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START DATES

ANY SATURDAY YEAR-ROUND

PRICED FROM

825 USD + 249 USD REGISTRATION FEE

DURATION

15 DAYS (FLEXIBLE TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS)

MINIMUM AGE

14 YEARS OLD ON TRIP START DATE

PMGY SRI LANKA SCHOOL TRIP

Organise your 2 week school trip to Sri Lanka today! Teachers travel free and your 15 days in Sri Lanka will be fully structured, inclusive and led by our experienced team. Your first week will have you based in the coastal town of Ambalangoda for the volunteering part of the trip and giving back to the local community. You will receive an orientation into life in Sri Lanka and an introduction into Buddhism before your volunteering begins. You will volunteer in the heart of the Ambalangoda community as you protect sea turtles, provide free English lessons for low-income village communities and roll up your sleeves on a renovation project. Each evening we will run cultural activities such as a cultural dance show and a traditional hands craft session.

 

After the first week of giving back to the Ambalangoda community, it will be time to explore the island further as the adventure travel begins in week two of your Sri Lanka expedition. Your adventure travel will begin with a visit to Galle Fort and then onto Mirissa beach for some R&R. An elephant safari will follow at Udawalawe National Park before you head to the hill country around Ella for some hiking, waterfalls, tea plantations and spectacular views. You will finish your 15 days in Sri Lanka exploring the cultural capital of Kandy. Everything is included in your 2 week Sri Lanka expedition from the airport transfers and meals to accommodation, entrance fees and cultural activities.

 

SRI LANKA SCHOOL TRIP HIGHLIGHTS WITH PMGY

  • A FULLY STRUCTURED, SAFE AND ALL INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE
  • A PERFECT BLEND OF VOLUNTEER, TRAVEL, ADVENTURE & CULTURAL IMMERSION
  • TRIP ITINERARY, ACTIVITIES & DURATION EASILY TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS & WANTS
  • THE BEST VALUE & MOST AFFORDABLE TRIP PROVIDER WITH NO SACRIFICIES IN QUALITY
  • PMGY WILL ENSURE A TRUE AUTHENTIC SRI LANKAN EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR GROUP

HOW IT WORKS FOR SCHOOL TRIPS

Plan My Gap Year has the expertise, experience and networks to make your Sri Lanka expedition accessible, safe and stress-free. We pride ourselves on safety management and we have risk assessment documentation for all our overseas trips including to Sri Lanka that outline how we ensure participants are kept safe while overseas.

 

Organising an overseas trip for your school involves lots of preparation. From flights and insurance to pre-trip training and that’s even before you’ve looked at organising the itinerary! So that’s where PMGY come in. We really do specialise in the school’s overseas expedition area providing exclusive group trips whilst accommodating large groups of students, on full board options, with great community project work and travel opportunities. We can organise:

  • FLIGHTS (PMGY ARE ATOL PROTECTED), TRAVEL INSURANCE & FULL VISA GUIDANCE
  • ALL-INCLUSIVE TAILORED VOLUNTEER AND/OR TRAVEL-BASED ITINERARIES
  • FULL PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATION AND 24/7 INTERNATIONAL & IN-COUNTRY SUPPORT

As a social initiative, we are able to guarantee affordable prices without sacrificing the quality of our programs. We frequently have groups joining our programs as they are looking for a more affordable alternative to their existing provider. We can tailor a trip around your requirements and work with you to create your personalised school trip itinerary. So why not follow the PMGY ten-step journey below to making your bespoke school trip to Sri Lanka a reality!

TEN STEP JOURNEY & OUR SUPPORT ROLE

Step 1: Arrange a Call – Should this trip be the one for you, get in touch by email or call and one of our school expedition specialists can discuss and tailor your Sri Lanka school trip. Alternatively, let us know the best way to reach out to you and we will do so at a time convenient to you.

 

Step 2: Meet & Greet – After initial contact has been made and ideas progressed, our school expedition specialist will travel to meet you and any of your colleagues in person. As a result, a face can then be put to the name, the Sri Lanka trip planning can be evolved and any initial questions can be answered.

