SVS School for English, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Role: Volunteer Teaching

SVS School for English was set up in 2006 with the aim of enabling Sri Lankans and expatriates living in Sri Lanka to develop vital, empowering English language skills to develop their confidence, widen access to an international job market, and support them in becoming successful global citizens.
A registered charity, the school was set up and is run by cousins Sebastian Lawrance and Mark Snellgrove, British expatriates who have called Sri Lanka home for over 20 years.
When you’re part of SVS School for English, you’re part of a family. The school is run according to family values, creating a close-knit, homely environment where students feel safe and supported as they build their English language skills. Students and teachers work together towards our vision of giving people across Sri Lanka the chance to develop their knowledge of English, the global link language.

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General Information

As a volunteer teacher with SVS School for English, you’ll have the chance to live and travel in the beautiful tropical island that is Sri Lanka.

Teachers live in a large, modern house in the suburbs of Colombo, close to the scenic parliament area, and a stone’s throw from a gorgeous wetland park. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to experience the tranquility of Sri Lanka’s up-country region when visiting Maskeliya, where the school’s parent project, the Samanala Valley Foundation is located.

Classes run Monday to Friday, beginning at 8.30 AM. Volunteer teachers work 30 hours a week, teaching three 2-hour classes daily, and are provided with lesson plans and course materials. All teachers really need to bring to the classroom is enthusiasm and the zest and passion to be the best for their students.

SVS teaches students aged 16+, many of whom are not able to afford the exorbitant cost of an English education provided by other EFL programs in Sri Lanka. Many students are from rural areas attending university or working in Colombo and they need English to further their prospects. SVS also has a large student population of Buddhist monks.

Application Requirements

SVS School for English is looking for committed, open- minded individuals with a passion for helping students develop their written and spoken English language skills, along with the enthusiasm to take in all that Sri Lanka and SVS School for English has to offer. To volunteer with SVS School for English, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • You must be a native speaker of English and/or have an excellent standard of English.
  • Graduated from university (B.A. level accepted) and/or be certified in teaching English as a foreign language and/or have at least 3 or more years of work experience in any industry.
  • Be able to commit to at least 6 months of volunteering at SVS School for English.

Apply here.


Food and accommodation is free of charge. Teachers receive a small monthly stipend and travel to and from the school.

Further costs: flights, visa, vaccinations, entertainment and travel.

Further information on financing your stay abroad here.

Contact Person at SVS

Sebastian Lawrence
phone: 0094-777 462 444


SVS School for English
273, Highlevel Road
Kirulapone, 00500
Sri Lanka