Textile & Design opportunity in Sri Lanka

Travelteer’s Textile & Design programme works in partnership with a Sri Lankan Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Manacare. This charity runs a community based project in Sri Lanka that acts as a training and education centre for local disadvantaged adults and children. To sustain this project, Manacare sells products to local boutique hotels and shops which are crafted by the local community.

Travelteer’s Textile & Design programme aims to train and educate local women to develop Manacare’s product portfolio further via the provision of skilled textile volunteers. This programme provides UK design/ fashion students an opportunity to work along side local women, helping to design new products! 

This programme aims to strengthen Manacare’s products and in turn increase their revenue to support the wider local community. Volunteers will gain practical experience and development of technical skills to aid them in their future career in the textile industry. The project currently has eight Juki machines and an embroidery machine. 

Here is a few of the New & existing products!

Role of the volunteer:

  • Market Research - Research the local markets to find new product and design ideas to add to Manacare's range of products.  
  • Designing – The programme needs new, exciting products to expand their product line. You will have the opportunity to design your own products!
  • Creating – Make your designs come to life. Work with local women to create products and prepare them for sale. 
  • Learning – Expand your knowledge of textiles and design by working alongside the highly skilled Sri Lankan team. 
  • Reporting – Record all designs and progress into the programmes database. It is great to leave your ideas behind for other volunteers to work on! This ensures continuity of the programme.

Skills and expertise required

  • Our programme requires volunteers with skills related to textiles and/or design. These volunteers will focus on designing and creating new products. 
  • However, we need all the motivated volunteers we can get! Although, we need skill specific volunteers for this programme, Manacare has other community projects that you may be able to help.
  • Aged 18 +
  • Criminal background check.


  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Spending money 
  • Passport – with minimum 6 months to expiry date. 
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun lotion

Sustainability and Impact in Sri Lanka

The Textiles & Design programme works towards sustainable development within the local community. The money fund raised will go towards helping support the ‘hope and dreams’ village and its projects. All materials used are sourced locally to help the community’s economy. Volunteers will work alongside women at the project to inspire creativity, develop skills and efficiency.

Benefit for volunteers

  • Experience - Take yourself outside of your comfort zone and expose yourself to new experiences. 
  • Transferable skills - Learn vital skills that will benefit you in your future career.  
  • Employability - Enhance your CV with degree related experience and set yourself apart from the crowd!
  • Travelteer Veteran- return to the projects as a Team Leader. 

Textiles & Design Programme dates

 Duration: 2 weeks +

  • Winter break (8th January 2017 - February 2017)
  • Easter break (March 2017 - May 2017)
  • Summer (Late May 2017 -  September 2017) 

Begin your volunteering adventure in Sri Lanka... 

Apply today for one of our four volunteering programmes! Simply click on your programme below and fill out the short application form. It only takes 2 minutes!!