 

Step 3: Information Session – Once the itinerary, duration and dates are in place for your trip to Sri Lanka, our school trip specialist will come and host an information session with all interested students and parents. We will convey all necessary content and information about the trip and hold a Q&A session after the presentation to ensure all attendees are as informed as possible before signing up.

 

Step 4: Confirm Trip Numbers – Once the internal school deadline for registrations has passed and the trip numbers are known, PMGY will arrange the invoice procedures for the overall group deposit payment to confirm the trip go ahead. For every 10 students, 1 teacher spot will be provided for free! We can also arrange and provide flights and insurance options for all travellers should this be applicable.

 

Step 5: PMGY Pre-departure Support – Throughout the build-up to your Sri Lanka school trip, we will be on hand to support you whatever way possible. Whether it be through creating your bespoke trip handbook, completing risk assessments, communicating safety management procedures or providing project preparation webinars, we will have all bases covered.

 

Step 6: Pre-departure Session – Around 2 months before your school trip begins in Sri Lanka, we will come to your school and do a final pre-departure session with staff, students and parents. This will ensure that everything is in place before your school head overseas and the content covered will align with this accordingly. We will also distribute PMGY T-shirts to all travellers at the session!

 

Step 7: Before You Go – In the days before your arrival into Sri Lanka, we will be in close and regular contact with you to make sure everything is in place for your trip. This will include a range of emails and phone calls ensuring your arrival procedures are all in place, dietary requirements & medical conditions are catered for and that our ground team in Sri Lanka are well prepared for your school’s arrival.

 

Step 8: Enjoy the Trip! – When on the trip, our ground team will become your day to day port of call. We will touch base with them daily to make sure your trip is running smoothly. If required, we will be available 24/7 from afar. We will check in with you across the trip to see how everything is going. We know you will be in safe hands with our trusted, experienced and vetted ground teams!

 

Step 9: Return Home – By the time our team have dropped you safely back at Colombo Airport, the travel blues may already be starting to kick in! We hope all the students and staff have had an unforgettable trip! Each trip participant will receive a certificate of completion. Furthermore, we will check in one final time with you in the days after your trip for feedback on your Sri Lanka experience.

 

Step 10: Future Planning – After a few weeks away from Sri Lanka and once the travel blues have well and truly settled in, it’s now time to be planning your next school trip with PMGY to create more magical memories! Whether it be back to Sri Lanka or to a new destination, PMGY will be on hand every step of the way again to facilitate your new adventure. Back to Step one we go!

SCHOOL CASE STUDY - AKELEY WOOD SCHOOL, UK

Who – Akeley Wood School from the United Kingdom. 13 students and 1 staff member from Akeley Wood travelled to Sri Lanka on a group trip expedition with PMGY.

 

What – A 17 day expedition to Sri Lanka in total. The first half of the trip focussed on renovation and teaching volunteering in Ambalangoda and the second half of the trip centred on adventure travel across Sri Lanka. PMGY arranged a renovation project for the group at Balapitiya Junior School situated in the local area of Ambalangoda. Such a project focussed on renovating and building a playground area to provide playtime and leisure opportunities outside of the classroom for the children. In addition, students of Akeley Wood gave their time and effort in the afternoons teaching English at an Amabalangoda village community project. Cultural activities were all arranged to keep the students entertained and learning in evenings. The adventure travel was a great way to see the highlights of the country in such a short space of time. It was action-packed and included a safari, Galle Fort World Heritage Site, some R&R at Mirissa beach, exploring the hill country and spending time in the cultural capital of Kandy.

 

Where – Akeley Wood experienced so much and a range of locations in their 17 days in Sri Lanka. Arriving into Colombo, the main segment of the trip was the community volunteer placements in the coastal town of Ambalangoda in the Galle District. This was the schools base for the first 9 days. Afterwards, the group moved onto to explore the majority of Southern Sri Lanka. Whether it was the beaches of Mirissa, the safari park of Yala, the hill country of Ella or the centralised Kandy, Akeley Wood experienced the breadth of Sri Lanka.

