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Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project, Sri Lanka

1+ Weeks from

minimum age

  • Live in a rural village near a national park of Sri Lanka
  • Observe wild elephants in their natural habitat
  • Assist with important conservation efforts
  • Meet people from around the World

Project Costs 

Volunteer elephant observation

The price as a volunteer for 1 week is £796, 2 weeks is £935, 3 weeks is £1240 and 4 weeks is £1412. It is then £155 in addition for every extra week after 4 weeks. This covers all your food, water and accommodation at the project, pick up from hotel in Colombo, transport from Colombo to project site, return transport from project site to Kandy, project training and supervision and WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support. As an intern, you can join from 3-6 months, and costs start at £2950 for 3 months.

Your airfare to and from Sri Lanka, travel/medical insurance, first night in Colombo, visa fee and personal expenses are not included within this price. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project. Airport drop-off is not included, which means that you’ll be transferred to a location in Kandy from which you need to arrange your own further transport.

For more details on the costs for staying longer than 4 weeks, or if wanting to join as a family or group, then please contact charlotte@workingabroad.com

Payment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, please complete and submit the form with your application payment of £180. If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However, for those who are accepted, you will be required to pay the final balance 2 months before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive an information package on the programme, the work you will do, suggested items to bring, how to travel there etc.

How are funds used? 

The fees that volunteers/intern pay will cover any expenses related to their stay at the project (accommodation, food, water, transport etc). However, there’s more to conducting research and providing a safe environment for everyone on the project. To conduct field work requires a fare amount of logistical support especially in areas such as our project site, where dangerous wild animals such as elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and buffalo range freely.  Ensuring the safety and security of volunteers and interns is a huge undertaking that is given the highest priority. There is always experienced staff personnel with them even when they are in the field house, the staff are always in the vicinity.  Providing a safe environment to conduct the work means it’s needed to provide 4WD vehicles, the necessary field equipment, as well as a large field staff to provide a safe volunteer/intern to staff ratio in the field.

The fee volunteers and interns pay gets allocated to cover all the projects and operations costs in the following way:  Accommodation (8%), Food (12%), Transport (18%), Staff costs (14%), Wildlife Conservation contribution (40%) and local community project fund donations (8%).

Project Dates

Please note that the dates below are flexible, and you can join the project starting on any Monday throughout the year. The minimum duration is 1 week, and volunteers should arrive in Colombo at least one day before starting on the project.

Start End Availability
October 28th 2019 November 10th 2019
November 11th 2019 November 24th 2019
November 25th 2019 December 8th 2019
December 9th 2019 December 22nd 2019
December 23rd 2019 December 29th 2019
January 6th 2020 January 19th 2020
January 20th 2020 February 2nd 2020
February 3rd 2020 February 16th 2020
February 17th 2020 March 1st 2020
March 2nd 2020 March 15th 2020
March 16th 2020 March 29th 2020
March 30th 2020 April 12th 2020
April 13th 2020 April 26th 2020
April 27th 2020 May 10th 2020
May 11th 2020 May 24th 2020
May 25th 2020 June 7th 2020
June 8th 2020 June 21st 2020
June 22nd 2020 July 5th 2020
July 6th 2020 July 19th 2020
July 20th 2020 August 2nd 2020
Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project, Sri Lanka

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