** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Introductory Briefing Date: Wednesday, 25th of July Time: 9:00am Venue: Burwood: Burwood Corporate Centre level 2
Waurn Ponds: Ka5.213
Global Environmental Placement - Sri Lanka - Elephant Wildlife Conservation
Sri Lanka is considered a biodiversity hotspot of the world. Sri Lanka, an island roughly the size of Ireland with Australia's human population, also has the third biggest Asian elephant population. This density of people and elephants leads to immense conservation challenges. Today, for the Sri Lankan elephant, the biggest challenge for its survival is human-elephant conflicts (HEC). HEC has become the biggest environmental and socio-economic crises of rural Sri Lanka. Annually, elephants cause over $10 million worth of crop and property damage to rural farmers and on average every year, 225 elephants and 60-80 people are killed because of this conflict. This is an alarming situation that the Sri Lankan Wildlife and Conservation Society has been working on to solve for the last 18 years.
As a student volunteer with the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society, you will assist with ongoing research and conservation efforts to address human-elephant conflicts for the conservation of the endangered Sri Lankan elephant. You will conduct direct and indirect field observations to gather information on elephants, collect data on carnivores, monitor an alternative land use program, participate in an ongoing bird survey, collect data on small mammals and assist in environmental education programs with local communities.
Required skills: No specific skills are needed for this project however, you'll be working in a fairly dynamic environment so it is important that you possess patience and flexibility. A keen interest in conservation and wildlife is a given. Exercise level: High Relevant for: Independent travellers Project type: Get your hands dirty Location: Wasgamuwa National Park, Sri Lanka Project activities: As listed above Working hours: Monday to Friday with hours dependent on the project Project duration: 4 weeks Unit of enrolment at Deakin:SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice Partner to deliver this program: Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society
Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and a group interview with the unit chair.
Compulsory content hours:
Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018
Introductory briefing: Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)
In-country component: 10 November - 9 December 2018
Application close: Tuesday, 31 July 2018
For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in T3 2017. Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2018. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
$500 deposit due before: Monday, 16 July 2018 Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Program fee includes:
Shared accommodation on site
Two nights accommodation in Colombo before transport out to site
Transfers to and from Colombo
3 meals per day on site
All project activities
24-hour support from the onsite coordinator
The fee does not include:
Visa and passport fees
Weekend excursions and meals
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
WIL Financial Support
Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.
Places in this program are limited to 10 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.
Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply
After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit
After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
After final payment deadline: No refund of any program fees