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Hiking near the field house.

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Observing elephants near the tree hut.

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Sunrise by the field house.

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Elephants in Wasgamuwa National Park.

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Elephant blocking the road.

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Elephant blocking the road.

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Tree hut.

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Observing elephants near the tank.

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SLWCS community meeting.

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Conducting a transect.

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Volunteering

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.

Dates

Link to itinerary in Adobe PDF format.

2013:
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
2014:
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). 

Price
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.

Location

The research area lies within the confines of the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka

Terrain

Jungle, grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, forests, riverine and disturbed habitats

Weather

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.

Field Bases

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.

Team size

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.

Assembly point

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.

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