Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants

Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Work With Elephants

Price: from £1,800 per person sharing.

Dates: your choice.

No of nights: 14 nights in Sri Lanka.

Group size: 2 – 4 people.

Accommodation: Pussellayaya Fieldhouse in dormitory style rooms. 

Weather: temperature range 18– 28C.

Transport: to and from the airport and at the project site.

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This itinerary has been designed for volunteers, working with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. The society was created in 1995 with the objective to empower local communities and provide them with the skills and knowledge to protect the island’s endangered wildlife. They are a non-governmental organisation committed to developing a sustainable model for wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka. Their mission is to enable communities to balance ecosystem protection and economic development by pioneering a model for sustainable conservation. The focus is to help people, elephants and other wildlife co-exist peacefully.  Volunteer and support conservation in Sri Lanka.


Day 1: Hotel Pinnalanda. Relax and explore the area.

Days 2 - 6: Project site. Start working alongside experts.

Days 7 - 8: Weekend activities. Your choice.

Days 9 - 13: Project site. Continue working on your project.

Day 14: Fly home. 

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Pinnalanda Hotel

On arrival in Sri Lanka, you will get a transfer to the Hotel Pinnalanda. This is a great place to rest and get yourself sorted for your project work. Here you can start your amazing journey with authentic Sri Lankan meals as well as continental cuisines, all of which can be enjoyed at the in-house restaurant while you watch the elephants from the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage bathe and frolic in the Maya Oya River below. 


Days 2 - 6: Project Work

On arrival there is an introduction to SLWCS, staff and program activities. There are so many things that can be done here and yet the program is laid out in an easy structure.


Conservation work includes the following.

  • Gathering information on elephants and other wildlife and tropical ecosystems
  • Collecting essential environmental and socio-economic data to help develop community-based conservation programs
  • Participating in discussions with local villagers to help identify practical solutions to human-elephant conflicts
  • Observing, assessing and documenting human-elephant conflicts
  • Teaching environmental education to local school children
  • Gathering information on Sri Lanka's big and small carnivores

Conservation research is a dynamic process where although the research goals are planned, the monthly and daily activities to achieve these goals depend on the local situation and can change dramatically. 


Each day follows a similar structure but with variety on the projects that are visited, all of which are worthwhile and also informative.


Days 7 - 8: Safaris and other activities

There are a number of optional activities and activities to do over the weekend. Trips to the beaches can be organised in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Arugam Bay and to the central mountain region to visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Little England, and tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya and the World’s End in Horton Plains.     


The staff can help you with buses and travel and also with suggestions.


Days 9 - 13: Project Work

Continuation of the project and gaining more skills and confidence in your work at SLWCS. You will be familiar with how to run things and what to do. In your second week volunteers really get to grips with what is needed to help out the researchers.


The project component of the program will change slightly to give you variety in your work and also to give you the opportunity to see as much of the work that is happening and to give you the most time to help the research staff.


Day 14: return home 

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