 

When – Akeley Wood joined PMGY on an overseas group expedition for 2 weeks in July 2018. The group had a fantastic experience on a trip that was organised on a relatively short time scale. Consequently, Akeley Wood look forward to returning on a PMGY trip in the future with a longer time scale for planning and trip preparation incorporated.

 

Why – Akeley chose PMGY for their Sri Lanka overseas trip after positive recommendations and references had been received and strong endorsements had been given. Furthermore, the PMGY team were very committed to making the trip happen in the way Akeley Wood wanted it to. In this vein, Philip (a PMGY school trip specialist) travelled to the school on numerous occasions before any payments were made, to ensure that the itinerary provided could meet the aims and objectives that the Akeley Wood academic staff wanted to achieve through the Sri Lanka expedition. Most notably, the renovation and building project adding as much value as possible to the local community and that the adventure travel was tailored to the schools wants. This was all arranged without any trouble or extra costs. As a result, Akeley Wood felt very assured in arranging their Sri Lanka trip with PMGY from the moment the first initial contact was made.

 

How – Following a strong external endorsement and recommendation made on behalf of PMGY, Akeley Wood reached out to PMGY in the months before their trip to Sri Lanka was scheduled. This was around early springtime of 2018 with the school scheduled to head to Sri Lanka in the summer of 2018. PMGY were prompt, efficient and pro-active in communications with Akeley Wood and putting the wheels in motion to ensure that a 17 day expedition in Sri Lanka could be assembled together that would meet the trip objectives of the school. This included PMGY happily travelling to Akeley Wood for a range of face to face meetings and information sessions with the senior leadership team and interested parents and students at the school and then putting into action what Akeley Wood wished to achieve from the trip. Once the trip was confirmed, PMGY ensured they provided a structured pre-departure service throughout to make the process as hassle-free as possible for Akeley Wood. As a result, this transitioned into Akeley Wood getting everything they wanted from their time in Sri Lanka and having their trip expectations resoundingly met with PMGY.

 

Feedback – “From being put in touch with PMGY, we were very impressed in how organised, efficient and pro-active they were in putting together our school trip. They gave so much confidence and assurance that we could achieve what we wanted our students to achieve from the trip and they certainly did not disappoint on this. The school had a trip of a lifetime, were able to give so much back to the local community and experience so much of the travel and adventures that Sri Lanka has to offer. I cannot put into words just how amazing Ashika and his team were during our time in Sri Lanka. They constantly went above and beyond our expectations on a daily basis. Constructing a playground from scratch at the primary school was the highlight of our trip. In addition, enjoying traditional dance classes and spotting elephants on safari were experiences not to forget. None of this could have been envisaged, experienced or made a reality for our students without the support, guidance and putting together of PMGY!”

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROJECT SUMMARIES

The core of the sample overseas school trip with PMGY to Sri Lanka will be centred around the volunteering schedule and making a positive impact in the local community. The core projects within the sample itinerary that students will be completing volunteer work in is the renovation, teaching English and sea turtle conservation. It is important to note that we also have childcare and medical volunteer opportunities in Sri Lanka. As a result, your volunteer schedule can be tailored to include these aspects. Consequently, the sample itinerary and volunteer options included within can be amended to a bespoke Sri Lanka expedition for your school.

 

English Teaching – PMGY’s English Teaching volunteer programme in Sri Lanka encourages students to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. Sri Lanka’s education system is pretty impressive for a developing country of its size. Universal public education is available from the age of 6 to the age of 18. However, many government schools, particularly in rural areas, receive minimal government funding – especially considering the size of the communities they are expected to serve. The facilities at the schools are very basic, particularly the classrooms that get extremely cramped as average class sizes are around 40 to 60 children.

