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Projects Abroad in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, Projects Abroad in Sri Lanka - Volunteers on rafting trip

On arrival in Sri Lanka, one of the first things you will notice as you step outside the airport is the heat - something you do become accustomed to! You will first go through the usual immigration procedures then, through the melee of people waiting with signs, you will see one of our members of staff holding a Projects Abroad sign.

After sampling your first of many Sri Lankan meals, you will be taken by car to our office, where you will be given your welcome pack and introduced to Sri Lankan culture! You will also have the chance to meet Country Director, Shyamalee Wijesinghe. You will then be taken straight to a hotel in the heart of Colombo, overlooking the World Trade Centre and the harbour where you can freshen up and rest. Later on that evening, one of our staff will come to your hotel and take you out for dinner. You will have the chance to chat to them and discuss anything you wish to know more about!

The next day, you will be taken by car to your accommodation. Nearly all volunteers in Sri Lanka live with local host families; though we also have one rented apartment in Kalutara. Whichever project you do, you will be located either along the coast from about an hour north of Colombo to about three hours south or in the hill-town of Kandy.

Sri Lanka, Projects Abroad in Sri Lanka - Street Scene

All your meals will be cooked by local Sri Lankans - delicious, authentic cuisine! Sri Lankan cuisine is similar to South Indian, with lots of rice and hot curries! Fresh fruit is widely available and as there is so much coastline, there is also a lot of fresh fish and seafood.

Introductions made, you will be given a chance to settle in before having a general introduction to the area and be taken to meet your placement supervisor. By this time you will be ready for a good rest, so most volunteers start their placement the following day.

Each month in Sri Lanka we produce a volunteer newsletter which contains information on any local festivals and events, stories written by volunteers about their time in the country and pieces written by our local staff. If you sign up for Sri Lanka we will also email you this newsletter in the months before you go out to start your placement.

As Sri Lanka is a relatively small country, it is easy to get around. There are frequent buses in and out of Colombo, along the main costal road and also into the hill region. Here you will be able to find anything you need to buy and any type of food you wish to eat! Internet is also readily available and is the cheapest and easiest way of staying in touch with friends and family back home.

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