TRIP #SRL0417:

Sri Lanka

Continue the work that DWC started more than a decade ago on this Adult and Family trip

Apr 15, 2017
Apr 29, 2017
Approx. $2,100
Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

In late 2004, a massive tsunami pummelled 14 countries and killed more than 230,000 people.DWC sprang into action. Within weeks, a team was on the ground in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, to start rebuilding homes, lives and hope. DWC and TRIP Canada have sent numerous teams to Tangalle over the years and continue to work on projects to make life better for residents there.

About The Trip:

Volunteers have built homes for people who have with next to nothing and made improvements to schools (and played with the kids while they were at it) and other community facilities. They have made an impact in the lives of people struggling just to put food on the table and children who need an education to open doors for their futures.

We work with TRIP Canada, an organization that returns to Sri Lanka every year with volunteers who work hard to meet the needs of the communities in and around Tangalle. Since the tsunami, TRIP has become very involved with the community and gained a deeper understanding of the people and their needs.

This trip involves construction on an orphanage for 25 to 60 homeless children. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Sri Lanka Blog »

It’s Not All Work:

April is generally the warmest month in Tangalle, with temperatures reaching about 31C during the day. Being a tropical island, Sri Lanka is humid and even its ‘cool’ season isn’t really cool. April’s typical precipitation is around 90 mm, so you should prepare for some wetter days – but at least it’s warm.

Sri Lanka offers a wealth of temples and beaches, but there’s also the Kudawella blow hole where sea water froths up through a hole in a rock cliff, Yala National Park, turtle watching, the Weverukannala Buddha statue, the historic city of Galle and the elephant sanctuary.

Settled on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, Tangalle offers views of the Indian Ocean with a background of lush tropical greenery that the island nation is famous for.

Learn more about the Sri Lanka »

The Project:

Volunteers will be working on projects determined by the local community needs. Jobs include clearing land, digging and building foundations, making concrete, mortar and plaster by hand, building brick walls, tiling roofs, plastering, painting and staining and meeting lots of local people.


Go Katy!
Each child will greet a volunteer and escort them to the grounds.

When / Itinerary:

You will spend three days travelling and eleven days in Tangalle, the work site in the southern region of Sri Lanka. You will land at Colombo international airport in the capital of Sri Lanka and then travel down to Tangalle with the other volunteers. The first day is for acclimatization; eight days are spent working and there are two days off based on the work schedule and local holidays.

  • Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, April 16 – Team travels to Sri Lanka; arrive Colombo airport; transport to Tangalle; check in to hotel and acclimatize
  • Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 21 – PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
  • Saturday, April 22 to Sunday, April 23 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, April 24 to Thursday, April 27 – PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
  • Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29: Return to Colombo, travel home

View All Trips Schedule »


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Tangalle that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,100 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to TRIP Canada. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:

Janet McKelveyjanet-mckelvey

Janet has been involved with DWC since 2005 and she’s been leading groups with DWC and TRIP Canada for years. Her experience and knowledge of the Tangalle region will make your experience in Sri Lanka unique and memorable. To learn more about her team’s adventures in 2015, visit:


Are You Ready To Go?

Want more information about this trip? Email Janet directly at [javascript protected email address] or apply now using our online application.

Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

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