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Help conserve Turtles in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide, for Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grownup Gappers

SRI LANKA

TURTLE CONSERVATION IN AMBALANGODA, SRI LANKA
Volunteering, Gap Year or Career Break in Sri Lanka

This Project works towards preventing the extinction of sea turtles, a critically endangered species. You will help in the rehabilitation and release back into the sea of turtles that are usually victims of commercial fishing.

Apart from treating injured and sick sea turtles, you will also be involved in protecting nests and rescuing eggs so that they can be hatched without incident in the safety of our hatchery.

Daily tasks involve cleaning the turtle tanks, feeding and cleaning the turtles, cleaning the beach and general area and identifying different kinds of turtles.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Price Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates All year round. Projects start every Sunday. Please see Start Dates under Work Content.
Requirements  No qualifications needed, just lots of enthusiasm. Minimum age 18.
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food 
Meeting you at Colombo airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18 or over.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas.
Suitable if you want to learn about turtles and marine life, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or a short break activity.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the fascinating culture of Sri Lanka

  • The satisfaction of helping a species currently classes as endangered, and knowing that your efforts are making a difference.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Help conserve Turtles in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide, for Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grownup Gappers

WORK CONTENT:

In the battle to prevent the extinction of these beautiful creatures, which are now classed as a critically endangered species, we have many diverse challenges that we seek to address. Many turtles fall victim to the practices of commercial fishing and are in need of veterinary care. Protecting nests and rescuing eggs to bring to the safety of our hatchery, are daily activities where our volunteers make a substantial difference. This work is based at our centre on the beach near Ambalangoda, in the southern part of the island, in an area where most tourists are denied access.

Your work here will be exceptionally varied, but also immensely interesting and rewarding, especially when you witness the release of a turtle back to the sea, often after many months of care.

However, before we reach that stage there is much work to be done, work that is often far from glamorous, but it does have its plus side, in that you are doing it in what must be one of the most beautiful spots in Sri Lanka, if not the world.

In addition to those mentioned already, day-to-day activities include:

  • Cleaning the beach and general area

  • Cleaning the turtle tanks

  • Cleaning the turtles' shells

  • Feeding

  • And for the artistically inclined there may well be various painting projects

  • We often run ‘Awareness Camps’ for groups of tourists who make a special trip to this area to see our work. While you are with us, you'll gain the expertise to enable you to assist in some of the instruction.

  • We also work closely with many local and international conservation partners and regularly collect data to ensure our efforts are having the results we desire, and you will also be part of this data collection process.

If you volunteer for longer than one month, you'll also learn about the tree plantation, another area where your work can have a big long term impact.

EXAMPLE SCHEDULE

The schedule is subject to change according to the needs of the turtles, weather conditions, holidays, the time of year, etc. Basically, you'll work with the Coordinator at the project where you can learn about, and take part in, the following:

  • The collection of eggs

  • Identifying different kinds of turtles

  • Hatching of the eggs

  • Treatment for injured and sick turtles

  • Feeding the turtles

  • Cleaning of the turtle tanks

  • Cleaning the turtles

  • Releasing turtles into the sea

  • Explaining  about the turtles to visitors

  • You'll also get the chance to learn about sea plants.

2016 START DATES:

April 3rd and 17th
May 1st and 15th
June 5th and 19th
July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
August 14th
September 4th and 18th
October 2nd and 16th
November 6th and 20th
December 4th and 18th

Help conserve Turtles in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide, for Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grownup Gappers

Help conserve Turtles in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide, for Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grownup Gappers

ACCOMMODATION:

All accommodation is included during your stay on our program within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Living is comfortable and all volunteer houses and home stays have electricity and running water.

Meals will be provided three times a day during the week and twice during the weekend (breakfast and lunch combine to become brunch during the weekend). Breakfast is self-service with toast, fruits, tea and coffee. Sri Lankan foods include roti bread, dal (Lentil Soup) and curries, vegetables, salads, milk and yogurt. Meat is rarely eaten, except on festive occaWeekends are free to relax, and to explore the local area.

