Our fees are determined by the type and length of placement you choose -  please click on each heading for a full breakdown of what's included.

What's Included in Your Placement Fee?

✔︎ Homestay accommodation & meals

You'll "live like a local" with a trusted Sri Lankan family, and up to 13 of your teammates, during the week. You'll share a room and facilities with your teammates and get the chance to really get to know your homestay family as they feed you up with breakfast and traditional Sri Lankan dinner during the working week.

✔︎ Support

Our incredible, experienced team will be there to support you the whole time and are on call 24/7.

✔︎ Training, trips & talks

All placements come with additional training, trips and talks given by local mental health professionals and practitioners. This is your chance to really get to understand mental health treatment in a different culture.

✔︎ Professional reference

We are happy to proivide you with a reference upon completion of your placement. Our references have gone a long way to helping previous volunteers secure exciting career opportunites and you can see some of these success stories here.

✔︎ Certificate of Learning & farewell beach party!

To acknowledge your hard work and commitment throughout your placement we'll give you a certificate and throw you a party on the beach! You've worked hard, time to celebrate you!

✔︎ Jungle Weekend

The first weekend is the only one that we organise for you. Think white water rafting, rock sliding and a BBQ under the stars. The rest of your weekends are free for you to traverse the stunning teardrop island as you wish! WOOT! Freedom!

✔︎ Visa extensions

All volunteers staying over 30 days will need to extend their visa to a Residence visa. We will apply for, and pay, on your behalf and the cost is covered by us.

✔︎ Transport

From the airport to your homestay, to SLV.Global organised workshops and to the Jungle Weekend! Any transport outside of your usual daily projects is included in your fees. Daily journies cost approximately .20p each way on a bus.

✔︎ SLV.Global Mental Health Fund donation

5 - 15% of placement fees go to our charity branch, which supports grassroots organisations on the ground in the countries where we work. This way you're able to contribute to the work of promoting positive mental health within the local community, and beyond, long after your placement concludes. By supporting local charities and NGOs directly, we can ensure that the impact we have in a country is as sustainable and effective as possible.

What's Not Included?

✗ Flights

Approximately £450 - £750 (depending on country of origin)

✗ Entry visa

The cost of the Entry Visa is £45. You'll apply for this yourself directly from the Sri Lankan High Commission. Before any application, please make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date.

✗ Travel insurance

Safety first!! £30 - £70

✗ DBS or equivalent

Safeguarding our service users is paramount. Therefore all volunteers must provide a valid DBS, or equivalent, which costs £25 in the UK.

✗ Jabs/shots

Please check with your doctor about recommended jabs/shots and remember to mention that you'll be working in a medical environment.

✗ Daily buses/ Tuk tuks/Project resources

Volunteers fund their own transport to and from projects roughly £1 - £2 a day

Resources are session-dependant and volunteers all pitch in together. The best way to save money here is to get creative with your sessions so you're not relying on arts and crafts, where the materials can be costly and that you share resources with your teammates. We estimate you will need about £5 per week for resources.

✗ Weekend/free time spending Money

Volunteers find their own accommodation for Friday & Saturday nights, and this is an amazing chance to explore the island! Hostels in Sri Lanka can be very reasonably priced - sometimes as little as £10 a night. You may also want to just pick up a few souvenirs or check into a stunning spa for the weekend, but whatever your budget, Sri Lanka remains incredibly affordable.

You can find out more about budgeting here.


Step 1: Placement Acceptance Fee: £250

After your interview, if awarded a place on our team, a non-refundable Placement Acceptance Fee is required to secure your place, which is payable within a week of your placement offer. 

Step 2: Placement Fees:

Due eight-weeks before departure.
4 Weeks 8 Weeks 12 Weeks *
£1,300 £1,700 £1,700 *

* Peer Mentors are required to join the team for 12 weeks and eligible for a further reduction of Placement Fees


Did you know you can fundraise for your placement? Have a look at our Fundraisers' Hall of Fame for some inspiration from past volunteers who have successfully raised the funds!