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Monitor/record the behavior of the elephants at the Wasaguwama National Park
Spend your days amidst the wilderness
Work with a team of researchers and local staff
Meet some amazing travelers from different parts of the world
Be a volunteer and help to monitor/record the behavior of the elephants at the Wasaguwama National Park in Sri Lanka This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+

Participants will get the rare opportunity to work alongside local conservationists, educators, community partners and local villagers deep in the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness. 

Wild elephants (and other wildlife) are under threat in this part of the country particularly because of heightened levels of human-elephant conflict created in recent times due to a range of issues.It is a genuine research-based project involving elephant tracking, monitoring, observations, and education to the local communities, including running campaigns and awareness programs.

No matter whether you are a high school student who's an animal lover, or a gap year traveler looking for meaningful work experience - this project will be perfect for all. Even for those who are looking for an interesting family volunteering opportunity - what can be better than exploring this Southeast Asian island, soaking in the authentic vibes while working for these gentle giants!

Typical day

Participants work for 4-6 hours each day Mon-Fri in 2 shifts of 2-3 hours each, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. Typical working hours vary everyday in the program. Weekends are free for the volunteers.

Free-time activities

You’ll mostly be free on the weekends, to explore and soak in the beauty of this tropical island. There are several day trips that you can do in the vicinity, but most of the volunteers simply like to explore the beautiful area around the park, and relax in the jungle along with other fellow mates.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Interest in Wildlife and Conservation, Should be physically fit and flexible and open minded to work in a new and challenging environment
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Volunteering Solutions
The program fee is used for the following :-

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup on Scheduled Days
  • Accommodation in a Field House near the Project
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Meals
  • Guaranteed project placement
  • Private Vehicle transfer from Colombo Airport to Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Private Vehicle transfer from  Wasgamuwa National Park to Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Dedicated staff support at the Project
  • 24/7 local emergency support

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport
Participants are picked up from Colombo airport by our driver and taken straight to Wasgamuwa (i.e., project site) in a car/van, which is roughly a 6-hour journey.
Volunteers stay in a field house, located amidst the lush forests of Sri Lanka.The house is just 15 minutes from the Wasgamuwa National Park. The accommodation is basic with dorm-style beds (with mosquito netting) and shared bathrooms. Rooms will be allotted on the same-gender sharing basis.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers will be provided with all the meals - Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can expect some of the following meals:

  • Breakfast – Cereals, toast, fresh fruits
  • Lunch – Salads, fresh fruits
  • Dinner – Chicken, fish, vegetables, rice

Internet Access
Limited 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.
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


Details on arrival

March  - 06,13,20,27
April - 03,10,17,24
May - 01,08,15,22,29
June - 05,12,19,26
July - 03,10,17,24,31
Aug - 07,14,21,28
Sep - 04,11,18,25
Oct - 02,09,16,23,30
Nov - 06,13,20,27
Dec - 04,11,18,25
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$835 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Volunteering Solutions 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 Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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