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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 up Little Adams Peak, 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 Negombo.

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 or look after 100+ street dogs in the village. Please click the below links to read all about the available programmes.

Sea Turtles (an additional £75)
Street Dog Rescue (an additional £75)

You can simply choose which volunteer programme you would like to do when applying for the programme. If you wish to do more than one, simply state this within the special requirements box within the application. 

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 2024. These include the 6th January 2024, 30th March 2024, 4th May 2024, 15th June 2024, 6th July 2024, 20th July 2024, 3rd August 2024 and 7th September 2024. During 2025, the trip will start on the 4th January 2025, 19th April 2025, 7th June 2025, 5th July 2025, 19th July 2025, 2nd August 2025, 6th September 2025 and 1st November 2025. 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 and help on the street dog rescue project. 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.

Had the best time ever with mighty roar…

Had the best time ever with mighty roar in Sri Lanka! I went out by myself as the first part of my travels of my gap year and wasn’t really sure what to expect, I absolutely loved every minute of it. Met tons and tons of people, it was a super social experience as well as the volunteering. I di... Read More

Amelia FullerFebruary 2024

A brilliant time at TMR travel and volunteer programme!

We had such a lovely time during our 2 weeks with the Mighty Roar in Sri Lanka. Our host, Ayomi, was exceptionally kind, always making sure that our needs were satisfied and organising countless activities to keep us occupied in-between volunteering. We spent 1 week volunteering and 1 week travel... Read More

Phoebe MarchFebruary 2024

Travel and volunteering experience at The Mighty Roar

I was with the mighty roar for 2 weeks. My first week was amazing as I was doing sea turtle conservation and felt so lucky so work so closely with turtles and do the beach cleans. I also did the child care which was chaotic but nevertheless amazing. The second week I was doing the travel and expe... Read More

Lucia PapadopoulosFebruary 2024


Everything was really great

Jos ClearyFebruary 2024

Sri Lanka: Volunteering, Culture, and Leisure Delights

I spent three wonderful weeks in Sri Lanka. I was picked up at the airport and warmly welcomed by the local team. The team is incredibly kind and assists with any concerns. Beyond that, they provide a valuable insight into the locals' way of life. My three weeks involved childcare, teaching, and ... Read More

Morena CorsettoJanuary 2024

Sri Lanka turtle and travel experience!

I’ve just finished the volunteer and travel programme with the sea turtles in Sri Lanka. I had the most amazing time, Ayomi and her team went above and beyond to make sure we were all safe, comfortable and happy. I was very fortunate to see turtles laying eggs, baby turtles hatching which then ... Read More

Charlotte BicknellJanuary 2024

Such a worthwhile experience

Such a worthwhile experience, a lovely atmosphere and very easy to make friends. All of the staff members were really helpful and available all the time- Ayomi, Karu and Thaksi were a huge help throughout the whole experience. Highly recommend!

Faye PhillipsOctober 2023

Great time, great vibes

I went to Sri Lanka with TMR on the two week travel and volunteer experience.

Ayomi, Charith, Mamu and Karu were excellent hosts, guides and friends for the whole experience.

We were lucky to have Chris, who runs TMR, to come along to our trip which I think made the experience even be... Read More

Oliver PalmerSeptember 2023

This was my first time travelling and…

This was my first time travelling and it was extremely well organised, from the airport pickup to the volunteering programmes in the day. I volunteered in the kindergarten which is a 2 minute walk from the accommodation, which is handy and the teachers and children were very welcoming. Ayomi’s ... Read More

Olivia JSeptember 2023

An amazing experience

The team were great! They made sure you got the most out of your time there. I was in Sri Lanka on the travel and volunteer experience and I highly recommend, I loved every second.

Olivia EasterbySeptember 2023

2 weeks in Sri Lanka

I’m just back from the most amazing 2 weeks in Sri Lanka, I did the childcare programme with the travel and volunteer and it was amazing. You get to see so much with the volunteer programme and everything is sorted for you. Special thanks to Karu and Santa for looking after us and helping us ma... Read More

Tanya WhiteSeptember 2023

Sri Lanka 2 weeks travel and volunteering

Just finished doing the 2 weeks travel and volunteering (turtle conservation) programme in Sri Lanka. Ayomi and the team were super great and we had such a fun time helping out and getting to meet people!!

Kit CollinsSeptember 2023

Volunteer and Travel Sri Lanka

I have had an amazing month doing the mental health placement and travel in Sri Lanka. The travel part was so great and jam-packed - a special thanks to Karu for looking after us all and making the experience so incredible. Ayomi and all the staff were so friendly and accommodating! They put in s... Read More

Bonnie TringJuly 2023

Mental health and travel volunteering - Sri Lanka

I’ve had the best month in Sri Lanka doing the travel volunteer experience along with the mental health and childcare programmes for a month. The travel experience was amazing and I couldn’t have had a better time thanks to Karu and our driver. Ayomi and the rest of the staff are really frien... Read More

Izzie BarkerJuly 2023

Travel & volunteering in Sri Lanka

My daughter and I had a great experience overall in Sri Lanka. It was lovely to be welcomed into the family by Ayomi and the team. They were all very accommodating and wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. We had some great experiences  and got to see a lot of Sri Lanka in a ... Read More

Charlotte FiondaJuly 2023

I’ve had an amazing time here in Sri…

I’ve had an amazing time here in Sri Lanka through The Mighty Roar. The staff were so welcoming and the turtle volunteer project was an unforgettable experience. Would definitely recommend to any young travellers looking for a safe, well organised trip :)

Abby BrunnockJuly 2023

The best experience in Sri Lanka

In April 2023, I went to Sri Lanka on the two-week Travel and Volunteer experience and had the BEST time! The Travel and Volunteer Experience was the perfect idea as it meant I could take part in a meaningful project while still getting to explore the beautiful country of Sri Lanka on my holiday ... Read More

Katharine AllertonMay 2023

Fantastic month!!!

