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  • Locations: Colombo, Sri Lanka; Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
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  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

Sri Lanka WL2

Global Environmental Placement - Sri Lanka Wild Life Conservation Project

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.

Student testimonials

Program details

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
Dates: 11 November to 8 December 2017

Cost: $4590 AUD 

Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)

Program fee includes
  • Shared accommodation on site
  • Two nights accommodation in Colombo before transport out to site
  • Transfers to and from Colombo
  • Project transportation
  • 3 meals per day on site
  • All project activities
  • 24 hour support from onsite coordinator

The fee does not include
  • Tuition fee
  • Flights
  • Visas & passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Airport transfers
  • Any weekend activities offsite and/or meals and accommodation over this time

Information Session 
Video recording 

Eligibility and Enrolment 

A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice 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%. Students must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement. 

Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair. 

Funding options 

OS-Help Loans
Who is eligible:
domestic UG students 
Amount: up to AU$7880
Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
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
Amount: up to AU$2,500
Detail information and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note:  
  • A minimum number of 10 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 10 students in total.  
  • 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.    

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program