Over the past 40 years, volunteers from across the world have given up their time and energies to contribute to the work of the Prithipura Communities.

What they have given, they have received many times over through the love of the children and respect of their co-workers.

They have come from countries as diverse as England, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia.

They are from different background and age - university students, professionals, retired men and women.

What they have in common is a desire to experience a totally different way of life while making a difference to those around them.

We are always happy to hear from people interested in volunteering with us. We are looking for serious and enthusiastic individuals, with a sincere interest to help those in need in Sri Lanka, especially orphaned children.

Many of the volunteers provide relief and support for the overworked Sri Lankan staff and give attention and care to our children.

The majority of the time spent by the volunteers at our centres is directly with our children.

Good physical fitness is vital for lifting and handling some of the children, and much of the work can be physically and emotionally demanding, but there are no special health restrictions.

We are able to place volunteers with disabilities, such as hearing impaired who could teach sign language. But those with mobility difficulties may find it difficult to access all areas.

It is also very important to be flexible and patient, as it may take much longer that you expect to accomplish just about anything.

You will need to be resourceful because you will not have the same access to material that you may be accustomed to, especially in the schools.

When applying, we would liaise with you on which of our sites you prefer and where your expertise lies so that we can ensure that the time you spend with us is the most useful and fulfilling it can possibly be.

If you are interested in volunteering, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can discuss your preferences further.