Nature of the project: Turtle Conservation Project
Type of the Project: Conservation/Environment
Starting & Ending Date: 25 Jun – 08 Jul
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 15
Conservation of wildlife animal is important in maintaining the conservation of environment. Turtle conservation is one among them and is a practical project that will help the GWC volunteers understand their plight in real life. It is highly recommended that the volunteers do some research on turtles and their inhabitance to understand it better at the project site. This project is fun filled with lot of excitement as the volunteers will get to study and observe turtles laying eggs and relocate eggs to safer nesting areas. Volunteers could help the local staff in the process of feeding and cleaning of the turtles and the hatchery where turtle hatch and release baby turtles from. You will be required to participate in surveys, local participation in events and seminars, research and educational programs concerning saving the turtles. Other work includes reconstruction caused by tsunami which includes: rebuilding turtle’s tanks, repairing visitors’ houses, developing tourist souvenirs and conducting tours around the project. The turtles and GWC needs you and your help in making a positive difference in the conservation of environment including the lovely turtles.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Colombo International Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can stroll around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Sri Lanka Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Elephant Conservation Project) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of Sri Lanka along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Srilanka will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a Home base. You will be served with 3 meals a day which includes Dal, Bhat, Curry, Bread, and Pickle etc with occasional supplement of chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Srilankan culture and lifestyle closely.