Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka

Trip code: STCPS

Trip Highlights

  • Spend most of your time on the beaches, monitoring the turtles and their activities. Learn to be a responsible traveler and engage yourself in beach cleaning as that's the natural habitat for the turtles.
  • Chill on the beaches of this pristine island and soak in the sun!
  • Get to take Bike tours across paddy fields and local villages.
  • Learn the Sinhalese language and also how to cook the local cuisine!
  • Visit the local spice market and try your hand at local cooking.

Tour Details

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As the name suggests, this project is all about protecting the endangered sea turtles and taking care of them. An interesting volunteering abroad opportunity for students looking for a unique gap year experience, this project is perfect for those who have an innate desire to spend time on the beaches! Set in Southern Sri Lanka, Galle, where you can never be too far away from the ocean, do something meaningful for mother nature and also explore some of the most ancient places where Buddhism flourished.

Time away in the wilderness, being close to the ocean, living with the locals, taking long walks far away from the car honks, this is the ideal experience for all those who yearn to get away from cities and head to the countryside. 
 

Itinerary

Roles and Responsibilities
  • You'll have to bury the sea turtle eggs in the sand, in order to save them from the poachers. Once the eggs hatch, you need to take utmost care of the little ones.
  • Clean the turtle tanks and refill them with sea water on a daily basis.
  • Feed the turtles and nurse them, as many of them are injured when they reach the hatcheries.
  • Patrol the beaches at least once a day to look for any pieces of fishing nets, which cause a large number of deaths in sea turtles.
  • Collect all the non-biodegradable waste from the beaches, that are left by the tourists.
What you can do in your free time?

Weekends are free for volunteers and also during the weekday free time, the following activities can be taken up: 

  • Beach Hopping, whale watching (during the season), Rainforest Hiking 
  • Galle Fort Visit and walking tour
  • Visiting the local spice market and taking local cooking lessons 
  • Movie nights on large screen projector at the house (weekly)
  • Night Fishing for anyone into fishing (on demand)
  • BBQ for volunteers and staff in the garden (monthly)
  • Surfing lessons
     

Dates & Cost

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Living

Accommodation

Accommodation - Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt).

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.

Meals

Meals Included - 1 lunch

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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