The people of Sri Lanka have had a long tradition of living in harmony with nature since the cultural fabric of the country is deeply imbedded in the concepts of Buddhism which advocates Ahimsa (non violence). This volunteer program is geared to provide these insights to visitors who participate in the project. Whilst the research is conducted to meet rigorous scientific inquiry and it is wildlife conservation, human-elephant conflict resolution and sustainable land use efforts are based on research and adaptive management strategies. The Great Elephant Project – Sri Lanka offers volunteers a unique opportunity to step into the cultural milieu that makes Sri Lanka so special. Through this program volunteers not only experience the wilderness and get to contribute to field research and environmental protection in meaningful ways but also get to experience Sri Lankan culture. Your involvement will help to safe guard the wilderness and promote cultural practices that are thousands of years old.
1st or 3rd Monday of the month
- Transfers between sites - A contribution to the project - Full orientation and support from the project managers - Accommodation and meals
- Transport to pick up location - Comprehensive Medical and Travel Insurance - Expenses of a personal nature (soap, laundry, snacks etc) - Spending money for personal purchases, evening socializing, and pre and post project travel
Transfers from the airport are NOT included. You can book airport transfers with STA Travel. Volunteers must be at the Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo (about 30 minute drive from Colombo international airport) by 0700 hours on Day 1. Participants will be returned to Negombo at the end of their stay. It is recommended that volunteers arrive the day before the start date of the project and book an overnight at the Goldi Sands Hotel at their own expense to ensure they meet at 0700 hours on Day 1.