Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the jewels in Asia's crown. Sometimes known as the 'Emerald Isle', it is a place where natural beauty meets you everywhere you turn: from the lush jungles and mountains inland, to pristine sandy beaches and everything between. It is also a place with a diverse range of wildlife, which is why so many people choose to volunteer in Sri Lanka.

At The Great Projects, you can work on conservation initiatives where you will encounter powerful and stunning Asiatic elephants deep in the jungle (The Great Elephant Project), or projects dedicated to the conservation of Sri Lanka's sea turtles (The Great Turtle Project). No matter where you go or which project you choose, you're sure to be met by friendly locals who're eager to share their culture, as well as work with you to care for the country's wonderful wildlife species. Are you ready to make a difference and become a Sri Lanka Volunteer?

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As a destination which is separated from the mainland by a stretch of sea, Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of endemism in the world. 16% of the fauna and 23% of the flowering plants on the island are endemic, and this means that they are not found in the wild anywhere else on Earth! There are a huge variety of animals in Sri Lanka, and some include:

  • Turtles
  • Elephants
  • Leopards
  • Scorpions
  • Crocodiles
  • Dugongs

Sri Lanka has such a wide variety of animal species that it would take a lifetime to see them all, but some need our help more than others. With 41 of the 123 species of mammals in the country classified as threatened, we need to act sooner rather than later to ensure that the animals are safe for future generations.


The Sri Lankan culture mixes modern elements with traditional aspects and the country as a whole is known for its regional diversity. Each region has its own traditions and rituals, but Sri Lanka as a whole is proud of its heritage and culture. Since it gained full independence from Britain in 1972, Sri Lankan culture has begun to spread around the world in the form of food and dance, but there are a few things you need to know before you head over there:

  • The two official languages are Sinhalese and Tamil, but English is widely spoken in the big cities.
  • When introducing yourself to someone, you should always use the appropriate title of Sir/Madam followed by the surname before waiting for the other party to change to first names.
  • Buddhism is the biggest religion in Sri Lanka, but Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are also present so remember to dress appropriately when entering a place of worship.

Sri Lanka is a country that is full of hustle and bustle, so prepare to see a lot when visiting!

Popular Destinations

It does not matter what you are hoping to see on your trip, Sri Lanka has all of the bases covered. It is a land which is filled with spectacular scenery, wildlife you won’t find anywhere else on earth, and people who are always happy to show you around their remarkable country. Some of the things to see in Sri Lanka are:

  • Kandy – This city is home to the Temple of the Tooth, which is the location of what is thought to be one of the teeth of Buddha!
  • Jaffna – Here you can see spectacular temples alongside crystal clear lagoons and picturesque beaches, so it is definitely worth a visit!
  • Colombo – This bustling port city is one of the capitals of Sri Lanka and it is a great place to learn about this history of the country.

Sri Lanka has a vast and varied history, so make sure you explore it all thoroughly!

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