Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation
2-3 weeks from £679
- Make a difference to the conservation and care of sea turtles in Sri Lanka
- Volunteer at a turtle hatchery!
- Help conserve the nesting sites of sea turtles
- Get involved in community outreach projects and vital beach clean ups
- Live with other volunteers in a comfortable villa, just 5 minutes from the beach!
- Relax on the beach or explore Sri Lanka during your time off!
Head over to southwest Sri Lanka and volunteer at a sea turtle hatchery in Galle on this fantastic volunteer project. Help the local team conserve sea turtle nesting hatcheries, monitor mother turtles who come to the beaches to nest, assist with the care of sick and injured turtles, get involved with beach clean ups, take part in community outreach projects and assist with vital day to day general maintenance of the hatchery area. You’ll stay with fellow volunteers in shared volunteer villa just 5 minutes from the beach! Plus, during your time off you’ll be able to explore more of Sri Lanka, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun! Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a difference and have fun in Sri Lanka!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
What to expect at the project
When you arrive into Colombo, you will be met at the airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation in Galle. You will be staying in shared volunteer dorms in a villa that is located just 5 minutes from the beach.
Please note: You must arrive at Colombo Airport between 8am and 6pm on day 1 in order to receive your included transfer to Galle. If you arrive outside of these times, or your flight is delayed, you will have to pay for a private transfer at an additional cost. Contact us for details.
You will volunteer from Monday to Friday, working 2-4 hour shifts in either the morning or the afternoon. Your weekends are free to relax and explore. You can chill out on the beach, wander around historic Galle, or join one of the optional excursions which are organised by the local team.
Day in the life
During your time in Sri Lanka, you will help out with a range of tasks and duties, which vary depending on the time of year and the needs of the project. A typical week of volunteering will usually be split into 3 sections:
- 3 days of volunteering in the hatchery
- 1 day of beach cleaning
- 1 day of community outreach
Typical tasks in the hatchery might include filling tanks with fresh ocean water, cleaning tanks, feeding sea turtles and giving medicine to sick or injured turtles.
Beach clean-ups ensure the nesting sites are accessible and safe for mother turtles, and the hatchery can continue to function effectively.
Outreach work with the local community spreads awareness about sea turtles and teaches local rural communities about the importance of conservation.
During nesting and hatching season, you may get involved with observing and protecting eggs and releasing baby turtles into the ocean. You might even spend a night camping on the beach, watching the baby turtles as they emerge from their eggs and take their first tentative steps on the sand (usually occurs between December and March)!
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
The primary aim of the hatchery is take care of the overall well-being of the sea turtles in the local area and increase the turtle population through various conservation efforts. You will be working at a hatchery that is dedicated to protecting and conserving sea turtles on the south coast of Sri Lanka in Galle. The hatchery supervises nesting beaches and aims to protect eggs and young sea turtles from poachers, predators and dogs. The project also monitors mother turtles who travel to the nesting beaches to lay their eggs and care for baby turtles once they have hatched, with an aim to releasing them into the ocean once they are strong and healthy. The hatchery provides ongoing care to sick and injured turtles, helping them to recover and regain their strength in preparation for being re-released back into the ocean when they are strong enough. The project works hard and relies on the assistance of volunteers, as they receive minimal support from the government to continue their conservation work..
This project is perfect for anyone and everyone. Whether you’re looking for a career in conservation and want some experience, or just want to get involved in a worthwhile project in a beautiful area, then this project is for you! You will work with the local team and gain a unique insight into how marine conservation operates. You will also gain experience handling and caring for sea turtles, which will certainly make your CV stand out if you’re interested in working with animals in the future.
You will also get the satisfaction of knowing you have made a real difference to conservation in the local area. Sea turtles are beautiful creatures, and by protecting them and maintaining their nesting sites you are ensuring they can continue to thrive in beautiful Sri Lanka. Not only this, but you’ll also spend your time in stunning Galle, and your time off can be spent on the beach or exploring. Not a bad way to spend your travels!
- Arrival airport transfer
- Accommodation at shared volunteer villa
- 3 meals a day while at the project
- Project training
- Turtle conservation volunteer project
- Donation to sea turtle hatchery
- 24/7 Emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks and snacks
- Departure airport transfer
- Optional activities and excursions
All accommodation is included during the project. You will stay in a 9-bedroom volunteer villa. Each room sleeps 4-6 people, and you will have the use of a shared bathroom, kitchen, dining room and chill-out area. The villa is located in a beautiful area, just 10 minutes from the beach and from historic Galle Fort. The local team will be on-site to answer any questions or problems you might have.
The volunteer villa is located about 45 minutes away from the hatchery, and about 15 minutes from the beach cleaning and community projects, with daily transport to and from the projects are provided.
3 meals a day are provided at the villa. These will be prepared by the in-house chef using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Breakfasts usually consist of pancakes, eggs or fruit. Lunch and dinner is often Sri Lankan curry with vegetables. You will need to purchase any additional snacks yourself, and there is storage for your food in the kitchen.
To get a flight quote simply use the form below, or contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.
Get A Flight Quote
You should arrange your flight into Colombo International Airport between the hours of 8am and 6pm on your programme start date. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation near Galle. If you arrive outside of these times (and if your flight is delayed so you arrive after 6pm), you will need to pay for a private transfer, please contact us for details. Your project finishes on your programme end date, please arrange your flights to depart from Colombo International Airport on this date, a departure airport transfer is not included but can be arranged locally; please ensure that you allow plenty of time for your journey back to Colombo and check-in at the airport.
To book your flights, please contact our dedicated fights team on 01892 277037 who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
The minimum age to participate in this volunteer experience is 18 years old.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your travels. Please consult your nearest Sri Lankan Embassy for the most up to date visa information. You will need to enter Sri Lanka on a tourist visa. British passport holders can currently apply for a 30 day visa (ETA) for Sri Lanka online. Visas must be applied for in advance of travel. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
How Long Can I Volunteer For?
On this project you can volunteer from 2 to 4 weeks.
Where Will I Be Staying?
You will be staying in Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. This town is a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site, with plenty of historic areas to explore and beaches to relax on. It is also near to other beautiful areas such as Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna which you can explore during your time off.
What Can I Do During My Time Off?
During your time off, you can relax in Galle or explore some nearby beaches. You could also join one of the optional activities or excursions that are organised by the local team. Previous excursions have included whale watching and rainforest hikes. Alternatively you may like to use your weekends to venture further afield and discover more of what Sri Lanka has to offer - from the beautiful hill country town of Ella which is surrounded by tea plantations, to Kandy - one of the most spiritually important towns of the buddhist world which is home to the temple of the tooth relic, to stunning beaches and much much more.
Why Type Of Food Should I Expect?
3 meals per day are provided at the volunteer house and are included in your programme. This will generally be local Sri Lankan dishes such as rice and curry, sambol, bread, fruit and vegetables.
What Type Of Clothing Should I Wear?
Sri Lanka is a very conservative country and you are asked to dress appropriately. Whilst volunteering please ensure that your shoulders, chest and mid-riff are covered and shorts/skirts should be knee-length or longer.