Enterprise volunteer – Street Child in Sri Lanka


Street Child is calling for individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking a voluntary entrepreneurial role in Sri Lanka. This placement is a unique opportunity to make a critical contribution to an organisation that is setting up and scaling its efforts to enable out of school children in Sri Lanka to access a meaningful education.

Street Child Commercial was established in 2011 as a unique fundraising stream for Street Child in Sierra Leone. A series of shops and cafes in Sierra Leone create a sustainable source of income by turning profits which are then reinvested into projects. Street Child is currently seeking to create a similar model in Sri Lanka and is looking for an entrepreneurial volunteer interested in leading this effort for anywhere between six to twelve weeks. Working alongside the Street Child of Sri Lanka team, key responsibilities will include –

● Analysing and modelling the viability of the enterprise ● Researching the legal and regulatory requirements for establishment of the enterprise ● Designing and developing the enterprise in its start up phase, including the establishment of operational systems, staffing and management

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the social enterprise sector through an immersive experience, and to make a lasting contribution to Street Child and its aim to offer educational access to out of school children all over the world.


Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Our research indicates that there are around 50,000 children relying upon the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival. During the Ebola crisis, Street Child supported close to 18,500 orphans with humanitarian aid and rehoming support. By empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school – and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there – Street Child is one of the most impactful charities working in the region today.

Street Child is currently expanding its operations to Sri Lanka, in an attempt to serve increasing numbers of children in need. Whilst now ranked as a middle-income country by the World Bank and classed by the United Nations Development Programme as a “high” bracket country within its Human Development Index, Sri Lanka faces very specific challenges when it comes to providing quality education to all sections of its population, with significant disparities found in educational access and attainment across the country’s regions.

Street Child is in the process of establishing itself in Sri Lanka, and is seeking flexible, adaptable and independent individuals who can thrive in an unstructured “start-up” environment to assist with its work. As a volunteer, you will be part of an exciting stage of the organisation’s growth, and will be working closely with the Street Child of Sri Lanka team and partner organisations to support the design and development of emerging programs and the delivery of project pilots.


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● A business related degree with a strong academic record ● Excellent written and verbal communication skills ● Professional and diligent in presentation and conduct ● Independent and capable of proactive work plan management with minimal support ● Flexible, adaptable and able to thrive in a start-up environment ● Thoughtful, resourceful, reflective, and eager to learn ● Culturally responsive and respectful ● Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector


The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in austere conditions when required, and to travel independently within Sri Lanka. The applicant must be able to manage his or her work plan and report regularly to the team on progress, and will be considered a valued member of the team.

A fundraising commitment will be required of the successful applicant, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK staff. Flights and food are at the applicant’s own expense. Accommodation will be provided by Street Child at a fixed cost, and will require sharing rooms with another volunteer of any gender. A detailed breakdown of costs and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for interview.

Whilst this is initially a voluntary role, for applicants with relevant experience who have the ability to add strategic value, there is potential to attain a more permanent position with the organisation.

Please send your cover letter and CV to intvol-eu@street-child.co.uk outlining your experience, interest in the placement and availability.

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