Our volunteer programme offers a rare opportunity to work alongside our scientists, conservationists, educators, community partners and local villagers deep within the heart of beautiful Sri Lanka
We have been hosting volunteers since 2002. Revenues generated through fees paid by our volunteers are critical to supporting our conservation research and community work. Whether you're travelling alone or with a group, for a week or for several months, our experienced travel partners offer a wide variety of options to meet your needs.
You'll be immersed in the local culture and ecology in the Wasgamuwa region in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, home to wild Asian elephants, sloth bears, leopards and many other endangered wildlife in one of the most biodiverse areas in Sri Lanka.
What will you be doing?
You'll stay at our Pussellayaya Field House, just a short distance from Wasgamuwa National Park and you'll work hand-in-hand with our local staff and volunteers from all around the globe to carry out essential conservation work, including:
Gathering information on elephants and other wildlife and tropical ecosystems
Collecting essential environmental and socio-economic data to help develop community-based conservation programs
Participating in discussions with local villagers to help identify practical solutions to human-elephant conflicts
Observing, assessing and documenting human-elephant conflicts
Teaching environmental education to local school children
Gathering information on Sri Lanka's big and small carnivores
And much more!
Where will you stay?
The Pussellayaya Fieldhouse is located on a scenic hill overlooking a lake and the Knuckles Mountain Range. It is just fifteen minutes from the Wasgamuwa National Park.
From the Pussellayaya Field House we conduct our research and conservation work and run our volunteer programme. Volunteers live and work alongside staff who welcome them with their warmth, kindness and deep knowledge of the region's stunning flora and fauna.
The field house is open and spacious with a high roof, which catches breezes off the lake to keep the house relatively cool during hot days and nights and ensures the house remains dry during the rainy season. Except for the songs of myriad local birds who greet you each morning, it is a stunningly quiet and peaceful setting.