Oyster Reviews: Volunteering with elephants in Sri Lanka

Find out what Oyster elephant conservation volunteers in Sri Lanka have to say about their time on the project:

Group of elephants in Sri Lanka“I am very happy about this trip, it was really enlightening and I met lots of amazing people there. I loved getting to know the elephants and their habits, I also found it really interesting to know the villagers’ point of views on the elephants. We were very well surrounded, the locals who accompanied us were experienced and very nice.

Laure-Hélène Revaclier, 4 weeks, July 2017


Sri Lanka elephant on the road“There are no words for what I have experienced. Everything over there was much simpler and discovering the culture and the wildlife was something that I will treasure for the rest of my life!
Everything was very well organised. Arriving in a new country is always stressful but I felt like I knew that everything would work out and I knew what I was doing.”

Ruth Cook, 4 weeks, July 2017


P1030353“I loved the accommodation, and the people running and participating in the scheme were really friendly. I learnt a lot. It was really great to meet like-minded people who care about animals and enjoy integrating themselves within new cultures. I loved seeing the elephants in the wild and talking to the local people about their experiences. The volunteering scheme enables you to meet people and learn first-hand about issues which you would never have the opportunity to learn about otherwise. I would really recommend it to people who are looking to travel alone for the first time as you meet people on the programme and can then organise trips with them at the weekend.”

Rebecca Dale-Everett 2 weeks, August 2016


review“It is very enlightening – you get to hear the community views about conflict with wildlife, and you get to collect data for scientific research.”

Alexandra  Johnson 2 weeks, July 2016


web“My time in Sri Lanka was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! The people who work for the conservation project are absolutely wonderful, and I really enjoyed interacting with the other volunteers. I would have easily been able to stay another month, although I don’t know that I could manage to eat curry for that much longer! I think I might have left my heart behind in Sri Lanka and I will definitely return someday, hopefully in the near future. Everything at home is going well, although I’m already planning my next escape! Thanks for everything. I felt incredibly prepared and safe during my trip thanks to you guys! I would recommend you to anyone who is looking to volunteer.”

Adria Otto 4 weeks, March 2016


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“We have reached our last day at the field house – it has been amazing and everything I hoped it would be. The organisation of transfers has been amazing, which we are very grateful for. We were met punctually and loved the train ride to Kandy, where we were met and taken by car to the field house. We have enjoyed the field work which is structured to the interests of the volunteers, which makes it feel like a holiday. The people here are lovely too! We have seen elephants on several occasions, and the magic of seeing them in their natural environment is an amazing unique experience! Eve has loved it and has coped really well. We have both praised Oyster’s efficiency and support in making this trip possible, and will definitely be booking further adventures in the future. Many thanks for everything.”

Rachel and Eve Watson 2 weeks, March 2016


 

web 1“I had an amazing time in Sri Lanka and I think the programme is great. All the people who work there are so friendly and there was a really laid-back atmosphere. I also met some really friendly volunteers. I’m so glad I found your website!”

Phoebe Baker 4 weeks, February 2016


web“I had a great time. Getting to see so many elephants up close and in the wild was amazing. Thanks for everything, you’ve been very helpful.”

Paul Moxen 3 weeks, January 2016


“Yesterday, I could see the nice lake with the sun rising – beautiful. Morning work was webto build a beehive fence around a farmhouse and by midday we were ready with it. Just the bees are missing! In the afternoon, we were watching elephants at the dump, and we were lucky to see at last three different bulls. So you see, I’m having a great time here! Thank you for the good organisation and preparation for this project!”

Gerlinde Müller 2 weeks, November 2015


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