, but it really quickly became my favourite dishes to eat. I can’t explain how much I am going to miss Renu’s curry!!

The local team; hector, chuti and mamoo are the most caring and inspiring people. It was impossible to have a bad day when they were always so high-spirited and cheerful. They made me laugh on a daily basis and it was such a pleasure to get to know them. Mini is the manager in Sri Lanka and she is really approachable and will help you with any questions or queries you have. Not only is she an intelligent, organised and professional boss, but she’s also a best friend for life and I’ll miss spending my days with her more than anything.

Thank you so so much to the mighty roar! For the experience of a lifetime that have gave me memories I’ll carry with me forever xxx

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Emma WellsApril 2022

A Great Time In Sri Lanka

I had a great time in Sri Lanka with TMR, who were supportive and extremely helpful. It was wonderful experiencing such a naturally beautiful island with such genuinely kind and helpful people, as well as being able to visit some of the island's amazing cultural attractions - all kindly organised by TMR.

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Alistair YardleyMarch 2022

Just Go!

I recently returned from 4 weeks in Sri Lanka. First of all, the country itself and the people in it are simply amazing. Sri Lanka offers a variety of beaches, mountains and safaris, and the people are genuinely the most friendly I've ever come across.

Then there's the program, which in itself is great value, but it's the people that make it. You're surrounded by like minded volunteers who share the same passions and interests as yourself. But I think it's the staff that really make this program what is it, I want to thank Renu, Karru, Suddah, Chutti, Mammuh, Aunty & Uncle, Charith & Chris. These guys are some of the loviest people who each have their own story.

Ultimately however, my favourite thing about all this is the fact that TMR will not run a program if it is not aligned with their own ethical standards no matter the money, and that in itself is why I've booked another trip with this company.

If you're thinking of going, just go, you won't regret it.

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Lewis PeelFebruary 2022

Sri Lanka Experience

I took part in the experience project in Sri Lanka, January 2020, and it was the best decision I have made. I have made the most amazing friends and Charith and his family are the kindest hosts I have met. I felt safe throughout and never stopped laughing. Such an amazing experience for such a small amount of money, if you are thinking about doing this trip, DO IT

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Molly MitchellJanuary 2020

Amazing experience

So, I was on the Sri Lanka experience and the whole experience was fantastic. Charith and his family were super welcoming and really tried to make you feel comfortable at every opportunity.

I really enjoyed the Sri Lankan experience - the week of travelling around the country is fab and such a good way to see all the sites in Sri Lanka. Karu made it super memorable as well.

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Chelsea HoneymanSeptember 2019

The best 3 weeks

My Sri Lanka experience was absolutely incredible. I spent 2 weeks volunteering in both the nursery and teaching English to local kids. This was very rewarding and was very hard to say goodbye to the kids. I then spent a week travelling around the beautiful country which was awesome to see all the best sights. Karu was the best tour guide! I made amazing friendships over the 3 weeks and couldn’t have had a better time. Thank you TMR

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Gemma RochesterAugust 2019

This experience trip could not have been anymore perfect!

In June 2018 I volunteered with The Mighty Roar on The Sri Lanka Experience. To me this project could not have been any more perfect. The Mighty Roar was very professional and efficient and offered outstanding prices.

The local team were wonderful and were always there when you needed them. The volunteer accommodation was small but clean and comfortable with air conditioning.

I have recommended The Mighty Roar to friends from home and will continue to do so! I plan on using the company for myself in the future too.

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Samantha TimbrellJune 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