1. We are an independent Canadian network of diaspora changemakers committed to leveraging technical assistance for sustainable development of the North and East of Sri Lanka.

  2. Interested, qualified applicants can apply for any of our Current Opportunities by the applicable deadline(s). Once screened by us and our local partner(s), the successful applicant will be matched with the local partner and placed on the ground to commence work.

  3. No. While our team members, volunteers, donors, and partners may have a wide range of political opinions about Sri Lanka and Canada, we are an apolitical organization. We welcome those who share our vision and commitment to empower vulnerable populations in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

  4. Due to ongoing securitization issues in the North and East of Sri Lanka, we cannot guarantee the safety and security of our volunteers in Sri Lanka. However, these securitization issues have not typically impacted overseas volunteers engaging in sustainable development work. It is recommended that you review the Government of Canada’s Travel Advisory for Sri Lanka prior to departure.

    We provide all our volunteers with a comprehensive pre-departure orientation that outlines safety protocols and risk mitigation strategies and options. Our local partners on the ground also provide additional support in this regard. We also notify the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka about our volunteers. However, volunteers are expected to assume all liability when they agree to a field placement.

  5. You should get involved if you are committed to helping shift diaspora engagement from charity to sustainability, from aid to economic development, and from remittance to knowledge-based economy.

    Our program can offer you a deeply meaningful experience through direct participation in the rebuilding of war-torn communities in the North and East of Sri Lanka. It is the opportunity of a lifetime – do not miss it!

  6. We are a conduit for the Canadian diaspora community to directly engage in sustainable development work on the ground in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

  7. We leverage diaspora technical assistance and knowledge for development by placing Canadian diaspora volunteers on the ground to build capacity of local partners to better serve vulnerable populations.

    We do this through four matching programs:

    • Right of Return Program, for post-secondary students and recent graduates between the ages of 18 – 30.
    • Associateship Program, for new and young professionals between the ages of 25 – 40.
    • Virtual Mentorship Program, for executives and entrepreneurs between the ages of 40 – 65.
    • Elders Program, for retired professionals and seniors aged 65 and above.
  8. We are committed to helping shift diaspora engagement from charity to sustainability, from aid to economic development, and from remittance to knowledge-based economy.

  9. Our work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors. If you wish to support our program, please consider donating to our seed fund at http://gofundme.com/comduit.

    We also have a class of “Sustaining Patrons” who wish to make personal legacy or corporate contributions to comdu.it. To learn how you can support us this way, please contact us.

  10. The average cost of a 1-month placement in Sri Lanka is approximately CAD $3,000 inclusive of airfare, meals, accommodations, visa, insurance, and other incidentals. We can also refer to your preferred travel and insurance partners.

    We will subsidize up to fifty percent of these costs and the successful applicant is required to raise the other half. Please also note that different programs have different lengths of duration and so costs may vary.