What is included in the placement expenses?

We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible to make the experience of volunteering as accessible as possible to people from all backgrounds.

SLV Prices

How does SLV keep prices low?

  • SLV limits money spent on advertising – over 50% of all volunteers hear about us through word of mouth
  • All UK assistant coordinators are volunteers
  • By staying with local families
  • Providing locally sourced food for volunteers
  • SLV receives support from other organisations, for example the NYSC in Sri Lanka, to provide training and facilities
  • But SLV does employ people from Sri Lanka to support volunteers, because, although affordability is important to us, we believe it is essential to provide top-quality support to all our volunteers

How much spending money do volunteers need?

Why pay to volunteer abroad?


We always advise our volunteers to ‘live like a local’ by using public transport and eating local food. This is not only much cheaper than using taxis and eating at tourist hotels, it also enhances volunteers’ experiences of the real communities they are in and, importantly, it puts money into the local economies rather than into the big hotels and tour operators. The SLV official ID will give volunteers discounts around the country.

Spending money during the week: £5 – £10

This will cover daily: lunch or rice and curry (50p – £1), bus ride to projects (8p each way), 1.5L water (70p).

Spending money at weekends: £15 – £25

This will cover: Beach guesthouse, for 2 sharing: approx £5 each per night. Western meal at a restaurant: £2. (You can find cheaper or much more expensive food if you wish!) The A/C Highway Bus from the SLV base to the beach: £2.

The way we see it you’re not actually paying to volunteer as the money goes towards paying for food, accommodation, around the clock support from our Sri Lankan team and the training and support we provide, as well as the chance to share the experience with a group of volunteers.