TRIP #SRL1117:

Sri Lanka

You'll rebuild people and lives on this Adult and Family trip to an exotic island country

Nov 18, 2017
Dec 2, 2017
Approx. $2,300
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 has sent numerous teams to Tangalle over the years and continues to work on projects to make life better for residents there.

About The Trip:

Sri Lanka was the first country that DWC ever sent teams to and it has always been special to the organization because of that start.

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.

On this trip, team members will work on construction improvements to a village school.

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

It’s Not All Work:

November is in the tail end of monsoon season in Tangalle, with average temperatures reaching about 29C during the day. Being a tropical island, Sri Lanka is humid and even its ‘cool’ season isn’t really cool. 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:

Team members will help build a community kitchen for the Rajapaksa primary school. The kitchen will allow villagers to cook meals for poor kids and teach them some basic cooking skills. If that project finishes while the team is still on the ground, they will move on to helping out with construction of an overhead water tank.

Volunteers won’t be doing anything requiring specialized skills, so anyone is welcome to sign up and help out.

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

When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, November 18 to Sunday, November 19 – Team travels to Sri Lanka; arrive Colombo airport; transport to Tangalle; check in to hotel and acclimatize
  • Monday, November 20 to Friday, November 24 – PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
  • Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, November 26 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, November 27 to Thursday, November 30 – PROJECT WORK in Tangalle
  • Friday, December 1 – PROJECT WORK and celebration
  • Saturday, December 2 – Return to Colombo, travel home

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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 $2,300 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Navajeevana. 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:


Terri Axani

A lover of life, travel and recent recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the City of Kamloops, Terri is committed to her community and beyond. Her resume is diverse; she has worked in social services, has more than three decades in the hospitality industry and is now a wine tour operator. Terri measures her success by the amount of fun she is having.

Terri’s first trip to Sri Lanka in 2012 was such a fantastic experience she couldn’t wait to return. She met people who had little but were filled with gratitude and joy for all that the team did for them. Becoming a team leader with DWC is a dream come true for her—she gets to do what she loves and knows it’ll make a difference in the world. Terri has been inspired by the chance to be part of an organized team that has an impact on people’s lives. She finds travel puts life into perspective.

“Volunteering is often life altering. While your focus is on the people who might benefit from the work you’re doing, you quickly realize you are being deeply impacted and changed by the experience.”

Terri is looking forward to visiting some of the people she met in on her previous trip to Sri Lanka in 2012. She describes her leadership style as relaxed, fun and energetic, without sweating the small stuff— and given that she operates a wine tour business, you know she might be helpful in sampling some of the local beverages. Join in the fun and make a difference.

To learn more about other teams’ adventures in Sri Lanka, visit:

Are You Ready To Go?

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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