We offer four unique programs for individual diaspora participants to directly engage in sustainable development work in the North and East of Sri Lanka:

For post-secondary students and recent graduates to discover, connect, and explore their heritage and history in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Successful applicants will be placed in children’s homes, vocational schools, and other appropriate institutions to volunteer their skills and time to help build capacity of local communities in the Northern and Eastern provinces.
Pre-departure reading and reflection, community volunteering in Canada, training and orientation. Regular field notes during placement. Post-arrival debrief, report, and ongoing community engagement.
  • 2 months
  • 18 – 30
  • $3,500 (50% subsidized)
For new and young professionals to discover, connect, and explore their heritage and history in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Successful applicants will pre-plan a project prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka, do a high-intensity implementation over a four-week period on the ground in the Northern and Eastern provinces, and continue evaluation upon their return to Canada.
Pre-departure reading and reflection, community volunteering in Canada, training and orientation. Weekly updates during placement. Post-arrival debrief, report, and ongoing community engagement.
  • 1 month
  • 25 – 40
  • $3,000 (50% subsidized)
For experienced STEM entrepreneurs and executives to mentor and coach emerging entrepreneurs in the Northern Province on starting and growing their businesses. The program will take place via Skype/telephony channels with the option for mentor to travel to Sri Lanka in 2017 for a start-up summit.
Pre-placement work planning, local partner conversation, technology enablement. Regular progress updates during placement. Post-placement exit reflection and ongoing community engagement.
  • 9 months
  • 40 – 65
  • $1,100 (100% subsidized)
For retired professionals and seniors to return to their home communities or adjoining communities in the North and East to provide advice and support on the implementation of local partner projects.
Pre-departure reading and reflection, training and orientation. Monthly updates during placement. Post-arrival debrief, report, and ongoing community engagement.
  • 6 months
  • 65+
  • $4,000 (50% subsidized)

Current Opportunities

Position. No. Position Title Partner Duration Location Themes Program
Position. No. Position Title Partner Duration Location Themes Program
2017-018 Community Advisor Various 6 months Throughout the North and East Elders
2017-013 Urban Planning Assistant Bridging Lanka 2 months Mannar Economic Development, Children, Women Right of Return
2017-014 ESL Teacher Dr. Sam Education Centre 2 months Kilinochchi Education, Children Right of Return
2017-017 Digital Content Specialist comdu.it 1 month Batticaloa, Colombo, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee Economic Development, Education, Health, Information and Communication Technologies, Children, Women Associateship
2017-016 Startup Mentor Northern Chamber of Information Technology 9 months Virtual Information and Communication Technologies, Economic Development Virtual Mentorship
2017-015 Growth Mentor Northern Chamber of Information Technology 9 months Virtual Information and Communication Technologies, Economic Development Virtual Mentorship
2017-012 Urban Planner Bridging Lanka 1 month Mannar Economic Development, Children, Women Associateship
2017-011 Grant Writer Women’s Education and Research Centre 1 month Colombo Economic Development, Women Associateship
2017-010 ESL Teacher Grace Girls’ Home 2 months Trincomalee Health, Children Right of Return
2017-009 ESL Teacher Grace Girls’ Home 2 months Trincomalee Education, Children Right of Return
2017-008 ESL Curriculum Designer Church of the American Ceylon Mission 1 month Batticaloa Education, Children Associateship
2017-007 Web Marketing Coordinator Church of the American Ceylon Mission 2 months Batticaloa Information and Communications Technologies Right of Return
2017-006 Leadership Facilitator Church of the American Ceylon Mission 2 months Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi Education, Children Right of Return
2017-005 ESL Teacher Church of the American Ceylon Mission 2 months Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi Education, Children Right of Return
2017-004 Sports or Fitness Instructor Capokolam 2 months Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, or Nuwara Eliya Health, Children Right of Return
2017-003 Performing or Visual Arts Instructor Capokolam 2 months Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, or Nuwara Eliya Education, Arts, Children Right of Return
2017-002 Bilingual Translator Capokolam 2 months Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, or Nuwara Eliya Education, Children Right of Return
2017-001 ESL Teacher Capokolam 2 months Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, or Nuwara Eliya Education, Children Right of Return