Volunteer Teaching in a Monastery in Sri Lanka

Education in Sri Lanka is free, but getting a thorough knowledge of English is quite difficult since it isn’t the native language.  Our partner NGO provides volunteers with the opportunity to teach English to a community dedicated to a different mission.  Young Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka rely on volunteers generous with their time and knowledge to teach them English.  This additional education allows them to expand their studies and share their experiences with the outside world. Volunteer Teaching in a Monastery in Sri Lanka is your chance to get a glimpse into a world that few outsiders ever see.

Teaching in a monastery in Sri Lanka can be considered one of the best services a volunteer can offer since the young monks don’t have any other way of receiving English language training.  Volunteers will get to connect with young monks and gain insight into Buddhist culture and practice while teaching them. While they’re very dedicated to their mission, these young monks are some of the most energetic and entertaining students you’ll encounter.

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Room & Board

All projects in Sri Lanka are based out of a basic hotel rooms based in the city or village in which the project is located.  Local transportation to/from the project site is included.

  • Shared, single-sex hotel rooms (max 3 volunteers) with en suite washrooms and air conditioning
  • Tap water in Sri Lanka is not drinkable, but filtered water is provided
  • 3 meals per day provided at the hotel
  • WiFi is not typically available in the hotels, so volunteers are encouraged to acquire a local SIM card (assuming they possess an unlocked/international phone) if they wish to have internet access



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$320
2 weeks$640
4 weeks$1,175
Prices for projects in Sri Lanka are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

Included: Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated) • Location orientation • Shared accommodations in local hotels (usually not more than 3 per room) • 3 meals per day • Project training • Project donation • 24/7 emergency phone & in-country support

NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Sri Lanka have the opportunity to take advantage of island life and earn an additional PADI Open Water Diver certification.  The course can be taken as a stand alone program or added to the week before or after a volunteering project.  Click the button below for more information.

PADI Certification


Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in a Monastery in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

For special considerations regarding projects in Sri Lanka, please visit the Sri Lanka page.

English Fluency

Since the primary subject taught by volunteers at the monastery is English, volunteers must be native speakers or fluent to join this project.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.