During the working week you will stay with a local Sri Lankan family with a group of 6-15 other volunteers . We can't think of a better way for you to engross yourself into a totally new and unique culture than to really live in it. Your family will treat you like their son or daughter and fuss over you accordingly. Please try and be patient with the occasional lack of personal space and excess attention. You're kind of a big deal.
Your family will provide you with breakfast and dinner during the working week. For breakfast you'll get a selection of fresh fruit, bread and spreads. In the evenings our families lay on an impressive spread of traditional Sri Lankan food, which is usually a selection of curries served with rice. Most of the food prepared in the homestay is vegetarian, but it's always good practice to ask and make sure.
The homestays are simple and have everything you need. Each volunteer has a single bed with a mosquito net and access to a Western toilet and clean drinking water. Life in Sri Lanka is much simpler than you may be used to, so please don't expect to find WiFi, a TV or even hot water. But trust us, when you've been walking around in the stifling heat all day a cold shower really hits the spot!
If you'd like to stay with a friend we'll do our best to house you together as long as you're on the same placement. But remember, even if you get split up, weekends are yours to hit the road or the sea...whatever floats your boat with whomever you choose! Your homestays are located in rural areas with little to do, so make the most of your time in paradise and get out and explore! Check out or blog for some inspiration.