The Mighty Roar

Elephant Protection Supporter

Central Province, Sri Lanka show on map
Help these gentle giants on this amazing elephant conservation programme, set deep within the Sri Lankan jungle. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Background

Encounter the beautiful Asian elephants in their natural habitat in the depths of the Sri Lankan jungle. Help to promote the protection and survival of these endangered elephants by playing an important role in the initiative to help elephants and communities live together.

Around 100 years ago there was upwards of 20,000 elephants that roamed the forests and grasslands on this beautiful island. Due to increased farming and habitat destruction, just 5000 of these gentle giants now live outside of captivity. Your role within this programme will be aiding the research and conservation techniques to stop this decline from becoming even more devastating.

The project

You will be working on a highly respected and an award winning project with the ultimate aim to help safe guard the wilderness by encouraging the survival of elephants living in the wild. Working along side local scientists and conservationists to help conduct research, you will have the privilege of witnessing elephants in the wild. You will get to experience a number of field research and conservation activities designed to help develop measures for elephant conservation, sustainable land use and to mitigate human-elephant conflicts.

The location

Based on the outskirts of the wild Wasgamuwa National Park you will be working in one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the world. Throughout your time here, you will be trekking through rugged mountains, dense jungles and wetlands where you will get to know intimately the lives of the elephants. You will have the chance to interact with the friendly locals where you will get to experience their amazing culture, swim in beautiful clear lakes and come across scenery that is truly stunning.

What you can expect

Not only this, but the accommodation where you will be staying offers some of the best views we have ever seen. Based in the lush forests of Sri Lanka, you are surrounded by a ring of striking mountains where you will look out onto a large reservoir where elephants love to bath! If you don’t believe us, have a look at the photos!

Experience the adrenalin and thrill of walking through nature’s playground where you could encounter many wild species including Asian elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats and lots more! You will take big gratitude in the work you are doing, but you will also experience memories like no other that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Typical day

Everyday you will be working in the elephant’s natural habitat, where you will be getting hands on with the ecological research and conservation. 

First Day

It's an early start today, as you will be met by our local team at 6am from your hotel in Colombo where you will be taken to Fort Railway Station. After enjoying the buzz of travelling by train in Sri Lanka, you will arrive in Kandy where you will get to spend an hour or two taking in the sites and to get some breakfast. After this, you will take the bus directly to the project site where you will get settled in and have you orientation.

Regular Days

Elephant & wildlife monitoring 

During the afternoons you will be located high up in the jungle treetop in a purpose built viewing tower / tree house, located within an elephant corridor and overlooking the elephants traditional grazing grounds. You will be collecting data on the spatial and temporal distribution of passing elephants and will observe how local villagers and elephants interact. You may even get to spot other wildlife that just so happens to be passing by – keep an eye out for the elusive Sri Lankan leopard.

You will have the opportunity to use GPS, camera / sound traps and remote sensors to develop strategies to conserve the local wildlife.

Human-elephant conflict

You will be heavily involved within the local communities to help them live in harmony with elephants, with the ultimate aim being to assess and subsequently reduce the conflict between the two. This conflict is one of the major factors in the drastic reduction of elephant populations in Sri Lanka over the past century. Your input on the programme will be play an integral role in making a difference.

Trail monitoring- 

Trekking through dense jungles and over wetlands you will be walking along an elephant grazing trail and recording any findings. The purpose of this is to investigate the abundance of elephants outside of the national park, seasonal variation and habitat preference. You will also get to observe wildlife and various habitats as well as visiting forest hermitages.

Elephant ID 

You will get to spend a session at the Weheragala Tank looking for Sri-Lankan elephants to then observe and photograph for ID purposes. You will also have to fill in an elephant identification data sheet to note any different psychical features of individual elephants with the aim to build up a catalogue to monitor numbers, social organisation and movement inside and outside the park.

During this time, you will also get to monitor other amazing wildlife including mugger crocodiles, water buffalo, macaque monkeys, birds and maybe even leopards where data collected will be logged into the system.

Fence monitoring

An important task will be checking the state of the solar powered electric fences that are in place to stop elephants from entering the local villages. Once checked, information will be relayed to the local fence committees.

Tank Monitoring 

Another important task is to check around water tanks (reservoirs) situated outside of the national park for the presence of any elephant activity, including dung or tracks. The aim being to see whether there are single males and / or herds present outside the national park and what their patterns of dispersion might be and what they are eating.

Teaching 

A major part of conserving elephants is teaching environmental awareness in local schools around the project sites. You will get to become involved within the local communities where you will help to teach English and explain why elephants are so important.

Last Day

Today will be your last day and after saying farewell to the staff and friends you will be referred back to Colombo for your return flight or to start your own travels.

Details on Arrival

The programme starts every week on a Monday, but you are advised to arrive a day early and check into a local hotel - we can recommend one for you.

Please contact us to confirm availability for your chosen dates.


Free-time activities

Weekends are free days where we actively encourage you to go and explore this beautiful country. We can help arrange all kinds of trips to national parks, to sandy beaches where you can party or to famous religious landmarks. If you prefer, you are more than welcome to stay on-site and carry out lighter duties.
Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
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 (basic level)
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

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Your programme fee provides the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Transport to the project site
  • Donation to the running of the programme

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

You should arrive to Colombo Airport (CMB) on the day before your selected start date, being any Sunday. You will need to check into a local hotel for the night (we can recommend one).

On the Monday morning around 6am you will be collected by one of our local team members who will take you to Colombo Fort Railway Station to catch the train to Kandy.

After an hour or two in Kandy to have breakfast and to explore the beautiful town, you will then board a bus along with our local coordinator and be taken directly to the project site.

After your selected duration has come to an end, the local team will arrange for your transport back to Colombo Airport.

Accommodation

During your time with us on the programme, you will be staying on the project site that offers some of the best views we have ever seen. Based in the lush forests of Sri Lanka, you are surrounded by a ring of striking mountains where you will look out onto a large reservoir where elephants love to bath!

The accommodation is very spacious with lots of room and has a high roof to catch the cooling breezes from the lake. Although basic, it is comfortable and clean. You will be staying with other volunteers from around the world, so you can be sure to make new lasting friendships.

You will be sleeping in shared single sex rooms with up to 8 people per room in single beds. There are shared bathrooms that have western style toilets and cold showers. This will not be much of an issue though as the pipes are warmed by the sun and after a long walk in the wilderness you will appreciate the freshness of a cold shower!

All of the essentials are provided, such as electric fans, mosquito nets, pillows and clean bed sheets. Please bring your own towels.

There is a large communal area where everyone normally congregates of an evening. There are many board games to play and you can also get involved with some of the lectures.

There are safes provided where you can store all of your valuables.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All meals during the week are provided within the programme fee and are aimed to be as varied as possible, although they mainly consist of local Sri Lankan cuisines. You can expect some of the following meals:

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

Due to the location being remote, catering for dietary requirements is somewhat tricky. Please contact us in advance and we will do our best to arrange something.

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.
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)
$ 959
2 weeks
$ 1,139
3 weeks
$ 1,649
4 weeks
$ 1,919
6 weeks
$ 2,309
8 weeks
$ 2,679
10 weeks
$ 3,019
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,429
Average fees
$ 622 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Central Province/Sri Lanka between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar 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 The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia Sri Lanka  Central Province, Wasgamuwa National Park

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