About the local hosting organizationGREENLION SRI LANKA
About the volunteer workthis programme will not be available from the 15th Of July until end of August due to Festival season in Kandy ------ The Wild Elephant Experience program is a minimum 4 week program where you will spend 3 weeks observing and documenting the activities of wild elephants in Sri Lanka and 1 week at our turtle conservation project, looking after endangered sea turtles that are unable to survive in the wild due to illness, injuries etc. The Wild Elephant Experience program works together with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. Participants will spend 3 weeks in Wasgamuwa National Park observing and researching the behavior of wild elephants, assessing human - elephant conflicts, biodiversity mapping using surveying techniques, community integrated human elephant conflict resolution, monitoring electric fences and early alert systems and sustainable rural livelihood development. Participants also learn about using GPS, remote sensing and GIS techniques to develop conservation strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards, other wildlife and their habitats in the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka. The 4th week of the project will be spent at our Turtle Conservation project at Ambalangoda. This project rescues and rehabilitates endangered sea turtles and also aids nesting and carries out other conservation related activities. First, you will just enjoy the experience of: Â• Observing the behaviour of wild elephants, birds and other wildlife from the jungle tree hut. Â• Trekking observe wildlife & birds, look for leopard & elephant signs, observe various habitats, and visiting forest hermitages. Â• Bird watching and generally observing and enjoying nature around the camp site. Next,you will do some work: - Assisting with elephant research you will be utilising many tools during your stay, including GPS, remote sensing and GIS techniques. - Also biodiversity mapping using various surveying techniques. - All aimed at developing strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards and other wildlife in their natural habitats in the surrounding area. Lastly, you will become actively involved in helping the local community - Assessing human and elephant interaction which often includes involvement with conflict resolution. - Monitoring electric fences which are erected to stop elephants from raiding crops and village homes, and also the early alert systems. - Visit Weheragalagama village to observe a human-elephant conflict resolution project. - Meet and discuss the issues and challenges with community leaders and villagers all aimed at sustainable rural development. That is what will occupy your 3 weeks working with these wonderful creatures, in your final week (your 4th) you will be transferred to Ambalangoda, an island floating in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal with pure white sandy beaches, a perfect way to end your stay in Sri Lanka. Here you will participate in our Turtle Conservation Project, after a 2 day introduction session to the workings of the project. This project is aimed at developing strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards and other wildlife in their natural habitats in the surrounding area and also to be actively involved in helping the local community
Local accommodationaccomodation and food You will be accommodated in our center which is located 2 kilometers away from Kandy center. Our rooms allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates. There is a beautiful garden by the river to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. We do not have Wi-Fi at the centre. You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.
About the project locationKandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities.Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign power, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times. Our house is located 2 kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation. The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plan national park and the railway museum.
Extra info about the projectOpen all year, starting on Mondays, see starting dates in the description, participation fee 1680€ for 4 weeks (minimum duration),