What do Volunteers do during the Weekend?

Travelling around Sri Lanka is easy. Blessed with a diverse landscape and a wealth of places to visit, while travelling around Sri Lanka as an SLV volunteer, there’s so much to see. Think postcard worthy beaches, jungle safaris, ancient cultural sites, and even a bit of night-life on the beaches. Whether you’re a culture vulture, beach bum, activity seeker or flash packer, there should be something to take your fancy.

Those wanting to escape the heat can venture up to the cooler central highlands for trekking and tea plantations (Sri Lanka’s biggest export). Or head to Colombo and enjoy activities ranging from shopping in the local markets, going to the cinema to exploring the night life. Although Sri Lanka is a relatively small country, the infrastructure is inferior, so travel across Sri Lanka can take a while. Be prepared for bumpy bus journeys and slow but scenic train rides.

Volunteers finish their weekly projects around Friday lunch time, so you’ll have from Friday afternoons right through to Sunday afternoon to travel as you please. Just make sure you’re back at your homestay by Sunday evening at 9:30pm. However you decide to spend their weekends, we strongly advise travelling in groups with other volunteers and to always make sure you research the area well and the accommodation you choose.

Whilst travelling around Sri Lanka using a resource such as Trip Advisor is a great way to read up to date travel advice and get a range of reviews on accommodation, transport and activities.