Day 1 (Sunday) Arrive at Colombo airport (airport code CMB) and after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our friendly local team. Flights to Sri Lanka often arrive late at night, but don’t worry we meet all Sunday flights – depending your time of arrival, you may go first to a small hotel near the airport for a few hours and once all other members of the group have arrived we’ll be off to Kandy, a journey of around 3 hours. Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a fantastic place to spend time – located up in the hill-country, Kandy has a deep history and a cultural richness. You’ll love it here !
Day 2-6 Intro Week (Monday-Friday) During intro week you will experience various activities, exploring Kandy and its beautiful surrounding areas, and get acquainted with the traditions, culture and people of Sri Lanka. Intro week is packed full of exciting adventures and excursions, and the schedule will look something like this:
Days 7 & 8 (Saturday to Sunday) Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy and explore.
Day 9-13 (Monday-Friday) It’s elephant time !! Pack your bags as we move locations, heading part way back towards Colombo. Here you will stay in a homestay accommodation with a local family – a wonderful experience.
Morning comes early at this working elephant camp, and the animals need to be fed and bathed for the day. Bath time is in the river, and it is pure joy for the elephants to play in the water – you’ll love to join them !!
Your last day (Saturday) Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends. The return airport transfer is not included, but is straightforward to arrange locally.
Accommodation Volunteers share a bunk-style room with three to five others, and the shared bathroom has hot water and western-style toilets. At the homestay, rooms may be smaller or larger.
Meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your program cost (on weekends a brunch is served last morning)