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Oyster Worldwide Gold residential – Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka

Elephants in Sri Lanka are under threat. This island is one of the few places in the world where elephants can still live in the wild, however their wilderness is becoming smaller and they are having to raid villages for food and water.

This project aims to reduce human-elephant conflict so that both elephants and humans can live along side each other peacefully. This involves tracking the elephants, monitoring the elephants, setting up camera traps, meeting locals and working as a team to find workable solutions.


The FCO advises that visitors to Sri Lanka should take sensible precautions, familiarise themselves with security procedures and avoid crowded public places, large gatherings and any demonstrations.

Oyster Worldwide makes arrangements for accommodation, transfers, safety and support. There is 24/7 support both from the team on the ground in Sri Lanka and our UK office.

You can take part in this programme for 1 – 12 weeks throughout the year.

Accommodation and food
Volunteers stay in a beautiful field house overlooking mountains, lakes and fields. Volunteers share bedrooms and bathrooms. The field house is very remote and immerses you fully in rural Sri Lankan life.

Food is cooked by locals, and is delicious. The main diet is curry, dahl, rice and vegetables.

How much does it cost?
1 week costs £845; each additional week costs £185.

Project requirements

Volunteers must be 18+ to participate. The summer is very popular, so you are encouraged to book early to guarantee your space.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to take part in this programme then you can find more information on our website https://www.oysterworldwide.com/project/volunteer-with-elephants-in-sri-lanka/

Alternatively, please contact Destination Manager, Anne, at [email protected] or on +44 (0) 1892 770771.