Kandy Community Project

Contribute with your time and effort to improve the quality of life of the local communities of Sri Lanka.

Use this opportunity to work with less privileged families. You would be taking care of children, and of children whom you could teach basic values and education and also be spending time with the differently abled people. This program lets you come closer to the culture and people of Sri Lanka while this is your opportunity to help the needy with your time, attention, love and care.


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Program Description

Under the community project, we support various communities in and around Kandy. At the moment, the following placements are available for the participants to join and support.


In this program, you will be assisting the staff at a local day care center for poor people. You will look after the children and engage in educational activities and games. Their duties involve helping the staff in cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets, pillows and keeping the area clean and sterile. You would also help to prepare food and feed the children.

Home for Children and Persons with Disabilities

This home for children and persons with disabilities is run by the Mother Teresa Foundation under the supervision of the Department of Probation and Childcare, Sri Lanka. The home accommodates more than 120 children, women and men with disabilities between the ages of 1 to 60 years.

By joining this project, you can extend your love, support and care to all these people in need. The typical hours of working would be between 8.30 to 15.30. However, if you take part in this project, Thursdays would be project holidays. On Thursdays you may relax or you can join with another project if available.

Add-on: +Learning

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

Aims & Objectives

The project aims to give the local communities a good education and basic knowledge of good health and care in order for them to gain a better and secure future.


Monday to Friday

After breakfast, you will directly go to your placement.Your typical or daily activities to be performed will be as follows:

Childcare Placement:

  • Help the staff in cleaning beds, changing nappies, bed sheets and pillows.
  • Keep the area clean and sterile.
  • Play games with the children
  • Engage in educational activities

Home for the Children and Persons with Disabilities:

  • Cleaning the surroundings
  • Supporting staff with the available activities
  • Engaging in recreational activities with children
  • Treating all the residents with love and care
  • Feeding the residents

***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 culture experience.

  • 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.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of outdoor activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Genuine interests and passion with taking care of the elders, children and persons with disabilities.

  • Since you are working with children and persons with disabilities  with different needs and medical and physical conditions, a decent level of energy and patience is required.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and 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

There is no specific equipment. However, if you like to donate any items you think are useful for the above projects, you are more than welcome to bring those with you.

You can also bring teaching materials such as:( for childcare)

  • Games, books, color pencils, chalk, rulers, etc.
  • Pictures from your country, family, and friends.
  • Other small cultural objects from your country of origin.
  • It’s a good idea to bring posters, pictures, music CDs, storybooks, flashcards and so on to brighten up lessons

Personal belongings such as:

  • 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 or personal activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.Protective measures against mosquitoes, you might consider a net for your bed.
  • Medicines you may require and especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis, bring them along. Also you can bring a simple first aid kit with yourself.
  • You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during exploration and outdoor activities.

Dress Code:

  • Modest and Tidy clean clothes for temple visits during your spare time (optional). Wherever you go into a temple ladies MUST cover their shoulders and knees, and basically the more that is covered the better. Carrying in your bag a large scarf to cover shoulders and arms and a sarong for the legs, is a good idea. For men it is also best to cover as much as possible in a religious site.
  • 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.