Hill Country Renovation Project

Participate in renovating ancient temples, relics, and paintings to restore their former glory.

Contribute to the effort of revitalizing the temples in Hanguranketha village, Sri Lanka. Engage in renovation and restoration work at these historical sites and local schools, making a meaningful impact in the serene countryside of Central Highlands. Join us for a fulfilling experience, preserving cultural heritage for generations to come.


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Program Description

According to an official census, there are 119 temples in and around Hanguranketha that require renovation and repair work. Our project is working to bring 10 temples back to life. Your work will include basic renovation, painting and restoration of artwork in and around the temples.

The latest projects are situated in the quiet little village of Hanguranketha, which is approximately an hour drive from Kandy. These new projects take you deeper into the rural parts of Sri Lanka away from the noisy and overcrowded cities. Previously known as Diyatileka, Nuwara and Sangaruwan Ketha, Hanguranketha is a village of tremendous historical significance. Although most of its palaces and temples were destroyed by invaders in the early part of the 19th century, there are still a large number of historical sites to be discovered.

Temples in and around Hanguranketha include the Pothgul Maliga Maha Wiharaya which is built from the remains of an ancient palace and a library; the Vishnu Dewalaya; the Dadimunda Dewalaya and Madanwela ancient temple.

The village of Hanguranketha faces several problems such as the lack of clean drinking water, frequent power cuts, poorly staffed schools and run-down temples. And our effort is to assist the local community in restoring and saving these symbols of heritage and culture.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

To bring back the lost glory of these ancient temples such that more and more people come to visit these forgotten temples.


Monday to Friday

After breakfast you will go to your project and start the renovation work. You will mainly engage in renovation and restoration activities during the project time. The work usually starts at 8.30 am and finishes around 2.30 pm with lunch in between.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                –

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • You don’t need special qualifications or even to have experience in Constructions but do consider this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions.
  • High level of efficiency, accuracy and responsibility and can work under pressure and is a team player.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code:

  • Modest working clothes particularly if your placement takes place at the temples.
  • Participants with body tattoos need to cover them and those who have visible piercings must take the ring/studs/etc out while at the placement.
  • Wherever you go into a school premises or during your placement, ladies MUST cover their shoulders and knees, and basically the more that is covered the better. For men it is also best to cover as much as possible in a school and temple premises.
  • The locals do tend to dress more conservatively and the safest choice of clothes to bring is “smart casual” as a great compliment and a sign of respect for their culture.
  • Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Sri Lankans do not wear shoes indoors.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable working clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and wet all day.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during the construction activities.
  • Please also bring work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots as you may do some heavy construction tasks.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during construction activities.