Fronteering Travel

Wildlife and Conservation Field Researcher

Kandy, Sri Lanka show on map

Non-profit | Fronteering Travel

Interested in Wildlife and Conservation? Then come take this amazing volunteering opportunity to be part of our unique and amazing Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
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Are you in interested in Wildlife and Conservation? Say no more, take a trip now, take us up on this amazing volunteering opportunity and be a part of our unique and amazing Wildlife Conservation project done in Sri Lanka!

The project is run by a non-governmental organization committed to developing a sustainable model for wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka. Their main focus is helping people, elephants and other wildlife co-exist peacefully. That being said, the project simultaneously pursues three key strategies to successfully fulfill their mission and achieve their goals and objectives, these are: Field research, applied conservation, and sustainable economic development.

As a volunteer, you have the rare opportunity to work alongside scientists, conservationists, educators, community partners and local villagers deep within the heart of beautiful Sri Lanka. Take this chance now and have an experience you will never forget! 

Typical day

Volunteers at the Wildlife Conservation project in Sri Lanka are the backbone of the organization. They supply the main force behind the project's mission to enable communities to balance ecosystem protection and economic development by pioneering a model for sustainable conservation. As a volunteer, you will actively participate in the daily routine of the facility by participating in the following activities:

  • Gathering information on elephants and other wildlife and tropical ecosystems.
  • Collecting data on elephant foraging;
  • Learning to take information to identify elephants;
  • Collecting essential environmental and social-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 and much more! (a worksheet will be sent to you on what your day to day activities will look like).

Details on Arrival

Year round however, you should keep in mind that the project requires applicants to start on a Monday! It is advised to arrive one day before starting the project.

Free-time activities

The weekends are off and since the project site is located in the Central Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, during weekends off the volunteers visit cultural sites and beaches.  If the volunteers prefer to stay in the field house and rest and relax then they can do so and they will be provided all their meals and refreshments as usual
Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking

Program 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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Motivation letter, Two Pictures, Application Form and Liability Waiver and Volunteer Policies forms
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 07:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Fronteering Travel (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee includes:

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

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

The volunteers need to fly into and depart from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). There you will need to take an airport registered taxi from the airport to a hotel in Colombo where you will spend the night. Contact us for hotel recommendations. The next day volunteers will be met at the hotel by one of the project associates who will transfer them to the Fort Railway Station and make sure that they are safely onboard the right train to Kandy (Volunteers must take the 7am train). There volunteers will be met by one of the project’s staff and will board the bus with them to go to the project site.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in gender based shared dormitory style lodgings.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Freshly prepared meals are provided three times a day. The project also caters meal to vegetarians and vegans. Volunteers need to notify us in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements. A 24/7 Tea/Coffee station is provided.

Internet Access
Good 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 1,495
2 weeks
$ 1,695
3 weeks
$ 2,095
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,295
Average fees
$ 1,034 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kandy/Sri Lanka between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Sri Lanka.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia Sri Lanka  Kandy, Wasgamuwa Region, Central Province

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