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The elephant orphanage is located in 25 acres of land in the southern town of Kegalle. The project was established in 1975 and cares and raises the elephants that were sick and abandoned. The orphanage also provides the elephant with a lush environment for them to live in. When you volunteer in elephant orphanage project and care for the elephant, you'll learn about elephant behavior, what and when to feed them, and how they'll need to be cared. You'll also help to control the elephants from mahouts (elephant-handlers). You'll also bottle fed baby elephant and care for them. The center that cares for these mammoth beasts are understaffed and are always short of funds. When you volunteer, you'll ease the burden on the existing staff and help the orphanage.
Your major role as a volunteer in elephant orphanage is to assist the Mahouts in caring for the elephants and providing them with food. The majority of the volunteering work deals more with day-to-day aspects of running the orphanage. You'll clean the elephant enclosure in the morning, bathe the elephants in the river, feed them, help staff prepare milk for the elephants, and assist in other construction and maintenance works. If you have some knowledge of veterinary science, you can also check up or treat the elephants.
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Working in an elephant orphanage is an easy job. So you do not require any specific qualifications and experiences to work in this project. You should however have love and compassion for animals, especially for the elephants. You must also arrive with an open mind and with a passion to learn new things in a strange environment.
RCDP-Sri Lanka will arrange for your room, food, and supervision from the very beginning of the program to the end. Volunteers stay with a host family during the first week of language and cultural program. In the host family, you'll be provided with a separate room and served 3 Sri Lankan meals a day. During your work, you'll also stay in a host family. Our host families are carefully chosen and all of them have experience of hosting international volunteers before. They will be able to communicate with you in English and the food they'll serve will be clean and hygienic. Living with a host family is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn Sri Lanka culture and interact with local people. You can even learn to cook the local food. If you want to stay in a hotel instead of a host family, for an additional fee that can be arrange also. During the project period, you'll have 24/7 access to our office in Sri Lanka by e-mail or telephone. Our staff also will visit each you in every one to two weeks to see if you're satisfied with the project and have any complains.