Spend a holiday working to save elephants and villagers livelihoods by helping to resolve human-elephant conflicts in Wasgamuwa, which is one of the vast and diverse wilderness areas in Sri Lanka.
You will work along with the scientists and conservationists of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society to save Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity while helping local communities to benefit from these efforts.
As part of this program you will participate in ecological research on elephants, assess human-elephant conflicts, observe human-elephant interactions, map biodiversity, and teach environmental awareness to children. In the process you will learn jungle skills, help to track elephants to observe them from the ground, tree huts and vehicles, learn to use GPS and other field equipment, record animal behaviors and interact with locals to understand their perspectives about wildlife. You will also help to set camera, live and sand traps and conduct a survey of birds and other wildlife and develop a photo catalogue of elephants. All of these activities will help to develop measures to conserve elephants, leopards and other wildlife. They will also contribute to achieving human elephant co-existence by creating a win-win sustainable future for all.
- September 9th – 21st
- September 23rd to October 5th
- October 7th to October 19th
- October 21st to November 2nd
- November 4th to November 16th
- November 18 to November 30th
- December 2nd to December 14th
- February 17th to March 1st
- March 3rd to March 15th
- March 17th to March 29th
- March 31st to April 12th
- April 14th to April 26th
- April 28th May 10th
- May 12th to May 24th
- May 26th to June 7th
- June 9th to June 21st
- June 23rd to July 5th
- July 7th to July 19th
- July 21st to August 2nd
- August 4th to August 16th
- August 18th to August 30th
- September 1st to September 13th
- September 15th to September 27th
- September 29th to October 11th
- October 13th to October 25th
- October 27th to November 8th
- November 10th to November 22nd
- November 24th to December 6th
- December 8th to December 20th
How long can I join for?
You can join for multiple slots (within the periods specified).
- US$1,800 for a two week program (14 days)
- Price Includes:
- Pick-up and drop off to assembly point
- Project transportation
- All meals and refreshments
- Full accommodation
- Orientation and briefings
- Guidance and training
- Field Programs
Does not include:
Flight to and from the destination airport and visa fees Comprehensive Medical and Travel Insurance
Spending money for personal purchases, evening socializing, and pre and post project travel.
LocationThe research area lies within the confines of the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka
TerrainJungle, grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, forests, riverine and disturbed habitats
It is Dry Zone tropical weather. The winter rains or the north east monsoons peak from the end of December to middle of February. Generally this means 2 to 3 hours of incessant rain followed by a lull. Average temperature will be in the region of 250C to 320C.
Depending on the number of participants you will be stationed at one of two field sites operated by the SLWCS in the region. Both field bases can comfortably accommodate up to 12 individuals. There are beds, linen, mosquito netting and furniture. There are western toilets with showers, toilets, a communal lounge, rest areas and a kitchen. All meals are freshly prepared and vegetarians and vegans can be catered for.
Up to 12 team members
Skills & prerequisites required
No specific skills are required and there is no age limit either. Field staff will train, guide and supervise you in the field work. During the daily briefings you will be briefed on each activity, what is entails, why we are doing it, and what we hope to understand from the data?
Fitness level required
Most of the work you will go by vehicle and then walk about 5 to 7 kilometers, sometimes in rugged and hilly terrain.
Negombo, Sri Lanka
What about environmental and social impacts?
SLWCS environmental and social contributions—an international award winning effort!
The SLWCS for the past 18 years had contributed tremendously to addressing environmental and social issues such as human-elephant conflict resolution, socioeconomic development, sustainable livelihoods, gender mainstreaming, capacity building, creating environmental awareness, and climate change adaptation in Wasgamuwa. These programs are implemented through the revenue generated from the Society’s internationally acclaimed Saving Elephants by Helping People (SEHP) Project, which received in 2008 a UNDP Equator Initiative Prize, which honors community-based projects that represent outstanding efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.