Support the Sea Turtle Ecosystem

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Coordinator | Sahil
Coordinator | Sahil
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High­lights

Volunteer to make a difference & support the sea turtle ecosystem in a positive manner
Play an active role in beach cleaning and promote responsible tourism
Experience the thrill of wildlife adventure at any of the several national reserves, including, Sinharaja forest reserve, Bundala National park, Minneriya National park, and more
Gain first-hand work experience and bond with people from different parts of the world
The main focus of this project is to protect the turtle eggs as well as the baby turtles, and subsequently increase their population. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
If you have always wanted to play an active role in conservation programs, then now is your chance to be a volunteer and contribute meaningfully towards the wellbeing of the Sea Turtles thriving in the south-western coasts of Sri Lanka. In the recent past, excessive commercial fishing and poaching of turtle eggs by humans and predators (dogs, monitor lizards, etc.) have resulted in their numbers dwindling significantly and thus, these turtles are considered to be an endangered species. 

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 hatchings to occur, caring for the baby, sick and injured turtles, feeding them daily and releasing the healthy ones into the ocean when ready.

Being a volunteer, you'll support the hatcheries through conservation efforts which are valuable for their sustainability, and also goes a long way in helping them financially as we pay these hatcheries a placement fee for each volunteer we send to them, which allows them to generate additional income. You'll also get to teach the local communities about the prospects of nature conservation and how to keep the environment healthy.

Typical day

Saturday: Arrival +House Tour + Initial Training session  (as long as the participants come by afternoon or else its done on Sunday).
Sunday: Neighbourhood familiarization tour 
Mon to Fri: Volunteer work
Breakfast - 06:30 am - 8:30am 
Thursday and Friday  9-12 pm Beach Cleaning or Community programs
Lunch -  between 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Monday to Wednesday 1-4 pm: Turtle Hatchery
Dinner - 06:30 pm -7:45 pm

Note: The schedule may vary depending on the particular project and local circumstances.

Free-time activities

The following are popular weekend (or even daily) activities which our volunteers love to do around the area (at an additional charge):

Surfing lessons
Elephant safari
Whale watching (during the season)
Rainforest hiking
Beach hopping
Local cooking class
Galle Walking Tour
Local spice market visit
Galle Fort visit
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program and should be prepared to work outdoors and get their hands dirty. Participants in the program should have a keen interest and love for conservation work. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Volunteering Solutions
24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
Airport Transfers on Scheduled Days
​Dedicated volunteer housing with WiFi (shared rooms)
Orientation and training on arrival
Breakfast, lunch and dinner all days
Guaranteed project placement
Local transportation to projects in private AC van or tuk tuk
Experienced bilingual operations team on the ground
Dedicated staff support from 6 am to 8 pm every day
24/7 local emergency support
Weekly yoga class on rooftop terrace
Weekly movie nights on large screen projector
Monthly bike tour around paddy fields and local villages
Monthly special BBQ dinner
Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 
Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport Airport by a representative of the local coordinating team on the program start date during scheduled airport pickup hrs. Participants are also dropped off to the airport upon completion of the program during the scheduled airport drop hrs. 

Accommodation

Volunteers joining the Sea Turtle Conservation Program will be living in the Volunteer House in Galle. It is a beautiful house with 9 bedrooms having attached bathrooms, as well as a kitchen, common room, rooftop area, and a garden. Each room can accommodate about 4 to 6 people. Rooms are provided on the same-gender sharing basis. we'll ensure that you can have a comfortable stay while working with us.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

We provide 3 freshly cooked meals per day all week long (Monday to Sunday): Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Fresh ingredients are purchased from local markets to prepare these meals. We have two lady chefs (a head chef and an assistant) from our community who come daily to cook fresh, homely and tasty local meals for the volunteers.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Sri Lanka.
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.
Vaccines
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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

2020
November    07, 14, 21, 28
December 05, 12, 19, 26

2021
January - 02,09,16,23,30
February - 06,13,20,27
March - 06,13,20,27
April - 03,10,17,24
May - 01,08,15,22,29
June - 05,12,19,26
July - 03,10,17,24,31
Aug - 07,14,21,28
September - 04,11,18,25
October - 02,09,16,23,30
November - 06,13,20,27
December - 04,11,18,25
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$900
2 weeks
$1,035
3 weeks
$1,170
4 weeks
$1,305
6 weeks
$1,575
8 weeks
$1,845
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,695
Average fees
$562 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Support the Sea Turtle Ecosystem

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

$562/week

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