TEFL jobs in Sri Lanka

Paid teaching opportunities in Sri Lanka are limited to international and elite private schools, predominantly in the capital. However, there are very few of these schools and so the few positions available are highly sought after – you’d have to be TEFL qualified and well experienced to stand a chance at getting paid employment. Paid work as a one-to-one private tutor is also hard to come by, due to the high number of voluntary teaching programs where people can have lesson – only wealthier clients would choose to pay for lessons when they could attend a free class instead.

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Where to find work in Sri Lanka

Voluntary positions in Sri Lanka usually hire around the year, with some positions only running during school term time. The school year starts in January, so bear this in mind when looking for paid positions which will start with the new school year. Some international schools accept prospective applications from qualified teachers. As well as long-term voluntary positions, you can fid organised trips that offer a TEFL experience for just a few weeks – perfect for gap year or backpacker travellers. If you want a paid position, your best bet is the international schools in Colombo.

Employers in Sri Lanka

Work for the British Council in Sri Lanka.

Bond International Schools look for teachers with Cambridge ESOL experienced teachers to help prepare students for this important exam.

Colombo International School hires native English speakers for roles across several subjects. Applications are welcome from both single teachers and teaching couples, with onboarding teachers signing two-year contracts. English is taught to all students from kindergarten to A Level.

Leeds International School has several branches across Sri Lanka. As well as English teachers they also advertise for subject teachers on the website. You need a degree and 2+ years of teaching experience to apply.

Lyceum International Schools has 8 branches in Sri Lanka. The school is committed to academic excellent and promotes lifelong learning. Check the website for careers information.

Projects Abroad offers voluntary teaching experiences in Sri Lanka to those aged 16+. Placements are for a minimum of 4 weeks, predominantly teaching students aged 10 to 14.

Real Gap Experience offers 2-to-6-week placements for teaching English in Sri Lanka. You must be 18 or over. The project is based in Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Accommodation and meals are provided, and projects run during term time only. You’ll be teaching kindergarten and school aged children. Prices for the experience range from £719 to £1,359.

Royal Institute International School has several branches in the Western Provinces of Sri Lanka. Teachers should be experienced and qualified. Apply for positions with a CV and resume.

The Senehasa Trust looks for TEFL qualified teachers to volunteer on their English programme – just one of many charitable projects they run in Sri Lanka.

SVS School for English promises a volunteering experience that will be “one of the most fulfilling things you do in your life.” Your students will be aged 16 and above, in classes of around 25 students. You need to be a native or fluent English speaker, be available for 6 months, and be either TEFL qualified, TEFL experienced (3 years+) or have a degree. Volunteers teach 3 classes a day, with each class lasting 2 hours. You’ll received free food and accommodation as well as a monthly stipend.

Read our Sri Lanka Country Guide for info about salaries, living costs & requirements

Sri Lanka Country Guide



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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Volunteer Teaching English

Posted: 3 months ago

A small family-run school that runs as a self sustaining project to develop vital, empowering English language skills.

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