Sri Lanka Turtle Conservation

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

$995.00

 

The Experience

Explore the pristine blue waters and white sands of Ambalangoda and take part in an amazing volunteering opportunity of conserving sea turtles!

Our program is certified by the Sri Lankan government as the only disabled turtle conservation project in the country. 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 around 30 disabled turtles living in the center and in a separate center we hatch hundreds of turtle eggs to be released to the ocean when born. 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.

So, for a minimum stay of 1 week, come now and have this unforgettable and worthwhile experience! 

 

This Is Why

  • Help the Project with it’s great cause of rehabilitation of wounded turtles whether by humans, garbage or trash.
  • Expand and gain new skills in marine conservation and field research!
  • Work alongside an amazing team of staff and other volunteers!
  • Experience a new culture, tradition and enjoy the simplicity of life!

 
 
Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year round however, you should keep in mind that the project requires applicants to arrive on a Saturday or a Sunday! If applicants arrive on any other day, they will have to arrange their own transfers.
  • Package Prices
    01 weeks: $995 US
  • 02 weeks: $1,395 US
  • 03 weeks: $1,795 US
  • 04 weeks: $2,095 US
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  • Volunteer duration
    1-4 weeks
  • Average Work hours
    The work hours are usually 4-6 hours per day, 5 days a week. Do keep in mind that it varies depending.
  • Number of Volunteers
    2-5 applicants at any given time.
  • Volunteer accommodation
    Available
  • Housing Type
    You will be accommodated in our center which is located a few meters from the ocean (Dormitory style). The beach is closer to the accommodation where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. Please bring your own padlock to be used.
  • Internet Access
    No internet access at the project, we advise that you purchase your own local data cards. These are very cheap - around US$10 a card.
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Individuals who have a passion for environment and is interested in conservation, marine and wildlife in general. Being hardworking, motivated, mature and initiative are some qualities you must possess. You must have a good knowledge of English and good communicating skills, must also have a good attitude and outlook to learn and experience new and novel things. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules of the project is essential.

Fast Facts: Sri Lanka

Where? Ambalangoda, Wasgamuwa and Kandy, Sri Lanka

Country Size: 65,610 km2
25,332 sq mile 

Population density? 338/km2 
130/sq mile

Country Famous for? Wildlife watching, beaches, picturesque landscapes and mountains, immense and ancient history, friendly people, famous landmarks and temples and so much more!

When to visit: All year round!

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Sri Lanka Turtle Conservation
    • Accommodation and Airport Transfers

      The volunteers need to fly into CMB (Bandaranayake International Airport). First; you will meet the project’s transfer coordinator. He will meet you at the meeting point (paging area) in the airport upon your arrival and arranges your transfer to our center in Kandy or Ambalangoda according to the program you have booked. You will need to get a SIM Card as well. After passing through customs, make sure you stay on the same floor. Our Coordinator will be waiting for you in front of this entrance with a sign displaying the name of the project. He/She will not move to find you as they have firm instructions. Due to the many different personal plans and return flight times people have, the project. You will be accommodated in our center which is located a few meters from the ocean (Dormitory style). The beach is closer to the accommodation where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. Please bring your own padlock to be used.
    • Meals
      You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are mainly Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can eat out at any of the local restaurants.
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Sri Lanka after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Sri Lanka you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance and any other activities outside of the project.

    Package Price:
    01 weeks: $995 US, 02 weeks: $1,395 US, 03 weeks: $1,795 US, 04 weeks: $2,095 US 

  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    The activities change according to the beach weather conditions and the number of participants but spending time with these marvelous creatures is the main aim of participants' involvement. This program requires your dedication and support. Cleaning of the turtles and their tanks at the turtle conservation center are the main things you must do. That is because it is vital to have a clean and hygienic center for these animals.Typical activities during the week would include;
    • Feeding the turtles (every other day), Cleaning the tanks and 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)
    • TASKS AND DUTIES
  • This program focuses on the rehabilitation of wounded turtles whether by humans, garbage or trash. Several turtles in the coasts of Sri Lanka are found hurt and without the ability to survive on their own. You will be a part of the community involved in the conservation of marine life and its habitat.

