Build Trips

Join one of our Volunteer Trips to Sri Lanka, and experience for yourself…

  • the satisfaction of serving those who don’t have the luxuries we do, in impoverished communities where culture is binding and deprivation real;
  • the thrill which only hard work can bring— of seeing a home tangibly take shape before your eyes and with your own hands— which will not only radically change a family’s life, but bring hope and safety to the entire community;
  • the impact of deeply felt and potentially life-long bonds with your team and the children there;
  • the reward of coming home with refreshed perspective, gratitude, and an irreplaceable life experience.

Build Trip — Volunteer to join one of our annual Ladies/Men/Mixed Trips

School Trip — Create a tailored trip for your school with us in Sri Lanka

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Longer Term Opportunities

With our links in Sri Lanka to The Paalam Project we are looking into developing a program allowing people to donate a longer period of time to charity work. The areas we are investing in include: teaching English at the schools in Colombo/Jaffna, and supporting our building work and child sponsorships. If you have other suggestions for longer trips, we would love to see how we could support you.

We believe the desire to serve in the communities where we work should be encouraged and assisted. We will do our best to provide opportunities for those who are willing to make the move to another culture, lifestyle and continent. For those who are interested, there are many things to consider— including how large a commitment a decision like this can be, and the practical path wherein your vision can be made a reality. Sri Lanka (like many nations) has strict visa restrictions, allowing you to stay in the country for a maximum period of time. The ETA generally allows you to stay for 30 days, but this can be extended up to six months. Once in Sri Lanka there is a possibility to apply for a ‘residency permit’ as a volunteer, allowing you to stay even longer. If you are interested in a long-term trip, please get in touch and we will support and advise you on the next steps.

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Recent Trips

February 2019 Girls Trip

Rachel, Maria & Sylvia describe their recent trip to Sri Lanka, where they helped to build a toilet block, paint a house and dig a well.. Having looked at footage of previous trips we thought we knew what to expect. We were organised, immunised, had done our homework and shopped […]

‘A unique and special place’

Sue Royle, who joined our February 2019 Volunteers, shares her experience of a Dust Project Team Trip.. From the moment my friend Alison asked me to be part of the Dust Project team back in June, I was excited… An adventure like nothing I had ever experienced before. I couldn’t […]

The Honeymoon Build // MW Fitness house

Tiffany Stokely, our newest Trustee, gives a wonderful account of her first trip to Sri Lanka.. I gained many valuable things upon my marriage last year— a handsome ginger, a house older than my native nation, two beautiful step-daughters, the loveliest horde of English in-laws… and involvement in a worthy […]

A life changing trip..

Sarah Higgs, a Trustee of The Dust Project, describes what it meant to her to participate in a volunteers trip.. On 15th January 2017, I embarked on my first charity mission trip to Sri Lanka, representing The Dust Project. It was to be a life changing experience. The country’s war-torn […]

The Lads Tour 2016

Tom Stokely, a Trustee of The Dust Project, shares his memories of last years ‘Lads Trip’. This was my second trip out to Sri Lanka with what is now an annual feature for the charity – the Lads September House Build Trip! Now, I have been on many weekends, holidays and […]

Baskaran’s House is Complete

Josh Wisker writes about his experience of his latest trip to Sri Lanka, where the team completed Baskaran and his family’s house, which was built by The Dust Project: This April I flew out once again to Sri Lanka with a team of 9 English & German students, ready to make […]

Painting the Community Centre

In February 2016, a team of four ladies headed to Jaffna to contribute to the progress of the community centre. Below Charlotte Boulton explains just how the trip impacted her: The cliché –  “It changed my life” was the predicted response my family expected when I returned from volunteering in Sri […]