Volunteer TEFL Positions in Sri Lanka

Date posted:2018-04-12 | Writer: SVS School for English | Email: [email protected]

Volunteering with us as an EFL teacher will be one of the most fulfilling things you do in your life. Whether you’re looking to make a life change after years spent in the rat race, or want to gain some life experience after university, whether you’re a nomad of the world looking for your next settlement or just someone who wants to make an honest difference in people’s lives, then come and join the SVS School for English family.

We know it’s a bold claim to make, but we’ve had the privilege of hosting dozens of volunteers from across the world in the decade since we started; every one of them has found a measure of happiness, teaching English to hundreds of students who truly value the experience and knowledge their teachers bring.

As a volunteer teacher with SVS School for English, you’ll have the chance to live and travel in the beautiful tropical island that is Sri Lanka. We’re not going to give you the guide book spiel – after all, you can Google it for yourself and see just how wonderful a place Sri Lanka is. What we will tell you is that it’s hard to leave once you get here.

Our volunteers receive food and accommodation free of charge, travel to and from the school as well as a small monthly stipend. Teachers live in a large, modern house in the suburbs of Colombo, close to the scenic parliament area, and a stone’s throw from a gorgeous wetland park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided, as well as other amenities including a laundry service. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to experience the tranquility of Sri Lanka’s up-country region when visiting Maskeliya, where the school’s parent project, the Samanala Valley Foundation is located.

Classes run Monday to Friday, beginning at 8.30 AM. Volunteer teachers work 30 hours a week, teaching three 2-hour classes daily, and are provided with lesson plans and course materials. All teachers really need to bring to the classroom is enthusiasm and the zest and passion to be the best for their students.


We’re looking for committed, open- minded individuals with a passion for helping students develop their written and spoken English language skills, along with the enthusiasm to take in all that Sri Lanka and SVS School for English has to offer. To volunteer with SVS School for English, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

You must be a native speaker of English and/or have an excellent standard of English.

Graduated from university and/or be TEFL certified and/or have at least 3 or more years of work experience in any industry.

Be able to commit to at least 6 months of volunteering at SVS School for English.

Volunteer teachers will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka, and the school assists in making the necessary arrangements to procure a visa.

It’s simple, really. We’re just a small, family-run school (that’s also a charity), who are trying to do our best for our students. We’re here to ensure that anyone living in Sri Lanka who wants to learn English has a fair and equal opportunity to do so. And in order to fulfill our mission, we need the help and support of like-minded individuals to join our team.


We need volunteers to join us throughout the year, and accept applications on a rolling basis. So if you’re ready for an adventure, then apply today! We hope to welcome you to our family soon! To apply, please contact us via email at the address given on the job heading and attach your C.V. Include a brief paragraph of no more than 250 words explaining why you’d like to be a part of our team in Sri Lanka. Once we receive your application, we will be in touch to discuss next steps.

SVS School for English

273, Highlevel Road,

Kirulapone, 00500,

Sri Lanka.

Phone : +94-114-387744

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


There is a wide variety of teaching aids available to make a lesson enjoyable and more interesting. Using a variety of these aides will keep the students engaged and allows for a variety of learning styles to be incorporated in the lesson. It is important when using teaching aides that you are familiar with the piece of equipment and well prepared and set up before the lesson begins.This Unit has very informative information and allows students to use their ideas and knowledge of various topics such as TV Stars. I encourages them to work in groups and express their knowledge of the English Language, while being corrected by their peers. It encourages team work while allowing the individual students to put their knowledge of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE to the forefront.