Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a mountainous tropical island nation with a population of over 21 million, with 2.3 million in the capital city, Colombo.

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Sandun, fisherman from Negombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka.
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The Sri Lankan kangaroo lizard is a small, ground-dwelling agamid lizard endemic to Sri Lanka.
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Tuk-tuk in the rain, Ahangama, Sri Lanka.

Since the conclusion of a 32-year civil conflict in 2009, the country’s economy has grown steadily. The island nation is one of just a few South-Asian countries to rate as High on the Human Development Index, and while extreme poverty remains low, disparities in income and access to basic services persist.

Australian volunteers support Sri Lankans, particularly women, to access economic opportunities, and seek to influence policy-makers in support of enterprise and economic inclusion.

Volunteer assignments in Sri Lanka focus on a range of development issues, such as economic development and enhancing business practices, increasing engagement with the private sector, tourism development, developing enhanced gender equality, diaspora engagement, disability and inclusionn, and unity and reconciliation.