Sri Lanka Turtle Conservation

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Group Size: Avg 5-20

Trip code: SRTC

Duration: 2 - 6 weeks

Head over to beautiful Sri Lanka and help out with vital turtle conservation projects on the sparkling south coast! Gather sea turtle eggs, care for hatchlings and injured turtles, look after turtle nesting areas, and more on this incredible hands-on wildlife experience! You’ll also interact with the local community, teaching English and raising awareness about turtle conservation. Volunteer for around 4 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 southern Sri Lanka
  • Have the opportunity to care for hatchlings and injured sea turtles at a conservation project in Kosgoda
  • 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 southern 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 make a real difference helping the project achieve its aims during your time in Sri Lanka!

Volunteer Duties

As a volunteer, you will typically help out in the hatchery in Kosgoda, for around 3-4 hours a day. You will get involved with a range of vital conservation tasks including the following:

  • Collecting turtle eggs and bringing them to the hatchery (seasonal)
  • Re-releasing hatched turtles
  • Cleaning and refilling the tanks with fresh seawater
  • Feeding the turtles
  • Cleaning the project premises and the beach
  • Caring for the nesting area
  • Cleaning the turtles’ shells
  • Taking the turtles out to spend time on the beach
  • Taking part in public outreach projects in the local community

A Typical Volunteer Day

A typical day of volunteering might look like this:

7:00am. Breakfast at your homestay.

8:30am. Volunteer at the turtle hatchery.

12:30pm. Lunch break. Then time to relax or spend more time at the hatchery.

On some mornings, you will work with the educational outreach programme, teaching English or playing games and activities.


Your weekends are free to chill out or explore. You will be staying in the southern area of Sri Lanka between the wonderful beach town of Unawatuna and Galle city Why not spend your weekends chilling by the sea or exploring the Unesco World Heritage Site of Galle? You could also organise trips to Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, discover elephants in Pinnawela, check out Yala National Park, wander the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and more! The local team can help you plan your weekend excursions.

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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.