This is a 2 week practical placement with a unique Elephant Sanctuary that works hard to improve the lives of captive elephants. This is the only sanctuary of it's kind in Sri Lanka!
This is a great opportunity to gain experience and an insight into the lives of Sri Lankan captive elephants who are not being used for working nor riding.
We recommend this placement as an add on to our Wildlife and Conservation courses, particularly the Elephant Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma course.
You will help with the daily care of the elephants and will be required to assist with their walks, feeding, cleaning and bathing.
No riding and no tricks! Unlike many other organisations this sanctuary does NOT allow elephant riding. This placement to volunteer with elephants is unique as most of the existing elephant volunteering projects in Sri Lanka are elephant riding places where paying tourists come to experience an elephant ride. This results in suffering for the elephants as they are made to undergo extensive training at a very young age before they accept people riding them. The training of an elephant is a very painful ordeal for them, including sleep deprivation, starvation, dehydration, confinement and pain.
The project is near Kegalle - between Kandy and Colombo - approximately 2 hours from the airport.
Accommodation - We offer shared accommodation onsite at the family home, next to the elephant enclosure and across the road from the river. Staying with the family gives you a great insight into Sri Lankan culture. We have 3 shared basic rooms:
1 room sleeps 4 people with a double bed and 1 bunk bed
1 room sleeps 4 people in 2 bunk beds.
1 room sleeps 6 people with 4 single beds and 1 bunk bed.
All rooms have attached bathrooms with Western style toilets and refreshing typical Sri Lankan cold showers. Bed sheets, mosquito nets, ceiling fan, purified drinking water and toilet paper are provided. There are Wifi, a TV, a washing machine, a homely seating area and veranda. We do not provide towels.
£780 for 2 weeks placement
Please note that your placement fee does NOT include the following: International and internal airfare, Visa application/fees, Vaccinations, Insurance and luxuries.