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Teaching English in Sri Lanka

Teaching English in Sri Lanka

Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants

Teaching English in Sri Lanka

The craftsman ship of the country’s jewelers, weavers, woodworkers and ivory carvers had amazed th

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The craftsman ship of the country’s jewelers, weavers, woodworkers and ivory carvers had amazed th

Teaching English in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is perhaps most famous for its tea plantations (it was previously known as Ceylon) or its turbulent history, but it has so much more. This country has beautiful, unspoilt scenery, amazing wildlife and intriguing historical sites. Lose yourself trekking through spice gardens, tropical forests and mountains, or lazing on pristine white beaches. Take a trip back in time by wandering through ancient temples, castles and ruined cities. Walk on the wild side and visit game reserves to catch sight of elephants, leopards and sloth bears.
This natural beauty hides the fact that this country has one of the fastest-growing economies. It is a development hub, but based on the teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism and maintaining a religious and spiritual foundation. The capital of Colombo manages to maintain its colonial roots in its architecture alongside new hotel complexes and stylish seafront restaurants, galleries and museums. Cultural festivals are still common and usually include dancing and drumming, while those looking for a more peaceful experience should visit one of the many meditation and yoga retreats.

Teaching Opportunities

Sinhala and Tamil are the languages most widely spoken but Sri Lanka is realising the benefits of learning English and the growing tourism industry means that there are an increasing number of teaching opportunities. The government is using English as a means of promoting communication between the different ethnic groups, which has placed great importance on the learning of English. 
You are most likely to find a position in the capital city of Colombo, though even here there are not many language schools. It would be best to try find a job in a private international school – unless you would like to volunteer. While schools may help you with accommodation, teaching in Sri Lanka is not for financial gain, but more for the opportunity to gain teaching experience in such a vibrant, exotic destination.

Country and Cultural Highlights

Sri Lanka is perhaps most famous for its tea plantations (it was previously known as Ceylon) or its turbulent history, but it has so much more. This country has beautiful, unspoilt scenery, amazing wildlife and intriguing historical sites. Lose yourself trekking through spice gardens, tropical forests and mountains, or lazing on pristine white beaches. Take a trip back in time by wandering through ancient temples, castles and ruined cities. Walk on the wild side and visit game reserves to catch sight of elephants, leopards and sloth bears.
This natural beauty hides the fact that this country has one of the fastest-growing economies. It is a development hub, but based on the teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism and maintaining a religious and spiritual foundation. The capital of Colombo manages to maintain its colonial roots in its architecture alongside new hotel complexes and stylish seafront restaurants, galleries and museums. Cultural festivals are still common and usually include dancing and drumming, while those looking for a more peaceful experience should visit one of the many meditation and yoga retreats.

Teaching Opportunities

Sinhala and Tamil are the languages most widely spoken but Sri Lanka is realising the benefits of learning English and the growing tourism industry means that there are an increasing number of teaching opportunities. The government is using English as a means of promoting communication between the different ethnic groups, which has placed great importance on the learning of English. 
You are most likely to find a position in the capital city of Colombo, though even here there are not many language schools. It would be best to try find a job in a private international school – unless you would like to volunteer. While schools may help you with accommodation, teaching in Sri Lanka is not for financial gain, but more for the opportunity to gain teaching experience in such a vibrant, exotic destination.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: Year-round
  • Visa Info: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Adults, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 61 000 – 114 000 LKR (281 – 526 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 71,505 – 143,010 LKR (330 – 660 GBP)

Please note the information provided above is given as a general guide only. Information and currency coversions were correct at the time of publication, but they may change at any time.

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