Volunteer to monitor nesting turtles and work at a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, Sri Lanka.

The Great Projects

Who: The Great Projects – The Great Turtle Project

Where: Kosgoda, Sri Lanka

Focus: Monitoring turtle nests and working at the hatchery. As a volunteer you will:

  • Monitor local sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting-sites. Since 1988, the Great Turtle Project has released over 94,000 hatchlings into the sea – Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley.
  • Take part in the day-to-day running of the hatchery centre and daily care of resident turtles, including cleaning the turtles’ shells, and ensuring the hatchery is clean.
  • Release turtles into the sea, ensuring predators such as birds are scared away.
  • Maintain and clean the project area and beach to make sure the nesting sites remain as healthy and safe as possible to give the turtles the best chance of survival.
  • Teach English to local communities.

When: All year round. Turtles are rehabilitating at the sanctuary, either due to being injured/rescued, or as part of the head starter programme or for teaching purposes.

  • Late November to April: Nesting season with eggs taking 7 weeks to hatch.
  • January to early June: Hatching season.
  • February to April: Peak hatching season – the most popular time to visit the project.

Duration: 1-12 weeks

Suitability: Min. age 7

Visit The Great Projects for more information.

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