Sea Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

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

As a volunteer you can help to monitor local sea turtle activity, protect the local nesting sites and help turtle populations on this incredible conservation project. 

On this turtle conservation project volunteers have a very hands on role in helping to ensure that local turtle nesting sites are preserved and that as many turtles as possible make it to the ocean to begin their lives.  

Under the observation of the experienced project staff, volunteers will help with a lot of crucial tasks that need completing to ensure that sanctuary can run well. On this project you could be taking part in activities such as; turtle releases, burying rescued turtle eggs, cleaning the sanctuary and feeding all of the turtles that are resident here.

There is always a lot going on on this incredible conservation project, so if it has always been your dream to visit the beautiful country of Sri Lanka, then why not make your trip a volunteering one and make a difference to the lives of the endangered turtles too!


Day 1
You will arrive into Colombo airport and then transfer to the project site. The evening comprises of an orientation talk which will cover important information regarding the volunteer project itself, and this is a chance to get any questions you may have answered.

Day 2-13
After an Introduction to the 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.

Day 14
Today you will 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 them.

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


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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