TEFL practicum in Sri Lanka

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Program Description

Typical Day in School: (Adjustable)

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. School opens
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. English Teaching
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. English Teaching
10:15 a.m. - 10:25 a.m Snack Break (fresh fruit or crackers w/cheese, milk, juice)
10:25 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. English Teaching
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m – 12: 45 a.m English Teaching
12:45 a.m - 01:30 p. m ( Free Time ) School Finish

The traineeship is broken up into three areas:

Month 1: Get acquainted with the daily classroom routine and learn about the skills and issues that children face during each school day. The trainee will spend the first month of the training programme as an observer while spending time with the children during the mornings and afternoons.

Month 2: Get acquainted with the methodology of teaching English to children of different ages and levels. The trainee will use this second month of the traineeship to observe a professional English teacher while building up to instructing small parts of the English classes at the end of the month. The trainee will study teaching methodologies, gain experience in preparing teaching material and participate in lesson planning.

Month 3: The trainee will focus on leading a full English class under the supervision of experienced English instructors.The trainee will be assigned an entire project with particular vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures. This project will encompass all of the lesson planning, preparation of helpful teaching material (including flashcards, worksheets, homework, poster and arts and crafts) as well as the manner of instructing vocabulary.


Becoming a TEFL instructor is a challenging and rewarding opportunity for teachers to gain practical teaching experience. Trainees will learn how to be an effective teacher while instructing 20-25 hours of class a week in Sri Lanka. This will be great for CELTA teachers or TEFL teachers who have recently been certified since prior teaching experience is desirable but not necessary. This is a training opportunity that will help people complete their TEFL courses. Classes are small and the students are very enthusiastic. Professional motivation and private passion is a must for this project. We are also looking for enthusiastic team players who are interested in collaboration. Trainees will learn about proper behavior, classroom management, teaching techniques and they will experience the Sri Lankan culture and language firsthand.


English Volunteer Qualifications:

Hold an undergraduate degree or a TEFL certificate
Have experience in informal and community education
Be able demonstrate an ability to work independently
Be able demonstrate a passion for using education for development
Have the ability to successfully manage their time and prioritize tasks
Be fluent in English
Be capable and comfortable in adapting to life in a less developed country with potentially basic living conditions
Be able to adjust to life in another culture and language, and be able to work at all times with cultural sensitivity
Ideally have previous experience living, working or travelling in a developing country, though is not essential
Be able to financially support themselves

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What`s Included

FREE Accommodation, transportation to and from the school, internet and other organized services throughout the stay in Sri Lanka
Teaching internship is a voluntary event which does not carry any scholarship or emoluments
One day beach holiday upon arrival
Opportunity to immerse in the local community, sharing with knowledge and experiences
Work alongside regular teachers in teaching classes and assessing students

Visa paperwork (for projects over 24 weeks)
Airport pick up
Accommodation in Host Family ,self catered apartment or hostel during orientation and entire project time
Breakfast every morning
Lunch every work day
Free sim Card
Sri Lanka travel Guide
Map of Sri Lanka.
Onsite Coordinator
24 hour emergency assistance
Written record of service completion (for volunteers that successfully complete their project).

Program Locations

Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

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Program Details

Lanka TEFL Training Institute
  • Sri Lanka: Kelaniya
Throughout the year
3-6 months
American, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African
USD 800
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