Help conserve Turtles in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide, for Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grownup Gappers

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling and sight seeing.

  

Help conserve Turtles in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide, for Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grownup Gappers

Help conserve Turtles in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide, for Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grownup Gappers

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:IONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

1-Wk Elephant Orphanage
Meditation Course

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Sri Lanka, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

"Just wanted to drop you a line as my project in Sri Lanka comes to an end to tell you that I have had the best time of my life. The project has been amazing, both the teaching and the elephant orphanage. It has been a truly amazing experience."  David Constable

 

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

We cannot BEGIN to tell you how beautiful this paradise island is! Nor how cheap to live and get around.  It is almost too good to be true! But it is true. 

Towering Pagodas, Hindu temples and ancient fortresses to holy rivers and sacred mountains. The local people are very welcoming and friendly, especially in the rural areas. The tea plantations are a must, the lace making, monuments and architectural splendours, etc., but the most appealing is the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Not to be missed! It's an emotive sight that you'll never forget!

SRI LANKA'S FANTASTIC BEACHES!
Sri Lanka has miles and miles of amazing beaches. Some of our favourites are:

MIRISSA: Perhaps a contender for the most beautiful beach in the world. Long, deserted and hot. You know you have got away from it all as you sit and watch the sunset over this horizon…The snorkelling is also incredible here.

NEGOMBO: To the north of Colombo lies Negombo, a busting fishing town with golden beaches and a pallet of colour provided by sails and boats against the deep blue of the ocean. 

UNAWATUNA: A sleepy peaceful cove with deep still water and a temple overlooking the bay from the protecting cliffs.

HIKKADUWA: A long stretch of beach with plenty of hostels, restaurants and some nice bars, not forgetting the impromptu beach parties held on the beach front bars blaring Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led Zeplin and many other classics! Sri Lanka is a conservative island brimming with culture and Hikkaduwa offers an exciting opportunity to holiday for the odd celebratory weekend! Many a volunteer birthday has been seen in over Hikkaduwa cocktails. You can also body board and even surf on this beach.

ARUGAM BAY: This tiny fishing village is Sri Lanka’s newest hot spot and hosts the best surfing and an easy going happy party atmosphere. With its wide sweeping beach in front of the village and year round gorgeous swimming it is no surprise that this bay has developed into a low budget travellers haunt.

"Thank you for the experience you gave me, it was stunning and a memory that always always always brings me warmth"
Tim Hancock

ADRENALIN JAUNTS:
White Water Rafting:Sri Lanka’s boulder stream rivers are the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer. Many tours are available and many begin with days of action, rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for fish time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike.  Rafting has become a very popular exciting yet safe adventure sport option.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering: Mountaineering is an adventure sport that requires skills and levels of fitness that few other adventure sports can match. The mountain ranges in Sri Lanka offer breath taking, enthralling, climbing routes. Climbing is all about discovering the natural world around and with you.

Hiking and Trekking: There’s no better way to explore the natural scenic beauty of this island with diverse climatic zones. Trekking is an excellent way to explore a country, people, their traditions and beliefs. Paths and campsites have been set up to give nature lovers the experience of a lifetime. All possible steps are taken to ensure local community benefit and nature conservation in keeping with all international camping guidelines.

Canoeing & Kayaking: This relatively new sport is rated as the most adventurous of all adventure sports. It involves descending a stream as it drops over waterfalls and boulders. In Sri Lanka they have low waterfalls for beginners and some as high as 700 feet for the very experienced - all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Climate
The driest and best seasons are from December to March on the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May to September on the east coast. December to March is also the time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them escaping the European winter.

The coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the eye can see. The Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or the masked devil dances. Then there are the ruins, ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to satisfy any archaeologist.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.



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