Trip Details

Located close to the Indian Ocean, the sea turtle nesting grounds are in close proximity to the project centre! While at the project, you will be able to experience these beautiful creatures close up as you assist in the rescuing of injured turtles, treating of them and where possible returning them to their natural habitat. Those that are not able to be returned themselves are kept at the centre to reproduce and their offspring are released into the ocean. There are only 9 conservation projects on the beach of Ambalangoda and this is one of them. Turtles can become wounded through human interactions whether directly, or indirectly through littering or travelling.

Out of 7 species of turtles, 5 of them are native to this area. All these 5 species, the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hauxville, Green and Olive Ridley are cared for at the centre. The project has no commercial interest but is purely interested in the conservation of turtles, which are known to live for between 200 and 300 years. Work on the project is taken very seriously so it is imperative that participants adhere to all rules at all times. Smoking and drinking are forbidden, as are liquids such as sunscreen on the parts of your body that could come into contact with the turtles.

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

Activities throughout the week will be varied and dependent on the needs of the turtles as well as the weather conditions on the beach. However, the main aim of the project is to maximise participants’ interactions with these magnificent creatures. You will need to be hard-working and willing to complete tasks to keep the centre and the turtles’ environment clean. As well as assisting with the feeding of the animals, you’ll also be involved in releasing over 100 new turtles into the ocean – a weekly activity at the centre!

Trip Accommodation

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