Sri Lanka

For such a small island, Sri Lanka can certainly boast a heck of a lot of amazing things to see and do! One of the few place left on earth where elephants still live in the wild (and about 4,000 of them too!), coupled with beaches as far as the eye can see, friendly people, delicious food and some stunning ruins, this is a country for any bucket list. And get there soon, before everyone else finds out about it!

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Projects in Sri Lanka

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

For many years, Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight of the world’s most intrepid of travellers: and now it has been discovered. Over the past decade the country has become one of the most up and coming destinations, yet still one of the most unspoilt. It has everything that any traveller, backpacker, holiday maker or gap year student would want, and all packed into one neat island package. The time is now to go there!

One of the most obvious draws of the country is its stunning countryside and seascape. The straggling rainforests, verdant tea plantations, towering mountainous peaks and dazzling white sand beaches make this a simply breathtaking location. Wildlife is abundant here too, from elephants to leopards, from water buffaloes to primates. This is a fantastic place to visit for anyone who loves nature and the great outdoors.

If that isn’t enough, Sri Lanka’s history stretches back over 2000 years- and so do its monuments. With an amazing total of 8 UNESCO world heritage sites on the island, there are some jaw-dropping temples hiding amongst the green forests. Colombo, the capital city, is a sight to behold as well, with some fascinating colonial architecture and friendly faces.

In amongst all of this culture and beauty, there are some fantastic summer volunteer programs and opportunities for gap years. If you are looking to volunteer abroad, we could not recommend Oyster’s elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka enough!

Family friendly volunteering

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka for families