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Sea Turtle Caretaker

1 - 6 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

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  • Share in a once in lifetime experience, assisting with the release of the baby turtles back into the ocean
  • Volunteer to make a difference and support the sea turtle ecosystem in a positive manner
  • Engage with tourists that visit the sanctuary, providing tours and information
  • Volunteer and help injured see turtles to recover; rehabilitate and care for them
  • Play an active role in beach cleaning and promote responsible tourism

Especially suitable

Age 18+

About the program

The main focus of this project is to protect the turtle and turtle eggs as well as baby turtle and subsequently increase their population.

Healthy oceans need see turtles. Sea turtles are a keystone species which means they are an important part of their environment and influence other species around them. If a keystone species is removed from a habitat, the natural order can be disrupted, which impacts other wildlife and fauna in ...

About the program

Healthy oceans need see turtles. Sea turtles are a keystone species which means they are an important part of their environment and influence other species around them. If a keystone species is removed from a habitat, the natural order can be disrupted, which impacts other wildlife and fauna in different ways. This project works towards preventing the extinction of sea turtles and critically endangered species. You will help in the rehabilitation and release of the turtles that are usually victims of commercial fishing. Apart from taking care of injured and sick sea turtles, You will also be engaged in protecting nests and rescuing eggs, so that they can be hatched without any danger. daily work involves cleaning the beach and general area and getting to know about different kinds of turtles. 

The main focus of this project is to protect the turtle eggs as well as the baby turtles, and subsequently increase their population. This includes preserving the eggs from predators and poachers, providing a safe haven for hatching to occur caring for the baby, sick and injured turtles, feeding them daily and releasing the healthy ones into the ocean when ready.

Despite it's important for successful turtle conservation initiative, there are a number of issue related to engaging local communities in turtle conservation efforts. The issue include lack of motivation among local communities, lack of resources for engagement initiatives, lack of cultural understanding among organizations working with local communities. Lack of motivation among local communities can steam from several factors including lack of knowledge about available resources or lack of recognition or financial incentives. To address this issue it is important to provide educational materials and resources as well as recognition for community members who are contributing to conserving turtles. Community engagement is essential to successful turtle conservation as communities are typically responsible for their local environments and have an intimate knowledge of the impact of human activities on turtle habitat and population It is to explore the importance of community engagement in turtle conservation, along with strategies for successful engagement and awareness-rising and that must be addressed in order to facilitate effective community based conservation initiatives. 

The sea turtle conservation project runs to protect, research and monitor olive ridley green and hawksbill sea turtle through activities like monitoring nesting turtles, carrying out night surveys and protecting eggs in the hatchery before releasing baby turtles into the ocean. 
And volunteer role on this project as:
  • assist in the conservation of turtles by directly taking care of them and their environment 
  • Create more awareness amongst fishermen and local people regarding turtle conservation
  • Help release hatchlings back into the ocean 
  • Clean the tanks and center, prepare food, feed the turtles and clean them
  • You will protect nests and rescue eggs

This turtle conservation project is in Ambalangoda and volunteer can work in this place for turtle conservation and volunteers are accommodate in a volunteer house, host family or homestay. Volunteers can expect to shared the room with other volunteers of the same gender. Homestay accommodation is popular option for couples or small group volunteers. This option can be arrange with our local team and volunteers are working with local community. The local team will arrange the project with local community in the Ambalangoda. The local community are expecting from the volunteers with lifelong friendship and helping to the community to protect turtles and tell other about this project. 

Volunteers can have lot of benefit from this project such as: volunteers can get work experience in their desire industry and build a network of professionals working in your desire industry, personal satisfaction, resume material, lot of exercises and making new friends from around the world and great stories to tell. There are no any recommended to bring special equipment. 

Typical day

To begin with the participants will work with the staff from the project, but once they are confident, they will be given the chance to work alone. You will spend your days on the beach caring for the sea turtles that have been rescued and are now living in the project site – typical duties ...

Typical day

To begin with the participants will work with the staff from the project, but once they are confident, they will be given the chance to work alone. You will spend your days on the beach caring for the sea turtles that have been rescued and are now living in the project site – typical duties include:

Volunteer day schedule:

7:30 am breakfast at the homestay

8:30 am leaving to the project 

8:30 am to 12:00pm volunteer work

12:30 lunch 

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm break 

3:00 pm afternoon activities 

7:30 pm Dinner 

Free-time activities

NVDP Volunteers are based in Wattala, which is a lively oceanside town situated on the south west coast. Volunteer can explore their free time including water sport a jet ski ride, water sofa ride, banana boat ride, Donut ride and a 30 min boat ride in a back waters through the cool mangrovers with ...

