Family volunteering with elephants in Sri Lanka
Stay in a mountain house and contribute to important conservation work for an award-winning charity, working alongside local scientists to monitor and track elephants across grasslands, forests and small village communities in the wilds of Sri Lanka
Elephant tracking in the wild Working with award winning conservation charity in Sri Lanka Monitoring and identifying elephants Central Highlands Tree house observation stations All meals included Recommended minimum age of 10
£745 excluding flights
Description of Family volunteering with elephants in Sri Lanka
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travelers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.
1 Reviews of Family volunteering with elephants in Sri Lanka
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019 by Simmi Behal
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Getting education by staff. Volunteering for the center. Seeing the elephants interact with one another in a natural environment.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Great experience, but don't go in expecting the comforts of home. It's rustic, there are lots of insects, and it's hot. If you can get past this, then it's a must see.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
yes, while volunteering we felt like we were supporting the center.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
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PlanetThe importance of the project
Asian elephant numbers have been falling dramatically for the last 100 years, in part due to human-elephant conflict. This project is the first participatory, community-based, elephant research and conflict resolution project in the world. Tracking takes place from a distance and volunteers are instructed on the safe and responsible ways of viewing/recording elephants in the wild.
Caring for the environment:
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is scarce in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally. Those going trekking are advised to keep to marked footpaths so as to prevent further erosion of the landscape.
Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travelers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleMeeting local needs
As well as helping to protect elephants and other animals, this project is mainly focused on helping to improve human - elephant conflict issues. Elephants, traditionally able to roam where they pleased through the wild, are now having to forage for food in fields and homes. Locals find this hard to live alongside, and this project strives to understand more about the elephants' behaviour so that more farms will be protected. Projects to put elephants off going into farmland are completed, such as planting orange trees around field boundaries to protect crops- elephants hate oranges!
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Sri Lanka. Our policy is to send people overseas in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
Understanding and respecting the host community is paramount to the success of any project as long term commitment, support and adoption of sound environment, economic and social practices. This project employs as many local people possible, making it sustainable socially as well as environmentally.