Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Sri Lanka: Sea Turtle Conservation

Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka

Description

Location: Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: £500 GBP per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Get to know the amazing island of Sri Lanka, its people, culture, food and environment
  • Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
  • Help conserve the amazing sea Turtles of Sri Lanka!
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Introduction

Our program is certified by the Sri Lankan government as the only disabled turtle conservation project in the country.

Our program focuses on the rehabilitation of wounded sea turtles by humans, garbage or trash. Sea turtles are found hurt on the beaches in Sri Lanka who are not able to survive on their own in the ocean. Our project rescues these turtles and takes them to the care of our centre under special supervision.

There are 7 species of turtles that live in the world and out of that 5 species of turtles live in the Indian Ocean. Our program breeds and cares for 4 different species of turtles that live in the Indian Ocean: Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Green and Olive Ridley.

There are 42 disabled turtles living in the centre and in a separate centre we hatch hundreds of turtle eggs to be released to the ocean when they hatch. The purpose of this organization is not for commercial interest but to give these marine animals an opportunity to survive in a safe and healthy environment.

The aim of this project is to conserve turtles by directly taking care of the turtles, enhancing awareness among fishermen and the communities regarding turtle conservation and increasing the number of turtles in the ocean by releasing baby hatchlings to the sea.

Participants with open injuries in their hands should not work with turtles as infections may occur. The coordinators have a lot of experience in caring for these animals, so we ask to follow every instruction knowing it is in the turtle’s best interest.

Daily Life

Monday to Friday
The activities change according to the beach weather conditions and the number of participants but spending time with these marvellous creatures is the main aim of our participants’ involvement.

This program requires your dedication and support. Cleaning of the turtles and their tanks at the turtle conservation centre are the main things you have to do. That is because it is vital to have a clean and hygienic centre for these animals.

Typical activities during the week would include,

  • Feeding the turtles (every other day)
  • Cleaning the tanks
  • Cleaning the turtles
  • Cleaning the beach
  • Helping with the weekly release of over 100 newborn turtles into the ocean (depends on the weather and season).
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Travel and Accommodation

Accommodation is provided at the volunteer centre located closew to the beach. Here you will share rooms with 4 to 5 other people on a single-gender basis. All rooms are equipped with a private toilet.

There are showers and shared bathrooms. Linens are provided; however, you need to bring your own towels. Safety lockers are at your disposal to store your belongings and there is a fridge if you would like to keep food and beverages. The dining and lounge areas await you to hang out with the other participants or you can head to the beautiful garden by the river to relax. If you need an ATM or something from the supermarket, you can reach them within a 15 minute walk. Please note the centre does not have WiFi.

You will be provided with three meals per day on weekdays and two at the weekend. The cuisine is a mix of Western and Sri Lankan dishes including lots of rice and vegetables. The local restaurants are also a convenient option for eating out.

Upon arrival at Bandaranayake International Airport in Colombo you will be met by a project representative and transferred to the volunteer centre in Ambalangoda. Please note you will need to arrive on the weekend before the start of your program.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Passion and enthusiasm to get to know Sri Lanka, lots of energy and creativity!
  • Willingness to dress and behave in a respectful manner, including covering up body tattoos and removing piercings while working at the temples.
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Necessary vaccinations.
  • Necessary flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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Costs

£500 GBP per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 2 weeks booking

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate