||All year round, except for 2 weeks in April, August
and December. You
choose your start and finish dates.
2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
No qualifications required. Minimum age 18.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at Colombo airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Return transfer to airport
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages 18 and over.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about the practice of Law overseas.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the
fascinating culture of Sri Lanka
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Work at a Law practice situated in the middle of Negombo. The
head Partner is also an acting magistrate in Negombo and is often in the
The lawyers you'll work alongside are very friendly and speak good
The office is small but professional.
It has air conditioning, two
main rooms and a staff of five local lawyers.
Sri Lankan law is based upon two legal systems - 95% of Sri Lankan
criminal law is based on the British Legal system, the other 5% of their
criminal law is based upon South African law.
Key Attributes of the Internship:
Visits to juvenile training
centres and other rehabilitation centres for probationers
Participation in negotiations and client interviews
opportunity to compile your own article to be published in a
law journal or national newspaper on a topic of interest,
with the assistance of in-house lawyers.
Although they speak Singhalese and Tamil in
Sri Lanka, the official language of law is English. Most court hearings
take place in English, as does all legal documentation. Much of your
work in the office may involve proof reading and drawing on your native
You will become involved in the current
cases and you will also have the chance to sit on the bench at local
courts observing hearings and trials. There are three courts in Negombo
- the Magistrates Court, the High Court and the District Court. The
Magistrates Court is conducted in Sinhalese, but it is possible that you will work at both the
District Court and the High Court (where murder trials take place) -
both of which conduct the majority of their proceedings in English.These are both within 2 minutes walking distance of the office and
situated practically right on the beach!
There is not a typical daily schedule as the placement is tailored
around your interests. If you wish to spend the majority of the
time at Court this will be possible, likewise, if you wish to spend the
majority of time in the office this can be arranged.
from approximately 08:30am to 4:00pm from Monday to Friday.
A guide of what should be expected is:
The office day starts around 8am and interns will
get to go to the Courts some days where they will sit on the bench and
listen to the proceedings. You'll only attend Court when the
proceedings take place in English. For ‘Court days’ you will be in court from 9-10
am and then again from around 2-3:30pm with a break for lunch in
between. You will then work in the office again until 4.00pm.
On non-Court days you will stay in the office with the lawyers and help with
writing deeds and day-to-day legal duties.
Exactly what your office work will involve will vary from day to day,
case to case and intern to intern. You'll be able to help out
with everything that goes on in the office and you will gain an
extraordinary insight into the operations of law in Sri Lanka - a first-hand insight into international law.
Godfrey, the head partner of the firm is also the
acting magistrate. This means he must attend post-mortems at the
mortuary in cases where there is an ambiguous cause of death. If this is
something you are interested in, you are welcome to attend (and please
note, you do not have to attend - the lawyers in the practice are aware
that some interns would find this distressing and would not wish to
attend!) If you are interested, we cannot guarantee that you will be
able to attend during your placement (as it is dependent on the number
of post-mortems needed, which, for obvious reasons, we hope are kept to a
minimum!) but on average Godfrey attends the mortuary approximately once
DATES THE PROJECT IS CLOSED:
The law firm will be closed in April for two weeks (10th till
20th) because of the new year. It is also closed in August for
two weeks (15th to 30th) and again in December (15th to 28th).
I would definitely recommend
at Godfrey’s! Even though it can be slow to begin with as they give you
the Constitution to read (which I loved as I am really
interested in international law/politics) things soon pick up and the
lawyers completely take you under their wing and are more than happy to
show you around the district/magistrate courts. The court trials are
held in Sinhalese but that’s not too much of a problem as the lawyers
keep you up to date with what is happening. Also it’s a great feeling to
just sit there and experience the hustle and bustle of the Sri Lankan
court rooms...it really does compare to a scene from 'To kill a
Lunch times at Godfrey’s is definitely my favourite time
as everyone shares food and the lawyers delight in trying to make you
eat the spiciest food going! It's such a great laugh - the atmosphere is
so relaxed. The Head Lawyer, Godfrey, is such a friendly and accommodating man! He
is extremely successful (he has published many papers concerning child
rights and has worked for the UN) yet he remains humble! I have spent
many nights eating with his family (which includes some of the lawyers
from Godfrey’s - his nephew and his brother) who are great company. I
have even been shopping with his daughters.
Overall it has been a wonderful experience and I am not at all ready to
go home on Friday - I will miss the Godfrey family very much indeed.' Haley Smith.
Negombo has a great vibe about it: from the intense
aroma of fish from the local market, to the sound of cawing crows and
the sight of ladies taking rest in the shade along with the sleeping
Negombo is a popular tourist resort and is the closest beach to Sri
Lanka’s international airport. This fishing village was very lucky and
avoided the impact of last years tsunami with just a few hotels being
damaged but no fatalities suffered.
The beach is beautiful with long stretches of orange sand, palm trees
and some beach front hotels. A little further back and there are many
boutiques selling Sri Lankan handicrafts, markets and the general hustle
and bustle of Sri Lanka.
