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Volunteer in Sri Lanka: Work in Elephant Orphange Project Starts From US $654

Global Crossroad

Street Address:
4425 West Airport Fwy. Suite 210
United States

Work in Elephant Orphange Project Starts From US $654

Sri Lanka
Dates of Program
1 and 3 Monday of every Month
both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

Many young elephants that are lost or abandoned by their mothers are housed by the elephant orphanages in Sri Lanka where the elephants are fed, nursed and taken care of. Like human children, these elephants also need love, care and attention. The elephant orphanage centers are lacking in resources and need more volunteers to join them in providing good care for the growing elephants. This project is a rare opportunity for volunteers who are interested in working with elephants. The giant but innocent animals' sanctuaries are located near lush green forests and idyllic sceneries.

Major Responsibilities

You will work as assistants to the mahouts (elephant handlers), getting involved in the following tasks:

  • Bathing the elephants in the river twice a day 
  • Cleaning out and maintaining their enclosures in the morning 
  • Washing and feeding the baby elephants 
  •  Other assistance in construction or maintenance work (as needed) 
  •  Some work, such as the mental stimulation of the elephants, is usually left to the initiative of the volunteers with some guidance from the mahouts
Cost/Program Fee
US $2381 (12 Weeks)
What program fee Includes

What Program fee does cover?

  • Food 3 times a day
  • Your Accommodation during the project period
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage
  • Support of Country coordinator

What Program fee does not cover?

  • Airfare (International and Domestic) 
  • Visa and Visa extension fee
  • Airport taxes
  • Any personal expenses on food and travel
  • Mineral water and soft drinks
  • Gifts to project staffs and host family
  • Laundry
  • Telephone
  • Immunization
Skills/ Qualifications

Volunteers do not require any specific qualifications to volunteer in elephant orphanage project. But volunteers should have a deep love for animals.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Global Crossroad manages room/food for volunteers. Volunteers live with the host family/hostel where we manage a separate room as well as local meals three times a day. Volunteers will also have 24/7 access to our office in Sri Lanka as well as the mobile numbers of our coordinators. Our staff also visits each volunteers in 1-2 week intervals as a part of the program.

Any Missing Important Information

Additional cost of $75 for airport pick and transfer to Galle
$125 Airport pickup and transfer to Elephant orphanage project 
$100 transfer from Galle to Elephant orphanage project

Additional Packages

Sinhalese Language & Culture (1 week-optional): $250
Mini Venture: $1099

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