Free-time activities

NVDP Volunteers are based in Wattala, which is a lively oceanside town situated on the south west coast. Volunteer can explore their free time including water sport a jet ski ride, water sofa ride, banana boat ride, Donut ride and a 30 min boat ride in a back waters through the cool mangrovers with air rushing by you, engine roaring and water splashing around you as you have the most exciting experience. 

Madu river boat safari, The Madu River is a shallow water body is south west Sri Lanka, which enters the sea of Balapitiya. The Buddhist Amarapura Nikaya sect had its first upasampada (higher ordination ceremony) on a fleet of boats anchored upon it in 1803. The Buddhist Kothduwa temple is situated on  an isolated island in the lake. Together with the smaller Ramdombe lake, to which it is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland. 

Gallefort Tour, The Galle fort, or such for as it is also known, is a fortification first built by the Portuguese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The initial fortifications, which were built in the last 16th century, Were quite basic. However, the fort underwent extensive modifications in the 17th century by the Dutch, making it one of the most important archeological, architectural and historic monuments to illustrate the European influence in South East Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. According to a statement by UNESCO the site was recognized as a World heritage site for it's unique exposition of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and south Asian traditions from the 16th to 19th centuries which is the criterion number four for such recognition.

Mask factory and Moonstone Mine: Sri Lanka is famous for it's gems, one of which is the moonstone. This pale blue, almost transparent, stone is a type of feldspar known as adularia-the way the stone shimmers when it moves is known as adularescene. At meetiyagoda you can see how the stone are actually mined. The miners climb down a 10 meter deep shaft on a frame made of strong coconut wood. A machine pumps out water, but all the digging is done by hand.

Spice garden and tea factory: Surrounded by nature at it's very best, you will learn everything you need to know about tea, while witnessing the step by step process or manufacturing followed by tea tasting where you will get to experience different flavors of tea while gazing at the panoramic view. Spice garden tour you will get to see many species of Sri Lanka, as Sri Lankan spices is well known around the world. 

Snorkeling: Hikkaduwa is pretty little town of the sun and waves on the southern end of Sri Lanka. The place is renowned for it's coral reefs, beautiful beaches and surf able waves.. Snorkeling is the best way to view underwater life in the shallow seas of Sri Lanka.



Minimum Age: 18 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level) or English (intermediate level)

Criminal Background Check


Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills


Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by NVDP Volunteer

Program fees include: 

  • Airport transfer (pick up and drop off)
  • Project orientation 
  • Comfortable and safe Accommodation 
  • Project transportation 
  • Project Contribution 
  • Food (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 24/7 local support
  • Travel guidance throughout the project period 
  • Certification on completion of the project 

Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

We will well organize airport pick up by personal car either comfortable transportation to our hostel. On receipt of your flight details, NVDP will organize an airport pick up and drop off to your accommodation in Wattala. This is covered by your program fee and as such there will be no charge and we will endeavor to be on time. We cannot be held accountable for problems such as traffic jams but we will do our best to meet you punctually. Also please note that we are not allowed into the Arrivals Hall of the airport so we will meet you just outside the main EXIT Hall with a name plate with NVDP logo. The area is not big and it should be easy to find each other. 


Volunteers will live at the host family or volunteer house near the project. Accommodation is basic but comfortable. The accommodation are more simple and with the western style toilets and hot showers in the winter we request to volunteer can not expect the luxury accommodation in the project.

Food & Beverages

We only provide food when they are in the accommodation. Three meal of day with tea and coffee. We do not provide hard drink and no allowed to hard drink at the accommodation site. Food is very simple and extremely delicious. Food during your placement is included in the program fee. You should receive three meals a day throughout the placement, which will be of a Sri lankan standard, usually  rice and curry vegetable curry, pickle etc. If you wish to supplement your diet with other food, these expenses are yours. We will only cover food and accommodation for the period agreed for your placement and only at your placement.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Sri Lanka. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Sri Lanka provides security and is a plus to have. GET A QUOTE


If you are intending to volunteer in Sri Lanka you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Sri Lanka. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

The program orientation can happen any of your suitable date. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of NVDP srilanka team and transported to the hotel or home stay in wattala, Srilanka. Your accommodation is covered by your program fees and includes the night before your program Orientation. If you are traveling in Srilanka prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged destination in  Wattala on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by NVDP srilanka team in  wattala and runs for 2 days. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and cover everything you need to know your volunteer program in Srilanka. 
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Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 558€
2 weeks 870€
3 weeks 1,093€
4 weeks 1,316€
5 weeks 1,539€
6 weeks (max. stay) 1,762€
Average fees 425€/week

Program fees

425€ per week 1 - 6 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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1 - 6 weeks


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Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with NVDP Volunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Meet your organization

NVDP Volunteer

Very Good 4.3 rating (15 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2015

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

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About the project

To develop, facilitate, promote and recognize voluntary activities all levels whilst ensuring that our projects. Contribute to sustainable development within the country.

