Trip Details

Volunteer to spend quality time assisting in the conservation of majestic wild elephants! Working with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society, the project develops conservation methods to conserve a number of species and their natural environments in the Central and North Central provinces of Sri Lanka. Staying on the project for 4 weeks, you’ll spend 3 weeks observing the wild elephants in Wasgamuwa National Park and 1 week assisting on the turtle conservation project. Your observations will begin from the jungle tree hut where you will have an idyllic view of the nature around the camp site. Your role here will then become more active as you carry out research into elephant behaviour; human and elephant interactions, including conflicts; biodiversity mapping and the resolution of human and elephant conflicts. You’ll be trained in the use of GPS in planning conservation strategies for elephants, leopards, and other wild animals in the area. Also having an input into the centre’s security, you’ll be monitoring electric fences and early warning alert systems. At the end of your experience, you’ll meet with local leaders and villagers to discuss the challenges of rural sustainability.

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1 – 3 Monday to Friday

During these 3 weeks you will spend time observing these magnificent animals in their natural habitats, therefore, the timings of your activities will depend on the elephants. You can expect to assist with all aspects of elephant research. Using survey techniques you will map biodiversity, creating an information bank for future use. You’ll assess elephant behaviour through the monitoring of human and elephant interactions, often involving some kind of conflict and resolution. Safety of the local villages, their homes and crops is protected by electric fences and an early alert system which you will monitor as part of your role. You will participate in a meeting with local leaders and villagers to discuss the challenges of sustainable rural development.

Week 4

Your last week at the project will be spent assisting on the Turtle Conservation Project at Ambalangoda. Set amongst paradisiacal beaches, the conservation project rescues and rehabilitates injured turtles. Your first 2 days will be spent learning about the project, the turtles and their environment. Then on the last 3 days you will be able to contribute to the project by taking a more active role.

** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **


Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa