Sri Lanka Elephant and Community Volunteers


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Trip Code: SLEC
Region: Asia
Countries visited: Sri Lanka
Activities: Elephant conservation, community development and teaching English, eco framing
Duration: From 2 to 12 weeks
Difficulty: Challenging
Profile: This project also accepts volunteers of all ages and it is likely there will be a wide age range of people on the project at any one time.
Transport: plane, car, bus
Accomodation: The accommodation on this project is very basic by western standards.
Group: min 1, max 20


From: to land only.


Sri Lanka Elephant and Community Volunteers


Volunteer with Elephants

There are three main components to the project:

  • Elephant conservation. This involves the daily care and management of the elephants including washing, feeding, cleaning elephant beds and treatment for sick elephants.
  • Community development and teaching English. Whilst many Sri Lankan can speak English in the local towns, in more remote villages English is not used for daily communication. English is an expensive commodity confined to affluent people. Low income groups cannot afford to pay for special tuition. The ability to communicate in English will greatly improve the local opportunity to work and find better jobs.
  • Eco farming project. This project aims to develop an environmentally friendly onsite farm. This is an ongoing and evolving project that aims to be entirely self-sustainable in producing medicinal herbs and vitamin rich plants to supplement the elephant’s diet as well as vegetables for human consumption.



Your Typical Itinerary
Volunteer with elephants
Monday to Friday

07:30-08:30 Assisting the keeper to clean the elephant stable, wash the elephant, vet medicines. Under guidance from a mahout, clean the elephant’s bed area and count number of dung balls. Prepare vitamin and mineral supplements together with any necessary medications according to the daily chart.

08:30-09:30 Breakfast

09:30-10:00 Elephant vet check and dung count. Check each elephant’s foot, treat any wounds under supervision of veterinary assistant, administrator daily vitamin or mineral supplements. Record dung count.

10:00-12:00 Eco farm - Tasks include: preparing ground for planting, weeding, planting organic compost project.

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Eco farm office work - includes preparation of adoption packs, updating membership database and museum information etc.

15:00-16:00 Elephant food hanging and demonstration

16:00-17:00 Vet treatment, elephant food records or teaching

Volunteers should be prepared for the daily schedule to change at short notice to meet the needs of the project.



Holiday CodeStart DateHoliday DurationHoliday PriceHoliday StatusHoliday Enquire
SLEC1 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month. 2 weeks £849 Guaranteed Get a quote
SLEC2 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month. 4 weeks £1049 Guaranteed Get a quote
SLEC3 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month. 8 weeks £1449 Guaranteed Get a quote
SLEC4 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month. 12 weeks £1849 Guaranteed Get a quote