  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 1 week.
    • Must have an interest in field work, wildlife, the environment and conservation;
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humor, mature, dependable, physically and mentally fit. Must also have a good attitude and outlook to learn and experience new and novel things;
    • Must be motivated and be initiative;
    • Age: 18+
    • You must be able to speak and understand English;  
    • Not allergic to animals.
    • Must be able to work with other persons in your profession;
    • Participant who take part in the program should provide their resumes and passport copies at least 4 weeks prior to arrival in order to accept to the placement. A special liability waiver off document has be signed by the participants. All participants who take part in this program should receive the rabies vaccination prior to the departure from their respective countries. Please consult your personal physician for further details. Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance. .
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Gain experience and learn new skills pertaining to Marine Conservation!
    • An opportunity to work with an amazing team of staff and be part of a great and worthy cause.
    • Great opportunity to visit Sri Lanka and see all that this beautiful country has to offer!
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Ambalangoda, Wasgamuwa and Kandy, Sri Lanka
    • Area Famous For
      Tea, Ancient History, Cricket, Amazing Beaches, Great weather, Unique Culture & Cuisine, Friendly People, Elephants, Leopards, Extreme sports such as; hiking, surfing and much more! 
    • When to visit
      All year round!
    • Wildlife viewing and Entertainment
      Great opportunities to see many different species of reptiles, birds and also mammals within the projects and many activities such as, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, etc.!
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in Sri Lanka;
    The volunteers need to fly into CMB (Bandaranayake International Airport). First; you will meet the project’s transfer coordinator. He will meet you at the meeting point (paging area) in the airport upon your arrival and arranges your transfer to our center in Kandy or Ambalangoda according to the program you have booked. You will need to get a SIM Card as well. After passing through customs, make sure you stay on the same floor. Our Coordinator will be waiting for you in front of this entrance with a sign displaying the name of the project. He/She will not move to find you as they have firm instructions. Due to the many different personal plans and return flight times people have, the project found it logistically simpler to send participants to the nearest bus station and allow them to make their own way; whether it is to do more travelling or return to the airport. A Transfer back to the airport is not provided.
    For 1 - 4 weeks or more - Work as a volunteer at our Sea Turtle Conservation program based in Sri Lanka!
    For a minimum of 1 week to a maximum stay of 4 weeks you will be volunteering in Sri Lanka helping the project 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.
    Your last day -
    You will be dropped off at a specific location where you can take a ride back to the airport to catch you plane back home or take the opportunity to travel through Sri Lanka. Our staff will gladly work with the project to help you book any tours to see more of this great country. 

  • Accommodation

    You will be accommodated in our center which is located a few meters from the ocean (Dormitory style). The beach is closer to the accommodation where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. Please bring your own padlock to be used. 

    Things to bring from home

    • We advise you to bring light and old clothing; 
    • Work clothes: Long pants and shorts, bring closed shoes, long and short sleeve shirts and tank tops. Make sure you do not bring new shoes that you have not worn before. You can bring clothes for leisure activities such as beach ware, evening ware or just some nice clothes to go to a casual dinner in. Towels, soap, shower necessities, tooth paste are all included unless you have personal preferences and you can bring your own.
    • Miscellaneous items such as; sunglasses, hat or cap, sunscreen lotion, swimsuit, clothing (long trousers that dry quickly, shorts, T-shirts & shirts with long and short sleeves, sweatshirt), waterproof jacket, comfortable shoes (sneakers, sandals), spare glasses for those who wear them, camera and personal items.

    Meals

    You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are mainly Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can eat out at any of the local restaurants.

    Location

    This project is located about in Ambalangoda which is a coastal town located in the Galle District, of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. This little town by the ocean is a sweaty, workaday town, and not touristy. Ambalangoda is known as a Buddhist city in Sri lanka. Ambalangoda is the place where "Masks" originated in Sri Lanka during the days of the kings and this is still thriving sometimes but a bit modernized. The volunteer house is located 10 minutes’ walk away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 10 minutes’ walk away from our accommodation.

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