 

The ability to speak English is becoming of growing importance in Sri Lanka. The two main sources of income in Sri Lanka come from tourism and migrant workers going to the Middle East. Both occupations require the ability to speak English – the world’s global language. However, the level of English teaching in government schools is limited. Class sizes are large and the teachers’ English speaking skills are by no means perfect. It is only the middle and upper-class children who can afford private English lessons.

 

Therefore it is no surprise that children from most low-income families speak little or no English. Our aim is to give the poorer children of Ambalangoda, the same opportunities as their more wealthy peers so they too have the chance to develop their ability to speak English.

 

The Community Village School Project is an after-school education programme initiated and ran by PMGY and is the main teaching project our volunteers take part in. We work in a number of villages across the Ambalangoda district where we provide free English lessons and education opportunities for children traditionally from lower-income families.

 

The children attend local government schools during the mornings. Our aim is to further their English language development by providing these free after-school English lessons in the afternoons. These projects will take place in a makeshift classroom or community centre. We encourage and support students to make lessons as engaging and interactive as possible by being creative and proactive when preparing lessons! The presence of volunteers gives the children an insight into different cultures; a global perspective they greatly benefit from.

 

The after-school education programme runs from 3pm to 6pm. The first two hours are spent teaching English and the last hour is allocated for games and activities. Students will lead their own classes, usually working in small groups. We usually run three to six classes in each community. Each class is divided based on the children’s level of English. The class sizes vary from 4 to 12 children per class. Moreover, PMGY will have a local coordinator at the project each day who is on hand to support volunteers with their efforts and can help with overcoming the language barrier.

 

Generally speaking, as long as students are proactive, enthusiastic and have lots of energy they can make great developments during their time at the project. Volunteers will need to plan and prepare activities in advance of each session to ensure the session can be engaging, fun and productive! Time and resources will be provided for students each day before going to the project to plan and prepare accordingly.

 

Renovation in the Local Community – Our Sri Lanka renovation program can be based at a wide range of community facilities in and around Ambalangoda. You could be helping out at schools, government hospitals, children’s homes or Buddhist temples. These institutions often struggle to find funding and labour support to undertake important development work.

 

During your first week, your school will be working at one of these community settings in Ambalangoda. The student group will be carrying out a painting & renovation programme at either a temple, school or hospital. This will involve working together in a large group along with local tradesman.

 

You do not need to have any previous construction or renovation experience, just bags of energy and the willingness to help. Your renovation volunteer program will mainly be during the morning, however, depending on the circumstances and weather conditions, timings may change around a little. The renovation aspect of the programme in Sri Lanka allows participants to provide a tangible impact within the volunteer experience as they make an important contribution within the local community. With your help, we can further support Ambalangoda’s community and you can do your bit to leave a lasting impression!

 

The exact project location for this will be decided closer to the time of the program where the need for a local project will be identified. Essentially, students will be placed at one local establishment that has expressed a great need for volunteers and request help in renovation or restoration work. This will ensure the impact we are making on the renovation project will be valuable and needed. A coordinator will be at hand to help you with your tasks. As a renovation volunteer, you will spend your time helping out with the required tasks that the project desires. For example, you may be busy mixing paint, digging holes, painting fences, assisting builders, scrubbing walls, moving blocks, decorating a room, whatever is required for your local community. Your placement is likely to be outside, so make sure to bring plenty of suncream, a water bottle, and old clothes too!

 

This is a great project that allows you to get hands-on within the community. By the end of your time with us, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’ve contributed towards, whilst still making a difference in the community afternoon projects as well.

 

Sea Turtle Conservation – You can protect and rehabilitate sea turtles whilst also helping at community development projects during your school expedition to Sri Lanka. Many species of turtles are under threat and at risk of becoming endangered, hence there is a great need for wildlife conservation efforts. Use your day volunteering with turtles to further raise awareness of plastic pollution, care for injured and disabled turtles and release freshly hatched babies back into the wild, safe from natural risks and local poachers.

