Expat Guide to Living in Sri Lanka
Whether you're already living in Sri Lanka or preparing to move to Sri Lanka, our Expat Guide to Living in Sri Lanka offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Sri Lanka. For answers to specific questions, visit our Sri Lanka Forum to talk with expats in Sri Lanka.
Expats in Sri Lanka live in a country just south of India that is regularly reported by expats as being a clean and hospitable place to create a life abroad.
Michael Wainwright taught primary music and drama to 3 to 11 year olds at the Overseas School of Colombo in Sri Lanka for two years. Here is an account of a typical day there. Michael is now teaching in an international school in Dresden, Germany.
Your feelings about hiring domestic help while living in Asia will range from guilt about having someone ironing your underwear to being deprived of the love and attention of your children. Many Southeast Asian countries show high figures of unemployment and you may not just feel privileged to have maids, but may even feel morally obligated to give work to these people.
One expat shares his experiences handling culture shock in Colombo, Sri Lanka, "They smile a lot, but the smile doesn't always feel sincere."
More Culture Shock Reports for Sri Lanka
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Sri Lanka handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Sri Lanka:
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Living Overseas Report
What are people's priorities in Sri Lanka - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Sri Lanka by filling out our Living Overseas Report.
Submit a Living Overseas Report
Moving Overseas Report
What should you take with you when you move to Sri Lanka? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Sri Lanka? Help others moving to Sri Lanka by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
Reviews of Schools in Sri Lanka
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Sri Lanka. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Sri Lanka:
Submit an International School Review
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Sri Lanka. If you are already living in Sri Lanka, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Sri Lanka by taking our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in Sri Lanka Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Sri Lanka? Below are some of the reports from expats in Sri Lanka:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Sri Lanka? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Sri Lanka? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report