Volunteer in Sri Lanka

Be part of a team

Teams of volunteers regularly visit Ocean Stars projects and preschools in Sri Lanka every October. Volunteers are active in the classroom for a morning session as well as visiting children in their homes after lunch. Here they witness the living conditions of these very poor families in rural communities around the country.

Independent volunteers

'Independent volunteers' visit throughout the year and volunteer in the Mahadeva Children's Home as well as Preschools.

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Volunteer with Ocean Stars and make a difference to every child and adult you meet.

What we offer:

  • A life changing experience
  • To make friendships for life
  • Gain exposure to a new language
  • To work in challenging circumstances.
  • Have patience, determination and a willingness to share your skills.
  • To work with children in preschools in remote villages.

If you would like to volunteer with Ocean Stars please request a Volunteer Pack now.

Volunteer Enquiry

Volunteering at the deaf link project in Sri Lanka

Volunteer Feedback

Over our time spent with Ocean Stars we were able to visit many different pre schools. All of the schools were filled with children who were eager to learn and the most incredible and motivated teachers. It was clear to us that the opportunities provided by these preschools are invaluable to not only the children but to the mothers who get some valuable time to work on things while childcare is organised. We had an amazing time singing songs, playing games and getting to know the children, it was so lovely to see their smiling faces and giggles (especially when there were bubbles and balloons!!).

Erinn Prentice
2017 Volunteer

"I was impressed with the care of Ocean Stars for volunteers and the staff.  Despite not making any pre-visit meetings, I was supplied with all I needed.  I don't think any preparation would have been enough anyway!  I admire the way Ocean Stars look to develop their staff and are moving into the area of empowerment, particularly for women.  I really hope the charity can continue to do this in gentle and effective ways (eg the sewing machine project).

Overall, it was a very moving visit.  I struggled to hold in tears on numerous occasions as I saw the difference being made in small ways.  Lives really are being changed as a result of the work."

2015 Volunteer


Pre-school cultural link UK to Sri Lanka

"The work of Ocean Stars really is life changing. Ocean Stars positively impacts a number of children's lives and their families. I was unaware of quite how many communities they reach out to and how far they are. The most remote villages are given opportunities of a life time. This could be seen in the children's smiles everyday. The children and teachers were so happy to learn from us."

Amy 2016 Volunteer

School volunteers on their trip to Sri Lanka

"The trip was both fun and rewarding. Dilanee and her fellow trustees have something to be incredibly proud of. What a life changing and incredible charity. I am so grateful for the opportunity and will never forget it!"  Amy 2016

Volunteer Enquiry

"I see my time working with Ocean Stars Trust as a time to give as much as I can to others as I really enjoy forgetting my own (menial) worries and putting the work of the charity and the people we help first.

But on returning I find the trip teaches me a lot about myself and the things I enjoy and the person I want to be.I love working in a team of like-minded individuals and I just love working hard in the schools just to see how happy this makes the children.

I mainly just hope I am able to contribute by spreading a bit of happiness and hope to others during the trip.

2015 Volunteer

Volunteers leading parachute games

Volunteers visiting Hope House

I thoroughly enjoyed my time visiting Sri Lanka in July this year. I loved being able to finally see for myself the work and support that Ocean Stars is continuing to provide to so many families in various communities after my mum visiting a number of times with OST. I was able to meet the girl that my family have been sponsoring for so many years which was amazing and I loved seeing all of the happy smiling children in the schools who are excited to learn! The Sri Lanka team of Diana, Pooja and Chitra are lovely women who enjoy what they do and love being able to make a difference to so many children's lives!

2017 Volunteer