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Volunteer in Sri lanka with SLVP – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Important Tips for Applicants – Know Before You Apply!

 

Application Information
You can apply for volunteer in Sri Lanka with SLVP at any time you want. But it is better if you could book with us at least two months in advance, as some of the projects can accommodate only a limited number of volunteers at a time. Therefore please Hurry and reserve your project immediately.
The first and initial document we need from you is the completed application form, which is available under ‘Apply Now’ (Application form). But kindly note that we reserve rights to request further information or documentation depending on the project type that you have requested ; but, in most situations information requested in the application is sufficient. Applicants can submit application by online, mail or fax.
You can apply for volunteer in Sri Lanka with SLVP at any time you want. But it is better if you could book with us at least two months in advance, as some of the projects can accommodate only a limited number of volunteers at a time. Therefore please Hurry and reserve your project immediately.
If you are a person who have following qualities, you are more than qualified to volunteer with us.

  • An open-mind
  • Willingness to work with different and new people you meet
  • Have a passion for helping those who in need
  • Enthusiasm for living in a developing country
  • Want to make new friends.
  • Be in good mental and physical health
Visa Information

Obtaining a tourist visa is the basic visa requirement to volunteer in Sri Lanka with SLVP and kindly make your own arrangements to obtain a tourist visa before departing for Sri Lanka.

Please contact us or your nearest Sri Lanka embassy to learn more about visa, visa fees and visa extensions. More information can be found online by searching out Sri Lanka’s embassy or consulate.

 

Placement Information
SLVP’s in-country Coordinator/ Manager is responsible for researching appropriate volunteer projects as per the qualifications, skills and interests of the applicants.
Project schedules vary for each volunteer project in Sri Lanka. Volunteers are expected to work from Monday to Friday, for approximately 4-5 hours a day. Volunteers have the weekends and evenings off to sightsee or explore Sri Lanka on their own. But, on volunteer’s requests, the schedules can be adjusted.
Sinhalese and Tamil are the two languages of Sri Lanka and majority of people speak Sinhalese. English is fluently spoken by approximately 10% of the population, and is used for education, scientific and commercial purposes.
You can volunteer in Sri Lanka for 1-12 weeks on a tourist Visa. Initially you will obtain 30 days visa on arrival at the airport. But if you intend to stay longer, you can get your visas extended for another 2 months in Sri Lanka. (For more options on how to extend visa, please contact us)
Arrival and Departure Information
You can volunteer in Sri Lanka for 1-12 weeks on a tourist Visa. Initially you will obtain 30 days visa on arrival at the airport. But if you intend to stay longer, you can get your visas extended for another 2 months in Sri Lanka. (For more options on how to extend visa, please contact us)
Colombo, Sri Lanka (Bandaranaike International Airport). Please do not book your travel until we confirm your placement with SLVP.
Please arrive the day before your assignment begins (Normally, Monday is the first day of your project and therefore please arrive on Sunday). Please note that, if you arrive earlier, your accommodation and meals will be your responsibility.
First, kindly let us know your travel itinerary and make a request if you need us to arrange airport pick-up. Then you will be met by a SLVP team member, or In-Country coordinator. They will be holding a SLVP banner or sign with your name, awaiting your arrival at the arrival lobby inside the airport.

If you miss our representative due to flight delay or in any case, please call the in-country coordinator number provided in your placement details. Make sure you look carefully for your representative and never accept lifts offered by the unknown people.

SLVP does not offer airport drop-off services. It’s your responsibility to arrange a taxi or bus ride to the airport on completion of your project with SLVP. But if you need, we are happy to assist you to arrange this.
Living Accommodations Information
Your project fee covers your accommodation and meals within the agreed period of time with SLVP.

Three meals a day** (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local and traditional Sri Lankan meals. If you are a vegetarian please let us know. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are volunteer’s responsibility and there are local shops and markets nearby the projects.

We place our volunteers in separate volunteer houses and usually volunteers have to share a bed room (2-3) with another volunteer of the same gender. Some projects (children homes) offer separate private rooms for volunteers within the projects. Accommodations are comfortable, clean, safe, simply furnished and tidy. Our project and accommodation coordinators are always happy to assist you with any issue that a volunteer may encounter with regard to accommodations and meals.

** Breakfast and Dinner only for conservation volunteers

Normally you will share a room with a same-gender volunteer. Please inform us in advance if you require a private room and we will do our best to meet your need.
In many situations yes and we are more than happy to have you all, but please contact our office regarding your situation, since it may depend upon individual accommodation availability and time-of-year circumstances. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders are often not permitted to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.
Our accommodations have running water and western-style basic but clean toilets.
We advise volunteers to wash their clothes by hand, but if volunteers need, commercial laundries available in most cities.
We do not recommend volunteers to drink tap water. Drink bottled, filtered or boiled water during your stay in Sri Lanka. Providing of bottled water is a volunteer’s responsibility.
Health and Safety

Any international travel requires caution and awareness. We advise that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before come to Sri Lanka. But we are happy to say that Sri Lanka is very safe to travel.

Please visit bellow websites for more travel guides and information.

British Foreign Office Advice

http://www.fco.gov.uk/

American State Department Advice

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

Australian Government Advice

http://www.dfat.gov.au/

Canadian Government Advice

http://canada.gc.ca/main_e.html

Money
Different ATM cash points are widely available in most cities. You can withdraw cash from most ATM machines, and $2-4 USD surcharges will apply for each transaction.

MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus/Maestro and American Express cards are widely accepted. Use caution when paying by credit card as there is potential for fraud.

The Sri Lankan currency is the rupee (Rs). Coins come in values of 25 and 50 cents and 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupees. Notes come in values of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 rupees.

You can find current exchange rate information at currency websites like www.xe.com.

You can exchange money on arrival at the bank counters in the airport. Also you can exchange money at the nearest bank to your project.

Remember, you must present your passport whenever you change currency or travellers’ checks.

Carrying cash is not always safe; therefore, do not carry a large amount of cash with you. It is advised that you carry cash in a money belt with some additional hidden in your wallet.
Communication
You can contact SLVP by any means given in the page contact us.
Our representative or the coordinator will assist you to contact your family to inform them your safe arrival.
Culture & Customs
Volunteers should dress appropriately when at their assignments. Long trousers, skirts and a t-shirt are acceptable. No short and tank tops are allowed at the project. Remember to consider the regional religious beliefs of Sri Lanka, which may be extremely conservative and revealing clothing is unacceptable – shorts and skirts must be at least knee-length and no one should show their shoulders.

Please note: When entering temples, mosques or buildings of religious importance, always check what dress attire is required.

Sri Lankans are extremely friendly and hospitable. Sri Lanka’s culture is rich in customs and traditions. People of Sri Lanka enjoy sharing their customs and traditions with foreigners so feel free to take part with them.
  • Backpack
  • padlock and chain
  • pillow case
  • earplugs
  • water purification tablets
  • wet wipes and no-water washes
  • first-aid kit
  • waterproof pouch
  • tealight candles (during a power cut these are safer than regular candles)
  • torch/ Flashlight
  • collapsible water bottle
  • universal electrical plug
  • Towel and personal bath kit
  • Sun protection, sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Notepad and a pen
  • Insect repellent

Note: This ‘Important Tips’ is generic information and not a definite travel guide. Travellers are advised to contact SLVP to verify this information.

Thank You

SLVP.