Volunteer at our hostel and help to support our local development foundation in beautiful Weligama, Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka
  • Favorito 979 vezes
  • Última atividade: 03/02/2023



 Hospedagem min. solicitada: mínimo 1 mês



  • Descrição


    Hello Workawayers :) We are searching for open-minded and passionate people to help run our hostel and fundraising events for our local development foundation.

    Nestled just outside the busy surf town of Weligama on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is Janaka's peaceful guest house / hostel.

    CURRENT MISSION: Raising money for our development foundation :)
    We would love to accept caring volunteers, who have a passion for
    - Marketing
    - Fundraising
    - Creating classes (whatever interests you, from DIY to ecstatic dance or tattooing, feel free!)
    - NGO work
    - Branding
    or whatever tickles your beautiful brain!

    In regards to Janaka's local development foundation - we believe that if somebody is hungry, don't give them a fish. Instead, give them a fishing rod and show them how to catch fish. We want Weligama people 'to stand up and stand tall'. That’s why we believe that helping local children and youth of Weligama to receive an education will change the course of Sri Lanka.

    Our foundation was created in 2010 to help Sri Lankan families, six years after the Tsunami. It was supported by a European NGO until 2016. The activities were restarted by Janaka’s family and Alice from France in 2019, in collaboration with volunteers from Workaway that brought their talent and experiences to the team. But all activities were put on hold with the pandemic.

    Now in 2022 Janaka is reaching out to the Workaway community to give their time for a good cause in Sri Lanka and to restart activities that can help unprivileged school children from Weligama area. Janaka owns a large 3-floor hostel with a lot of potential, and our current focus is to make progress with the newly opened hostel and guest house (Kirala garden) in order to have a sustainable source of income to support the people of Weligama.

    We ask our volunteers to help around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week to help with the everyday upkeep tasks around the hostel, as well as helping with managing bookings and organizing fundraising events such as our weekly cooking classes with Janaka's family. We offer an authentic cultural exchange, a rare privilege for many travelers in Sri Lanka, as not only will you be fully immersed in wonderful Sri Lanka nature mere minutes away from the touristy town center - you will also be spending lots of time with Janaka's family (a perfect opportunity to learn and practice your Sinhala, and to master Sri Lankan cooking!).

    Due to the nature of our work, we ideally prefer long-term volunteers (many of our past workawayers are now part of our ever-growing family and return to see how our project is evolving). Having said that, we can absolutely accommodate shorter stays as well - we ask that you

    If you want to give meaning to your travel experience in Sri Lanka, come and volunteer with us in Weligama :)

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Trabalho beneficente
    Projetos artísticos
    Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
    Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
    Ajuda a cuidar da casa
    Manutenção geral
    Ajuda com computadores/internet
  • Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos da ONU
    Erradicar a pobreza
    Erradicar a fome
    Saúde de qualidade
    Educação de qualidade
    Igualdade de género
    Água potável e saneamento
    Energias renováveis e acessíveis
    Trabalho digno e crescimento económico
    Indústria, inovação e infraestruturas
    Reduzir as desigualdades
    Cidades e comunidades sustentáveis
    Produção e consumo sustentáveis
    Ação climática
    Proteger a vida marinha
    Proteger a vida terrestre
    Paz, justiça et instituições eficazes
    Parcerias para a implementação dos objetivos
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    We offer a real cultural exchange, you will see our lifestyle, and you will be part of our local community.
    As you will be in daily contact with Sri Lankans, you will have a great opportunity to learn and practice Sinhalese, to learn to cook Sri Lankan dishes, drink kirala juice, play carrom (a mixture between air-hockey and pool), and meet our local community.

  • Ajuda


    Current projects :

    - fundraising online for the Foundation
    - event management (yoga and cooking classes, dancing shows, jam sessions, etc) + promotion on social networks and on Weligama beach.

    - yoga teacher: yoga classes
    - musicians: perform at live events

    - builders/DIY: walls, DIY furniture
    - artists: wall painting, sculptures, hand made art...
    - running hostel and guest house

    - packing food parcels for poorest families from Weligama area

    Looking also for long term volunteers, it is possible to combine your online studies or online home office and volunteer with us.

    Regardless, as long as you're willing to help and bring new ideas, you are welcome to join us!

  • Idiomas

    Inglês: Fluente
    Sinhalese: Fluente

    Este anfitrião oferece intercâmbio de idiomas
    Este anfitrião indicou que tem interesse em compartilhar seu idioma ou em aprender um novo.
    Entre em contato com ele para obter mais informações.

  • Acomodação


    We provide you in our community house bed (double) with en-suite bathroom. Depending on the number of workawayers here, you might share the room with someone else. We have a huge garden and a nice terrace, where you can watch monkeys, peacocks and bats.
    We have space for up to 4/5 volunteers, couples are welcome.
    Come and be a part of something really special. You will experience community life where people share and learn from each other.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    We are located 2.5 km from the Weligama beach, next to the river in the jungle.
    Waves, turtles, ocean… you can enjoy sport activities during your free time like surfing, swimming, snorkeling and yoga.
    Sri Lanka has its own Ayurvedic system based on a series of prescriptions handed down from generation to generation over a period of 3000 years. If you are interested in alternative medicine this is your place.
    Tropical fruit, fresh vegetable, oriental spices… enjoy the Sri Lankan gastronomy.

  • Mais alguns detalhes

    Mais alguns detalhes

    • Acesso à internet

    • Acesso à internet limitado

      Acesso à internet limitado

    • Temos mascotes

    • Somos fumantes

    • Pode hospedar famílias

  • Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Kirala Garden has plenty of space for digital nomads, we have a good internet connection and a quiet space overlooking our beautiful gardens. We can offer this including a private peaceful room for $10 a day.

  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    We have a big garden where you can park safely.

  • Pode aceitar animais

    Pode aceitar animais

    We have five dogs here and we love animals so if you come with your pet, we will find a way to make them cohabitate !

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    Horas previstas

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 529858785841

Comentário (11)


Essas classificações são opcionais e foram dadas junto com os comentários dos membros.A classificação média deixada por cada opção é exibida.

Precisão do perfil: (4.9)

Intercâmbio cultural: (4.9)

Comunicação: (4.8)

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