Teaching & Learning Volunteer in Sri Lanka

The Role


Street Child is calling for individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking a voluntary Teaching and Learning role in Sri Lanka. Street Child aims to create avenues for out of school children to access education through an integrated approach that strengthens the capacity of teachers, schools and communities to sustain their investment in the education for their children.


With Street Child having recently registered in Sri Lanka, as a Teaching and Learning Volunteer you will be part of an exciting stage of the organization’s growth, and will be working closely with the Street Child of Sri Lanka team and partner organizations to support the delivery of project pilots and the design and development of emerging programs. This placement is a unique opportunity to make a critical contribution to an organization that is setting up and scaling its efforts to enable out of school children in Sri Lanka to access a meaningful education. 


Street Child offers twelve week placements, supporting our work in Sri Lanka and the work of our partner organizations.  Working alongside the Street Child of Sri Lanka team, key responsibilities will include –


  • Assisting with the creation or adaptation of curricular resources targeted at the specific needs of particular groups of children
  • Analyzing student outcomes data and assisting with the development of strategies to optimize learning outcomes
  • Designing and delivering teacher training that is engaging, stimulating and appropriately structured for teachers in a range of settings
  • Providing classroom coaching support to teachers for planning, implementation and reflection on practice
  • Assisting with the logistics of teacher training and coaching activities, including planning, scheduling and resourcing
  • Analyzing data and information from teacher education programs to improve effectiveness and efficacy
  • Preparing reports on teacher progress, including relevant evidence 
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with partner organizations and schools
  • Liaising with the Ministry of Education, the National Curriculum Board, Teacher Training Colleges and District Education Offices
  • Providing regular information sharing and reporting to relevant stakeholders


This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the development sector through an immersive experience, and to make a lasting contribution to Street Child and its aim to offer educational access to out of school children all over the world.




The Organization


Street Child's aim is to create educational opportunities for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We began our work in 2008 in Sierra Leone working with a small number of street children, nine years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 50,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal. In 2017 we launched our first project in Nigeria helping children impacted by conflict in the North East of the country.


Street Child is currently expanding its operations to Sri Lanka, in an attempt to serve increasing numbers of children in need. Whilst now ranked as a middle-income country by the World Bank and classed by the United Nations Development Program as a “high” bracket country within its Human Development Index, Sri Lanka faces very specific challenges when it comes to providing quality education to all sections of its population, with significant disparities found in educational access and attainment across the country’s regions.


Street Child is in the process of establishing itself in Sri Lanka, and is seeking flexible, adaptable and independent individuals who can thrive in an unstructured “start-up” environment to assist with its work. As a volunteer, you will be part of an exciting stage of the organization’s growth, and will be working closely with the Street Child of Sri Lanka team and partner organizations to support the design and development of emerging programs and the delivery of project pilots.



  • A Master’s degree in teaching or education management with a strong academic record
  • Experience or understanding of creating curriculum and education programs for children and adults
  • Demonstrable understanding of teaching and learning structures and strategies 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional and diligent in presentation and conduct
  • Independent and capable of proactive work plan management with minimal support
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to thrive in a start-up environment
  • Thoughtful, resourceful, reflective, and eager to learn 
  • Culturally responsive and respectful
  • Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector


The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in austere conditions when required, and to travel independently to urban, rural and remote project sites. The applicant must be able to manage his or her work plan and report regularly to the team on progress, and will be considered a valued member of the team. 


A fundraising commitment will be required of the successful applicant, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK staff. Flights and food are at the applicant’s own expense. Accommodation will be provided by Street Child at a fixed cost, and will require sharing dorms with another volunteer of any gender, with the opportunity for a private room at an additional cost. A detailed breakdown of costs and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for interview.


Whilst this is initially a voluntary role, for applicants with relevant experience who have the ability to add strategic value, there is potential to attain a more permanent position with the organization.


Application Process


Please send your cover letter and resume to volunteer@street-child.us outlining your experience, interest in the placement and availability.


Thank you for your time!