Volunteering with Elephant

Look after elephants while volunteering in Sri Lanka!

This centre was established in 1999 and hosts elephants, who were rescued from poachers or who have gone astray.

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It is located near the town of Kegalle with 16 hectares of greenery and a river where elephants take their daily baths.
The mahouts and a vet both care for the elephants every day.
This project is for all those who love elephants and who want to discover Sri Lanka while improving the lives of these impressive animals.
Volunteers play an important part in the centre and all skills are welcome and can be useful.

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This is what a typical day could be like:

If you work in the morning:

7-8:45am: Looking after the elephants

  • You will go with the mahout to meet "your" elephant where they sleep. Together, you will muck out its stable. Then you will go with the elephant to the river to clean it with coconut husks. You will also record any important data on the elephant. Once or twice a week you will work to produce vitamins balls. 

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8:30am-4.30pm: Selling at the fruit store 

  • On a rota basis, you will work at the store where you sell fruit to tourists to feed the elephants. The profits from these sales are used exclusively for site maintenance, care of the elephants and to save other elephants. 

9-9:25am: Breakfast

9:30am: Veterinary check

  • You will help the vet monitor the elephants' health. You will check their legs and will look for possible injuries and you will give them vitamins balls. If an animal needs specific treatment, you will help administer it.

10am-12pm: Gardening in the eco-farm and at the maintenance centre

  • The Eco-farm is the main source of fruit and vegetables for the fruit shop and meals for volunteers and mahouts.

12-2pm: Break!

  • Volunteer programme Globalong Sri Lanka ElephantsDuring your lunch break, you can use the internet, go to town and shop, take a nap or just enjoy quiet time with the elephants. 
1.30-2pm: Lunch

If you work in the afternoon:

2-3pm: Gardening in eco-farm and at the maintenance centre

  • In addition to conventional gardening, you can also take part in fund raising for the centre, cleaning and looking after objects in the small museum. You can work on the centre's social media networks (blog/newsletter/twitter/youtube...)

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3-5pm: In the afternoons, you will take part in the following tasks:

  • Stimulation of the elephants : you set up fun activities to stimulate the elephants, cut some grass for the elephants to eat or hide fruit in the field or create playful games. 
  • Resource centre : on a rota basis, volunteers teach at the resource centre in Rambukkana for 2 hours per week. This resource centre was established in 2012 and aims to teach English to underprivileged children whose parents cannot afford lessons. 
  • Education : you can teach conversational English in an after-school centre. The teaching is based on games and fun!

5.30pm: Team Meeting

  • Come to the office to discuss the day's activities, share ideas and hear any news from the coordinator. 

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6-7pm: Break

  • During your break, you can use the internet, go to town and do some shopping, you can take a nap or just enjoy quiet time with the elephants.
7pm: Dinner
If you still have some energy after your volunteering programme at the end of the day, and if you want to, you can also teach English in the neighbouring villages. Local people are eager to learn and improve their level of English, but because of lack of means, they cannot pay registration fees to attend school.

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Please note that the elephant project is closed from December 20th to December 28th.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Volunteers need to be enthusiastic and willing to help
  • Experience in animal care or veterinary studies would be helpful, but is not required
  • Volunteers need to be open-minded

For further information, please contact us at info@globalong.com

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