The Traineeship for TEFL Teacher Trainees

The Traineeship for TEFL Teacher Trainees

An EFL teacher. This is a challenging Opportunity for a (newly) qualified teacher to teach 20-25 hours a week in Sri Lanka get practical Teaching Experience. The opportunity would be ideal for either a (newly) qualified CELTA teachers or TEFL teachers. Experience is desirable though not essential. We offer this program as a training facility for motivated people wanting to complete their Online TEFL courses, as well as gain valuable teaching experience at the same time.  

With regards to the classes, they are small, the students very eager to learn and we really feel this would be an amazing opportunity for new TEFL trainees to gain practical experience. A professional approach is the key as is a personal desire to play a major part in this new and exciting project. Teachers must be team players prepared to share their experience with those less experienced. The objective of the trainee ship is to offer the trainee the opportunity to gain experience as an English teacher to children and to gain knowledge about learning behavior, classroom routines, teaching techniques and the Srilankan culture and language.  

The trainee ship is structured into three parts : 

First Month: Getting to know the daily routine in a classroom and learn about the abilities and needs of children during a regular school day. The trainee will spend the first month of the trainee ship as an observer in a K3 class, spending time with the children from morning to afternoon.  

Second Month: Introduction of English lessons for children of different ages. The trainee will spend the second month of the trainee ship with a professional English teacher as an observer taking on small parts of the English lessons towards the end of the month. The trainee will study teaching techniques, learn to prepare teaching material and do lesson planning.  

Third Month: English teaching, the trainee will spend the third month teaching complete lessons under the supervision of experienced English teachers. The trainee will get the assignment to teach one whole project with given vocabulary and structures.

This project will include the whole lesson planning, preparation of teaching material (including flashcards, worksheets, homework, poster and some art or craft) and the drill of the taught vocabulary. 

 Volunteer Project Fee Includes: • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information • Visa paperwork (for projects over 24 week• Airport pick up • Accommodation during orientation and entire project time • Breakfast every morning • Lunch & Dinner every work day • 7 day 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). Volunteer Project Fees Do Not Include: • Travel to/from Home to suburbs.• Sri Lanka visa costs (if applicable)• Visa extensions• International Medical Insurance • Cost of criminal police background check (required for this project) • Cost of transportation to and from Project site and accommodation (roughly $2 per day) • Meals on weekends. 


In COLOMBO ,SRI LANKA, Becoming a Volunteer in Sri Lanka will change your life is one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world, with extremely friendly and helpful people. Working as a Volunteer in Sri Lanka is one of the best ways to experience life as it really is for the local people. The opportunity provides unique challenges and rewards, and allows you to move beyond the sometimes superficial encounters and observations of a normal traveller. 

This tropical island unfurls before the senses as soon as you arrive, the heavy warm air, the endless array of rich green foliage, the luxuriant swirls of the Sinhalese alphabet, the multi-colored Buddhist flags, and the variety of sarees,fruits,jewellery and spices on sale on the markets.


Depending on their convenience and availabilty , the volunteers can decide and draw out their own time table , 

Classes normally take place for 20 hours , at least 2 hours per day , but students will love for extended teaching hours upon the convenience of the teacher.


Accommodation is provided either at a private lodging which will at the walking distance to the project , or at a host family from which the volunteer will be more exposed to the Sri Lankan culture , final option being at a youth hostal.

Volunterr will be provided with all facilities as per Sri Lankan luxurious standards.

If he/sje is not satisfied with their first choice of accommadation , the project coordinators will transfer them to another accommodation.

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost and is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

4 weeks:     $665 Longer:     +$62 per week

Our Prices are fixed and will not change as per seasonal considerations , but exceptions will be made for Turtle conservation Project and the Gem and Lapidary Project which will not be similar to normal project fees.

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Swarnabhoomi for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!


  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Fluency in English is required
    • Open-minded, adaptable, and flexible
    • Respectful of local cultures, religions and customs
    • Must have completed high school/secondary school
    • Must provide a full background check from your home country
Partner: Swarnabhoomi
Country: Sri Lanka

Duration: 4 weeks - 52 weeks
Fee: From $665
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!