Volunteer to conserve turtle populations in Sri Lanka.

Kaya Responsible Travel

Turtle and Marine Environmental Conservation and Education in Ecuador


Who: Kaya Responsible Travel

Where: Asia – Sri Lanka – Kosgoda

Focus: Work to clean and protect local turtle habitats, care for injured turtles, and educate the local community to reduce turtle fishing and farming.

When: All year round

Duration: 4 – 8 weeks

Suitability: 16+ | Volunteers must be fit enough to work in the water and patrol beaches day and night.

Cost: From GBP 961 for 2 weeks, up to GBP 2119 for 8 weeks.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Work towards the protection of five different turtle species including: Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles.
  • Protect turtle nests by patrolling and cleaning beaches used for nesting. This will often involve patrols in the night.
  • Collect turtle eggs that have been laid in dangerous environments and move them to safer areas.
  • Care for any injured turtles found in the area before returning them to the wild.
  • Monitor local turtle activities to reduce poaching efforts.
  • Work with the local team to develop educational materials for local communities and visitors to the area.
  • Act as a guide for tourists in the area and help teach them about the proper way to interact with turtles.

The Base:

Accommodation: Kosgoda is based 75km from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Volunteer’s stay with a home stay family right on the beach. The homes include basic facilities including running water and toilets.

Sleeping: Shared rooms of up to 3 people. Single (GBP 130pw) and Twin (GBP 65pw) rooms available for an additional cost.

Food: 3 home cooked meals a day

Working Week: Monday to Friday. Volunteer’s work in shifts of around 6 hours per day.

Support: UK and US based support available pre-departure; 24hr on-site coordinator. Pre-departure pack and project induction provided.

Transport: Airport pickup and drop off from Colombo International Airport provided.


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