Law internships in Sri Lanka

“Gain valuable work experience at a small legal firm while developing an understanding of Sri Lankan culture and international law. Plus there’s the added bonus of working near the beach!”

Highlights

Work at a law firm in the coastal town of Negombo | work alongside a staff of five local lawyers | sit on the bench at local courts observing hearings and trials | gain new skills and an understanding of a different culture | live in a volunteer house provided by the project

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Law internships in Sri Lanka

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We have a long established connection with a law firm in the beautiful coastal town of Negombo, which means we can provide fantastic, worthwhile internships for you to develop skills and kick-start your career. You’ll also be hugely benefiting the law firm and the surrounding community and economy.

During your time working at the law firm you’ll work with a number of local Sri Lankan staff. You impact on local community will primarily come from this cultural exchange. As English is not the first language of any of the staff, it is important for them to work with English speaking national, not only to practise English but also to discuss cultural differences. You’ll also be contributing to the business by providing an extra pair of hands, leaving other staff to focus on other projects. This law firm greatly helps the local community as they are involved in a number of cases with members of the community who cannot afford legal representation.

By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll again be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. You’ll be actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All of your food is sourced locally, thus directly assisting local businesses. By taking part in the project you’ll bring financial support and learning experiences for the whole community.

POSITIVE EFFECTS TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide our volunteers with many tips on how to be a responsible traveler regarding the environmental impact they have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travelers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation.

Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. For example, we kept a Species Survival Conservation project in South Africa afloat until completion after it was threatened by lack of funds. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

Community

The help of volunteers in projects such as this is of enormous benefit to the local community. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community.

Social Responsibility:
The information we provide prepares our volunteers for their placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs our volunteers on the Do’s and Don’ts and ensures that they are aware of the possible impact of their behaviour.

Cultural sensitivity:
Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility
For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travelers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

The organisations we work with are often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.
Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travelers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

Before our Volunteers depart on their projects, we provide them with comprehensive information about their project and country:
(1) A detailed Programme Guide to Volunteering which we’ve produced in-house.
(2) A detailed Country Factfile,
(3) A detailed Project Description Booklet specific to their Project.
(4) Safety Book: This book is produced by Travelers and has common-sense but necessary general safety tips while traveling, as well as safety advice relevant to your specific destination country.

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