Meet your organization

About us

NVDP-Nepal is a not for Profit, non-religious, non- political, non -Governmental volunteer organization which offers a varity of community based volunteering placements. Volunteering abroad is a great travel tourism idea that has for reading impacts on both, the participants and the ones receiving the help, It is a great way to earn some good karma, hone one’s skills, learn new things and all of it while traveling to far flung locations. It is a great exposure, personally and professionally. Voluntary work is a unique way to spend your time abroad, as you can until you immerse yourself in its day to day life whilst doing in Nepal.

Our objectives:

  • To provide volunteers with an authentic Nepali experience that includes complete cultural immersion in local communities.
  • To developed the voluntary activities available in Nepal with the aim of enhancing existing possibilities and improving their quality.
  • To facilitate the socioeconomic development of communities in Nepal through our carefully designed volunteer projects.
  • To promote positive perception of Nepal through the development of cross-cultural relationship, shared experience and increased cultural awareness.
The Location: NVDP will work all over in Nepal wherever volunteer want to go work in Nepal NVDP will manage project and placement for volunteer.

Our team and history: Since 2015 NVDP work with local community in Nepal, clean up destroyed  from earthquake, Rebuild, relief for disaster victims and now NVDP will help to children for good education. NVDP will work with local and international volunteers and every volunteers will get involve easily to NVDP project in Nepal. Once volunteer join our social project they are become NVDP member.  

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking for local or international volunteers who work to our social project in Nepal. We give everyone to warm welcome who interest to work with us. and anyone can join our Program in Nepal.

Why choose us?

There is many reason to work with us but here is some top reason to volunteer with us: 
Our Team in Nepal is all Nepali people,so we are completely committed to helping our community and we invite you to join is in making a change for Nepal.

Promote community development without destroying traditional ways of life.

To provide education and training for community youths to encourage and create opportunity for self-employment.
To provide language lessons and cultural information for people who come to Nepal to study, conduct research and do voluntary work.

To introduce volunteers to the richness of nepali culture and ensure a safe and memorable stay in a supportive environment.
With We Volunteer Nepal you know for a fact that your money is going towards helping the community.

Our program run all the year round so we are extremely flexible for your plans. We also accept people traveling alone or in a large group.

15 reviews · rating4.3

Zuzana Adamova rating2.4

2024 at Work as a nurse or doctor

Dear Madam, Dear Sir, I must say that the offered program - Volunteer doctor - was nothing but a disapointement, waste of time and money. I feel deceived. The forth day after my arrival (time in between I spent in transportation and waiting) I found out that the hospital didn't ask for ...
Julia Daniele rating1.4

2024 at Medical Assistant and Trekking Experience

I would first like to tell you about my stay in Chitwan, which marked the beginning of my hospitalization. As an international airport, Kathmandu served as the starting point for my trip, which meant that after a long flight I had to travel another 6 hours by bus to Chitwan. These bus journeys are ...
Emma Collins rating3.2

2023 at Work as a nurse or doctor

Overall an amazing experience! The people are incredibly friendly , the roads are terrifying at first and the food isn’t too great ! My main issue was living too far away from the hospital, having to walk 25 mins through farm land/ towns and then 2 buses . ..
Iryna Dubko rating4.8

2023 at English Teacher for Buddhist Monks

It was really great experience to take part in this project. You'll have an opportunity to dive into the culture of Nepal - this amazing, wonderful country, to watch total different life-style - life of monks, to communicate with interesting people. ..
Michael F. Ross rating5

2023 at Medical Assistant and Trekking Experience

My NVDP Volunteer Experience with Health Assistance in Chitwan and Trekking in Nepal Embarking on my NVDP volunteer journey was a leap into the unknown, a chance to make a difference in an unfamiliar land. Little did I know that this experience would be profoundly enhanced by the integration of ...
Edgar Daniel Aviles Lattuada rating3.4

2022 at English Teacher for Buddhist Monks

The monks in the monastery are incredibly welcoming and warm hearted. The rooms and toilets are perfectly functional and adapted to western needs. The aire and water is cleaner than in the rest of Kathmandu because is far from the city. Improvement points: lack of communication with the intermediate ...


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