Sri Lanka Turtle Conservation

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Group Size: Avg 5-20

Trip code: SRTC

Duration: 2 - 3 weeks

Care for turtles & raise awareness
Explore Sri Lanka in free time!
Stay with other volunteers

Head over to beautiful Sri Lanka and help out with a vital turtle conservation project on the sparkling south-west coast! Feed turtles, help maintain the hatchery facilities, look after turtle nesting areas, and more on this incredible hands-on wildlife experience! You'll gain fantastic conservation experience and enjoy stunning encounters with these wonderful creatures. Volunteer for around 2-3 hours per day and spend your free time and weekends exploring the rest of this incredible country!

Trip highlights

  • Make a difference to marine conservation in beautiful south-west Sri Lanka
  • Feed turtles and assist with the cleaning and maintenance of the hatchery tanks
  • Clean nesting beaches and educate the local community with vital outreach programmes
  • Stay in a vibrant volunteer house with your fellow volunteers
  • Enjoy free weekends to relax and explore Sri Lanka!
Further trip information

Spend 2 weeks or longer helping out at a fantastic turtle conservation project on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. The project collects eggs and houses them in special hatcheries away from the threat of predators, as well as caring for injured turtles and raising awareness about turtle protection. You'll also help maintain nesting sites, clean up beaches and maintain the hatchery facilities. You’ll make a real difference helping the project achieve its aims during your time in Sri Lanka!

Volunteer Duties

As a volunteer, you will typically volunteer for around 2-4 hours a day. You will get involved with a range of vital conservation tasks. Duties will vary depending on the needs of the project at the time of your visit, but a typical week of volunteering might look like this:

3 days per week – Hatchery Volunteering: Hatcheries are vital to protect sick and injured turtles and to ensure hatchlings survive during their early stages. Typical duties around the hatchery include:

  • Cleaning the turtles' tanks
  • Refilling the tanks with fresh seawater
  • Feeding the turtles
  • Cleaning the project premises
  • Caring for the nesting area

1 day per week – Beach Cleaning: You will clear rubbish and waste plastic from local beaches to protect marine wildlife and ensure a safe and sustainable environment for mother turtles. This is an important part of conservation efforts in the area.

1 day per week – Community Engagement: Another important part of this project is educating the local population about conservation and protection of wildlife. During your time on the programme, you will get involved with conservation presentations, school visits and other awareness campaigns (depending on the needs of the project).


Your weekends are free to chill out or explore. You will be staying in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle, which is perfect for exploration and relaxation. You are ideally located to visit incredible beaches up and down the coast. The local team also organise optional trips to other parts of Sri Lanka. Previous optional excursions have included whale watching in Mirissa, hiking in Sinharaja, cooking classes and bicycle trips. 

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Please note: There are various religious and public holidays during the year and on these days no activities take place. Please contact us for further information.