This was my first time volunteering abroad and I am so happy I chose The Mighty Roar. I have had such a fantastic month volunteering and traveling in Sri Lanka with TMR. The whole application process & getting ready to travel is so well organised by Chris & Becky and they are always on ha... Read More

Eleanor ParrottApril 2023

Travel & Volunteer Experience

I volunteered here in April 2022, and can honestly say I had an amazing experience. I took part in the Turtle conservation program as well as helping out with the kindergarten. I also took part in the travel experience which allowed me to see how beautiful the rest of Sri Lanka was. I found that ... Read More

Megan PriestFebruary 2023

Amazing Time In Sri Lanka

Amazing time in Sri Lanka! Everything good! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an incredible time with amazing people.

Lottie JonesFebruary 2023

Highly Recommend

The Mighty Roar is a great company. I’ve used them several times now and plan to use them again. It’s safe and trustworthy and all of the programmes I’ve been on have been ethical. I’ve just returned from a month on the Sri Lanka Sea Turtle conservation and it was incredible. The staff on... Read More

Grace CarrickFebruary 2023

Sri Lanka Volunteer & Travel Experience

I did the Sri Lanka volunteer and travel experience from 7th~25th Jan 2023. Had an amazing time working with the project.

The volunteering with the sea turtles is amazing the accommodation is great and food provided is outstanding you are able to experience first hand true Sri Lanka cuisine... Read More

Rebekah ColledgeFebruary 2023

A Homely, Turtley Sri Lankan Trip

I had a brilliant time volunteering and on site, I felt very welcome and comfortable. All the staff were helpful and friendly and the food was amazing! I enjoyed how quick it is to zip into Hikkaduwa on a tuk tuk and the extra activities we were offered like the boat safari. They all went over an... Read More

Amy Payne-WingfieldFebruary 2023

Loved My Trip With The Mighty Roar

Loved my trip with the Mighty Roar. Im 28 and went to do the Sri Lanka Sea Turtle travel and volunteer experience and I have seen so much of Sri Lanka. You live with the locals rurally and therefore really get to see how they live and to help and support the sea turtles. I would recommend this tr... Read More

Louise WibberleyJanuary 2023

Great Time on Sri Lanka Projects

I have used the mighty roar to travel other countries before my most recent trip to Sri Lanka so I had absolute faith that it was going to be safe - which it was! The staff at the accommodation were very friendly and quick to help you with any issues you may have had. The accommodation was good a... Read More

Grace CarrickJanuary 2023

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 t... Read More

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 welcomin... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 beauti... Read More

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... Read More

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 its... Read More

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 sm... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 th... Read More

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.... Read More

Samantha TimbrellJune 2019

The best experience in Sri Lanka

  • January 2024
In April, I went to Sri Lanka on the 2 week Travel and Volunteer experience and had the BEST time! The experience was the perfect idea as it meant I could take part in a meaningful project while still getting to explore the beautiful country of Sri Lanka on my holiday from work. It was my first time travelling completely by myself and the team, both in the UK and in Sri Lanka, made it really easy for me. If you're in any doubt of going on a trip with TMR, this is your sign to do it! I'm so grateful to the whole team who gave me this incredible experience.

Katharine's story

Two amazing weeks in Sri Lanka and I loved every moment

  • June 2023
I spent two amazing weeks in Sri Lanka and I loved every moment. During my time I was able to fully immerse in the incredible culture of the country and the local team made you feel welcome and were all there for any queries you had. I’m very grateful and thankful to TMR for making this experience unforgettable.

Olivia's story

Volunteering in Sri Lanka at 17 years old

  • April 2023
In April I spent two weeks volunteering in the turtle conservation program in Sri Lanka. At only 17 I was terrified to travel so far on my own, but it ended up being some of the best few weeks of my life! Sri Lanka as a country is incredible - the people are so friendly, the lifestyle is very relaxed and the food is amazing! The mighty roar team in Sri Lanka could not have been more welcoming, anything we needed help organising would be sorted straight away. This experience was a trip of a lifetime for me and hopefully I will go back one day!

Holly 's story

Our life changing family trip to Sri Lanka

  • December 2022
After some health issues at the beginning of the year we decided to do something incredible in the summer with the kids and I’m so grateful we found The Mighty Roar! I have three children aged 13, 10 and 7 and this trip has been life changing to say the least.

Sarah's story

Sea turtles & childcare in Sri Lanka

  • October 2022
I volunteered in Sri Lanka for four weeks, split between the sea turtle and childcare programmes. Everything was really well organised and I had the most enjoyable time and met some amazing people along the way.

Freddie's story

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