Experience typical Sri Lankan village life whilst helping at our lodge in Eluwankulam, Sri Lanka


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Situated in Eluwankulam, Sri Lanka, Our Lodge is 4km from the new Wilpattu National Park entrance. The 6-acre plot runs along the Uppu Aru, a backwater of the Dutch Bay estuary, and houses six guest cabanas. Our beautiful land is also host to a variety of bird life, monkeys, deer and an occasional elephant or two! We are committed to minimizing our footprint and therefore have created our cabins out of up-cycled shipping containers and our furniture from recycled pallets. We ensure that we support the surrounding villages and therefore find a majority of our staff and suppliers from the neighborhood.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    While you are here you can:
    # Learn to cook classic Sri Lankan food from the local villagers
    # Learn about the flora and fauna of Sri Lanka and identify and spot local bird life
    # Experience living close to nature (with the necessary creature comforts for peace of mind)
    # Experience typical Sri Lankan village life
    # Visit Sri Lanka's largest national park which is at your doorstep
    # Share your experiences with locals and learn Sinhala/Tamil
    # Learn to create up-cycled furniture

  • Help


    We require help with:
    # Guiding guests through our backwater and nature trails
    # Improving our facilities and services to minimize our footprint and enhance our customer experience
    # Building up-cycled furniture
    # Teaching our staff English
    # General housekeeping and cleaning rooms and land area

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Tamil: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    In keeping with our up-cycling theme - we provide dorm-style accommodation in an up-cycled shipping container with electricity and toilet facilities. Three healthy Sri Lankan style meals will be provided - consisting of local vegetable curries, seafood/chicken (we do not serve beef or pork). We have limited internet access; only in the common areas of the hotel.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Transport options:
    # Eluwankulam is easily accessible by bus and tuk-tuks (three-wheeler), cars and bikes are available for hire
    Things to do on your doorstep:
    # Visit Wilpattu National Park and its environs - Note - park entrance fees may have to be borne by volunteers (approx $22 per trip)
    # Canoeing
    # Nature trails and bird watching
    # Fishing
    # Hammocking
    Things to do further afield:
    # Dolphin and whale watching (Oct-Mar) in Kalpitiya and Nuraicholai
    # Kitesurfing - Kalpitiya or Mannar
    # Migratory bird-watching
    # Snorkeling and Scuba-diving in Kalpitiya or Mannar
    # Beach camping
    We are looking for proactive, creative people with a willingness to learn. Interest in or experience hiking and canoeing will be helpful. As we are situated in a rural village-jungle environment; common-sense, patience and cultural sensitivity are useful traits to ensure a successful experience. Please note we live in the midst of a jungle patch and live in harmony with nature - it is not uncommon to find small insects, lizards and non-venomous snakes on the property.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 411526131335