You'll live in a quaint bungalow in a residential area
surround by lush Sri Lankan landscape in the Gampaha region. The
bungalow is airy and is typical of the modern styling of Sri Lankan
houses. The bungalow can comfortably accommodate more than 6 volunteers,
whilst still allowing you to keep a sense of having your own space. The
bungalow has living and dining area and plenty of outdoor areas,
including a garden, making it the perfect setting for sociable evenings
with the other volunteers or reading a book in peace in tropical
Travelers' Volunteer Coordinator, Niranjala,
lives in a separate close by, with her family. Many of our past
volunteers who have stayed there have commented that the place
offer the opportunity to get fully immersed in the wonders of
Sri Lankan culture. Niranjala is a very chatty and extremely
friendly and always gets the volunteers involved in her lively
You will have all necessary facilities such a
comfortably furnished living area with TV and DVD player in the
lounge area. Sri Lanka is a great place to buy DVD’s.
You will likely share your room with one or more
other volunteers. The bedrooms are basic but comfortable.
Bedrooms normally have single beds, mosquito nets, a clothes
rack, and a ceiling fan (some rooms have standing ‘pedestal’
fans only). Bedding in Sri Lanka is very basic and for some
reason sheets never seem to be large enough to tuck in, so you
may want to consider bringing your own bed linen with you
Although we supply bed linen, towels aren't
provided! You can either bring your own with you or buy one from
a local shop. A tip about washing your clothes – Sri Lanka has a
red dust which gets into everything – with your white washing
being most at risk – you have been warned!
Facilities include shower, sink and western
toilet. The showers are cold water showers here I’m afraid – it
can be quite refreshing first thing in the morning before the
water tank has been warmed by the sun - although with the
climate being predominantly hot and humid for most of the year,
taking a shower can be great way to cool off after a day spent
in the Sri Lankan sun.
just wanted to let you know, that I had the time of my life in Sri
Lanka. It was FANTASTIC, I wish the entire experience had never had to
end. I would just like to say thank you to your team of organisers for
organising the spectacular trip."
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our Sri
Lankan staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling
and sight seeing.
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Sri Lanka, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
wanted to drop you a line as my project in Sri
Lanka comes to an end to tell you that I have had the best time of my life. The project has been amazing,
both the teaching and the elephant orphanage. It
has been a truly amazing experience." David Constable
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
cannot BEGIN to tell you how beautiful this paradise island is!
Nor how cheap to live and get around. It is almost
too good to be true! But it is true.
Towering Pagodas, Hindu temples and ancient fortresses to holy
rivers and sacred mountains. The
local people are very welcoming and friendly, especially in the
rural areas. The tea plantations are a must, the lace making,
monuments and architectural splendours, etc., but the most appealing is the Elephant
Orphanage at Pinnawala. Not to be
missed! It's an
emotive sight that you'll never forget!
SRI LANKA'S FANTASTIC BEACHES!
Sri Lanka has miles and
miles of amazing beaches. Some of our favourites are:
MIRISSA: Perhaps a
contender for the most beautiful beach in the world. Long,
deserted and hot. You know you have got away from it all as you
sit and watch the sunset over this horizon…The snorkelling is
also incredible here.
NEGOMBO: To the north
of Colombo lies Negombo, a busting fishing town with golden
beaches and a pallet of colour provided by sails and boats
against the deep blue of the ocean.
UNAWATUNA: A sleepy
peaceful cove with deep still water and a temple overlooking the
bay from the protecting cliffs.
HIKKADUWA: A long
stretch of beach with plenty of hostels, restaurants and some
nice bars, not forgetting the impromptu beach parties held on
the beach front bars blaring Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led
Zeplin and many other classics! Sri Lanka is a conservative
island brimming with culture and Hikkaduwa offers an exciting
opportunity to vacation for the odd celebratory weekend! Many a
volunteer birthday has been seen in over Hikkaduwa cocktails.
You can also body board and even surf on this beach.
ARUGAM BAY: This tiny
fishing village is Sri Lanka’s newest hot spot and hosts the
best surfing and an easy going happy party atmosphere. With its
wide sweeping beach in front of the village and year round
gorgeous swimming it is no surprise that this bay has developed
into a low budget travellers haunt.
"Thank you for the experience you gave me, it was stunning and a
memory that always always always brings me warmth"
White Water Rafting:Sri Lanka’s boulder stream rivers are
the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way
to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer.
Many tours are available and many begin with days of action,
rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for
fish time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike. Rafting
has become a very popular exciting yet safe adventure sport
Rock Climbing and Mountaineering:
Mountaineering is an adventure sport that requires skills and
levels of fitness that few other adventure sports can match. The
mountain ranges in Sri Lanka offer breath taking, enthralling,
climbing routes. Climbing is all about discovering the natural
world around and with you.
Hiking and Trekking: There’s no better
way to explore the natural scenic beauty of this island with
diverse climatic zones. Trekking is an excellent way to explore
a country, people, their traditions and beliefs. Paths and
campsites have been set up to give nature lovers the experience
of a lifetime. All possible steps are taken to ensure local
community benefit and nature conservation in keeping with all
international camping guidelines.
Canoeing & Kayaking: This relatively
new sport is rated as the most adventurous of all adventure
sports. It involves descending a stream as it drops over
waterfalls and boulders. In Sri Lanka they have low waterfalls
for beginners and some as high as 700 feet for the very
experienced - all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
The driest and best seasons are from December to March on
the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May
to September on the east coast. December to March is also the
time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them
escaping the European winter.
The coastal stretch
south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the
eye can see. The Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or
the masked devil dances. Then there are the ruins, ancient and
inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and
Polonnaruwa to satisfy any archaeologist.
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you
arrive in your new country, please
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