Sea Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka.

The boxing day Tsunami affected Kosgoda Sri Lanka tremendously. It wasn't just the turtle population but also the human population. Hundreds of metres of beach were lost and so were people's livelihoods. Fishing was compromised and even the local tourism industry saw a dramatic decline. Many people are now dependent on the selling of turtle eggs and jewellery made from the shells of Hawksbill turtles. Our placement partner was founded and continues to be run by a local family with a heart for their community and the turtles who use the beaches as their hatcheries. The main aim of the project is to monitor local sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting sites. One of the most important activities of the project is its hatchery. Within the sanctuary of the project, collected and rescued eggs can hatch safely away from predators before being released into the sea. We help protect these turtles by buying their eggs at local markets- helping support the local economy and creating conservation as a way to feed families. A number of turtles are kept after hatching for 'head starting' and education before release. Volunteering in Sri Lanka is a very hands-on experience involving beach conservation work, maintenance of the turtle hatchery, turtle feeding and cleaning. You will also be part of the education of local community members and tourists by leading tours through the centre! All your weekends are off, you can hire a local guide or even spend time relaxing on a local beach.

Includes: Airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport), Accommodation, All meals (local Sri Lankan food cooked by a family), On-site orientation/training, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store, Emergency support while at Placement, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance. Are you thinking of fundraising for a portion, or all your fees? Many of our clients have been very successful with their fundraising efforts. To learn more about their successful fundraising projects and see how you can fund raise for your experience, please visit our fundraising page!

Excludes: Flights, Entry visa costs, International and domestic airport taxes, Immunizations and medications, Weekend accommodation and food while traveling away from the Experience. Note: The rabies vaccine is not required for this Experience however, if volunteers are interested in becoming rabies vaccinated, the average cost is $600- $1000 in North America.

Accommodation: You will be staying in a beach side hostel. The placement is across the road from your accommodation so your commute to work is less than 1 minute. There is wifi and western toilets. Mosquito nets are provided but you will need to bring your own bug spray. Rooms are shared between up to three people and all meals are eaten around the table! Many volunteers make weekend plans around the dining room table to see different beautiful parts of this amazing country. Are you nervous about travel and your safety? It's okay, travelling and volunteering can be overwhelming, that is why we exist! To help you travel safe, volunteer smartly and get back home in one piece. To read more about how we help you stay safe, please read our Guide to Safety.

Volunteer Activities: Standard volunteer duties include beach patrols, nest monitoring, nest translocation, data collecting, delivering talks to schools, guiding English tours through the centre, fundraising, assisting and leading beach clean-ups, cleaning turtle pools, cleaning turtles, feeding turtles, developing proper turtle diets, providing enrichment for in care turtles, assisting with training programs, teaching at local schools during off time.

This is an ongoing program with operations every day of the year. There are no specific start or end dates. We work with you and your schedule so you can serve this community and help animals when you are available.

Classification of Placement: Standard: Entry, Advanced and Specialized.

All classifications of volunteers are needed by this Placement partner and we encourage you to apply no matter your skill or experience level. However, if you are looking for a Placement to use your specific skills, the professionals who would be most beneficial to this placement would be volunteers with experience in: veterinary medicine (specialising in turtle medicine), education, construction, fundraising, administration, and design.

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OAVTThis is an official pre-approved OAVT Partnership. All participants are eligible for a minimum of 5 Continuing Education credits.
Trip Cost
length of stay
Price (IN CANADIAN DOLLARS)
2 weeks $ 1864
3 weeks $ 2301
4 weeks $ 2738
8 weeks $ 4486
Groups of 5 or more: 10% off individual fees.