Sea Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

Company : The Great Projects
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Country: Sri Lanka
Location : Sri Lanka
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 500 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)

The main aim of the Sri Lankan turtle project is to monitor local sea turtle activity, protect the local nesting sites and help turtle populations by raising and releasing hundreds of turtles every year.

Help look after and release sea turtles back into the sea.  The overall aim of this sea turtle conservation project is to conserve the local nesting sites in Kosgoda, Sri Lanka, and to ensure as many turtles as possible make it safely into the ocean.

Under the protection of the project staff, eggs are buried within the specially constructed hatchery, where rescued eggs can hatch safely away from any predators, before being released into the sea at night-time when there are fewer birds around.

In order to ensure there are a few older turtles in the ocean, as only 1 in 1000 babies survive naturally, 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 maximise the number of hatchlings reaching the sea and surviving through the treacherous stages of their early life.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Day 2-13

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.

Day 14

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

Project Activities

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).

Turtle Release

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.

Hatchery Tours

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.

Start Dates

Every Sunday.

Costs / Benefits

Prices From £599

What's included in the price of the project?
• Airport transfers
• All meals
• Detailed orientation
• Volunteer project activities
• On site project coordinator
• 24 emergency contact in the UK
• Bottled water
• Wi-fi internet access

What's not included?
• Any flights
• Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
• Visas if required
• Use of internet and telephone
• Soft drinks, wines and spirits
• Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary

Requirements

This project does not involve much in the way of physical labour, but you will usually be working in fairly humid conditions. Therefore, all volunteers should have a basic level of fitness when taking part. No specific skills or experience are required, just commitment to the project and its aims. However, you must be prepared to work alongside other members of the team, and to bring an upbeat, positive attitude to the endeavour as a whole.

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