Viva la Weekend! Sri Lanka Edition!

Undertaking a Mental Health Placement with SLV.Global in Sri Lanka is hard work and not meant to be a holiday, but that doesn't mean you can't live it up at the weekend. This is your time to explore some of the most intriguing cultural sites in Asia and get horizontal on some of the most stunning beaches in the world.  

You will be getting the chance to stay with local families in homestays during the working week, and then you’ll find your own accommodation at the weekends. The areas where you'll live and work are rural, which means that there is little to see and do around your homestays. But trust us, you won't want to spend your time off where you spend your working week when paradise is just a cheap, scenic bus ride away! 

Climb stuff

Sigiriya Rock, Ella Rock, Adam's Peak and Little Adam's Peak - you're spoiled for choice if you'd like to see the world from a different perspective. High above the clouds, you can actually touch the sky and enjoy spectacular views before your legs turn to jelly. 

Beach, please

#NoFilter necessary on the beaches of Sri Lanka! With fine, white sand, palm trees swaying lazily in the breeze and sunsets ripped strait out of your dreams, these idyllic spots are a mere few hours from your homestay. Finish work on 1pm on Friday and be paddling in the sea by 4pm. Cocktail optional.  

Get cultured

Sri Lanka is a cultural goldmine! If exploring beautiful temples is your thing you're spoiled for choice! From the incredible, vibrant Hindu temples in the North to the impressive Buddhist temples of Dambulla, there's so much to see. For more secular activities, cycle through the ancient city of Anuradhapura or take in a traditional Kandyan dancing show in one of Sri Lanka's most dynamic cities. The best part is, due to Sri Lanka's size you can visit several cities in one weekend and still be back for Sunday curfew. #workhardplayhard


Sri Lanka is home to a huge variety of amazing animals and there are plenty of opportunities to see them in the wild. You can observe epic elephants from the safety of your Jeep on safari and swim with tranquil turtles in the crystal clear Indian ocean. Cheeky monkeys race across roofs and lazy leopards can be spotted on numerous nature reserves dedicated to preserving these big cats' populations without the threat of captivity.

With so many exciting species dotted all around the island, we recommend grabbing some friends and spending at least one weekend with some new furry (or not-so-furry) friends!

No matter where you choose to travel at the weekend, please never travel solo and always check for the most up-to-date reviews and advice on accommodation. Be safe, have fun, explore!

Lee M