Greenheart Travel partners closely with Go Overseas, whose mission is to empower more people to spend meaningful time overseas through transparency, inspiration and integrity. When they approached us about sending their content director Jessie Beck to visit our elephant conservation project, we were thrilled! Jessie and the Go Overseas team thought it was important for her to truly immerse herself in the program so she could better talk about the volunteer abroad experience with her audience. We love connecting partners with our projects and we were happy to sponsor Jessie’s visit to Sri Lanka.
Freshly returned from 2 weeks in Sri Lanka, follow Jessie & her partner Jon through a photo tour of their two week adventure!
“A major mission for our organization was to help keep elephants out of locals’ gardens and homes — a problem that causes numerous human and elephant deaths each year. Here Kylie, a PHD student from Australia, tests whether beehive fences can help this.” – @beatnomad #volunteerabroad #greenhearttravel #srilanka #asia
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Being chased by storms and a scooter. #LandRoverDefender #elephantresearch A photo posted by jondotli (@jondotli) on
“Finally, in the national park, we spotted one… I mean three!” – @beatnomad #elephants #elephantsafari #asia #srilanka #greenhearttravel A photo posted by Go Overseas (@gooverseas) on
“#Greenhearttravel told me part of the volunteer work with wild elephants would be ‘transecting’ — which means: looking through elephant poop to see what they ate. Not the most glamorous work, but at least it was in a beautiful place!” – @beatnomad #asia #srilanka #volunteerabroad A photo posted by Go Overseas (@gooverseas) on
“These little three-wheelers made it through some impressively bad roads!” – @beatnomad #srilanka #greenhearttravel #asia #tuktuk A photo posted by Go Overseas (@gooverseas) on
We got personal with this #elephant as it crossed in front of the @landrover, eyed us with its hormonal-filled eye glands, then slipped into the jungle after it determined we were not a sexy lady elephant. #Factoid: Bull elephants can voluntarily suppress their hormones in order to reduce injury while competing amongst other larger mating elephants. A photo posted by jondotli (@jondotli) on
When an #elephant crosses your path, is that bad luck? #TerriblePun #srilanka #wildlife #asia #travel #animalcrossing A photo posted by Jessie (@beatnomad) on
“You’re probably thinking: Wait, wait, I thought you were supposed to be volunteering with elephants? What are all these #kittens doing here? But seriously, waking up to these little guys in the field house every day was pretty awesome.” – @beatnomad #greenhearttravel #volunteerabroad #cuteoverload A photo posted by Go Overseas (@gooverseas) on
These little guys have been hanging around the field house… And they can’t get enough of these hiking boots. #kittens A photo posted by Jessie (@beatnomad) on
Just another morning at the field house with @jondotli covered in kittens. @greenheart_travel #srilanka #kittens A photo posted by Jessie (@beatnomad) on
“With only one weekend off from #volunteeringabroad, we decided to high tail it to the coast. This is what we found…” – @beatnomad #Greenhearttravel #asia #poolside A photo posted by Go Overseas (@gooverseas) on
I awoke in #Colombo to the waves of the Indian Ocean. #srilanka #gallefacehotel A photo posted by jondotli (@jondotli) on
There is a man at our hotel whose job is to shoot pestey black birds with a sling shot. We became good friends and traded tips. #Colombo #srilanka #slingshot A photo posted by jondotli (@jondotli) on