Elephant Orphanage Experience
The Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for rescued, injured or abused elephants and attracts visitors from all over the world to view these magnificent animals. Around 70 elephants have found homes at Pinnawala, including some small babies who have been born into the herd.
You'll have a marvelous experience working with these regal animals and the daily highlight is the walk from the Orphanage down to the river to bathe the elephants. It's amazing to watch an entire herd splashing around and rolling in the river ... just feet in front of you!
Working hours on this project are quite short and you certainly won't be overloaded with work, so you'll have plenty of time to sightsee and explore. You'll have hands-on contact with some of the elephants, but there are some others who are overly large or have not been tamed or trained to a satisfactory level, so you won't be able to safely have full hands-on contact with those.
This is not a conservation project. Rather, the majority of volunteer work deals more with the day-to-day aspects of running the elephant orphanage than more specialised research or veterinary based work, although you will have the opportunity to do some hands-on work. Part of your duties will include:
- Walking with the elephants down to the river every day and supervising their bathing - this takes place twice daily.
- Participating in bathing some of the smaller elephants.
- Mucking out the elephant enclosures in the morning.
- Elephants are very intelligent and need a lot of mental stimulation. You can contribute a lot in this area, thus improving their mental wellbeing.
- You may be asked to help with possible construction or maintenance projects.
Other Work Resposibilities (Subject to availability & experience)
- Washing and feeding the baby elephants.
- On one or two afternoons a week, you will be able to assist and observe the vets in their daily duties.
- Some work, such as the mental stimulation of the elephants, is normally left to the initiative of the volunteers. The Mahouts (dedicated elephant trainers) may assist the individual volunteer in this, but you will need to initiate this work yourself.
What you'll gain from doing this Project:
- An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the exotic island of Sri Lanka.
- New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
- An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
- The enormous satisfaction of helping to contribute to the well-being of previously abused or orphaned elephants
- And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Additional activities you can do while on this project:
All our volunteers use their weekends and free time to do a lot of travelling around the southern part of the island. There are many, many attractive tourist sights to see, ranging from gloriious beaches to impressive temples. Thw towns and villages are fascinating and so different to what we're used to in the Western world.
What to do next
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