Community-Led Conservation Volunteering in Sri Lanka
Ben and Bethany volunteered with the SLWCS for 4 weeks in February and March 2022
Bethany helping to analyze elephant dung
We quit our jobs for 6 months for a world trip. Out of all the countries we have been to, Sri Lanka is by far the most beautiful. We spent one month in the field house. The SLWCS staffs were great. We were able to meet so many wonderful volunteers at the SLWCS.
Ben working in the Butterfly Sanctuary
It was very rewarding to help farmers to protect their crops by planting orange trees. Our morning work was normally hard work but rewarding such as working in the butterfly garden.
One morning we helped Siriya to harvest paddy, to be able to understand normal life of farmers. Afternoons were usually a bit more easy-going. In the afternoons we would so bird surveys in the paddy fields or go out to look for elephants in order to assess their group sizes and to collect other data.
Setting up a remote camera
Bethany working on Elephant Foraging Studies
The visits to the National Park were always great with the final trip being by far the best. We saw wild boars, buffalos, had our path blocked by elephants and crocodiles and finally saw not only one but 3 elusive leopards. All in all, our time with the SLWCS was incredible and we would love an opportunity to return.
For information on the SLWCS Volunteer Program please send inquiries to: [email protected]
SLWCS Staff and Volunteer shirts sponsored by elephantea
Big, rumbling thanks to our Corporate & Organizational Partners for their kind support and to everyone who has donated and supported our wildlife conservation efforts!