 

There are five turtle species that can be found in Sri Lanka. These are the Green Turtle, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and Leatherback. The Green turtle is the most commonly found species of turtle in Sri Lanka and will likely be the one you encounter the most on your turtle conservation project. The Loggerhead turtle is the rarest and thus hardest to spot in Sri Lanka and is more commonly found on the East Coast of America.

 

Fishing is one of the major industries in Ambalangoda and the location of the project is very close to the local fisheries port. Sea turtles are often found in fishing nets and many have lost limbs becoming disabled and are no longer able to survive in the wild. Many of these disabled turtles are found by local Sri Lankans who bring them to the project site for rehabilitation and care.

 

The program you will experience aims to provide daily care and rehabilitation for the disabled turtles with the long term goal to release back to the wild as well as protecting turtle eggs that have been stolen by local poachers. Participants will learn how to collect eggs, identify different kinds of turtles, how eggs hatch, how to treat turtles, how to send turtles back to the sea and so much more. This is really a day in the itinerary where you will learn a lot and make a tangible difference with your time.

 

Students will join the local staff at the project to get to grips with the daily tasks to what is expected of them. This will include tasks as part of a team as well as individual roles. Typical duties will include cleaning and refilling the turtle tanks, feeding the turtles, beach cleans, cleaning the turtle’s shells, creating education materials and releasing hatched baby turtles into the sea. This is truly an amazing day to be a part of on your school trip itinerary in Sri Lanka!

SAMPLE ITINERARY

We have put together a sample 15 day itinerary that incorporates the ultimate school trip in Sri Lanka. For the reason that it provides a perfect blend of volunteering, travelling, adventure and cultural immersion. Moreover, the trip itinerary is fully structured and inclusive throughout. However, we understand each school has different objectives from an overseas trip and different criteria to meet. As a result, we can tailor the sample itinerary below into a bespoke itinerary that matches your goals and objectives for an overseas school expedition in Sri Lanka.

 

In short, we can tailor a trip around your requirements and work with you to create your personalised school trip itinerary so the students and school can get the most from the experience. Whether you wish to extend or shorten the duration of the trip, solely focus on volunteering, or would like to incorporate volunteering into a wider trip with travel opportunities – we can work together to create the perfect itinerary for you. Above all, we will ensure your school trip to Sri Lanka remains fully affordable, structured, safe and inclusive.

 

Days 1-2 - Arrival & Orientation

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Your group will arrive at Colombo International Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport). On arrival, you will be greeted by Ashika from the PMGY Sri Lanka team who will be easily visible in his PMGY T-Shirt.

 

We will then transport you by private bus to your volunteer accommodation in Ambalangoda. The journey takes around 2-3 hours. Ambalangoda will be your base for the first week of your school trip in Sri Lanka with PMGY. You will have the chance to settle into your accommodation and enjoy your first Sri Lankan cuisine with a freshly prepared welcome meal awaiting you.

 

Feeling re-energised after an evening sleep, you will have your first Sri Lankan breakfast before beginning your orientation on day 2.

 

In the orientation, our local team will begin to teach you about life in Sri Lanka, the do’s and don’ts, and the local culture and religion. This will continue with a preview of your trip itinerary, safety advice and a presentation of all the projects we support in the community.

 

In the afternoon, we will take you to see some of the famous sites around Ambalangoda, including the longest sleeping Buddha statue in Asia and an original blue moonstone mine. You will learn more about Buddhism and how the local people follow this philosophy as well as furthering your understanding of some of the local traditions. Finally, you will also have the chance to change money and visit the supermarket.

 

After a full day induction to life in Sri Lanka, it’s time to reflect on your first full day in this amazing country. Tomorrow will be the start of your volunteering and giving back to the Ambalangoda community.

Days 3-6 - Renovation & Teaching Volunteering & Cultural Activities

We will start our project work on day 3. After a good breakfast at the accommodation, we will transport you by private transport to the project site.

 

It will be time for everyone to roll up their sleeves as each morning across the next 4 days you will be making a tangible hands-on difference directly within the Ambalangoda community. Such a project will involve painting and renovating either a local school, hospital or temple. In short, supporting projects that struggle to find funding and labour support to undertake important development work.

 

After busy mornings volunteering, it will be time to return to the volunteer accommodation ready for a well earned Sri Lankan lunch to top up energy levels.

 

Following lunch, students will spend a little time preparing for the afternoon community teaching volunteer project. We will transport you to the village afterschool project by private transport. The program is initiated, funded and ran by PMGY providing free English lessons and education opportunities for children traditionally from lower-income families.

 

On each of your evenings in Ambalangoda, we will provide cultural and fun activities for you to enjoy. This will allow you to immerse yourself into the Sri Lankan culture and lifestyle further and ensure your days remain action-packed! Examples will include a cultural dance show, traditional hands craft session and a lecture about Sri Lankan meditation.

Day 7 - Sea Turtle Conservation & Beach, Bonfire & BBQ

Day 7 will be the fifth and final day of the volunteer schedule for your school trip in Sri Lanka. You will play a direct role in helping to protect and rehabilitate at-risk sea turtles. The long term goal of the project is to release turtles back into the wild where possible.

 

You will support local staff with the typical daily duties that are required to care for the sea turtles. Examples will include helping with all feeding, cleaning, maintenance and education routines.

 

In the evening, we will head to the beach and release hatched baby turtles back into the sea. A fantastic experience that is not to be missed! We will end the day with a bonfire and beach BBQ to reflect on our volunteer week in Ambalangoda. Tomorrow will be where the fun and adventure section of the trip really begins as we spend our second week travelling across this fantastic island.

Days 8-9 - Galle Fort, Stick Fishing & Mirissa Beach

After a full week volunteering and giving back to the community in Ambalangoda, it’s now time to spend the second week exploring and travelling what this amazing country has to offer!

 

It’s now time to head to Galle for the morning. The drive to Galle will take around one hour as we begin our trip around the south of the island!

 

Galle is always a favourite amongst many travellers in Sri Lanka. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort was originally built in the 16th Century by the Portuguese, then extensively modified by the Dutch a century later. There’s a winding maze of streets with Colonial-era architecture mixing old and new between the ancient Fort walls. You will spend time walking across the Fort, taking in the beautiful scenery and spotting turtles in the ocean beyond.

 

After finishing in Galle, it’s time to go stick fishing in Weligama. This is your chance to learn about the traditional Sri Lankan art of stick fishing! If you’d like to try it out yourself, be prepared to get splashed!

 

As we approach day 9, the time has finally arrived for some free time in Mirissa to relax by the beach after what has been a jam-packed itinerary so far. Situated on the south coast, Mirissa is a beautiful little fishing village with a picture-postcard beach setting.

 

Your time in Mirissa is your oyster and you will spend the afternoon of day 8 and the whole of day 9 soaking it up! Mirissa has a number of water activities you can do to keep you entertained, such as bodyboarding, snorkelling and whale watching. Otherwise, you may wish to simply put your feet up and relax!

Day 10 - Elephant Safari & Baby Elephant Feeding

It’s an early start as we make the 3 hour drive across to Udawalawe National Park for a 3 hour morning safari. With a herd of around 250 permanent resident elephants, the area is one of the most visited national parks in the whole country. Be sure to keep an eye out for many of the wild birds, sloth bears and reptiles that you can also encounter on the safari as well.

 

The national park was specifically created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir. The reserve thus provides an important habitat for many Sri Lankan elephants, crocodiles and amazing leopards, with many attracted to the park because of the reservoir.

 

Following an epic safari and a tasty lunch, you will get the chance to witness the baby elephant afternoon feed! More specifically, you will get the chance to see between 20-50 baby elephants being fed at a nearby elephant orphanage to Udawalawe. This is the only place in the whole of Sri Lanka to see baby elephants feeding. Your group will spend an hour or so observing the afternoon feed before we head north to the hill country town of Ella for the next leg of the journey.

