Women's Empowerment Program in Galle, in Sri Lanka

Galle, Sri Lanka

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Volunteering Journeys

(67 Reviews)
  • From $699 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 8 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 to 70 years old



The situation of Sri Lankan women has been shaped heavily by its traditional culture, colonial history and post-independence policies. It is no secret that gender stereotypes adversely impact women, particularly in rural communities of developing countries like Sri Lanka. Women here continue to be seen as “dependent wives” or “supplementary earners” at best. Traditional familial responsibilities of a woman, especially as a mother/wife/homemaker, constrain them in their choice of employment, as do her family’s and society’s attitudes towards certain types of employment.

Women’s empowerment can come in many forms and we have chosen to focus on ‘English Education’ as a tool to equip women with more confidence and make them more employable, while developing their basic life and language skills. The women we work with come from poor to lower-middle income families and mostly from the Muslim communities, which have suffered the most during the turbulent times of the recent past. Most have had early marriages and have been denied the opportunity to pursue their “dream career” in order to raise families. A lot of these women are keen to learn English to enhance their personal growth, increase their self-esteem and confidence, and enable them to become more employable in the future. For many, conversing with our volunteers is also a welcome break from their mundane daily routine.

Arrival and Orientation

Arrival is on Saturdays. On arrival our Program Manager gives detailed introduction and culture training on arrival along with an area orientation tour. Head Teaching Coordinator provides project-specific training and supervises classes daily.


Volunteers will be staying in a beautiful volunteer villa in Galle with other volunteers. The house is located a short 5 mins walk to the beach where you can go in for a quick surf or swim during your free time. Rooms are dorm style and the house comes equipped with a great lounge area to chill in, a rooftop, and common dining area.

Field Conditions

You will be based in our very own Teaching Center in the heart of the community. Volunteers will be teaching English at basic level to women in small to mid-sized groups in the afternoons. Sessions will be held from Mon-Fri in the afternoons for about 2 hours each. Each session will be conducted in a close-knit, comfortable environment with small groups of 3-10 of rural women. A significant amount of preparation (1-2 hours daily) is expected from volunteers to plan for these sessions.

Your Impact

Working with rural women is a very rewarding experience as you will get to learn about gender differences in developing countries and really contribute towards making a deep connection with local women. The learning you will get from this project is equal to the learning you will give to the women you will be volunteering with.


Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Where you will be volunteering
    No 36 Sudaramaram RoadKatugodaGalle 80000

    You will be based in our very own Teaching Center in the heart of the community.

  • Where you'll be staying
    No 36 Sudaramaram RoadKatugodaGalle

    Volunteers will be staying in a beautiful volunteer villa in Galle with other volunteers.

  • Nearest Airport
    Katunayake International Airport (CMB), Gampaha, Sri Lanka


1 Week
8 Weeks
1 Week

$699 USD

What’s Included

  • Donation to local organization

  • All meals

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Training and support

  • Project supplies

  • Airport dropoff

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Air Tickets

Project Start Dates


Volunteering Journeys is a social enterprise that provides the global youth of today with responsible and experiential travel opportunities through sustainable and impactful volunteer programs in the areas of education, healthcare and marine & animal conservation. Our two marquee locations are Galle, Sri Lanka and Kerala, India - both tropical destinations known for their raw beauty, deep culture/history and hospitable people. What separates us from others is our global mindset, local knowhow and ability to deliver wonderful experiences to our young travellers. We are ground operators and offer truly authentic projects be it hospital placements for medical/nursing students, working with special needs communities, women's empowerment, teaching english to children or Buddhist monks, or working on serious elephant, dog care or sea-turtle conservation projects. We also offer unique adventure & sightseeing tours in these locations, which can be done on a standalone basis or combined with any of our volunteering programs. All our programs are created and managed with the goal of enhancing young travellers' learning and having fun, whilst providing sustainable development and aid to the communities we serve.

Reviews (67)


Dec 31, 2017

I'm a medical student from Germany and I spent four weeks in Kerala. The staff were very helpful and warm. On the first day we got a tour of the surrounding area and the staff helped us plan for the weekends as well. I spent the majority of my ... +more


Nov 17, 2017

Had a great time in Nepal. I really enjoyed my placement at the hospital and felt like I really experienced culture in Nepal


Nov 16, 2017

VJs was very supportive and organised. If we needed help with anything, hospital related or otherwise, they would always have a friendly face and research it for us and give us the information as soon as they could.

The orientation was very helpful and informative for cultural immersion.

Hospital took ...

Angela Au

Nov 15, 2017

I'm a medical student from Australia doing a medical elective with Volunteering Journeys in Kathmandu. The level of support from Volunteering Journeys is great. Although I was mainly at the hospital, I also had the chance to do community work at a school. They give you a free tour ... +more

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