SRI LANKA: Rewarding Chance to Share Your Love of Football with Kids!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Location : Ja-Ela
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

Coach football to poor children in Ja-Ela. These children play on dusty pitches w/ minimal equipment and no grass in sight, but they benefit hugely from your assistance & enthusiasm! 

Sri Lanka is an exotic island, famous for its 1,600 kilometres of unspoilt, golden beaches and diverse climate zones. It is a wondrous island, with flora and fauna to match - the proverbial paradise island!


You can coach football at a number of different schools in the local community. The facilities are basic but the children are excited about playing football and being coached by our volunteers. The pitches in Sri Lanka are typically gravel and dirt pitches which makes the game of football very quick and exciting as it is played at a very different pace and style to European football. The schools we help cater for the poorer and underprivileged children and have about 400 to 500 pupils ranging from 5 to 16 years old. 'Pitches' can be covered in dust instead of in grass, but that adds to the charm and cultural experience of coaching sports in Sri Lanka!

The way the schools run is very different to our Western way of doing things, which means that sports practice is not as organised as you would probably like, so you do have to have lots of initiative on this placement. However, the rewards are wonderful. You'll get a great deal of satisfaction from your efforts.


Our programme runs in Ja-Ela, midway between Colombo and the popular Indian Ocean resort of Negombo. Ja-Ela is a good point at which to start your exploration of the island's many beaches and beautiful inland resorts. Our placements are very flexible and you can combine any of our projects to give you a broader experience of life on the inside in Sri Lanka.

"When we used to arrive at the school in the morning the children would literally mob us, it really was an amazing experience, so thank you very very much for the experience of a life time." Michael Ecclestone

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £795 for one week. You can participate for up to twelve weeks for £2,195 or longer, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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