Days 11-12 - Ella, Little Adam's Peak & Nuwara Eliya

Ella represents a picturesque village in the hill country. We will visit one of its biggest attractions which is the famous Nine Arch Bridge. Based on the Demodara loop, it is a spectacular feat of engineering and construction spanning 91 metres. The beautiful nine arches make it a very picturesque spot, especially as it is located in a dense jungle and agricultural setting. We will take a 20 minute walk off the beaten track down and around the bridges, with many picturesque views and photo opportunities along the way.

 

You will then have a chance to settle into central Ella and take in everything this beautiful small laid-back town has to offer. Why not try its famous local delicacy of coconut and chocolate roti?

 

We will be early again on day 12 as we head to Little Adam’s Peak located just outside of Ella Town. We will partake in a relatively pleasant and not too strenuous 45 minute hike up to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak in time for sunrise. The stunning views are well worth the gentle hike as you capture endless valleys of tea plantations and waterfalls. What a great way to start the day!

 

After having lunch in Ella we will make our way to Nuwara Eliya. You will witness some of Sri Lanka’s most awe-inspiring scenery on the drive which includes rolling hills and enchanting waterfalls.

 

Located in the heart of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya was established by British colonialists and is now often referred to as ‘Little England’. The town is surrounded by lush green hills and dotted with English country style houses and half-timbered bungalows. We’ll visit a tea factory where you’ll get the chance to take a tour of the tea plantations. In addition, we will stop at Ravana Falls. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country.

Days 13-14 - Kandy - The Cultural Capital

After an early breakfast at the accommodation, its time to make our way to the city of Kandy. Located in the centre of the island, surrounded by green hills and full of cultural significance – Kandy is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. It is also the southern tip of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. The city hosts the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), which is a famous pilgrimage site. The picturesque central lake on the other side of town offers a more relaxed feel than the busy town centre.

 

You’ll receive a guided tour of Kandy’s ancient Temple of the Tooth as you learn about its significance to Buddhism. Kandy is also a great place to do some shopping as the end of your time in Sri Lanka approaches. With a vibrant mix of local markets and high street stores as well as a wood carving factory, you won’t be short of choice as far as souvenir shopping goes.

Day 15 - Negombo & Hometime

Sadly, all good things must come to an end as we head east from Kandy to the coastal city of Negombo. Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo is situated within close proximity of the airport for departure.

 

It is a modest beach town and will allow you to relax and reflect on a fantastic two weeks in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, it will provide a convenient transit gateway for our team to transfer you back to Colombo International Airport in good time for your return flight home. It’s been a great two weeks!

ACCOMMODATION - HOTELS

 

During your school trip to Sri Lanka, you will stay in hotel-style accommodation. All accommodation is comfortable, secure and vetted. The first hotel is located in Ambalangoda, where the volunteer segment of your trip will take place. You will be based here for the first week of your stay in a peaceful part of town.

 

Each room is provided with bunk beds, bed linen and mosquito nets and will fit up to 10 people per room (same-sex). Teachers will have their own separate rooms. There are communal areas for students to relax, play games and prepare lesson plans for the teaching project. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.

 

You will have cupboard space to store clothes and accessories. Our local team can arrange valuables to be stored in a safe. We will transport you via private transport to and from your project every day.

  • FANS, MOSQUITO NETS & BEDDING ALL PROVIDED
  • LOCAL LAUNDRY SERVICES AVAILABLE & WESTERN STYLE BATHROOM FACILITIES PROVIDED
  • ROOMS ARE SINGLE-SEX & TEACHERS ARE PROVIDED WITH THEIR OWN ROOMS

 

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Sri Lanka is hot and humid all year round! A member of our local team will also live at the accommodation as well as an on-sight overnight security guard. This ensures you have round the clock support and security.

 

During the travelling aspect of the trip, you will stay in our partner hotels in the various places we will visit. This will include 2 nights in Mirissa & Kandy and 1 night in Udawalawe, Ella & Negombo. You will share a room with fellow students and this will usually be up to six people per room (same-sex). All rooms will be fanned and have western bathrooms. The rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable. Teachers will again be provided with their own rooms.

