Prithipura Communities

The Prithipura Communities of Sri Lanka is an organisation dedicated to the care and assistance of children with disabilities.

Prithipura Communities is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. We provide a home to some of the most vulnerable in Sri Lanka; those with disabilities who have little or no family contact. We offer support regardless of ethnicity, religion or financial means. We currently support 250 children and adults with disabilities.

​We believe in the intrinsic value of all humans regardless of disability and that people with disabilities should have equal access to a family life, education, work opportunities and community integration.  We believe that people with disabilities should also have the freedom to make independent choices and ultimately live a life free of stigma.


Volunteering At Prithipura

Over the past 50 years, volunteers from across the world have given up their time and energy to contribute to the work of 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 backgrounds 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're looking for a range of different skills including: Support workers; Therapists – including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and speech and language therapists; Agriculture Workers; NGO specialists including Fundraising, Organisational Development and/or Communications. 

These are voluntary positions for a minimum of 6 weeks up to 1 year - as you wish. Dates can be flexible.

Who we're looking for

Previous experience is helpful but not essential. The right personality is a must, however! We are looking for hard-working, enthusiastic people willing to get stuck in. You must have the flexibility to adapt to a different culture and accept and appreciate all that is new and different!

Our commitment to you​​

  • Transfers to and from the airport.
  • Full induction including an orientation visit and a detailed volunteer manual.
  • Support with getting a visa – fees are applicable for this.
  • Free board and lodging in purpose-built accommodation.
  • The opportunity to immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture, to experience the beauty of the country, its people and diverse activities.
  • Gain valuable experience which will support future career development.
  • Make lifetime friendships.

​We do not charge for volunteer placements (apart from visa costs) but encourage and support volunteers who wish to fundraise on our behalf.

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