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This program is open to international volunteers!

Travel to beautiful Sri Lanka to volunteer for sea turtle conservation!

There is a requirement of a 2-week quarantine and 2 PCR tests for all new visitors to Sri Lanka. We have partnered with an excellent beach resort to accommodate volunteers in style. Following this 2-week period, we will transfer you to the volunteer villa and program. See "Travel Highlights" below for more info.

We recommend booking for at least 3-4 weeks. 
Example: 2 weeks at the beach resort + 2 weeks or more at the volunteer program.

Program Highlights:
  • Contribute directly to the conservation of endangered sea turtles along the coast of Sri Lanka
  • Ethical wildlife volunteering and interactions
  • Engage with the local community to raise awareness for marine conservation
  • Live in close proximity to world-class beaches
  • Enjoy weekly yoga sessions, weekly movie nights, monthly bike tours, monthly barbecues and monthly Buddhist temple visits.
Your schedule at a glance (minimum one-week commitment): 

schudule refers to the period after the 2-week quarantine at the beach resort. 

Arrival Day, Saturday: A team member will pick you up from Long Beach Resort and transfer you to the volunteer villa. Meet and greet with fellow volunteers.
Day 1, Sunday: Volunteers will receive a tour of the area, and orientation (if it was not provided on Saturday). Enjoy the rest of the day by exploring local beaches with fellow volunteers or joining an adventure! (See “Travel Highlights” below for recommendations.)
Days 2-6, Monday-Friday: Rewarding volunteer work. Three days each week, volunteers work in the hatchery, which is about an hour away from the volunteer villa. Tasks include feeding and cleaning the turtles, moving turtle eggs into the hatching area, caring for disabled turtles, cleaning tanks and more. One day per week is Environment Day, when volunteers will take part in beach cleaning activities in Galle. The remaining weekday is Community Day when volunteers educate either local school children or rural women about sea turtle conservation or work on a special, related project. During nesting season (November-May) there are two night patrol camps each month where participants camp out on the beach and protect the nests. Please note that this schedule may change at any time.
Days 7, Saturday: Departure day for volunteers staying just one week. Free time for volunteers who are extending their stay. 
Remaining Weeks: The following weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on Saturdays.

Check out what our past volunteers had to say!

Location of the Project:  Galle, Sri Lanka
Project length:  Minimum 1 week - Maximum 12 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Volunteer Work:  Turtle conservation
Age:  16-65 is the recommended age range. Those over 65 may still apply. This program welcomes families with children aged six and older!
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 15 international volunteers

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared rooms in a volunteer villa
Food:  Three meals per day are provided.
Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days.
Orientation:  Upon arrival, volunteers will receive a walking tour and introductory training presentations.
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses
Galle is a beautiful area in southern Sri Lanka that is surrounded by lush greenery and is in close proximity to world-class beaches! Many of the nearby beaches are prime surfing spots and others are more relaxing. There is even a turtle lagoon nearby. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient religious buildings, museums and more. Galle is also quite trendy, and is home to cafes, exclusive shops and boutique hotels.
Sea turtles in Sri Lanka are an endangered species. The species is threatened by human poachers as well as predators. The Sri Lankan government has approved the creation of hatcheries in order to protect this species.

Volunteers on this program spend 60% of their time working in the hatchery and the other 40% on activities such as beach cleanups and creating awareness within the local community. During nesting season (November-May) there are two night patrol camps each month where participants camp out on the beach and protect the nests. Please note that this schedule may change at any time.

Typical hatchery tasks include:
  • Cleaning the turtles
  • Preserving turtle eggs by burying them in the hatchery area
  • Cleaning the tanks
  • Applying medicine to turtles in need

Cultural Note: Due to cultural norms of Sri Lanka, participants are required to remove any body piercings and cover all visible tattoos while at the project site.

Holidays: This program will not be running during the following dates due to local holidays:
  • April 13-14, 2021
  • May 26-27, 2021
  • July 19-20, 2021
Internet:  Each volunteer may use up to 5 GB of WiFi in the volunteer house during their stay.
Laundry:  Laundry services are available for an additional fee.
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in shared, single-gender rooms in a volunteer villa that is close to the beach. There are more than 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Rooms are shared with four to six people. There is a private pool. The house has eco-friendly features including solar heating panels. There may be up to 52 volunteers in the house at a time.
Food:  Three meals per day will be prepared by house chefs, using local, fresh ingredients. Tropical fruit is available during every meal and there is a salad bar set up during most lunches and dinners. Vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and lactose-free diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Tea, coffee and filtered water are available throughout the day.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 17
  • Police clearance
  • Good physical fitness
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
  • Ability to work in a team 
  • Willing to work hard and get your hands dirty
The initial 2-weeks quarantine period

We have partnered with a beachfront hotel called Long Beach Resort, where participants will do the quarantine period. The extra rates and inclusions for the 2-weeks package are summarised below:

Rates for 2 weeks (non-vaccinated participants):
  • Single occupancy – USD 960
  • Double occupancy – USD 700 per person
  • Triple occupancy – USD 655 per person
  • A/C room with choice of single, double or triple occupancy 
  • 3 meals a day
  • Private airport transfer on arrival (we will pick you up from this hotel after their quarantine period is over and bring them to volunteer house at no cost)
  • 1 or 2 PCR tests (as per current requirement)
  • Mandatory covid insurance (as per current requirement) 
  • Access to 2 swimming pools in the hotel
  • Beach front rooms with balconies overlooking the ocean
  • Access to a large beach for lounging and swimming during the day
  • Surfing possible (surf boards have to be rented at an additional cost)
  • Wi-Fi and cable TV in all rooms

During the volunteer program:

Volunteers can enjoy weekly evening yoga sessions on the rooftop, night fishing trips, weekly movie nights, monthly bike tours and monthly barbecues! Additional travel adventures are available for an additional fee, and a few recommendations are listed below:

Adventure Tour (Highly Recommended):
Extend your stay in Sri Lanka by participating in a seven-day Adventure Tour! This adventure tour includes a game drive, visits to waterfalls, a long train ride, an overnight stay at a riverside eco-lodge, visits to temples, a village walk, a visit to a spice grove, a visit to Lion Rock, time in the local market as well as a trip to Negombo Beach!

Additional Recommendations:
  • Elephant safari
  • Rainforest hike
  • Surfing lessons at nearby beaches
  • Whale watching (during the season)
  • Cooking classes
  • Fort Galle visit
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