MEALS

You will be served three meals per day during your school trip to Sri Lanka. During the first week of volunteering, meals will be provided at the accommodation in Ambalangoda under a set menu format. When travelling across Sri Lanka in the second week, there will be lots of buffet options to choose from. Most meals are traditional Sri Lankan dishes that can be typically quite spicy (although the spice can be toned down and adjusted according to the general consensus of the group).

  • EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE TASTES OF TRADITIONAL SRI LANKAN CUISINE
  • WESTERN DISHES WILL BE OCCASSIONALLY PROVIDED ACROSS THE TRIP ITINERARY
  • VEGETARIAN OPTIONS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE TRIP

 

Sri Lankan cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available. All meals will be freshly-prepared each day and the occasional western meal will also be added in. It’s best to avoid tap water in Sri Lanka. Bottled water is available everywhere and provided with meals.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Please note our local team will do their best to cater for all dietary requirements. Any dietary requirements will be requested by the PMGY team in advance of your school trip arrival into Sri Lanka. Such details will be forwarded to the local team, but it is a good idea for the relevant staff/student to re-iterate any dietary requirements to the local team on arrival into the country.

PHOTOS

TRIP COSTS

DURATION

PROGRAM FEE

TRIP DEPOSIT FEE

TOTAL

15 days
825 USD
249 USD
1,074 USD

* These fees apply to each individual student.

 

In order to confirm your school trip to Sri Lanka with PMGY, you need to pay a trip deposit fee of 249 USD for each student. The remaining Program Fee of 825 USD per each student is then due no less than 60 days prior to your Sri Lanka trip start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, itinerary or trip numbers) then we will aim to facilitate this without any administration fees. Furthermore, we are happy to facilitate an instalment payment option should this be more beneficial for your school.

 

Payments can be made via bank transfer and PMGY will create and send the invoices and payment receipt details once the trip numbers are confirmed. Alternatively, we can establish payment links directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

  • TEACHERS TRAVEL FREE FOR EVERY 10 STUDENTS THAT SIGN UP
  • THE TOTAL FEE FOR EACH STUDENT IS GREAT VALUE, TRANSPARENT AND FULLY INCLUSIVE
  • ONLY A SMALL TRIP DEPOSIT FEE PER STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO MAKE YOUR TRIP HAPPEN

 

The prices are based on group numbers of 20+ and do not include flights or insurance (these can be arranged separately through PMGY). For every 10 participants, we are able to provide 1 free spot for the staff or academic leaders. Consequently, no trip deposit fee or Program Fee will be required for each staff or academic leader participant on the trip.

 

Included in the Fees – 2 x pre-departure briefing sessions, financial protection, airport transfers, private transportation across Sri Lanka and to/from project, 3 meals a day, all accommodation, volunteer placements, travel activities including all applicable entrance fees, cultural activities, 24/7 International & Sri Lankan based support, extensive pre-departure support opportunities, PMGY Sri Lanka t-shirt and an International Certificate of Completion. (Teachers will receive all of these inclusions complimentary).

   
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • ACCOMMODATION (HOTELS)YES
  • MEALS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER) YES
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS (24 HOURS)YES
  • IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATIONYES
  • PRIVATE TRANSPORT THROUGHOUTYES
  • VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTSYES
  • TRAVEL ACTIVITIES & ENTRANCE FEESYES
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIESYES
  • PMGY SRI LANKA T-SHIRTYES
  • 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORTYES
  • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT YES
  • PMGY SCHOOL SPECIALIST CONTACT YES
  • PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT MEETINGS YES
  • INFORMATION SESSIONS YES
  • VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK YES
  • 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTIONYES
  • REGULAR PROGRAM INSPECTION YES
  • FREE TEACHER SPOTS YES
  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONYES

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • FLIGHTS TO COLOMBONO
  • TRAVEL INSURANCENO
  • SPENDING MONEYNO
  • VISANO