About Us

Best place to improve your English

Background

It is not seen as easy to learn the English language by Sri Lankans. It is difficult to find time to practice, let alone find times to use in day to day life. Without practice and opportunity, people get stuck doing direct translations from Sinhala, their mother tongue, and this in turn means they lack in confidence and communication skills
At Monarch Higher Education Institute, we strive to make a change to this thought pattern! It is easy to see the struggle when people think in Sinhala and then try and change each word in to English. It is nearly always unsuccessful, and the learners always feel embarrassed when they can’t communicate effectively. This is why we at Monarch are on a mission to revolutionize the learning of English in Sri Lanka by using native, or fluent, English speakers from many countries, who are professional, qualified, and friendly with the students.
Language is used by us to convey emotions, attitudes, and feelings to our community, being fluent in a language are a mark of being part of a society. According to the founder of Monarch Higher Education Institute, Mr Buddhika Chathuranga, the best way to learn a foreign language is from a native, or fluent, speaker and watching how they handle the language in their everyday life. This is the exact thought that was behind the founding of Monarch Higher Education Institute on 6th January 2016 Monarch aims to make education:
  • Affordable
  • Effective
  • Smart
  • Enjoyable

Mission & Vision

Give the strength of international language to people in order to make their life success through standards of innovation
Ensure individual’s lifelong practice of self-motivated learning in order them to be accepted internationally.

Our task

Preparing our students for the 21st century by equipping them with life skills, leadership qualities and strong morals and values
Teaching students to think in creative and innovative ways, going beyond conventional subjects so they can make connections between issues, causes and phenomena
Break down stereotypes that our students may have about foreign people and cultures
Have our students overcome the language barrier between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world
Create a cultural exchange with the aim to break down barriers and expand the world view of our children
Be innovators in creative and dynamic teaching techniques, trialling new methods to give our students the best education available
Put Sri Lanka in a positive position in the world by increasing the skills and education in our youth
Make volunteerism a positive movement within Sri Lanka

Testimonials

What People Said

I spent 6 weeks at the institute as a volunteering teacher and it was really amazing time! The lessons are fun as you are welcome bring your own ideas and activities. And the support from the local family we stayed with for free and the home-made meals couldn’t be better.
Honza Sebelik
Czech Republic
It was an amazing experience for me as an English teacher from Europe to discover a completely different culture. The students are really excited about the classes and we even became friends with some of them. You will never get bored in the hosting family with kids (six-year-old Sanu can speak English very well!).
Veronika Sykorova
Czech Republic
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Miriam Janke
Germany

Our Team

More About Our Members

CEO and Founding Director – Buddhika Chathuranga 

A Message from the Founding Director

When I was taught English in school it was really boring. The teacher would give us words to learn and we were told to repeat those words by rote and do work in our books. There was no conversation, no interaction, no chance to practice all these new words and sounds. Even when I tried to go out and speak English to people in my area I would just get laughs at my bad grammar and awful attempts at pronunciation, I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to help me get better.
I was lucky enough to go to university and this is when everything changed. I met people who spoke good English and they were actually ready to help me! They’d correct my pronunciation, talk about new things so I’d have to learn new words and how to use them properly, and not laugh at me when I got things wrong. It was at this time that I realized how important speaking to people in the language you want to learn is, not just calling out words parrot-style between playing with friends at the back of class.
The urge to do something with this information is what led me to starting Monarch Higher Education Institute in 2016. I want to bring people from a range of backgrounds, both native English speakers and those who have had to learn English themselves, to Sri Lanka to work with our children to improve their English. Access to a good education in English was not open to middle- and working-class families where I’m from, until I started Monarch. This stunted the dreams and damaged the aspirations of their children so I want to change that.
You are invited into my family home, where my mum will cook you the best Sri Lankan food you can find (I may be a bit biased!), and a five-minute walk away you will spend four days a week [link to Volunteer page] working with engaged and enthusiastic children at Monarch. My community will help you understand our culture, take you to our temples, invite you to their weddings, and take you on trips whenever they can.
There are high hopes for Monarch, we want to bring our style of creative teaching in a dynamic and interactive environment to more parts of Sri Lanka, in the future we want to give free classes in underprivileged villages, and one day to build a center of excellence to support the dreams and ambitions of Sri Lanka’s amazing children.
I invite you to come and join us!
Email: buddhika@monarcheducation.com
Tel: +49 176 20628371
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buddhika.chathuranga.7
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/buddhika-chathuranga-9a605929
Skype: buddhikarox1

A Message from the Founding Director

When I was taught English in school it was really boring. The teacher would give us words to learn and we were told to repeat those words by rote and do work in our books. There was no conversation, no interaction, no chance to practice all these new words and sounds. Even when I tried to go out and speak English to people in my area I would just get laughs at my bad grammar and awful attempts at pronunciation, I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to help me get better.
I was lucky enough to go to university and this is when everything changed. I met people who spoke good English and they were actually ready to help me! They’d correct my pronunciation, talk about new things so I’d have to learn new words and how to use them properly, and not laugh at me when I got things wrong. It was at this time that I realized how important speaking to people in the language you want to learn is, not just calling out words parrot-style between playing with friends at the back of class.
The urge to do something with this information is what led me to starting Monarch Higher Education Institute in 2016. I want to bring people from a range of backgrounds, both native English speakers and those who have had to learn English themselves, to Sri Lanka to work with our children to improve their English. Access to a good education in English was not
open to middle- and working-class families where I’m from, until I started Monarch. This stunted the dreams and damaged the aspirations of their children so I want to change that.
You are invited into my family home, where my mum will cook you the best Sri Lankan food you can find (I may be a bit biased!), and a five-minute walk away you will spend four days a week  working with engaged and enthusiastic children at Monarch. My community will help you understand our culture, take you to our temples, invite you to their weddings, and take you on trips whenever they can.
There are high hopes for Monarch, we want to bring our style of creative teaching in a dynamic and interactive environment to more parts of Sri Lanka, in the future we want to give free classes in underprivileged villages, and one day to build a centre of excellence to support the dreams and ambitions of Sri Lanka’s amazing children.
I invite you to come and join us!

A message from our Principal

Education is the most valuable thing we can give to our children, I really began to understand this when I became a mother to my three children. At Monarch I want to develop a quality and practical education for our students, something different to the traditional Sri Lankan education.
I believe a classroom should be a fun and active place, this makes learning easier for the students and more rewarding for the teachers.  Education isn’t just about learning fact and figures, its just as much about general knowledge, common sense, critical thinking, and respect. This is what makes us at Monarch different.
At the school we have a range of ages and abilities, and we have different strategies for engaging and teaching all of our students. When you come to be a volunteer teacher with us , we will help you put together classes that use your skills and knowledge. We want to start to offer other academic subjects, such as Maths and Science taught through English medium, there is so much potential in our students and at our school!

A message from our Volunteer Manager

Our volunteers are the backbone of our project, after the students! My job is to make your time as a volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Sri Lanka as wonderful as it can be. You are our responsibility whilst you are with us, we want to take great care of you and make your experience as rewarding for you as it is for the students.
When you come and volunteer with us you to teach English in Sri Lanka you will have three days off each week and I will help you to explore the island. There are the usual tourist spots, Colombo, Trinomalee, and Arugam Bay that we can help you get the right buses to, and there are the hidden places that only us locals know about that I can also help get you to – Whale watching at Tangalle, the rainforest at Kithulgala or beaches at Negambo. Whenever I can I will help you arrange accommodation, and if someone from the town if going on a trip you can normally go along with them too.
I am proud to be Sri Lankan and want to introduce you to our culture. Your host family will cook fantastic food for you, you’ll get taken to the local temple and if there’s ceremonies happening someone will try and explain it to you, if there’s a wedding in the town you’ll be invited for sure! We ask that you do respect our local culture too, there’s not much to it but please make sure you cover your shoulders and legs at school, and cover your shoulders and knees when visiting temples.
At this point we’ve had over sixty volunteers teach ESL and travel around Sri Lanka on a budget, there’s been some lovely feedback from them  so far. Now I and the team at Monarch want to welcome you to our school and our country, you will be taken good care of. Send us a message today to start your trip of a lifetime
Host Family

Buddhika Chathuranga

CEO & Founding Director

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Honeshika Nilangani

Principal

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Supul Sawanjana

Volunteer Manager

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Rohana & Nanda

Host Family

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