Kandy Restoration and Renovation

Contribute to renovating and restoring ancient temples, revitalizing their former glory. Additionally, participate in renovating educational institutions, schools, and community centers.

This project in Kandy offers the chance to be part of efforts to restore these sites to their former splendor, sparking creativity and capturing the imagination of local communities. Join us in preserving cultural heritage and making a lasting impact on the city’s landmarks and educational facilities.


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Program Description

There are numerous temples, schools, and community centers in and around Kandy that require renovation and restoration. Our project aims to bring life back to these sites. Your work will involve basic renovation, painting, and restoring artwork in the temples during the afternoons.

These projects are located in the tranquil yet vibrant city of Kandy, taking you deep into the rural parts of Sri Lanka, away from noisy and overcrowded cities. Kandy, once the main Sri Lankan kingdom, remains a significant cultural hub with important temples attracting both locals and tourists who offer prayers and flowers. Despite past invasions that destroyed many palaces and temples, a wealth of historical sites still awaits discovery.

Besides restoring temples, you will engage in various other activities such as beautifying parks, schools (painting classrooms with educational posters to inspire children), creating captivating playground activities, and enhancing the town through various creative approaches.

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 and to create an aesthetically educative ambience for children at schools.


Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Working at the placement. Do Light renovation and Construction efforts.
  • Lunch
  • Working at the placement. Do Light renovation and Construction efforts.
  • Dinner

Your daily tasks may include the following:

  • Cleaning the surroundings of the identified sites.
  • Painting buildings.
  • Engaging in mural work if available.
  • Engaging in artwork if the temple makes requests.

***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.