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Working in orphanages
Teaching English in public or private school
Teaching English to Buddhist Monks
Conservation of Elephant project
Turtle Conservation Project

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 Conservation of Elephant project:

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Project Overview

Here is the chance for animal lovers to work at the wonderful elephant orphanage which is a shelter for rescued, injured or abused elephants. Around 80 elephants have found homes at Pinnawala, including some small babies who have been born into the herd. We (Global Volunteer Solutions) have started this project with our local partners because we find that number of elephants is reducing day by day and they are in the state of extinction. Before 100 years ago, Sri Lanka had rich elephant population of about 36,000 and now only 2000 have left. If this reduction continues then there will be no more elephant in Sri Lanka in coming days. These elephants are dwindling day by day due to different reasons. Some of the main reasons include destruction of the ecosystem, destruction of forests, habitat fragmentation, habitat loss, human violation, elephant poaching for their ivory etc. While many other elephants especially the young and sick without getting love and care succumb to disease and death. Like human children these elephants also need love, care and affection. Many orphanages have been operated in Sri Lanka to support and protect these nearly-helpless elephants. These centers are doing good job of feeding and raising the animal but due to lack of resources and lack of staff these orphanage needs help from outside. Thus GVS have put forward this project to support elephants in these orphanages. You can also join our hands in this project and help in conservation of ecosystem balance.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

This is a very rural project located near the historical city of Kandy. The expert elephant handlers will support and taught you about elephant behavior. As a volunteer in this project, your major role is to assist the elephant mahouts (who are elephant handlers) in caring and provide food to the elephants. Your daily activities will include cleaning and bathing the elephants twice, cleaning their enclosure in the morning, preparing milk for them, feeding them and taking care of their daily activities & health. You may also be expected to help in administrative activities and performing maintenance work as and when required. Besides this, if you have some knowledge of veterinary science, then you are also welcome to check up or treat the elephants. Working in this program might not only be vigorous but can also be mentally challenging, due to warm and humid climatic conditions (especially in summer) but at the same time work is also enormously satisfying and rewarding.

PLEASE NOTE: We are providing you with a flexible working schedule so that you can easily adjust in the new environment. You can work for 5 – 6 days in a week. In a single day, you need to work for only 3 – 4 hours a day. You can get the work schedule from expert elephant handlers who will support you and help you in providing all the activities you needed in this project. You are also expected to make certain disruptions in schedule due to traditional, cultural festivals, your exams and other similar situations. During these times you are not allowed to work and can enjoy short holiday.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

You do not need any skills, qualification or prior experience for joining this project as working in an elephant orphanage is an easy job. However, you must be at least 18 years old and should have good knowledge of English for volunteering. You should have a deep love and compassion for animals, especially for elephants. You should also be imaginative, hard working, motivated to work, and have initiative, compassion and eagerness to work with animals. You must also arrive with an open mind, flexible attitude and passion to learn new things in a strange environment. As the work involves muddy work so you have to be active to participate in this program.

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Sri-Lanka
Project Type: Primary Health Care and Medical Program
The Locations: GVS projects are located in rural and urban areas of Galle, Kandy and Colombo
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply –

– Our orphanage program is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.

Requirements and other skills:

our orphanage project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others

Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer’s demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $180 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point: For Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, For Galle: Koggala Airport
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children’s. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Sri Lanka). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.

Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Volunteering in week All Projects Galle Millennium Elephant Pinnewala Elephant
1 week $105 $225 $250
2 weeks $260 $450 $550
3 weeks $365 $675 $800
4 weeks $470 $900 $1,050
5 weeks $575 $1,125 $1,300
6 weeks $680 $1,350 $1,550
7 weeks $785 $1,575 $1,800
8 weeks $890 $1,800 $2,050
9 weeks $995 $2,025 $2,300
10 weeks $1,100 $2,250 $2,550
11 weeks $1,205 $2,475 $2,800
12 weeks $1,310 $2,700 $3,050
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95

Note: Volunteers attending this project will have to contribute an additional fee of USD $ 100/month as assistance to the monastery. The additional fee will be directly handed over to the monastery’s management.


General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What’s the best time to apply for a Sri Lanka i volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Sri Lanka program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Sri Lanka?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Sri Lanka?
03. Where is the Sri Lanka programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Sri Lanka?
05. How long does the Sri Lanka volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Sri Lanka?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Sri Lanka?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Sri Lanka is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Sri Lanka?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Sri Lanka?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don’ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Sri Lanka ?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Sri Lanka ?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Sri Lanka ?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Sri Lanka ?
02. What should I know about Sri Lanka s religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Sri Lanka s people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Sri Lanka

NOTE:Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.