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Sri Lanka is a fabulous country, in the top ten richest bio diversities in the world. It is very beautiful and its people are a delight, and the elephants are magical! From our project base in Kegalle, our volunteers will travel the country supporting elephant initiatives and other nature projects such as turtle, blue whale and leopard. They will also help develop elephant conservation, education and research projects across Asia.

The volunteer centre in Kegalle is set in rich rain forest with a river running through it in which the elephants bathe on a daily basis. There is a resource centre, museum and educational facilities all of which need revitalising.

We will also be running educational courses for participating volunteers to gain accredited certificates in area such as Rainforest Ecology and Conservation, Elephant Biology etc ...

Normal AWF rates apply
Pounds/ Euro 110pw for stays of four weeks or more (dearer for shorter stays- see booking form), includes multi bedded and simple accommodation. Volunteers work on a variety of projects but can focus on areas of specific interest for such as dissertations. See booking form for all information on booking. Participants must check out their own national guidelines regarding entry visas and inoculations. ALL volunteers must provide evidence of comprehensive medical insurance covering repatriation in worst case scenario

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Projects 2011/2012
Conservation
Focus is on Asian Elephants, but we are developing initiatives with Blue and Sperm whales, Turtles, Leopard, Rainforest etc.

Education
Teaching English in local schools, creating an educational fund for local children, developing educational workshops as required, developing and running elephant educational programmes for tourists.

Social Anthropology
Collating stories on myth and legends, music, crafts- particularly with village communities where 'mask' traditions are localised and very active, and with the Veddah tribes of which very little is known.

Film making, photography
Arugam Bay (Surf), Veddah tribal rituals, Elephants.

Eco Tourism
We will be developing plans to construct eco lodges at Kegalle as a vehicle for generating income for Asian Elephant initiatives.

Micro Financing
Particularly so with women's groups.

Tree Planting
Only 2% of Sri Lanka's original rainforest cover remains and we are collaborating with various initiatives to restore rainforest cover particularly in regards to recreating elephant corridors (Sinhahji to Yala) and Leopard corridors (Hill Country).

Trading
Masks and carvings, textiles etc.

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About Sri Lanka
Once an important centre of Buddhist religion in ancient times, it is home a Sinhalese community which forms the majority of the population. Although small in land size, Sri Lanka has the highest range of biodiversity per 10,000 square km within Asia.

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