Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 24 weeks.
Project dates: Year round. Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.
Arrival airport: Colombo Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
Accommodation: Host family for solo volunteer and groups in other housing.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Airlines: Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air India. Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.
Vaccinations: All volunteers are recommended to have vaccinations against these childhood diseases; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Make sure to have vaccinations against; Typhoid and
The Sea turtle conservation volunteering, as the name suggests, is dedicated for the preservation and development of Sea turtles. Volunteers who are found of wildlife especially marine animals and spending time on beaches are highly recommended to join this project. This is an amazing volunteer abroad opportunity as well as a thrilling experience and a challenging environment.
Sri Lanka is a quaint island country and it is at the advantage of the volunteers to work for the Sea turtle conservation program, as they get to enjoy and explore the pristine of beaches of the country. Volunteer will have the opportunity to learn much about turtle conservation during the program. Volunteers who plan to join this project must be ready for some hardcore on field tasks. This will, in return provide great learning and international work experience to the volunteers, which will help them in their future prospects as well.
This project it just sine 20 Minutes from the YTA Volunteer camp. The ‘Sea turtle hatchery’ is a non-profit organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea turtle for the next generation. It is situated southern part of Sri Lanka in Galle near to the beautiful beach. The center was started in 2007 and to date have protected and releases more than 125,000 sea turtles to the ocean and very popular project for volunteers wishing to make sea turtle conservation.
The turtles are one of the rare species found in the world. Their heritage could be traced to more than 200 million years. They have supposed to have lived during the Dinosaurs age. Of the seven species of marine turtles that exists worldwide five species live in the waters around Sri Lanka. If you have a bit of luck you can see the animal’s even swim near the beach.
As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:
Collecting of Turtle eggs from the beach and buying from the fishermen help bury the sea turtle eggs in order to rescue them from the poachers.
Conduct daily checks on the eggs to check their hatching time and help the emerging baby turtles.
Take care of cleaning, feeding and helping the turtles in whatever way possible.
Washing the sea turtle tanks and refill them with sea water and help prepare food and hand fed the turtles as the hatchery sometimes got several turtles with injuries.
Collected and rescued eggs are hatched safely away from predators before being released into the sea at night-time. But some are kept back for a short period for ‘head-starting’ till they are stronger.
Providing treatments for disabled turtles caught by fishing nets. When we got information on a disabled turtle we take our full effort to visit the turtle and start doing necessary treatments to recover it. We go anywhere for this service.
Raise the awareness of marine turtle conservation needs at regional levels.
Conducting continuous studies on post-nesting migrations and biology of marine turtles.
Share tracking data and findings to relevant authorities and contribute to the development of a regional marine turtle conservation plan Integrate these conservation initiatives with national programs.
You will be working on the projects from Monday to Friday and weekends are free.Your project location is in the beautiful city of beaches; Galle, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s well known for the Galle Fort, a fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Other notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Lighthouse, which stands on the Fort’s southeast tip.
The Old Gate, the fortification’s original entrance, bears the insignia of the Dutch East India Company. The gate leads to the National Maritime Museum, with exhibits focus on seafaring and marine life, including a whale skeleton and items salvaged from shipwrecks. Galle National Museum, built in 1656, displays southern Sri Lankan artifacts such as ritual masks and woodcarvings, and objects from the colonial era. Just outside the northern fortifications, the Galle International Stadium hosts cricket matches with Indian Ocean views.
Tte Kalutara temple is a place you must not miss because of it’s unique architecture. If you are superstitious, you can make a donation and say a prayer at the Seenigama temple for good luck. Be wary of unauthorized local or foreign guides who offer to walk you around these sights for free. Admission is usually free, but you can check with local authorities if you are unsure.
The view from Peace Pagoda on a clear day is lovely. You could even be lucky enough to witness a sailboat rally (30 boats in 2007) that stops in Galle. There’s so much to do in Sri Lanka, from famous churches to rain forest reserves, you’ll never have a dull moment.
Program starts and ends in Galle city.
Airport meet and greet in Colombo.
Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.
Weekends are free for surfing, beaches, sightseeing, adventure etc.
A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the evening. Subject to change.
Support: Local Namaste Volunteer coordinator support 24/7 during placement.
Departure: From Colombo airport.
Youth Travel Abroad consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows:
Full Board Services Weekly Fee
If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.
Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.
Pick-up from Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
Transfer to Galle, the project location.
A detailed orientation about Sri Lanka, NV projects, facts about Sri Lanka, and cultural responsibility.
Accommodation in NV host family.
All meals (authentic Sri Lankan meals) breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Project visit with NV coordinator.
Resource materials for project use.
Weekly market visit to shop for your necessities.
Airport drop at Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).
24 X 7 assistance.
Optional costing (Pay at site)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, but volunteers will have to pay for their own bottled water, sodas, alcoholic drinks or snacks between meals. Volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries. The volunteer fee does not include sanitary supplies and toiletries such as soap, toilet rolls, shampoo, bath gels, hand wash, shower caps, hand/face or bath towels.
NV project manager has made an agreement which allows volunteers to use the community pool everyday from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, for a small fee of US $2. Its just 5 kilometers from volunteer’s home stay.
Local transportation to project sites is at the volunteer’s expense.
Your accommodation is a beautiful home owned by our Project Manager. There are en suite bedrooms for up to 3 volunteers. Please see the photos on the right side of the page. On occasion, when the project manager’s family home is full, volunteers will stay at a very nice house 10 meters away across. This house has 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Volunteers staying in this accommodation can also participate in the Project Manager’s family life. Some salient features of the accommodation;
English speaking host families.
Shared rooms for volunteers to stay.
Kitchen- Equipped with basic electronic appliances.
Separated and connected washrooms.
Television with cable network.
Fans and air-conditioners in all rooms.
Lights and ventilation in all rooms.
Common roof-top (not available at every housing).
A small outdoor area for outdoor games.
Indoor games (cards, carom, board games, etc.).
Easy access to market, vegetable stores and city.
The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;
Donation to the project. (Optional donations can be as minimum US$ 10 to US$ 50)
Travel expenditure to other locations.
All other expenses that are not mentioned in “Full Board services” list above.