Wild Elephants Conservationist and Researcher

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founded in 2010
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High­lights

Help the Project with it’s great cause of developing strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards and other wildlife in their natural habitats.
Expand and gain new skills in conservation, marine conservation and field research!
Work alongside an amazing team of staff and other volunteers!
Experience a new culture, tradition and enjoy the simplicity of life!
Make unforgettable memories!
Venture off to the Wild side of Sri Lanka and take this amazing opportunity to work for the conservation of wild elephants! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

Venture off to the Wild side of Sri Lanka and take this amazing opportunity to work for the conservation of wild elephants! This is an amazing chance to get yourself immersed in research events , hiking, and many other fun activities!

 

The Wild Elephant Experience program works together with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. You will spend most of your time in Wasgamuwa observing and researching the behavior of wild elephants, assessing human - elephant conflicts, biodiversity mapping using surveying techniques, community integrated human elephant conflict resolution, monitoring electric fences and early alert systems and sustainable rural livelihood development. Participants also learn about using GPS, remote sensing and GIS techniques to develop conservation strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards, other wildlife and their habitats in the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka. The last week of the project will be spent at our Turtle Conservation project at Ambalangoda. This project rescues and rehabilitates endangered sea turtles and also aids nesting and carries out other conservation related activities

 

For a minimum stay of 1 week, come now and have this unforgettable experience!

Typical day

Every day is different and some flexibility is required as not everything runs on time. Your daily tasks involve many of the following:


  • Assisting with elephant research, Biodiversity mapping using various survey techniques, Assessing human and elephant interaction which often includes involvement with conflict resolution and Monitoring electric fences which are erected to stop elephants from raiding crops and village homes, and the early alert systems.
  • Observe human-elephant conflict resolution project, Meet and discuss the issues and challenges with community leaders and villagers all aimed at sustainable rural development.
  • Feeding the turtles (every other day), Maintenance of the turtle tanks and Cleaning the turtles.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the beach.
  • Helping with the release of new-born turtles into the oceans.

Free-time activities

Volunteers have lots of opportunities to go sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hiking and much more however, do keep in mind that this would need to be at the volunteers' own expense.

Sightseeing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV, Letter of motivation, Application Form, 2 pictures and Liability Waiver and Volunteer Policy forms (provided during application process)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:30

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee includes: 

  • Placement
  • Accommodation and Airport Transfers
  • Meals
  • Ongoing service
  • Tours
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport
The volunteers need to fly into CMB (Bandaranayake International Airport). First; you will meet the project’s transfer coordinator. He will meet you at the meeting point (paging area) in the airport upon your arrival and arranges your transfer to our center in Kandy or Ambalangoda according to the program you have booked. You will need to get a SIM Card as well. After passing through customs, make sure you stay on the same floor. Our Coordinator will be waiting for you in front of this entrance with a sign displaying the name of the project. He/She will not move to find you as they have firm instructions. Due to the many different personal plans and return flight times people have, the project found it logistically simpler to send participants to the nearest bus station and allow them to make their own way; whether it is to do more travelling or return to the airport. A Transfer back to the airport is not provided.
Accommodation

You will be accommodated in our center which is located a few meters from the ocean (Dormitory style). The beach is closer to the accommodation where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. Please bring your own padlock to be used.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are mainly Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can eat out at any of the local restaurants. 

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Sri Lanka.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Sri Lanka provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Sri Lanka you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Sri Lanka.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Volunteers at the project in Sri Lanka are the backbone of the organization. They are the main force behind the project's mission of developing strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards and other wildlife in their natural habitats in the surrounding area and also to be actively involved in helping the local community. As a volunteer, you will actively participate in the daily routine of the facility.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,895
5 weeks
$3,445
6 weeks (max. stay)
$3,995
Average fees
$695 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wild Elephants Conservationist and Researcher

Venture off to the Wild side of Sri Lanka and take this amazing opportunity to work for the conservation of wild elephants!

$695/week

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