Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

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Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

from £599
Duration: from 1 week to 12 weeks
Countries: Sri Lanka
Take part in this fantastic once in a lifetime experience and help in vital conservation of sea turtles.

Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

The overall aim of this fantastic sea turtle conservation project is to monitor sea turtle activity and conserve the local nest sites in the Kosgoda region of Sri Lanka. Working with turtles here is carried out by staff and volunteers and it has been hugely successful since the project's inception in 1988.

The vastly praise-worthy achievements of this project are largely due to the continued support it receives from teams of volunteers. The turtle conservation work relies upon the involvement of truly dedicated people and every volunteer plays an integral role.

Working with the turtles here includes caring for those that are resident within the sanctuary, maintaining the project area and the beach, burying the eggs in the sand, cleaning and constructing the hatcheries, feeding the turtles and releasing them back into the wild. Volunteers also will lend a hand with tours of the hatchery, which help to educate people about the importance of preserving the sea turtles in Sri Lanka and the work of the project itself.


Day 1 

Arrive into Colombo airport and transfer to the project site. The evening comprises of an orientation which will cover important information regarding the volunteer project itself and is a chance to get any questions answered you may have.

Day 2-13

After an Introduction to the sea turtle conservation project and staff, a work schedule is devised and then it is time to start the volunteering tasks. Take part in a variety of tasks and activities involved in the day-to-day running of the project and the turtle conservation efforts. These will include hatchery building, beach clearing, and night-time patrols to relocate turtle eggs. Weekends are free for you to spend as they choose.

Day 14

Transfer back to the airport in Colombo for your return flight home or commence independent travel plans.

Project Activities 

On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.

Caring for turtles that live at the centre
At the centre there are four species of turtle resident (predominantly green but also loggerhead, olive ridley and one hawksbill) and your principal role as a volunteer is to take care of these.

Maintaining the project area and beach
This is a major part of the work here; as you will need to make sure the nesting sites remain as healthy and safe as possible.

Burying the eggs brought by vendors
This is another essential part of the project work, as vendors often bring eggs that need to be buried as soon as possible in order to safeguard them for hatching.

Cleaning and constructing the hatcheries
This is an essential part of the work here as keeping the area clean is essential in keeping the turtles healthy. You’ll even get to clean the turtle’s shells!

Feeding the turtles
This will be a daily task and you will be involved in cutting up and preparing the food (which is predominantly tuna).

Turtle Release
This is often the volunteer’s favourite activity – particularly when releasing the babies back into the sea! You will often need to be on hand to scare away predators such as birds.

Teaching English to local communities
English teachers are scarce in Kosgoda and so English-speaking volunteers are always greatly valued by locals who are keen to learn. Volunteers spend some afternoons interacting with the community, teaching conversational English.

Hatchery Tours
Volunteers also lend a hand with tours of the hatchery, which help to educate people about the importance of preserving the sea turtles in Sri Lanka and the work of the project itself.

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Further Details

More information about this gap year opportunity...

Price details:

from £599

What's included?

• Airport transfers
• All meals
• Detailed orientation
• Volunteer project activities
• On site project coordinator
• 24 emergency contact in the UK
• Bottled water
• Wi-fi internet access

What's not included?

• Any flights
• Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
• Visas if required
• Use of internet and telephone
• Soft drinks, wines and spirits
• Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary


All travellers to Sri Lanka WILL need a visa to enter the country. Short stay visas of thirty days can be obtained online via the Electronic Travel Authority. These can be extended for up to three months once in Sri Lanka from the Department of Immigration & Emigration. However, it is advisable to contact the Sri Lankan High Commission in your country of origin at least one month before travel

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