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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.
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
3 meals per day on site
All project activities
24 hour support from onsite coordinator
The fee does not include
Visas & passport fees
Any weekend activities offsite and/or meals and accommodation over this time
Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.
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.