Join this inspirational project to help wild elephants and wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka.
The project is unique in Sri Lanka as their award-winning model focuses on researching wild elephants in order to allow the local community to live peacefully with them. They help the local farmers live alongside over 300 wild elephants and other wildlife by running initiatives to reduce potential conflict.
The team are researching the population and distribution of wildlife including elephants, sloth bears, leopards, rusty-spotted cats, fishing cats, jungle cats, golden palm civets and jackals. This research is used to monitor and understand population changes.
Each day is different but volunteer tasks include helping with:
* Elephant monitoring and observations - recording population data (number, gender, age), assessing condition and documenting any injuries
* Inspecting elephant dung - to monitor the diet of the elephants
* Camera traps - setting up the camera equipment and examining photos
* Sand traps - recording tracks captured and setting up new sand traps
* Bird and wildlife research on transect walks
* Monitoring fences and elephant paths
* Assisting in building and mending fencing to protect homes and farmland from damage by elephants
* Interviewing villagers to document human-elephant conflict and help to identify practical solutions
We are an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 2 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care, education, teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Asia, Africa and Central & South America.
In this time of uncertainty during the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are monitoring the global situation closely in conjunction with the UK FCO and our local teams on the ground. The health and safety of our volunteers is our primary concern and we will only restart placements when it’s safe to do so. It’s not yet clear when this will be but we aren’t accepting new bookings for placements before 1 August 2020.
We want to reassure volunteers that you can feel confident booking an overseas volunteering placement with us and we have introduced extra flexibility to help with this.
Flexible payment terms
We are giving added flexibility on payments. Normally we ask for final payment by 8 weeks before start date, but we are reducing this to 1 month before start date for placements with start dates in 2020. This takes some pressure off volunteers and allows us to see how the situation evolves over the coming months.
Flexible date changes
If any of our volunteers want or need to reschedule (regardless of whether it is related to Coronavirus or not!), we are happy to reschedule for up to 18 months. You just need to let us know 1 month or more before your placement date and it can be open ended if you aren’t sure when you want to reschedule to. We are keeping this free of charge for maximum flexibility!
Booking flights – wait for now
We normally recommend that volunteers book flights as soon as possible after their placement is confirmed to secure the best deals, but with the current uncertainty, it’s best to wait until travel restrictions are lifted and the airlines can confirm their schedules before booking flights and making other arrangements.
We’d love to help organise your next volunteer adventure, ready for when the world has returned to some kind of normality!
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