Volunteer to conserve turtles and experience the culture in Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservation

: Frontier

Where: Kandy and coastal homestay, Sri Lanka

Focus:  Turtle nest monitoring and Sri Lankan culture

When: September – June | Project starts on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.

Duration: Min. 2 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.

Cost: Available here.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Help to conserve 5 of the world’s 7 species of sea turtles that can be found around Sri Lanka.
  • Spend the first week experiencing Sri Lankan culture, taking language and cooking classes and exploring local sites of interest.
  • Support the turtle sanctuary through various activities, whilst supporting scientific monitoring and recording.
  • Patrol the beaches to locate and excavate nests to collect turtle eggs.
  • Rescue and help rehabilitate injured or sick hatchlings.
  • Work within the hatchery, feed turtles, and release them back into the sea.
  • Get involved in educating visitors about the project.
  • Take part in organised beach clean ups.

Note: Day-to-day duties depend upon the current focus of the project at the time of year.

The Base

Accommodation: Volunteers stay in a basic homestay in the town of Kandy for the first week, then at the project site on the coast for the turtle conservation project.

Sleeping: Single-gender, shared dormitory-style rooms with shared bathroom and toilet.

Food: Three meals a day.

Working week: Monday to Friday, 6am until 5pm.

Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

Transport: Volunteers are picked up at Colombo airport and taken to Lanka for the first introduction week, before moving to the project site for the remainder of the stay.

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