Project Start From Every Sunday to Saturday
The overall aim of this sea turtle conservation project is to monitor sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting sites in the Galle region of Sri Lanka.
The maintaining the hatchery and the site cleanly and safely and in good sanitary state is the most important part of the volunteer’s work in order to hatch the collected eggs and release the babies into the sea safely from enemies such as birds and other predators.
In order to protect the less able hatchlings, a certain number from each hatching group are kept back for a short period for ‘head-starting’ before release. The hatchery program is designed to maximize the number of hatchlings reaching the sea and surviving through the critical stages of their early life.
Arrive into Colombo airport and transfer to the Homestay. 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. Work involve only in the mornings and afternoons are free for you to spend as you 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 few species of turtles resident and your principal role as a volunteer is to take care of these.
Maintaining the project area and beach
Major part of volunteers work is here, In order to make the site remain as healthy and safe as possible.
Burying the eggs brought by vendors
Vendors often bring eggs that need to be buried as soon as possible in order to safeguard them for hatching. This is another essential part of the project work.
Cleaning the hatchery
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 enemies such as birds.
What’s included in the price of the project?
- Airport transfer (Airport to Homestay)
- Sharing Accommodation (24hrs Hot Water)
- All meals
- Detailed orientation
- Volunteer project activities
- Wi-Fi internet access
What’s not included?
- Any flights
- Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
- Visas if required
- Soft drinks, wines and spirits
- Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary