Situated in the South West of Sri Lanka on reputedly the most beautiful palm fringed coastline lies the Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Founded in 1998 the sanctuary reports that they have seen an increase in the number of eggs and hatchlings successfully released over the years and this would not be possible without the support of volunteers like you.
Even today nesting sites along the south west coast are under threat from corporations like Asia Capital who are building hotels which convert quiet nesting sites into landscaped areas for sun loungers. IntrepidTurtle has been trying to establish communications with Asia Capital since 13th February 2016 for a statement on how they plan to work in harmony with their precious beach side environment but as yet have received no response. And there lies the problem.
Volunteers at the project play a vital role ensuring eggs are received and handled appropriately, hatchlings are nurtured and given the best start in life before release, the project is regularly cleaned and beach areas are kept clear from plastics which sea turtles often confuse as squid. Volunteers may provide guided tours to educate visitors and local school children on the importance of the project. While we were working at the project one visiting school child said his dad had bought him a pet baby green turtle while another asked if he could buy some turtle eggs so there is still work to be done!!
In addition to working at the project two afternoons per week are spent teaching English to local school children and monks. No teaching experience is required but it is useful to prepare before a lesson. Ages and numbers of students vary each week.
The pace of work in the heat of the day is relaxed. You work from 08:30 to 17:30 Monday to Friday with Saturday and Sunday off. Depending upon the length of your stay day trips to Galle, Hikaduwa or Bentota are well worth it. Placements run from Sunday to Sunday for 1 to 8 weeks.
There is something quite special and very hard to articulate about how it feels, under the warmth of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean on a beautiful sandy beach to be releasing tiny hatchlings into the white surf to begin their epic journey.
We aim to be as competitive as possible. Pricing is flexible and influenced by the itinerary as a whole. As a guide please find the pricing below.
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Owing to the local culture the itinerary and activities may vary without notice.
This project is suitable for individuals and families with children aged 7 and above.
The pace of work in the heat of the day is relaxed and responsibilities tend to be shared. There is an amount of physical labour and lifting involved when cleaning the tanks and moving turtles around which is usually completed once a week. You work from 08:30 to 17:30 Monday to Friday with Saturday and Sunday off and that tends to involve being on your feet quite a lot.
As always please consult your doctor before booking if you are in any doubt concering your suitability. We are here to help and advise but are not trained medical professionals.
This project is open all year round.
An amazing two weeks at the Sanctuary which went so fast. A beautiful location and friendly staff and all the cute little turtles. Hannah Joyce - Plymouth
A five star expeerience without doubt. Thank you. John Adams - Newark
The sanctuary was great and I could of stayed longer. Can't fault it. Miranda Stevens - Birmingham