Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project
Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project

Volunteer in Sri Lanka - Marine Project

Price: from £1,940 per person sharing.

Dates: your choice.

No of nights: 14 nights in Sri Lanka.

Group size: 2 – 4 people.

Accommodation: Kalpitiya field house in rooms for sharing for 2 pax.

Weather: temperature range 18– 28C.

Transport: to and from the airport and at the project site.

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This itinerary has been designed for volunteers, working with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. The society was created in 1995 with the objective to empower local communities and provide them with the skills and knowledge to protect the island’s endangered wildlife. They are a non-governmental organisation committed to developing a sustainable model for wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka. The Kalpitiya Peninsular where the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Project is located is one of most diverse marine environments in Sri Lanka. It needs your help in data collection and analysis and to protect this area for the future. Volunteer and support marine conservation in Sri Lanka.


Day 1: Hotel Pinnalanda. Relax and explore the area.

Days 2 - 6: Project site. Start working alongside experts.

Days 7 - 8: Weekend activities. Your choice.

Days 9 - 13: Project site. Continue working on your project.

Day 14: Fly home. 

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Pinnalanda Hotel

On arrival in Sri Lanka, you will get a transfer to the Hotel Pinnalanda. This is a great place to rest and get yourself sorted for your project work. Here you can start your amazing journey with authentic Sri Lankan meals as well as continental cuisines, all of which can be enjoyed at the in-house restaurant while you watch the elephants from the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage bathe and frolick in the Maya Oya River below. 


Days 2 - 6: Project Work

Early morning pick up from your hotel. On arrival there is an introduction to SLWCS Marine Project, staff and program activities. There are so many things that can be done here and yet the program is laid out in an easy structure. 


Normally there is one team but if there are many volunteers on a particular week then two teams are created. More opportunities to get lots of work done and to help the conservationists even further with data collection and environmental awareness.


Conservation work includes the following:

  • Gathering information to help conserve threatened and endangered marine life such as sea turtles, pink dolphins, and dugongs.
  • Observe dugongs, dolphins, and sea birds to collect spatial, temporal, population, and behavioural data.
  • Participating in discussions with local villagers to make their marine-based livelihoods sustainable.
  • Observing and assessing the myriad of other vertebrate and invertebrate species that make up the marine environment.
  • Gathering data on sea grasses and mangroves.

Conservation research is a dynamic process where although the research goals are planned, the monthly and daily activities to achieve these goals depend on the local situation and can change dramatically. 


Each day follows a similar structure but with variety on the projects that are visited, all of which are worthwhile and also informative. Start times alternate from 5.30 to 8.30 depending on the work needed.


Days 7 - 8: Safaris and other activities

There are a number of optional activities and activities to do over the weekend. Trips to the beaches can be organised in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Arugam Bay and to the central mountain region to visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Little England, and tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya and the World’s End in Horton Plains.     


The staff can help you with buses and travel and also with suggestions.


Days 9 - 13: Project Work

Continuation of the project and gaining more skills and confidence in your work at the SLWCS Marine Project. You will be familiar with how to run things and what to do. In your second week volunteers really get to grips with what is needed to help out the researchers.


The project component of the program will change slightly to give you variety in your work and also to give you the opportunity to see as much of the work that is happening and to give you the most time to help the research staff.


Day 14: return home 

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