Boys Town Ragama - Sri Lanka

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Program Description

Rev. Brother Noel heads this Roman Catholic Center. It was established in 1960 and employs 40 teachers and instructors who teach in five locations around the country. The Center at Ragama serves as the headquarters. Buddhist and Catholic children are helped at these centers and all of the branches are open to people of all religions. One of the centers, called Boy’s Town, is built in the beautiful hill country of Nuwara Eliya. It is surrounded by picturesque Ceylon tea plantations.

Children are trained in technology and animal husbandry in order to advance their future career prospects. They are sent to Boys’ Town for four months before returning to Ragama Center. If any of the boys are orphans or without a living place, then they have the option of living more permanently at residential facilities. Boys are provided with personal training machines and whatever income is produced goes to the maintenance of the institution. They learn how to weld and other valuable skills. Some of the money is deposited in bank accounts to be held in trust for them. Many of these youths were saved through this institution and given a chance at a successful life.


Work closely with the staff under the guidance of the Director
Teach children English, German or French
Work with different sets of children in order to help them overcome any issues
Provide recreation and sports to the children
Help design new and innovative programs
Help keep dormitories clean
Help with the class work


The successful applicant will:

Have experience with 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 prioritise tasks
Be fluent in English
Be capable and comfortable adapting to life in a less developed country with basic living conditions
Be able to adjust to life in another culture and a foreign 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 this is not essential
Be financially independent

Volunteer Types


What`s Included

Visa paperwork (for projects over 24 weeks)
Airport pick up
Accommodation during orientation and entire project time
Breakfast every morning
Lunch every work day
7 days orientation
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)

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Program Locations

Ragama, Sri Lanka

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Program Details

  • Sri Lanka: Ragama
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
USD 500
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