Turtle Conservation in stunning Sri Lanka

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If you are passionate about marine conservation, and you want to travel to one of the most culturally fascinating and idyllic spots in South Asia, then volunteer in Sri Lanka and work to protect five endangered species of turtle. You will be working on the beautiful south coastline with marine enthusiasts, protecting the turtles' breeding grounds and monitoring their activities.

Volunteers are much needed in Sri Lanka, where the turtles are under threat from tourism, locals, and the fishing industry. On this marine conservation project, you will work within a small team to carry out rewarding work that protects Sri Lanka’s endangered turtle population.

Sri Lanka’s breathtaking vistas are perfect for those keen on hiking, cycling, and diving. For experienced divers, try the unique Gorgonian Gardens dive and spot hundreds of triggerfish. Delve into ancient history and travel to the capital Colombo for a change of scene and pace from your beachfront location.

  • Work to protect five species of endangered turtle
  • See elephants, leopards and sloth bears at Yala National Park
  • Explore rich heritage, visit the remarkable botanical gardens, and try delicious street food
  • Placement is located on the stunning southern coastline of Sri Lanka
  • Project is a small team of marine enthusiasts, from conservation to snorkelling and diving

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Sri Lankan Turtle Paradise

Two amazing weeks volunteering for a local Turtle Hatchery, helping with conservation of 4 endangered turtle species. Hands on experience with many baby turtles, helping care for sick turtles, educating visitors to the site about the dangers facing this species, releasing turtles. The homestay on this project was superb!

Fantastic host family, really enjoyed my time with them learning about the Sinhalese Culture, Bhuddism and local foods. The meals provided were delicious and all Sri Lankan cuisine, they can cater for people who prefer less spice!

I visited Kandy (amazing cultural city), many Bhuddist Temples, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and Yala National Park. From hand feeding elephants, to spotting wild leopards, these activities were unforgettable.

I would highly recommend this project and Sri Lanka as a destination! The feeling you get after releasing a baby turtle is awesome! Sri Lankan people are extremely friendly and love to feed people!

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Response from Kaya Responsible Travel

Hi Karen

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your time on our Turtle Conservation project in Sri Lanka and for sharing such wonderful photos!

At Kaya Responsible Travel we love working with projects that make a positive impact while allowing our participants to immerse themselves in the local culture and by the sounds of things that's exactly what you did.

We are so glad you enjoyed your time in Sri Lanka and hope you will think of us when looking for your next adventure!

The Kaya Team