Trip Details

Our conservation program in the South Srilankan beach of Ambalangoda is one of the only 9 disabled turtle conversations in the island. Our program is certified by the Sri Lankan government as the only disabled turtle conservation project in the country.

Our program focuses on the rehabilitation of wounded turtles whether by humans, garbage or trash. Several turtles in the coasts of Sri Lanka are found hurt and without the ability to survive on their own. This program is the only disabled turtle project on the island.

The Turtles
There are 7 species of turtles that live in the world and out of that, 5 species of turtles live in the Indian Ocean. Our program breeds and cares for 4 different species of turtles that live in the Indian Ocean: Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Green and Olive Ridley. There are around 30 disabled turtles living in the centre and in a separate centre we hatch hundreds of turtle eggs to be released to the ocean when born. The purpose of this organization is not for commercial interest but to give these marine animals an opportunity to survive in a safe and healthy environment. Sea Turtles are known to live around 150 years.

Helping and conserving these turtles is our highest priority, therefore we require you to take this job as seriously as possible. Smoking or drinking any sort of liquids as well as using sunscreen or chemicals on the parts of the skin that touches the water or turtle is strictly forbidden during project hours. Participants with open injuries in their hands should not work with turtles as infections may occur. The coordinators have a lot of experience caring for these animals so we ask to follow every instruction knowing it is in the turtle’s best interest.

Aims & Objectives
The aim of this project is to conserve turtles by directly taking care of the turtles, enhancing awareness among fishermen and the communities regarding turtle conservation and increasing the number of turtles in the ocean by releasing baby hatchlings to the sea.

Trip Itinerary

The activities change according to the beach weather conditions and the number of participants but the time spent with this marvellous creatures is the main aim of our participants’ involvement.

This program requires volunteers who are willing to put in some  hard work and support in the cleaning of the turtles, the tanks and the turtle conservation centre. It is vital to have a clean and hygienic centre for these animals. Typical activities during the week will include,

  • Feeding the turtles (every other day)
  • Cleaning the tanks
  • Cleaning the turtles
  • Cleaning the beach

Helping with the weekly release of over 100 newborn turtles into the ocean (depends on the weather and season).

Monday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday

The weekend is yours to relax or explore beautiful Sri Lanka 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Ambalangoda is a coastal town located in Galle District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. This little town by the ocean is a sweaty, workaday town, and not touristy. Ambalangoda is known as a Buddhist city in Sri lanka. Ambalangoda is the place where “Masks” originated in Sri Lanka during the days of the kings and this is still thriving sometimes but a bit modernized. In addition the place is reputed for its golden beaches, puppet shows, devil dancing, moonstone, and antique furniture. Plantations of low country tea, rubber, coconut and cinnamon plantations and factories.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated at our centre which is located a few meters from the ocean.The beach is close to the accommodation where you can hang out with fellow participants. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. Please bring your own padlock to be used. The rooms are based on single gender with 4-10 people per room. You may also request a private room, this is subject to availability.

Food Arrangements
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are mainly Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities
Our house is located a 10 minutes walk away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 10 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
Visit the Sailatalarama Vihara which lies about 7 km inland from Ambalangoda. This temple sits on a domed hill with broad views over spice plantations and lakes towards the ranges of the Province of Sabaragamuwa. The temple has a 35m-long sleeping Buddha statue, built by donations. Pilgrims approach the dagobas and devale (a complex designed for worshipping a Hindu or local Sri Lankan deity) via 208 steps, but there’s also a road to the top.

Also visit The Ariyapala Mask Museum, with its dioramas and explanations in English, give an excellent insight into Sri Lankan masks and the meanings behind them. It also sells the booklet The Ambalangoda Mask Museum, a useful publication if you want to delve into the mysterious world of dance, legend and exorcism, and the psychology behind the masks.

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa