Social Impact

Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 22 July - 2 August 2024

A two-week social impact immersion designed to create future leaders through hands on real-world projects.

Creating Future Leaders

Step into a transformative journey designed to cultivate your leadership potential. Through immersive challenges and mentorship, you’ll develop the confidence, skills, and strategic vision to lead with impact and shape a better future.

Make A Difference

Work on live projects that support local social impact initiatives. Your projects will contribute to positive change and offer real-world insights into the world of social entrepreneurship.

Cultural Immersion

Beyond the workshops and project work, immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s rich heritage. Explore ancient temples, savour the flavours of local cuisine, and witness the beauty of traditional arts and crafts. 

Play Video is a social business that aims to improve the lives of tuktuk drivers in Sri Lanka.

To date, the company has given over USD $1,200,000 to local tuktuk drivers to help their families.

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Why Be A Fellow?

1. Real World Experience

Embark on a journey where learning transcends the classroom, providing you with unparalleled real-world experience to add to your resume. Engage directly in impactful projects, collaborate with local communities, and apply your skills in tangible settings to foster meaningful change and gain practical insights that can only be acquired through hands-on involvement.

2. Entrepreneurial Skill Development

Receive hands-on training and mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and experts in the field of social impact. This program is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to support successful social ventures.

3. Support the Sustainable Development Goals

Join a program committed to empowering you to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where you’ll actively contribute to global efforts for a more sustainable and equitable future. Engage in projects and initiatives that directly align with these goals, enhancing your understanding and ability to make a significant, positive impact on our world. specifically improves SDG1: No Poverty, SDG13: Climate Action and
SDG15: Life on Land.


4. Support a Company Fighting for a Sustainable Tourism Future

While not an Sustainable Development Goal, we are incredibly fierce in our approach to attacking sustainable tourism. Specifically the social, economic, environmental and cultural damage caused by tourism.

We created the TukTuk Tournament as a way to redefine the tourist experience here in Sri Lanka. Through gamification we incentivise behaviours that celebrate integrating yourself into the local culture, rather than further propagating the westernisation of local areas. Additionally the tournament encourages sustainable travel practises and supports economic development in regional, non-traditional tourist areas.

Application Close:
Friday 14 June, 2024
Sri Lanka Social Impact Immersion
Application closing on 14 June 2024 or when cohort is full.
$1,950 USD
Everything you ever need for your future plus more

We measure our success on our impact, not on our profits:

We’re social enterprise tuktuk rental company. When you rent with us, you’re helping a local family attain a better life.

We don’t own tuktuks; we rent them from our network of local tuktuk owners. Basically enabling them to transition out of full-time tuktuk driving and into higher skilled careers.

$ 0
Paid to tuktuk owners (so far!)
Tuktuk owners & their families supported
Carbon neutral
Trips completed

What local drivers are saying about

Hello, my name is Emelda, and I am proud to share my incredible journey as tuk-tuk owner with this amazing company. Over the past five years, I have experienced firsthand the remarkable impact this company has on the local communities it serves.

What truly distinguishes this company is its dedication to supporting local communities by empowering them through employment opportunities.

Unlike other companies, this company doesn’t own any vehicles. Instead, it relies on locals to operate their own tuk-tuks, providing them with a source of income while they pursue other endeavours.

This unique approach not only benefits the local economy but also fosters a sense of ownership and pride within the community.

We’ve created the immersion to accelerate and amplify our social impact

Program Dates:
22 July - 2 August 2024 (sold out)
13 - 24 January 2025
14 - 26 July 2025

Program Itinerary

Week 1 Focus: To learn about social impact and work alongside the TukTukRental team to solve real problems the company is facing.

Week 2 Focus: To experience Sri Lanka like a “local” and solve a local community problem using human-centred design.

Problem Solving Methodology

Getting clear on the problem to solve

Human Centred Design Workshop

Learning the best process to solve problems

Local Community Engagement

Be guided by those most impacted

Collaborating with Local Impact Partners

Learn from those who have already done it

Tuk Tuk

Explore Sri Lanka in the local person’s vehicle

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs Workshop

Rewire any limiting beliefs you possess


Validate your solution with those impacted

Vitaman Sea

Enjoy the local surf and yoga offerings

What people say about


“Seriously, they are amazing!”

Incredible service, incredible business model and what an adventure!!!

I can’t tell you how amazing it is to have the freedom of the tuk tuk, I’d do it on every holiday if I could, and the fact that you are supporting locals by renting one just makes it even more enjoyable. Do It Do it do it!!

This company is so well run it’s effortless to use them, seriously, they are amazing!

Chris, Tuk Tuk Hirer.

“Transformed my life” has transformed my life in more ways than I could have imagined. 

From starting as a driver to now overseeing operations, the opportunities for growth and support they offer are unparalleled. 

I’m proud to be a part of a company that not only creates unforgettable travel experiences but also uplifts local communities through empowering employment initiatives.

Emilda, Tuk Tuk Driver.

“A passion that is infectious”

The Tuk Tuk Tournament was one of the best experiences of my life. 

The tournament is so well run and the people involved have a passion that is infectious.

Its pillars of minimising the westernisation of local cultures and sustainable travel changed how I view travelling. 

Sydney, Tuk Tuk Tournament participant.

"They’re heart-led, professional and passionate"

The team are amazing. They’re heart-led, professional and passionate about the social impact space.

Through our partnership we’ve raised enough money to upgrade our facilities.

Kate, The Primate Project

Meet the Team:

Our Dedicated Leaders Guiding Your Journey of Impact

Nic Huzz - Program Leader

With over four years experience delivering entrepreneurial programs across Australia and South-East Asia for venture capital company Investible, Nic has supported hundreds of individuals and businesses.

More recently Nic has been supporting university students overcome limiting beliefs to act on their career ambitions through his Growth Game program.

Nic’s high energy, passion for education and desire to create a positive impact is infectious.

Tom Cornish - CEO of Tuk Tuk Rental

Tom is a co-founder of social enterprises in (1) India, (2) Sri Lanka and (3) Australia. He has over a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship and has a deep passion for running social impact programs, encouraging a new wave of entrepreneurs. Tom is the heart and soul behind our program.

His vision is to bridge cultures and empower individuals to create sustainable change that creates an impact now and for future generations. Tom’s leadership has not only propelled the program from a thought into reality but his passion for social impact has already impacted the lives of thousands of Sri Lankan’s. He found his future business partner on a social impact program that he ran in Mumbai, India. Team

The amazing team who create all the magic behind the scenes. From mechanics to the operations team the Team is the lifeblood of the organisation, delivering an amazing service day after day.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the program?

A: We welcome applications from any university students and young professionals, from any country, with a passion for social impact and cultural exploration. Prior experience in entrepreneurship or social work is not required, but a willingness to learn and engage deeply with the program activities is essential.

Q: What does the program fee cover?
A: The program fee includes accommodation, local transportation within the program, program materials, workshops, and activities. It does not cover international airfare, visa fees (if applicable), personal expenses, or optional activities.

Q: How safe is Sri Lanka for travellers?

A: Sri Lanka is generally safe for travellers. However, as with any international travel, we advise participants to follow standard safety precautions. Our program includes comprehensive safety briefings, and our team is trained to ensure participants’ well-being at all times.

Q: Can I get academic credit for this program?

A: Participants are encouraged to consult their academic institution to determine if the program aligns with their requirements for credit. We can provide detailed documentation of the program’s curriculum upon request.

Q: What impact will my participation have?

A: Your participation contributes to local social enterprises and community projects.

Q: What should I pack for the program?

A: A packing list will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Essentials include comfortable clothing suitable for a tropical climate, a reusable water bottle, personal medications, and any specific items related to the projects you’ll be working on.

Q: Are there any language requirements?

A: English is the primary language of the program. While proficiency in Sinhala or Tamil is not required, a few basic phrases can enhance your interaction with local communities. We provide participants with a basic language guide as part of the pre-departure materials.

Q: How can I apply?

A: Applications can be submitted through our website. The application process includes a form detailing your background and motivations for joining the program, followed by an interview for selected candidates. We encourage early applications as spots are limited.

Have more questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Ready to Make a Difference?

Your journey of impact and discovery awaits. This isn’t just another trip; it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in a vibrant culture, tackle real-world challenges, and leave a lasting legacy in Sri Lanka. Join us for two unforgettable weeks filled with learning, growth, and meaningful action.

Your adventure in impact starts here. Be part of a journey that changes lives—yours included.