Back of Beyond Lanka

Back of Beyond has distinctive eco retreats around Sri Lanka.  They are located in peaceful and outstanding locations close to jungles, streams, ancient reservoirs, beaches and lagoons. 

A range of activities have been developed such as trekking, cycling, kayaking, swimming, birding, exploring ancient sites, all of which aim to be as low impact as possible on the natural and socio-cultural environment of the properties and the surroundings.



Volunteering at Back of Beyond will provide benefits such as:

  • Experience first hand, the local fauna and flora and fascinating culture.
  • Opportunity to experience how the Eco Retreats have been developed with minimal disruption to any of the existing natural patterns of the land and its life
  • To experience the use of modern methods of environmental construction as well as revival of the traditional building practices (such as rammed earth) and material (illuk and talipot thatch and bamboo rafters, instead of wood). Open space house plans minimizing electricity consumption through the use of natural light and ventilation. The use of sustainable sources of energy.
  • Experience the natural topography and vegetation that is unique to each property.
  • Culinary experience - meals at Back of Beyond focus on  wellness and healthy diet based on the traditional food patterns.
  • Learn about the history, culture and society in the area and surroundings
  • Learn and participate in agricultural activities of each property
  • Opportunity to teach basic English in pre-schools in the area
  • Opportunity to welcome and interact with guests from all over the world and to learn about their cultures


Job Information

  • Share your experience and knowledge of Eco Tourism and travel with staff and building capacity
  • Teach English to the local staff as well as in pre-schools 
  • Assist in organizing and guiding tours (opportunity to learn about the culture, history, environment, biodiversity, wildlife of Sri Lanka)
  • Share expertise on organic agriculture
  • Any other areas that might be of interest after discussion
  • Providing publicity via social media on the activities of the eco retreat
  • Photographing nature and guest experiences at the retreat


Useful Skills / Interests

  • Organic gardening
  • Construction
  • Writing, maintaining blogs and social media
  • Healthy cooking
  • Nature based activities
  • Teaching and working with children
  • Eco tourism and travel

Duration / Dates

Volunteer period - Minimum 3 months and Maximum 6 months. Beginning first of each month.

Whats Included:
• Accommodation : Accommodation would be fairly basic and shared with other volunteers. Some accommodation units would be fairly open structures.
• Meals : All meals whilst at property. Volunteers will also be expected to assist in the preparation of certain meals.
• Airport transfers : Airport transport to and from the International Airport. All transport relating to the volunteer activities.
• Support : Local team at eco retreat as well as from Head Office as and when required.
• Not Included: Flights, Medical Insurance, Visas, Personal Expenses and expenses when not working at retreat.

Costs / Pay

Volunteer fees:

For 3 month program : USD 800 per month
For 6 month program : USD 700 Per month
50 % of Fees to be paid after acceptance of candidate and the balance one week prior to arrival.

Contact / Enquiry

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