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SRI LANKA

Volunteering Projects in Sri Lanka in Conservation, Work Experience Internships and Working with Children

Sri Lanka is famous for its 1,600 km of unspoilt, golden beaches. It's a paradise Island shaped like a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. The people are friendly, food delicious and costs low. A stunning island filled with wildlife sanctuaries, ancient cities, hills, beaches, and most of all, its incredible beauty.

You can volunteer in the community in a wide variety of projects, from caring for elephants at Pinawala Elephant Orphanage, Teaching and Care for children, conservation with elephants at Wasgamuwa National Park or conserving turtles at Ambalangoda. You can gain invaluable work experience abroad on a veterinary, law or medical internship, or you can help with community development by renovating a Buddhist Temple.

Please see our list of brief descriptions below, then click on the link to read all about the project. CAN'T CHOOSE? Call our Sri Lanka Project Consultant, Ivy Adams, for free advice on which Project would be best for you. +44 (0)1903 502595

An Elephant Experience at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Watching over 90 elephants roaming and playing together is stunning, you'll never forget it. An amazing elephant experience at this famous Orphanage for retired, abused or orphaned elephants, including some small rescued babies. The daily highlight is the walk with the herd down to the river so that they can bathe. It's amazing to watch them splashing around and rolling in the river, just a few feet in front of you!

There are a few elements combined on this programme, making it a very interesting, varied and satisfying project, including working at Pinnawala, and at another Elephant Sanctuary and assisting in teaching monks and disadvantaged children at a local school.

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An Elephant Experience Caring for Rescued Elephants in a Sanctuary in Sri Lanka
Spend time working with elephants and their handlers in their day to day activities. You'll help the mahouts (elephant handlers) with their daily routines. This includes, but is not limited to, feeding the elephants, cleaning and bathing the elephants and cleaning the elephant enclosures.

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Elephant and Wildlife Conservation in Wasgamuwa National Park
Help conserve the Elephants and other wildlife of Sri Lanka in Wasgamuwa National Park. The main aim of thise project is to "save elephants, other biodiversity and their habitats by helping people". Go back to the very basics, in a stunningly beautiful part of the world, helping local people and the local wildlife. The activities are diverse - one moment you could be observing elephants overnight in a tree-house, and the next you could be helping to reduce human-elephant conflict within the national park

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Help with Turtle Conservation in Ambalangoda
This Project works towards preventing the extinction of sea turtles, a critically endangered species. You will help in the rehabilitation and release back into the sea of turtles that are usually victims of commercial fishing. You'll assist in treating injured and sick sea turtles, protecting nests, and rescuing eggs so that they can be hatched without incident in the safety of our hatchery.

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Veterinary Work Experience in Negombo Beach
Work in a privately-run animal hospital based in the coastal town of Negombo.The focus is on animal health and care. The practice is well established, with between 4 and 6 qualified vets who all speak English.

You'll gain valuable international veterinary work experience by assisting the vets and staff.

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Law Work Experience Internship in Negombo Beach
Intern in a small practice in Negombo (5 lawyers), which means you'll gain experience across all areas of law. The variety will be greater than you would be exposed to in a big practice. There are 3 Courts in Negombo and proceedings in two of them are conducted in English. You'll have opportunity to attend both 'English-language' Courts and well as assisting in other duties, such as drafting legal documents, in the office.

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Buddhist Temple Renovation, Restoration and Construction in Kandy
Rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples in and around Kandy. This unique and fascinating project offers an opportunity to learn about Sri Lankan construction using traditional manual methods, without using modern machinery. Work includes construction, repainting temples, cleaning in and around temples; interacting with children and villagers and helping the Temples arrange Community Centres for the village youths. You'll also assist with the restoration of paintings and sculptures inside the temples.

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Care and Community Volunteering with Children, Women, Boys and Elders in Kandy
Help the local community by assisting in a broad range of activities. Choose from one (or more, or even all) of the following areas to help in: Babies Orphanage, Womens’ Project, Elders’ Home, Orphan Care, Building and Renovation – or you could even help to rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples!

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Teach Conversational English to village community children in rural Wasgamuwa
Located near the famous Wasgamuwa Game Park - A truly cultural Sri Lankan Experience! Teaching in Wasgamuwa is varied with ages ranging from about 8 - 40. Your students will be an eclectic collection - from school children to monks and park wardens! And lessons are fun and often include a heavy environmental component.

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Teach Monks in Temples and Children in Schools in Kandy
Help on this education program by teaching Monks in the temples, and children in pre-schools and upper schools in the villages. The objective is to help them improve their English language. You'll primarily teach English, but you can also help to teach Drama, Music and other foreign Languages. You'll assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc.

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON YOUR PROGRAMME IN SRI LANKA
Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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