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