Nature of the project: Elephant Conservation Project
Type of the Project: Conservation/Environmental
Starting & Ending Date: 06 Aug – 19 Aug
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 15
Here is a gratifying, rare and exciting opportunity for those who loves Elephants and are willing to work with Elephants in an Elephant orphanage. Your timely support and consideration will be extremely precious and can help these elephants from becoming extinct.
While participating in this project, your major role is to assist the elephant mahouts (who are elephant handlers) in the process of caring and providing food to the elephants. Your daily activities will include cleaning and bathing the elephants twice, cleaning their enclosure in the morning, preparing milk for them, feeding them and taking care of their daily activities & health. You may also be expected to help in administrative activities and performing maintenance work as and when required. Besides this, if you have some knowledge of veterinary science, then you are also welcome to provide medical check up or treat the elephants. Volunteers can take a break from the work by visiting near by Parks and tourist spots for relaxation. Not just the poor people but the wildlife conservation needs focus and the volunteers will do the best to keep it going. GWC believes the young has the power to bring in change smoothly, so please come forward and join hands with us for this noble cause.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Colombo International Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can stroll around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Sri Lanka Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Elephant Conservation Project) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Sri Lanka along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Srilanka will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a Home base. You will be served with 3 meals a day which includes Dal, Bhat, Curry, Bread, and Pickle etc with occasional supplement of chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Srilankan culture and lifestyle closely.